As frequent readers will know that I’m a firm believe in all libations being of the bubbly variety (unless of course it’s vodka, or absinthe, or whisky. never mind). Last year I threw a pre Whuffaoke party full of Champgane and burgers, and one of my colleagues told me a story of Champagne and Sausages which I have to admit has a better ring to it than burgers. But none of these come close to MAX’s Wine Dive in Austin whose slogan is the title of this post.
This surprisingly upscale wine bar is certainly no dive in looks, food or clientele. Almost everything on the menu will give you a hear attack, but it will be worth it. Photographed is The Texas “Haute” Dog, but I strongly recommend copious portions of Pan Borracho. I’m not exactly sure whats in it, but I’m told a combination of bread, alcohol and cheese, all mixed together and baked into gooey goodness that will make you gurgle like a happy baby.
The wine list isn’t too shabby either. The mini party I threw there (I say threw, people gathered, I bought the bubbles), were served the ’06 Schramsberg Brut Rose and the Domaine Chandon Etoile Rose, both californian at $65 a bottle (just $15 over list price). The Schrmsberg is crisper and more traditional, and the Domaine Chandon is sweeter and fruitier, probably best a desert champagne and we managed to drink them dry of this one.
When you are next in Austin or Houston you should make every effort you can to check out the gastronomical juxtaposition of champagne and fried food that MAX’s do so, so well.