For two solid weeks on September 25th through October 8th, Yelpers across Houston enjoyed half-off wines at nine local wine bars as part of the Yelp Uncorked! This was a first for the city, as locals explored some of the top-rated wine bars and discovered their new favorite wines. With that, multiple events were hosted to celebrate all things wine!
We kicked off the promo on September 25th with a Wine Down Wednesday at boutique retail wine shop Plate & Bottle. Yelpers enjoyed a complimentary wine tasting of seven different wines, along with sandwiches, wraps and desserts by Ruggles Cafe Bakery, a beautiful cheese spread from Houston Dairymaids, and meats, olive oils and balsamic tastings provided by Mercantile.
On September 30th, we made way to Simone On Sunset for Yelp's Gold Badge Burger Bash. Gold Elites were treated to complimentary gourmet burgers made to order – served only on Monday's at Simone's. With half-priced wines, one lucky Yelper – Jaire Q – walked away with a free bar tab courtesy of Yelp!
On October 2nd – a full week into Yelp Uncorked – more than 50 Yelpers met at Pinot's Palette Memorial City for a Wine Down Wednesday paint party! Yelpers took advantage of the special group discount from Pinot's Palette, as Whole Foods Wilcrest provided a yummy buffet of wraps, fruit and veggie trays, along with a show-stopping avocado, lemon and kale salad. With KIND Healthy Snacks adding a touch of sweets into the mix with their chocolaty, chewy bars – and red and white wine to wash it all down – Yelpers had a blast putting their creative talents to the test.
Wrapping up the two week-long wine happy hour on October 5th, the Yelp Elite Squad made way to James Craig Furnishings for a private event: The Art Of Yelpertaining. Elites took advantage of the complimentary one-on-one design advice from Pamela O'Brien of Pamela Hope Designs. Elites brought in sketches, photos, magazine clips and even floor plans to get tips, share ideas and get inspired! With gorgeous weather on the lovely fall day, guests mingled on the patio where bubbles and wine were served, along with a lengthy build-your-own slider buffet from The Counter, located a stone's throw away. The Counter pulled out all the stops with multiple sauces, toppings and condiments – bacon, grilled onions, bleu cheese please!
Thank you to all of the Yelp Uncorked participating wine bars, event hosts and sponsors, the Yelp Elite Squad and the entire Yelp community for supporting so many local businesses.
Until next time, I'll SYOY!
Yelp Houston Community Manager