Mascalzone Houston Hosts First Wine and Chocolate Pairing Evening

Mascalzone Houston Hosts First Wine and Chocolate Pairing Evening

Houston Wine Bars

Wine bars in Houston are on the increase with at least 5 new bars opening in the previous 12 months. Indeed the city has been experiencing something of a wine and food revolution over the past half decade, with cultured palates all looking to sample what’s on offer in a thriving restaurant night life.

Macalzone’s Houston location made its latest contribution to the Houston scene, hosting a Wine Tasting and Chocolate Pairing Evening in collaboration with Xocolla Chocolatier Artisan and Alarich Wines.

Events at Mascalzone, Houston

Mascalzone have been regularly hosting popular events at their Houston location for some time now. Established as an authentically Italian Restaurant by the Magi family four years ago and one of the best spots for Italian food in Houston, the team have been discovering a huge spike in demand for wine tasting and wine related events.

mascalzone holds a diverse selection of italian wines
Mascalzone, Houston holds a diverse selection of Italian wines on its shelves

The restaurant stocks an already diverse selection of Italian Wines, carefully selected to compliment the menu, that are well received by customers. With so many Wine enthusiasts among the Houston clientele, introducing a Wine Tasting Event was something that seemed obvious to the Mascalzone team.

Last month’s “A Night In Naples” Wine Tasting evening, with Antonio Pepe of the Bellaria Winery, was a huge success with the restaurant fully booked well ahead of the event.

antonio pepe of the bellaria winery hosting a wine tasting event at houston mascalzone
Antonio Pepe of the Bellaria Winery hosting a wine class at Mascalzone

Attendees, who may be hard pressed to commit to a Wine Tour, were suitably entertained, happy to discover some valuable titbits of information related to the Wines on show and thrilled that such a fun and informative evening was available so close to home.

Last Thursday’s event was equally well subscribed and met with much enthusiasm, thanks to an interesting twist for a wine tasting class, namely pairing the wine with chocolate!

wine and chocolate tasting event at houston mascalzone
Chris Goodrich with a selection from Alarich Wines

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About Xocolla Chocolatiers

Xocolla Chocolatiers was founded by Tony Najjar and produce small quantities of chocolate sourced only from the most select ingredients. The company prides itself on working with reputable group of cocoa bean farmers and along side chefs and sommeliers to prepare chocolate recipes that compliment wine, beer, liquor and coffee.

xocolla chocolate at mascalzone restaurant
Some of the Artisan Chocolate from Xocolla on display


Alarich Wines was established back in 2012 by Fouad Alameddin and Chris Goodrich. The pair began tapping into Houston’s growing thirst for quality wines by importing and selling their favourite wines.

With a consistently evolving catalogue of wines thanks to their passion and commitment to wine and to regular visits to Italy, the Alarich Winery works primarily with boutique winemakers to bring choices that they think will suit the enthusiasts of Houston best.

The Alarich collection features wines from the Piemonte region of Italyt, such as Barolo and Barbera d’Alba, as well as from the Bellaria Winery, Campania, such as the Greco di Tufo and the Fiana di Avellino.

Wine and Chocolate Pairing Evening

A big thank you to Tony Najjar from Xocolla and Chris Goodrich from Alarich Wines for presenting such an engaging and informative evening. Also a warm thanks to every one that attended for making it another fun evening!

Below are a few more images from last Wednesday’s event:

Events at Mascalzone

We will be hosting many more Wine Tasting Events and Live Music Evening at Mascalzone Houston and our other locations in the UK – so watch this space for more information!

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Author: Toto Mascalzone

Toto Mascalzone is event and marketing manager at Mascalzone restaurant. He is an Italian wine writer and educator, blogger, and food and wine enthusiast currently living in London. He is author of the wine and lifestyle blog, and was a co-editor, together with Italian wine writer a blog devoted to news from the world of Italian wine.

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