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HOUSTON Saturdays and Sundays 4-5 p.m. on News Radio 740 KTRH

SATURDAY: Peter May lives very close to the French wine region of Cahors – famous for its vintages so dark they’re down as “black wine.” But even though he’s set at least one book in Cahors, Peter doesn’t so much make us taste wine as make us lose sleep. The native of Scotland, who still turns up in kilts, writes several series of mystery and crime novels, and he’ll be signing them this afternoon right after the show at Houston’s own Murder by the Book. From their website and a name linking them to 1940s public transport in Los Angeles, you’d almost think Red Car writes mysteries too. But Red Car makes wines in Santa Maria a bit up from LA along the California Coast. We’re looking forward to our conversation and our first-ever tasting of Red Car.

SUNDAY: Sunday is cocktail time on Delicious Mischief, or at least it is this week. We sit down at the Kitchen Table at Brennan’s of Houston with new executive chef Danny Trace. And we hear what he thinks about pairing New Orleans-inspired food with cocktails in a setting that just reopened after being knocked down but not out by Hurricane Ike. And in the same walls, we chat about booze with King Cocktail himself, famous mixologist Dale DeGroff. From his early days making drinks in Manhattan to his current life writing books, teaching seminars and fronting the Museum of the American Cocktail (in New Orleans, of course), Dale DeGroff is the man you need to see about a stiff drink.

Photo: The new dining room ar post-Ike Brennan’s of Houston.

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About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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