A handful of wine bars and restaurants that sell wine at retail have opened and closed in Houston over the last decade, but none has had the impact of Vinology, which opened in late 2016. This West University wine shop/wine bar has given Houstonians something that they have long thirsted for: A robust wine selection focused on artisanal and natural wines from across the world, all available for retail purchase, and a rotating offering of wines by the glass. On a recent visit, wine director Thomas Moësse featured flights of Portuguese whites, Sherry and New World chenin blanc, but he hasn’t abandoned his first love, Italy. From the impossible-to-find and highly coveted Taurasi from Luigi Tecce to the macerated whites by Cantine di Giardino, a natural-wine producer in southern Italy, Moësse finds bottles that few others can. That’s because he sources many of them himself, working with small Texas distributors to bring them into the state. Stop by on Wednesdays, when he hosts free wine tastings, often with the winemakers themselves.
2314 Bissonnet St., Houston, Texas
This story appears in the print issue of February 2020.
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