Visitors to the Dionsio Winery Wine Festival sample the award-winning rich reds, crisp whites, and sweet fruit wines from a selection of local wineries. Local restaurants and vendors whip up delectable dinners and food pairings, while merchants peddle memorable keepsakes and handmade jewelry. Energetic classic rock outfit Thermal Fusion fills the air with a catchy live soundtrack, as staff fill commemorative wine glasses with endless samples of Dionisio's delicious wines. With food, wine, and tunes provided by Houston-based bands and businesses, the fest is a better way to celebrate the local culture than nibbling sandwichs into the shape of the Astro's stadium.
Houston Caribbean RumFest brings revelers together to learn about the history of rum—but just sipping will do just as well. At this party, rum samples abound, and so do many hallmarks of Caribbean culture. Traditional jerks, curries, and rum-infused bites and cocktails bring added spice to the festivities, while live Caribbean music provides an island soundtrack. Other activities include cocktail classes and painting. Giving rum some more time in the spotlight, the flair bartending contest has drink mixers delighting onlookers with dazzling tricks that delight far better than just gluing a coaster to the bottom of each glass.
When it comes to preserving the integrity of their wines, the owners of 13 Celsius don’t mess around. The proof is in the name, which alludes to the exact temperature maintained in their wine cellar at all times. This climate-controlled cellar is only one aspect of a meticulous process designed to preserve the wines at peak flavor until they are ready to be paired with cheeses, charcuterie, paninis, and handmade truffles.
Given this near-obsession with preservation, it should come as no surprise that the building itself hasn’t lost any of its charms since opening in the 1920s. The Mediterranean–style architectural relic preserves several key components of its jazz-era past, including an entirely intact tin ceiling and an open-air courtyard, along with several modern additions such as a 40-foot marble bar and sound.