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So I’d been hearing all about #LoireFest2016 and had been trying to make one of the numerous events being held all around town. Loire Fest is a month long celebration during the month of July where a handful of Houston wine bars and restaurants highlight various Loire Valley wines. I was so interested as the Loire Valley is not a region that I know a great deal about and I definitely want to learn more. I knew enough about Vouvray, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume and Chinon to be dangerous but knew I’d only scratched the surface.

Every time there was an event I wanted to attend, I had Thing 1 and Thing 2 and that just won’t work in a wine bar. But then my friends at Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant started advertising their CHILDREN’S menu and I saw my opportunity. I’d previously written about the folks at Sonoma Wine Bar here. So off we went with Thing 1 and Thing 2 in tow along with our iPads.

They had two different flights that would fit the bill, a Chenin Blanc flight as well as a Loire Fest 2016 flight.

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I went with the Loire Fest flight as it had both red and white wines.

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The first two were Chenin Blancs, the 3rd was a Grolleau, and the last one was Cabernet Franc. Surprise of surprises, I enjoyed the white wines much more than the reds. We sat outside on the rooftop patio (I do know my kids’ limitations) and the white wines were just so refreshing.

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And I have to say I was not a fan of the Grolleau. This was a new grape for me and for lack of a better adjective, I found it to be a bit “funky.”

For food, we started with some fantastic zucchini chips. Salty goodness for sure. Thing 1 who swears that zucchini is the worst thing ever (The Husband has made similar claims) just chowed down on.

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We also had the crab cake which was served with a champagne lemon butter sauce.

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The cheeseburger sliders, which had some sort of caramelized onion aioli, were fantastic.

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And because there were children involved, we had to have pizza.

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And because they are kids, they couldn’t agree on one thing so we also had to have grilled cheese (no photo as Thing 2 wasn’t going for it) which came with its very own car shaped sandwich cutter. Thing 2 held out as long as possible “driving” his car before finally devouring the cheesy goodness.

It was a great outing and it’s nice to have this option when I have Things 1 and 2. Crossing my fingers that I can make one more tasting before Loire Fest wraps up.

2 Comments

  1. Angie
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the kind words! I’ll be looking for you during your next trip in to guide you through some more Loire wines! Thing 1 and Thing 2 are always welcome! 😉

    Reply
    1. Kat
      4 years ago

      Sounds like a plan Angie!

      Reply

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