Just got a note from Jasper Russo at Sigel’s on a tasting next week of one of my favorite Napa wines from what is estimated to be one of the best vintages from the region in recent years. Next Tuesday at the Sigel’s Greenville location from 5p-7p they will host Bruce Moonen, President of Nickel & Nickel for a tasting of not only some of their stellar 2007 single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but also their 2008 Chardonnay. Not a tasting to miss….click here to rsvp.
The wineries dotted along the flat, tidy expanse of the Napa Valley appellation of Oakville are celebrated for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietal wines. In fact, the region’s vineyards are some of the most coveted in the valley. The Nickel & Nickel winery, founded in 1997 but born from a tradition of exceptional winemaking, is devoted to creating wines that articulate the singular expressions of the vineyards in Oakville and beyond.
Established by the partners of Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel is based on a philosophy of producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinct personality of each vineyard. The winery’s current releases include Napa Valley Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Syrah and Zinfandel.
Nickel & Nickel wines to be tasted:
2008 Chardonnay Medina
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron
2008 Chardonnay Truchard
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Rock Cairn
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Sullenger
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Tench
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Vogt
In this battle-axe of an economy, where even having a job is worth popping a cork over, you have to carve out every cause to celebrate that you can. I chose to celebrate yesterday’s successful (read: bloodless) completion of my first day on the 21st floor by scooting over to the Knox-Henderson La Duni for Street Tacos loaded with fat chunks of mahi and perfectly muddled Margarinhas. Both of which made me wish I were first in line for tonight’s Chef’s dinner with Chef Julia Lopez (who, incidentally, won me over a couple weeks ago when, in a refreshing show of humility, she appeared at my Northpark tableside to personally make amends for a kitchen mishap). My guess is that the mojito tasting and “surprise entertainment” alone will be worth the $42 admission!1 Comment »
From the Department of “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up“: a press release from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s Collections announcing the Top Ten Inventions from their collection.
Tommy Edison’s light bulb? Check. Bell’s telephone? Check. The first camera? Check. Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez’s 1971 invention of the frozen margarita machine? Umm, check please? What about The Clapper? The Snuggie? Genetically modified salmon? I could go on. Is this what it takes to get people interested in U.S. history? The full release is below. Continue reading "Mariano Martinez’s Margarita Machine Named One of the Top Ten Inventions of All Time"7 Comments »
I live down the street from the Green Spot. So, yeah, I’m what you might call attuned to its operations. They announce a chili cook-off, and I post about it. Tacos 2 Go pulls out, and I mention that Teresa Gubbins has posted about it. Well, today I bring you news that starting this week, each Thursday the folks from Il Cane Rosso will fire up their wood-burning pizza oven at Green Spot starting at 6 p.m. Will I be there to eat said pizza and take pictures of it and then share those pictures? I think you know the answer.
[Ed. note: More news from Jay Jerrier and Il Cane Rosso below.] Continue reading "Local Editor Continues to Pimp Every Press Release Issued by Green Spot and Il Cane Rosso"1 Comment »
Yesterday a murder of crows media descended on attended a preview luncheon at the new Urban Taco location on McKinney Avenue. Our representative, Meredith Stein, feasted on a freebies and files this report.
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I’m just going to come right out and say it: I am, by no means, a food critic.
As a college student who makes just enough bank to pay rent and bills, a free meal equals a good meal, as far as I’m concerned. And that’s exactly what I got today at Markus Pineyro’s new McKinney Avenue eatery, Urban Taco. But, luckily for me, this particular meal was quite a step up from my homemade spaghetti with Prego sauce and typically low food standards…
(Jump for her joy.) Continue reading "Urban Taco Opens Uptown Location"
He specializes in the food of Italy, a country that pioneered ice cream as we know it. However, in the event chef David Uygur decides not to make his own ice cream at Lucia, he might want to source it from just a few blocks away at Paletas Fruititas on Jefferson in Oak Cliff. Two of the many interesting flavors are shown here.