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Ranch 616 at the Gage on DM Saturday

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

AUSTIN Saturdays 10-11 a.m., Talk 1370

A Presentation of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods


We drove a “fur piece” to gather the opening and closing segments of today’s show, broadcasting from the historic Gage Hotel in the 500-resident West Texas town of Marathon. Our justification: the hotel’s grand opening of a new restaurant that, in many senses, isn’t so new at all. Chef Kevin Williamson of Austin has had a successful (and delicious) enterprise in Austin called Ranch 616 for many years. In fact, he has grown his “South Texas ice house” concept to take over his entire block, weaving together the Star Bar and a new music club with Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson. His “Ranch 616 at the Gage” expands Kevin’s restaurant/entertainment empire a good deal farther than his block. 

A Walla Walla native, Jamie Brown moved to Seattle after high school to pursue music, eventually opening his own music store. Several restaurateurs became clients, and started providing Jamie an education in fine wine. Jamie’s passion for wine developed alongside an interest in the art of winemaking. He now credits his love and knowledge of making music for helping him to become an intuitive winemaker. “My goal as a musician and song writer was to anticipate a melody, without restricting its natural direction. The same is true for wine.” During today’s Grape & Grain segment, we sit down with Jamie to taste his wines from Waters Winery. Hum a few bars and we can fake it.

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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