a’Bouzy - Wine & Spirits Magazine


After watching how many bottles of bubbles he sold at Houston’s Brasserie 19, Shawn Virene decided to go all-in, opening a’Bouzy in August 2017. Named for a village in Champagne, the space radiates bubbles, from the wall of bottles to the glass baubles suspended from the ceiling. Markups are slim—at $49 a bottle, he goes through 15 cases of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label a week—and the selection is vast, mixing well-known names with growers like Benoît Lahaye, Suenen and Alexandre Filaine from Champagne and curiosities like St. Reginald Parish’s Sparkle Motion, a pinot noir from Sisu Vineyard in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton District. A vast patio and extensive menu make this an all-evening destination.

2300 Westheimer, Houston, Texas

Wine Bar


is W&S’s editor at large and covers the wines of the Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe for the magazine.

This story appears in the print issue of December 2018.
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