• Welcome to Women of Wine Charities

    Breaking News: Our September Happy Hour will be at Damian’s!

    September 17th, 5:30PM, Damian’s Cucina Italiana  — join us (and then stay for dinner!)

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    Tickets are on sale now for the Women of Wine Charities 2014 Grand Tasting!

    WHEN: Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:00PM to 9:00PM
    WHERE: The Wynden, 1025 South Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX 77056
    COST: $100 for WOW members, $125 for non-members
    WHAT: Walk-around wine and food tasting, featuring food from 10 of Houston’s top chefs, along with an array of outstanding wines. Live and silent auction. Wine pull. Safe Night’s Sleep fundraising drive.

    Buy your tickets now!

    UPDATE: First five chefs announced!

    We’re thrilled to announce the first five chefs who will be dishing-up delicious bites at the 2014 WOW Grand Tasting!

    Chefs 1-5

    Charles Clark, Ibiza Food & Wine Bar – Alongside business partner Grant Cooper, the duo has launched numerous top-of-the-chart restaurant ventures through Clark Cooper Concepts, including Ibiza Food & Wine Bar, Coppa Ristorante Italiano, and Brasserie 19.

    Bryan Caswell, REEF – His award-winning seafood restaurant, REEF, earned him a 2009 Best New Chef Award from Food & Wine Magazine, and he is a two-time James Beard Award nominee for “Best Chef Southwest.”

    Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar – Rebecca came to Houston’s *17 Restaurant in 2006; then it was on to Ibiza and Catalan restaurants, an appearance on Top Chef Just Desserts, and now owner of the wildly popular Fluff Bake Bar.

    Antoine Ware, Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace – Following Hurricane Katrina, Ware relocated to Houston and went to work with Chris Shepherd, the chef of Catalan Restaurant, and later served as chef at The Hay Merchant, launching its first menu, as well as The Federal Grill.

    Claire Smith, Canopy / Shade – From her first venture, the Daily Review Café, to first Shade restaurant and then Canopy, Ms. Smith’s unique perspective on contemporary comfort food has won her regular national press coverage and countless culinary awards.

    Sponsored by:

    Grand Tasting sponsors

    Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for additional information.

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    3rd Annual Sangria Throwdown!

    Our 2014 Sangria Throwdown was a hit! More than 200 attendees voted for Houston’s best Sangria, and here are the winners:

    1st place: Vanessa Treviño-Boyd, Beverage Director, & Sean Steele, Bar Manager, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted

    2nd place: Ryan Levy & Ian Eastveld, Owners/Winemakers, The Nice Winery

    3rd place: Adele Corrigan, Wine Director, 13 Celsius

    A big thank you to all the competitors, sponsors, WOW members and guests who made the evening a success!

    WHEN: Monday, June 16th, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    WHERE: Tommie Vaughn Ford, 1201 N. Shepherd Dr.
    WHO: Guys are welcome at all of our events this year!

    Participating mixologists included:
    Sean Beck,Wine Director, Backstreet Café/Hugo’s/Carocal
    Kelly Railean, Owner/Distiller, Railean Distillers
    Adele Corrigan, Wine Director, 13 Celsius
    Laurie Sheddan & Leslie Ross, Triniti
    Pedro Angel Garcia, Chef/Owner, El Meson
    Shawn Virene, Managing Partner & Wine Director, Brasserie 19
    James Watkins, Beverage Director, Cordua Restaurants
    Vanessa Treviño-Boyd, Beverage Director, & Sean Steele, Bar Manager, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted
    Angie Chang, Sommelier, Sonoma in The Heights
    Josh Copeland, Owner, Texas Sangria Company
    Ryan Levy & Ian Eastveld, Owners/Winemakers, The Nice Winery

    Participating restaurants and food trucks included:
    Cyclone Anaya’s
    Copper Chef
    Pi Pizza

    Proceeds from the event benefited the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC).

    We also collected a few items to donate directly to HAWC:
    - packages of construction paper
    - character backpacks for elementary school girls
    - yoga pants (all sizes)
    - sports bras
    - gift cards

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    WOW’s 2013 year-end donation to HAWC

    We recently gathered at the Houston Area Women’s Center for our annual check presentation. And this year we were thrilled to be able to donate $45,000 to this important cause — more than double our donation in 2012!

    Check presentation photo

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    Our sincerest thanks to everyone who supported us this year — members, guests, sponsors (scroll down to see all our sponsor logos!), friends and family. We are looking forward to an even better 2014!

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    One Response to Welcome to Women of Wine Charities

    1. Sandra Hotz, Ph.D.
      April 21, 2013 at 2:09 am

      I am a psychologist and have had the opportunity to refer patients to the Houston Area Women’s Center, and they do a great job. I would like the opportunity to be able to support them in their good work.

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