Above: The inimitable Michael Housewright (right) with his Italian business partner Antonello Losito. Michael’s new wine bar and shop Block 7 in Houston is on the cutting edge of wine sales and marketing and has already proved a success in highly competitive market.
This dude knows what he’s doing. Michael Housewright’s aggressive pricing at the newly opened Block 7 in Houston is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Every bottle on his list can be ordered by the glass (at market price), by the bottle (at a competitive retail price), or by the case (with case discount) in which case you can open a bottle and drink it in the restaurant/wine bar.
Above: 07 Barbera Vivace (i.e., slightly sparkling) by Roagna Igino (not the other Roagna, producer of old-school Nebbiolo) is competing with Bisson Ciliegiolo as my official favorite wine of the summer of 09.
When Tracie B, her childhood friend Talina, and I dined there the other night, Michael turned me on to a vivace (i.e., slightly sparkling) Barbera by Clò di Roagna Igino. The proprietary name birichina means brat in Italian, in other words, someone who is excessively vivace. Served slightly chilled, the acidity and fruit in this wine was awesome with my burger and fries. We also shared a bottle of Produttori del Barbaresco 2005 Barbaresco with another party: the price was too alluring to resist.
In other news…
Budweiser (well actually Shiner Bock) instead of Barbera tomorrow night: I’m playing my first Austin gig tomorrow at the Broken Spoke with this guy. Not exactly the summer of 1969 (more like the summer of 2009) but I’m stoked to break out my Tele at the Spoke.
Solo gig or w/NNP?
playing with a dude named Billy Garza… should be fun…
Is it true Tracy B. has been banned from all Block 7 events?
@Joe Tracie B is ALWAYS on the guest list + 1 (and I’m her + 1). She’ll be at the Broken Spoke tomorrow night, too.
Has the Broken Spoke changed their Tracie B policy.
What is the Broken Spoke anyhow?
joe–i’ve smoothed out the chaos that ensued at block 7, but the broken spoke is a work in progress. maybe you could fly down to texas and sweet talk them for me in your famous, genteel way?
2B–can’t wait! can i bring sarah p?
Next time try that Produttori Barbaresco with a Twinkie for dessert. I hear that it is a natural match.