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Follow this blog as I travel around looking for the best in my hometown of Houston and beyond. I am always out and about seeking the good and I'm excited to share some of my favorite things here.

I've been the wine writer for Galveston Monthly magazine since 2012 and I freelance in other publications both locally and on-line, I will be sharing links to these other articles here as well.

After more than a decade of blogging only on wine at, I am consolidating my writing here for now. I originally created this blog for other non-wine stories that I wanted to share including some of my travels with things to see, do, and eat, my recommended hotels, recommended restaurants, favorite cocktails that I make at home, along with other highlights about Houston, too, but somehow wine was always somehow slipping in as well.

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    1. Stefano IlluminatiMay 23, 2018 at 4:00 AM

      Dear Sandra,

      hope that you had a safe trip back to Houston.
      We wish to thank you very much for your visit at my winery on last Thursday.
      Me, my father Dino, my winemaker Claudio, my son Nicola and my agronomist Alfredo, we appreciated very much the time you spent with us visiting vineyards, winery and tasting our full range of wines.
      We mainly were very happy to be able to show you some old vintages…
      Please feel free to contact me anytime you wish.

      All the very best from Abruzzo and the Illuminati family,


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