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Stephan Pyles, Holiday Wines on Houston’s DM

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

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

SATURDAY: Today we’re in Dallas, visiting the other Texas restaurant (along with Haven in Houston) chosen as one of the year’s best new places by Esquire magazine. It’s Samar, created by famous Chef Stephan Pyles as an homage to the cuisines of the ancient spice routes. That means there are virtually three menus in one: Indian, Middle Eastern/Mediterranean, and Spanish with its strong Moorish influence. Still, you don’t need to look anything up in a history book to understand Samar. You can just know that it’s delicious. Also, we head over to Spec’s for our Grape & Grain tasting segment, looking into some very special wines for the holiday season with wine buyer Collin Williams.

SUNDAY: In this extra-special holiday edition, we sit down with the GM and the chef at Morton’s the Steakhouse – the location on McKinney in downtown Houston – to talk about things instore for us in the festive weeks ahead. That means special hours of opening for lunch, plenty of parties in the eatery’s three private dining room – and an amazing holiday drink given bubbles by prosecco. We definitely approve. For our Grape and Grain segment, we hit the road (not just any old road but Highway 29 in Napa Valley) for a chat with winemaker Laurie Hooks about the historic property called Beringer.

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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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