Who: Brittany Brown, manager and sommelier of the Manor House at The Houstonian, 111 N. Post Oak.
Background: A University of Houston Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate, Brown is shepherding the John Staub-designed residence, built in 1955, into a new era. It's now open to the public after having been a gathering spot only for Houstonian members and hotel guests since opening as a restaurant three decades ago. She has played a role in the National Association of Caterers and Event Planners and is proud that the Manor House will be contributing 50 percent of the cost of every entrée sold March 7-12 to the scholarship fund of NACE's UH chapter as part of the 30th anniversary celebration.
What: 2015 William Chris Vineyards Rosé
Why: The Manor House is getting an exclusive early delivery of the vintage at Brown's behest because, she says, "I love it, and I want our guests to experience it." Although the grapes are grown in Texas' High Plains AVA, the winery is in Hye in the Hill Country on U.S. 290. Bill Blackmon, a Texas winegrower since the year Manor House opened, and young gun Chris Brundrett found themselves kindred spirits, so they partnered to release their first William Chris wine in 2008. The winery and tasting room, housed in a restored 110-year-old farmhouse, opened in 2010. Brown describes the rosé, 100 percent cinsaut, as "vibrant and bright with sweet citrus flavors and aromas of white peach." In short, a perfect pairing with the arrival of spring.
Price: $35 for a bottle, or receive a complimentary glass with the Azalea Celebration three-course prix-fixe menu at Manor House next week.