Today’s wine grapes come in more than 10,000 different varieties; if you tried to sample them all, you’d have a lot of lands to cover. What if, though, you could travel to California, France, Italy, and Spain without ever leaving Houston? Fortunately for us, the city has a growing wine sector, which includes wine-tasting establishments. Beer enthusiasts already know that the city has a good number of craft breweries, but oenophiles might want a guide similar to this one to locate the ideal atmosphere.
So, how will your mission to try them all begin? Start by perusing Roots in East Dallas’ self-pour wine bar, booking a private tasting at every wine or SERCA Wines, or partaking in a flight at Pur Noire or Decant Urban Winery. There are numerous wine establishments in Houston to suit your needs, no matter how you want to drink your wine. There are places in Houston for every experience. Whether you’re a devoted wine drinker looking to expand your at-home collection or you just want to try something new.
948 Wakefield Dr, Houston
Receiving a glass of wine that has been personally poured by the winemaker is a whole other level of enjoyment. Tasting wine is one thing. Using traditional winemaking methods, including crushing and pressing, fermentation, barreling, and bottling, Decant Urban Winery in the Garden Oaks-Oak Forest area handcrafts wine in small amounts on the premises. In the days before Prohibition, farmers would provide grapes to urban vineyards for production, giving city dwellers a closer relationship with great wine.
This women-owned family winery was inspired by those days. You can visit to taste their wine by the glass, bottle, or flights of three half glasses; the winemakers will walk you through each wine and explain their winemaking procedure. Decant does not require reservations for tastings.
7800 Washington Ave Suite 650, Houston
When you can purchase fine French wine right in the city, why travel to Bordeaux? The unique history of Eads Family Vineyards begins in the 1970s. When the head of the home was one of the first women to bring French wine into Texas. In addition to cellar building, private tastings conducted by a professional sommelier, happy hours in the cellar, and private parties, EFV, located in the Washington Avenue Coalition/Memorial Park neighborhood, offers specialty services like locating difficult-to-find wine and providing you with a customized strategy to expanding your collection at home.
During the 90-minute tasting, your host will explain the history and farming methods of EFV while guiding you through the most recent Clos Dubreuil release (the portfolio’s flagship wine) and two other wines. Caviar service, charcuterie boards, and other small nibbles are also available during the tasting. Reservations must be booked in advance and can be done online.
7951 Katy Fwy B, Houston
In a unique shopping complex with boutique stores and a tapas bar, Memorial Wine Cellar is a family-run wine bar, wine shop, and event space that is situated on the south side of I-10, just outside the loop. The cellar was built by owners Dwayne and Mary Harrison for people who just like drinking wine. Take a coworker out for a stroll and some wine and small bites, or go out for the afternoon with pals. You can choose three 2 oz. wines from a menu of personalized wine flights at Memorial Wine. pours with prices based on the wines you select.
During happy hour, which runs from Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., you can get food and wine for 10% off. You can also attend any day of the week to take advantage of their weekly specials. Reservations must be made by phone for groups of eight or more.
1618 Westheimer Rd, Houston
As the name suggests, great wine and cheese. At Montrose Cheese & Wine, there is something for everyone. Including wine beginners, bottle shoppers, traditionalists who prefer the old world, and enthusiasts of natural wines. With its ever-changing variety of 12 to 15 cheeses and 125 wines, this restaurant never gets boring. Stop by for a sandwich at lunchtime or to have a bottle of wine at the bar or on the patio. Not yet wine hour? In the morning, get a pastry and a coffee to go. Do you want to drink anyway? Pick four wines, each 2 oz., from their by-the-glass menu. $25 for each.
In addition, you can peruse a fantastic assortment of gifts, home goods, and wine and cheese accessories in the wine bar. Even at their sister concept, Biscuit Home, which is right next door. You can even pick up a bottle or two for the house or a meat and cheese tray for a party there. Join them for their monthly outdoor wine and cheese tasting. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and there are just 10 seats left.
802 Milam St Suite 103, Houston
In an effort to educate folks who may be unfamiliar with the scene but are highly interested in learning more, Pur Noire Urban Wineries is altering how people think about wine. Carissa and Kenneth Stephens, the owners, observed that there weren’t many other wineries that were black- and minority-owned. In order to honor Carissa’s creole heritage and their status as minority company owners in the wine industry. They opened a winery with the moniker “pure black,” which translates to “pure black.”
Every Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m., there will be a wine tasting and game night. Invite your friends and coworkers. Reservations are not necessary.
2600 Travis St Suite #104, Houston
In the center of Midtown, the family-run Sable Gate Winery creates wines using grapes from all around the world. Within the winery’s confines, customers may blend their own vintage, bottle it, and create a personalized label while also indulging in some straightforward foods that go great with wine. If you aren’t making your own wine, sample some before making a choice and buying a bottle from the more than 30 available.
Owners Szilvia and Bob (and, as of recently, their twin girls) have a genuine enthusiasm for wine. Szilvia was reared in Hungary on a vineyard. While Bob has traveled the world and sampled local wines in more than 50 nations.
2314 Bissonnet St, Houston
Do you want to learn more about wine? Vinology is a wine store, wine bar, and educational facility all in one. The proprietors of Vinology, who also run the Italian trattoria Divino in Montrose, set out to create a welcoming, instructive atmosphere in their wine bar and shop where customers could experiment with various wines. Take advantage of daily wine flights and by-the-glass pours, wine seminars and tastings offered by experts in the field, special events, and consultations by appointment.
Vinology carries more than 300 wines from all over the world. But prefers to work with small, family-run wineries that produce only a modest amount of their wines. Consultations and private bookings require appointments.