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Aug 14, 2011 01:17 PM

ISO: Wine-centric Fine Dining

in town for a couple of days. Looking for a place for dinner that has good food and an excellent wine list. Depth and quality of the list is more important than low price, though reasonable markups are always great. Especially looking for great selection of wines in the $100 - 250 range. Ideally, French emphases with a strong Burgundy selection.

Going to Mark's tonight. All other leads appreciated.

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  1. Phillipes has a nice list of burgundy's.

    Catalan used to have a great wine selection but they have closed .

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    1. re: jscarbor

      Brasserie 19 is owned by the Catalan people and they usually have good wine lists that are usually retailish priced.

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      1. Thats a tough one. I'm a Burg hound and sadly I don't find good selections here. Other than what has alread been mentioned, Le Mistral has some Burgs as does Max & Julie. Cafe Rabelais claims to have some, but at least 1/2 the time what you order they don't have. Brennans has a few & so does Sorrento. Oddly the Rainbow Lodge had a good selection when we were there last, but that was well over a year+ ago. Block 7 has a few nice ones too. Please report back if you find a place with any depth. Thanks!

        415 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

        Rainbow Lodge
        2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX 77008

        Le Mistral
        1400 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077

        1. Headed back to Houston Sunday through Tuesday. Any more leads on restaurants with good high-end wine lists greatly appreciated. I'll probably eat at Mark's once.

          Tried Brasserie 19 last visit also. Fair, but nothing to write home about. A good dozen or so restaurants in Dallas have a better list than they do. Food was adequate, but again, nothing notable.

          Max & Julie and Cafe Rabelais both have their lists (current or not) on their websites, so I can get a feel for what sort of wine list they have. However, Le Mistral, which frankly seems to have the most interesting food of the three, does not. Any one have any recent experience with their wine list, particularly the wines in the $100 - 300 range. My general experience is that all too many restaurants have only two to five selections in that range, and that the quality usually isn't that good.

          Le Mistral
          1400 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077

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          1. re: Mike C. Miller

            You might call or otherwise research the wine list at Cinq in the Colombe d'Or Hotel. There's a new chef making news there, but don't know how the wine list measures up, and haven't dined there yet.


            Le Mistral is our favorite for French food in Houston, although I can't speak in any detail about the wine list. There is a wine cellar room you can reserve if you have a group. The Sunday brunch at Le Mistral is also good if you are here on a Sunday. I feel sure Sylvain Denis would email or fax the wine list to you if you requested it, he seems to be the resident wine guy and brother of chef David Denis. Super friendly and helpful with our (decidedly less expensive) wine choices!

            Le Mistral
            1400 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077

              1. re: Mike C. Miller

                Have you ever been to Masraff's? I'm not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for, but you can check out their wine list on their website (they always have the current list available in PDF).

              2. Pappas Steakhouse on Westheimer