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Napa-inspired tasting room to open in Houston's Heights

Mutiny Wine Room, a tasting room concept from winemakers Mark Ellenberger and Emily Trout, is set to hit the Heights this fall. 

Ellenberger and Trout are the founders of Kagan Cellars in Napa, California, but the husband-and-wife team live in Houston. Ellenberger is a California native, while Trout is from Houston. Trout told the Houston Business Journal that Houston was a better market for small, boutique wine producers, and she saw an untapped market for niche wine. California, she said, is jam-packed with winemakers and sellers. 

Located at 1124 Usener St., along Studewood Street just north of White Oak Bayou, Mutiny Wine Room is roughly 3,300 square feet and capable of holding up to 100 people for events. It will have around 30 employees and a full kitchen to produce food that pairs well with wine, such as charcuterie and other small plates and shareables.

Trout and Ellenberger bought the land outright in 2017 for an undisclosed amount and built the tasting room from the ground up. Trout declined to give build-out costs. Their broker was Donna Winfrey with Coldwell Banker Commercial. Mark Atkins from MASA Studio Architects is the architect and designer of the space, while Remington Services is the general contractor.

Mutiny Wine Room will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will be closed on Mondays. 


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