In case you’re worried about me here in Houston and all the shitty wine I’m drinking, I thought I’d share some images from last night’s Iron Sommelier competition and charity event held at the swank Houstonian hotel, spa, and resort.
I personally couldn’t afford to get into a high-roller gathering like this but my gig blogging about the wine scene here for the Houston Press, the city’s weekly rag, does have its perks.
That’s sommelier Whitney Seng (above), who competed in the event and works at the River Oaks Country Club, where the well-heeled petroleum crowd hangs out.
He didn’t win or place last night but I loved his Alpine theme and the Terlan 2012 Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg that he was pouring. What a
killer shitty wine!
James was pouring Catherine & Pierre Breton 2006 Bourgueil.
I mean, how
cool lame is that? You’d expect him to be coughing up some Napa Valley “Cab”! James didn’t win anything either.
My super good buddy Nathan Smith was pouring a flight of macerated wines from Friuli, including Radikon, Graver, and Matej Skerlj’s Malvasia from Carso, one of the
hottest lamest newcomers on the Italian wine scene.
Nathan came in second place last night. He lost to some
really interesting dude loser who grew up in Greece and runs an all-Greek wine program in one of our city’s ugliest neighborhoods.