Upcoming Houston wine events

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, 909 Texas; 4:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18; $80 cash, $84.21 credit card; 713-854-7855, coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

Vine Wine Room, 12420 Memorial; 3 p.m. Saturdays; 713-463-8463.

Vino and Vinyl, 3340 FM 1092, Missouri City; 2-4 p.m. Saturdays; 281-208-7453.

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New door: Beaver’s opens a second location on Westheimer

The rambling compound has been cleverly outfitted to look like a hunting lodge with great expanses of rough-hewn wood and tree trunk designs running through the main dining room; the Beaver Den (an adults-only whiskey bar); a special events space called the Barn; and a generous courtyard patio with a fire pit and a vintage Spartan trailer retrofitted as a service bar.

Executive chef Arash Kharat has preserved some of the classics from the original Beaver’s menu, but here’s there’s a greater emphasis on Gulf seafood and barbecue.

Kharat has two Pitmaker smokers to turn out brisket, sausage, pork ribs, pulled pork and chicken.

Expect generous inflections of Southern fare and Tex-Mex merged with flavors from the Gulf, Cajun country and hearty Texan grub.

Entrée options include burgers, chicken-fried steak, grilled rib-eye steak, po’boys, tacos and the Hot Hen (whole fried Cornish hen tossed in hot sauce and served with housemade pickles).

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Upcoming Houston wine events

2014 (Mostly) Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting: The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, 909 Texas; 4:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18; $80 cash, $84.21 credit card; 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.
Markham Vineyards wine-pairing event: McCormick & Schmick’s, 791 Town and Country; 7-9 p.m. Jan. 19; $85; 713-465-3685.
Weekly free tastings: Houston Wine Merchant, 2646 S. Shepherd; 5:30 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays; 713-524-3397. French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett; noon-6 p.m. Saturdays; 713-993-9500. Vino and Vinyl, 3340 FM 1092, Missouri City; 2-4 p.m. Saturdays; 281-208-7453. Vine Wine Room, 12420 Memorial; 3 p.m. Saturdays; 713-463-8463.

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