Hawk Wakawaka in Houston on Friday, Franciacorta in Santa Barbara on Monday

This just in… Houston wine and restaurant pros, please mark your calendars for Taste of Italy Houston, Thursday, March 3 at the Hilton Post Oak. I’ll be there supporting the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free and late registration is welcomed. Please come out and taste with us. Stay tuned for more on this.

elaine brown hawk wakawaka wine bloggerSo lots of fun stuff coming up, people!

First off, on Friday, February 19, I’m hosting a happy hour for my good friend Elaine Brown, aka Hawk Wakawaka, at Camerata in Houston from 5-7 p.m.

Elaine is one of the top wine writers and bloggers working in the world today, including her regular column for Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages and her contributions to the Oxford Companion to Wine (she wrote the new entry for social media, among others), the World of Fine Wine (where her byline recently appeared on the cover), and her own blog Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, which I highly recommend to you as my number-one resource on the new wave of California wine.

That’s Elaine and me (above) in Venice back in 2013.

She’s super fun to interact and taste with and my own personal agenda is to show her what a cool and groovy place Texas can be for its wine scene.

We’ll be wine hopping in Houston on Friday night and in Austin on Saturday night before she heads up to Dallas to judge the Texsom wine competition.

And on Monday of next week, February 22, I’ll be hosting the next Franciacorta Real Story tasting at Les Marchands in Santa Barbara.

The tasting is free and gauging from the response so far, it should be a great time for all. I hope to see you there!

Franciacorta Real Story Tasting
11 wines from 11 producers
with Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D.
Franciacorta Consortium Ambassador for 2016

Monday, February 22
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Les Marchands
131 Anacapa St.
Suite B
Santa Barbara CA 93101
(805) 284-0380
Google map

Image via Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews.

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