Spring Forward with New Sips! Vintners and Their Wines Descend Upon H-Town

Spring Forward with New Sips! Vintners and Their Wines Descend Upon H-Town

Wines on offer at Mutiny Wine Room and, at right, Navy Blue sommelier Molly Austed (photo by Julie Soefer)

READY TO TASTE new wines and learn about different wine-growing regions? Mark your calendars for these upcoming spring events showcasing vintner visits, celebrity chef appearances and multi-course epicurean dinners.


On March 25, JŪN welcomes Top Chef alum Jo Chan of Austin’s new Bureau De Poste for a six-course collaboration with cocktails at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:30pm. To celebrate Women’s History Month, each course will be paired with wines from women winemakers. A few wines to anticipate: Moretta, Day WinesOregon, and Stella Crinita Argentina.

Mutiny Wine Room

Smith-Devereux Wines at Mutiny Wine Room (photo by Becca Wright)

Grab a flight of wines and chat up the very charismatic Ian Devereaux, co-founder and vintner of Smith Devereaux based in Napa, on March 26. Four boutique wines will be accompanied by a grazing table of snacks. The following day, March 27, come hungry for a four-course dinner curated by Mutiny’s chef Eduardo paired with four Smith Devereux wines. Its EBEX Merlot, which was awarded 92 points by Wine Enthusiast, will be poured at the dinner.

Chic Heights area Mutiny Wine Room is owned by Emily Trout and Mark Ellenberger, who have their own Napa wine brand, Kagan Cellars. Kagan was recently recognized with severalnational and local awards at the 2024 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the 2024 Houston Rodeo Wine Competition. To celebrate the rodeo accolades, the wine bar will be offering featured winning wine flights through March.

Silver Street Studios

DO Rias Baixas

On March 27, DO Rias Baixas, home to the “original” Spanish Albarino, will be the wine of the evening at the Culturemap Tastemaker Awards Houston. Rías Baixas has been proud to be at the forefront of women’s equality for decades, and of note, half ofwinemakers in the region are women. The exclusive wine sponsor of the event will pour eight world-class Albarino wines and present the award for Wine Program of the Year, along with impressive nominees such as March and Nobie’s. For more information and tickets, visit this link.

Navy Blue

Molly Austed (photo by Julie Soefer)

Mondays are all about wine at Navy Blue! On April 8, sommelier Molly Austad welcomes former restaurateur Chris Shepherd to co-host the monthly wine club dinner. Relish a special four-course meal with wine pairings in an intimate and interactive setting while gleaning wine tips from the pros. If you can’t make it April 8, the next dinner will be May 13. Wine club dinners take place in Navy Blue’s private room; for tickets, visit Resy.

Hill Country Wineries Road Show

Farmhouse Vineyards, a participating winery on April 18

Next month, on April 18, Texas Hill Country Wineries are bringing 20 wineries and more than 60 wines to Houston for a tasting experience. Come meet winery personalities including owners, winemakers, vineyard managers, and more at The Peach Orchard in The Woodlands with doors opening for consumers at 5:30pm. Tickets, $75 per person, include wine tastings, charcuterie, light appetizers and an event wine glass to take home.

Chapman & Kirby Launches Free Concert Series for Spring

Danny Ray and the Atlantic Street Band performs May 31 (photo from dannyrayatlanticstreetband.com)

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ON MAY 4 IN Kentucky, thousands of race fans will don their springtime finest and excessive headwear to watch horses run around the track for exactly one and a quarter mile. Join the mint-julep fun at Houston’s three top spots to witness “the fastest two minutes in sports” — and just maybe win a costume contest.

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