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Corpus Christi, Ruffino Wines on Houston DM

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

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

SATURDAY: We travel south this week to Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico, a favorite getaway any time of year for those living and working in the Texas interior. Turns out there’s a lot more than “beach cuisine” for sale in Corpus, though at places like the landmark Water Street development, that can be pretty amazing too. Our stops this hour range from downhome goodness at a place called Price’s Chef to upscale wonders at an eatery called Republic of Texas high atop the bayfront Omni Hotel 

SUNDAY: For the longest time, the restaurant at the Galleria’s Saks Fifth Avenue was known as Grille 5115 – or even Ruggles Grille 5115, spotlighting with its association with Chef Bruce Molzan’s Houston restaurant of that name. Now that association is no more, and exciting things are happening at 51Fifteen Restaurant and Lounge, At least “51Fifteen” makes the name easier to pronounce, though lots of Houstonians probably still call the place “Saks Fifth Avenue.” We chat with the general manager and the chef about what all this means. In our Grape & Grain segment, we tastes terrific wines from Ruffino in Tuscany – while relishing some spirited talk with senior brand ambassador Beppe d’Andrea.

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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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