Taste Moscato d’Asti with me here in Houston

a great moscato tasting is arriving in houston

I couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news that I will be leading a Moscato d’Asti tasting and master class here in Houston — my adoptive hometown — on May 15.

I don’t have all the details yet but I’ve been asked to lead and moderate a panel of top Moscato d’Asti producers who will be visiting our city especially for the occasion.

Before I moved to Texas more than 10 years ago to get married and start a family, Houston was still considered “flyover” country. But today, that’s all changed: Today, Houston is one of the most popular food and wine cities in the U.S. with a bustling restaurant and wine bar scene.

Don’t believe me?

“We’ve been hearing the buzz for a few years now,” wrote the editors of the celebrated lifestyle and men’s fashion magazine GQ last year.

“Houston may, sneakily, be America’s best food city. But when we sent GQ food critic Brett Martin to dive into the scene, we realized that was selling the city way short.”

“With its mix of exploding immigrant communities and ambitious, sophisticated variations on upscale dining,” writes Martin, “Houston had decisively shrugged off its reputation as a city of steak houses and chains to become increasingly mentioned as one of the nation’s great restaurant cities. In these pages, David Chang called Houston the next food capital of America. This year, it earned two spots on my annual list of Best New Restaurants, a distinction shared only with New York City and Los Angeles.”

See the David Change article here.

Click here for a recent Food&Wine magazine feature story: “The Houston Dining Scene Is the Most Exciting It’s Ever Been.”

I couldn’t be more happy that the Moscato d’Asti consortium chose this city as one of the destinations for its 2019 tour. I’ll be announcing details for the May 15 tasting as they come together.

Stay tuned!

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Jeremy Parzen
After obtaining his Ph.D. in Italian literature at U.C.L.A. in 1997, Jeremy Parzen moved to New York City where he shifted his focus to food and wine. By 1998, he was the chief wine writer for the English-language edition of La Cucina Italiana. In 2005, he published his annotated translation of Maestro Martino's 15th century cookery book, The Art of Cooking (University of California Press). In 2007, he launched his blog DoBianchi.com (named after the Venetian expression for two glasses of white wine). Since that time, he has published countless articles on Italian food and wine, including bylines for publications like Decanter and Wine and Spirits, which named him a "Master of Place" in 2017. Known for his humanist perspective onto the world of Italian enogastronomy, he works as wine and restaurant industry consultant from his home office in Houston, where he and his wife Tracie (a native Texan) are raising their two daughters. A former rock musician and songwriter, Jeremy continues to compose and record music with and for his family. He was honored to be named an Italian Association of Wine Merchants ambassador in 2018 for his "profound scholarship in the humanities, his great knowledge of winemaking, and his excellence in communications."

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