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Events for Tuesday, October 30


The Tasting Room Lounge at Midtown - Purchase Tickets 


« The Houston Cellar Classic’s Grand Grillin’ and Chillin’ Tasting Event, Presented by Diageo and Featuring “Celebrity” Chef Joey Altman

« $40 per person, advance ticket purchase only

« 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at The Tasting Room Lounge at Midtown, 114 Gray St.

Easily one of The Tasting Room’s most popular recurring events, Grillin’ and Chillin’ on the patio of The Tasting Room Lounge at Midtown is a wine tasting, bar-b-que, cooking demonstration, and a patio party all rolled into one great evening.  Join our “celebrity” chef, Joey Altman, who will be working the grill on the beautiful brick patio overlooking the downtown Houston skyline for an evening of great food, wine, and music.  Chef Altman, a veteran of two highly successful shows on The Food Network, will be flying in from California to prepare five tasting courses of exciting foods, including: tequila-lime prawns escabeche, grilled Moroccan lamb sliders with chilies, Jamaican jerk pork with mango-onion mojo, stuffed chicken breast with grilled corn polenta, and grilled pineapple with coconut-rum cake.  Sommeliers from The Tasting Room will each course with five outstanding wines from the Diageo portfolio.  An accomplished guitarist and member of the Bay Area all-chef Backburner’s Blues Band, Chef Altman promises to join the live band on the patio after the food and wine tasting and jam into the night.  Don’t miss the party!

For Joey's biography and the full menu for this great event, please click HERE

The Tasting Room at Uptown Park - Purchase Tickets 


« The Tasting Room at Uptown Park presents: Sommelier Smackdown

« $40 per person, advance tickets as well as ticket purchases on the night of the event 

« 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Tasting Room at Uptown Park, 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd.


What does it take to be the best?  You get to decide.  Eight sommeliers from Houston’s finest restaurants and wine bars get together to compete for the title of “best of the best” in a sommelier smackdown.  The sommeliers will have their own stations where they will be pouring wines they have chosen to feature during the competition.  Take your glass and visit each sommelier to taste their wines and to listen to them describe their wine selections for you.  Vote for the sommelier who you believe created the best line-up of wines and provided the best presentation of those wines.  You and our panel of expert judges will decide the winner of the First Annual Houston Cellar Classic “Sommelier Smackdown.”  The winner will receive a great prize, the adulation of the wine-loving public, and The Tasting Room / MAX’s Wine Dive will donate $500 to his or her designated charity.


The Tasting Room at River Oaks - Purchase Tickets 


« The Tasting Room at River Oaks presents: A Tasting of Desserts and Dessert Wines, featuring Rebecca Masson, pastry chef at *17 Restaurant at the Alden-Houston and dessert wines from Wineright.

« $25 per person, advance ticket purchase only

« 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the Cellar at The Tasting Room in River Oaks, 2409 West Alabama St.


A Tasting of Desserts and Dessert Wines MENU


Join pastry chef extraordinaire, Rebecca Masson from *17 Restaurant at the Alden-Houston, for a tasting of decadent desserts paired with dessert wines specially selected by the sommeliers at The Tasting Room and Wineright.  The event will run from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., but you are welcome to arrive when you like and proceed at your own pace.


MAX’s Wine Dive


« After Party: late-night food, wine and fun at MAX’s Wine Dive

« Extended hours – open until 2:00 a.m.

«10% off food and wine at MAX’s Wine Dive for those who arrive with a used ticket or wristband from a Houston Cellar Classic event held earlier in the day.

« MAX’s Wine Dive, 4720 Washington Avenue.