Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Each year we do a vintner’s dinner at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Houston. This year was no exception. The Sullivan’s crew did an outstanding job on the food and their Wine Sommelier, Kristie, was an outstanding hostess. Kristie, like Paul V, … Continue reading

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Ice Cream Pairings

Ice cream is a perfect dessert to enjoy when cooling off on a hot summers day. To make ice cream even better, try pairing it with one of Messina Hof’s wines. Choosing a wine to go with ice cream is … Continue reading

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What is a Barrel Tasting?

A Barrel Tasting is a chance to experience wines at an early stage in the oak barrel aging process. This is a time to learn about more flavors that can be rich and dominant throughout the aging process; surprisingly, they … Continue reading

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How can wine be used in cooking to enhance the flavor of food?

Cooking with wine, along with drinking wine can bring another element to the making of a recipe. Refining and enhancing flavors while accentuating textures can motivate one to add wines to recipes. Wine is a perfect ingredient for cooking to … Continue reading

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Wine and Tailgating, a wonderful duo!

As football season kicks off this year, Messina Hof would like to encourage a change in your tailgating line-up. Although most of us insist on beer at a tailgate, rather that is the norm, it has been a mission to … Continue reading

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What are some wines that are great for fall?

As the Labor Day holiday has come and gone, it seems as though life has kicked back into full swing. Kids are back in school and need rides to and from soccer, ballet, and piano lessons (circle as appropriate). Then … Continue reading

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Updates from the Vineyard

The vineyard is looking more refreshed with the cooler temperatures. The little rain that we did get has encouraged some new leaf growth. Hopefully, the vines will be more restored before they go dormant this year. Our fall tomatoes and … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Let’s Talk Seafood Party

Like Opening the Pantry and Frig and Starting a Recipe from Scratch Finally, a few days of lower temperatures lightened the evening drive from Houston to Messina Hof Winery and Resort for what was billed as their “Let’s Talk Seafood … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Hill Country

Messina Hof Hill Country is moving along! This week the doors are being installed, walls painted, and rock walls beginning. It was fun to hear that the locals have dubbed it “The Castle” since the name Bonarrigo means “good king”. … Continue reading

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Simposio, Houston

Do you remember the Confederate House restaurant in Houston, Texas? In our early years, we had the opportunity to do several very creative dinners with Bill Edge at the Confederate House. The restaurant was a Houston institution. When the Confederate … Continue reading

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