Steve and Allison Triarsi Lewis are two well-known and well-respected Houstonians: she as an anchor and reporter at CBS News Houston, and he as a money manager for an array of Houston’s most wealthy.
Steve has had more than a passing interest in wine, and over the years has raised hundreds ofthousands of dollars for charitable purposes through his leadership positions in wine programs such as “I Have A Dream Houston” and others as a celebrity auctioneer. While having fun for a day helping his friend and Napa Valley winemaker Steve Reynolds with the 2008 harvest, the idea came to him to do something special with his own wine, and he and Allison have done just that. I have written for years that one no longer needs to own a vineyard or a winery to produce great wines — just a first class vineyard source and a top winemaker. Here, both criteria are almost transcended with a perfect, cool-climate vineyard source in Carneros and master winemaker Reynolds of Reynolds Family Wines (my favorite being Reynolds Persistence, a Napa Cabernet blend). In Lewis’s case, since the vineyards in Carneros are just right for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and these are the two food-friendly wines Lewis has focused on, these are his two wines. They are each top-of-the-line with only 150 cases of each made.