I had the pleasure of meeting and tasting with Gary Sitton a few weeks ago. Gary is the winemaker for Blackstone Winery. Yes, that Winemakers Select Merlot that we all drank before Sideways, back when Merlot became a hit. I have to admit, I haven’t had a bottle of the Winemaker Select in a while, but I thoroughly enjoyed Gary’s new project, the Blackstone Sonoma Reserve.
More on that to come, but a little about Gary. He joined Blackstone just a short while ago, and this year’s Sonoma Reserve is really the first that he has been directly involved with fr0m start to end. Trained under Joel Peterson at Ravenswood, Gary is a winemaker that understands that you have to have the wine that will appeal to the masses; but additionally you can make that special wine , with great structure, balance and depth that represents place, and individual style. And, that Sonoma, and California is one of the best places to create great wine in. If you read about my meeting with Joel, philosophies sound similar. Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: Blackstone Sonoma Reserve"1 Comment »
I dropped by Ocean Prime last night. The place was packed. The mood was festive and celebratory. Over a dry-aged rib-eye and blackened snapper, we attempted to answer the question of why people in Dallas pick fancy steak houses to celebrate a special occasion. For some, it’s a once-a-year date; for others it’s once-a-week. If you have a theory, leave it. Otherwise, go buy me a Christmas present.15 Comments »
Want a few free cooking classes? The Savor Dallas site has some good ones. Watch Lavendou owner Pascal Cayet demonstrate the fine art of making a beef tenderloin with black peppercorn and mushroom sauce. Groovy music warning: Put on your earplugs, put on your eyeshades, you know where to put the cork.
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BTW:“The 6th annual Savor Dallas, “An International Experience of Wine, Food, Spirits and the Arts,” to be held March 5-7, 2010, is dedicated to showcasing the finest chefs in Dallas-Fort Worth and the world’s best beverages and celebrating the renaissance of Downtown Dallas, especially the Arts District, Dallas Farmer’s Market and host hotel Sheraton Dallas. Tickets for all events are on sale now with special pricing for advance purchase tickets through December 31, 2009. For a complete schedule, go to savordallas.com or call 888-728-6747.”