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Messina Hof Harvest on This Saturday’s Houston DM

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Ag Commissioner Todd Staples with the Bonarrigos

HOUSTON: Saturdays and Sundays 4-5 p.m., NewsRadio 740 KTRH 

SATURDAY: One of the grande dames of Houston dining has to be La Colombe D’Or, which trotted out classic French dishes for decades under the watchful eye of New Orleans-born Houston fixture Steve Zimmerman. Now that Steve’s sons are gently taking the reins, however, the look and feel of the place are evolving right along with the cuisine. We sit down with three different Zimmermans plus consulting chef Francesco Casseta to take about the delicious changes. Also, it’s that time of year again – time for pickin’ and stompin, as in the popular wine harvest festival at Messina Hof winery and resort in Bryan. We chat with longtime friends Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo about this year’s ever-outrageous festivities, while tasting and talking our way through Messina Hof’s latest releases. 

Lobby at La Colombe d’Or

SUNDAY: We have a busy Houston-centric show today, all from the wonderful Branch Water Tavern (BWT to those in the know), on Shepherd. We start where we should start, with chef-owner David Grossman and wine-spirits guru Evan Turner. They’ve seen and learned a lot about the business – read: school of hard knocks – since opening some months back, and BWT is an even more amazing place to eat and drink for all of it. Also, in our Grape and Grain segment, we check in with the guys behind Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka – Chad Auler (of Savvy Texas vodka and, of course, his family’s Fall Creek Vineyards in the Hill Country) and Clayton Christopher, founder of Sweet Leaf Tea, originally of Beaumont, long of Austin. Finally, we visit with Ivonne Hallard of, an email marketing program that promises we can “experience the best for less.” Woops… forgot the exclamation point. “!”


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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