A few weeks ago I had an amazing wine adventure which included 4 days tasting through the Okanagan Valley wine country in British Columbia, and realized it is much more than the land of icewine. having heard many pros and cons Iwas eager to taste and understand what was going on in Canadian wine country. We were hosted by our friend Terry David Mulligan, host of “The Tasting Room” radio show and webcast. Terry is a connoisseur of Canadian wine, and movies, which made him our ideal host. The wineries we went to were family owned, small production operations, many of which had the wine makers pouring our tastings.
In 1988 there were 1,000 acres of land being farmed as vineyards. In 2009 there were about 10,000 acres of vineyards. The region is stunning, with vineyards flowing into orchards, down into Okanagan Lake, a big influence on the terrior for the region. The wine is good, and for the quality, very well priced. Most selections were priced under $50 Canadian. Unfortunately many can’t be found in Texas. In the mean time, if you find yourself in Vancouver, Toronto or any of our US/Canada boarder states keep an eye out for them, you won’t be disappointed. Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: Oh Canada"
This just in from a PR gal with the best name in the business, Hillary Redwine.
Dallas-based shopping center developer The MGHerring Group today announced that In-N-Out Burger will open at The Village at Allen in mid 2011 as one of the first locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The rest of the news with the usual made-up quotes below… Continue reading "In-N-Out Burger to Open in Allen"5 Comments »
Rain and Rangers got you down? Let this Friday’s Adobe Road Wine Dinner at Fearing’s Restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton be the light at the end of this tunnel of a week. Adobe Road Winery owner and pro sports car racer Kevin Buckler (winner of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Porsche World Cup) and Andy Lally (driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet and competitor this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway) will join diners for a five-course dinner created by Dean Fearing and his culinary team. Dinner runs $200 a head (before tax and gratuity) and requires a reservation — and at the speed that these types of dinners have been selling out recently, I’d suggest reserving your spot before the checkered flag goes down on this one.
Dishers, I am deeply depressed over the SF Giants victory last night. The city of San Francisco already has everything they need—food, architecture, beautiful views, fish. Infinity. It would have been so much more significant for the culture of Dallas if the Rangers had won. Perhaps we could shed the freakin’ boot-scootin-Billy Bob’s image we have all over the country. But nooo.
Today, Jenny Craig will have to wait. I need a big fat plate of cheesy enchiladas. Bring them on. Tell me where to go.
Update: RunDMC made my day with this clever comment: “Personally, I’m all over Rusty’s Enchiladas, Urban Enchiladas, Torchy’s Enchiladas, Enchiladas to Go, Enchiladas ‘r Us and Give ‘en Inch, ‘n Lawda They Take a Mile.”32 Comments »
You may have noticed that the tequila business has been booming the last couple of years, especially high-end tequila. One producer who hopes to take a piece of the pie, or Agave if you prefer, is Familia Camarena. For 75 years the family has grown their own Blue Agave plants in the Los Altos Highlands region and distilled tequila from them. Now they make Silver and Reposado versions of their tequila and these are widely available in the Dallas market. Wisely, they promote tequila as a spirit for cocktails. We sampled four at a recent tasting and here is a recipe for the drink that is the equivalent to the Margarita in Mexico, the Paloma.
1 oz. Familia Camarena Reposado or Silver Tequila
2 oz. Grapefruit juice
Top with seltzer / club soda
Familia Camarena tequila is widely available at major liquor stores across town.