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October 24, 2011

Storage and a Sommelier: Wine at The Austonian and Congress

UntitledAt The Austonian, wine aficionados have excellent resources at their disposal including access to the secured climate-controlled wine storage on the 9th floor, proximity to award-winning restaurant Congress, and the personal service that Urban Wine & Liquor will offer to wine enthusiasts when it opens this winter.

The climate-controlled wine room at The Austonian is 400 square-feet in size and currently stores the collections of several homeowners.  Wine Trend was responsible for the design of the room, including the 147 floor-to-ceiling lockers that can hold about 3,500 bottles of wine.

The space is climate controlled with two air handling units to maintain the humidity and room temperature at 58 degrees. The space is also connected to The Austonian’s back-up generator to protect residents’ wine in case of power outages.

For homeowners in need of new wines and spirits, Urban Wine & Liquor is slated to open in the base of the luxury condo this winter. The store will offer wine lovers a variety of services including events and tastings, special orders tailored to client’s needs and delivery to The Austonian.

For homeowners who prefer to enjoy their fine wines with a five-star meal, the Beverage Director at the trio of restaurants at The Austonian (Bar Congress, Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen) offers thoughtfully selected wine pairings as well as a comprehensive wine list. In 2009, June Rodil took first place at the Texas Best Sommelier Competition, an accomplishment that earned her the designation 2009 Texas Best Sommelier. This year, Wine and Spirits magazine named her one of “The Best New Sommeliers of 2011,” a title she shares with only four other sommeliers in the country.

(Photo Credit: JH Jackson Photography)



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