Kiepersol Estates: East Texas Winery Advances With Quality Wine

Tyler is not, as you may have heard, a world famous wine making center. Nor is it renowned for its vineyards. However, quietly and for over a decade one winery has been working assiduously to change that impression: Kiepersol Estates. The winery makes all of its wine from grapes grown  on the 66 acres surrounding  the […]

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This New Year’s Eve: Mumm’s The Word

It’s New Year’s Eve! Here are a couple of sparkling wine recommendations. Mumm Napa, the California branch of the G.H. Mumm Champagne house, has three good options. As a general observation, Mumm’s winemaking objective seems to be to exploit the abundant fruit in California grape harvests when they develop their house style. This is in […]

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Recipe Contest: Cocktail Winner

The cocktail contest certainly drew in some stiff competition. We had several serious mixologists-in-the-making submit recipes for yummy holiday libations. It wasn’t easy, but we chose Michael Martensen’s Italian Sparkler cocktail (jump for the recipe). While we were blown away by submissions including St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and the likes of absinthe and heavy cream […]

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Ding Dong Dimples Cupcakes is Dead

Whilst I was immersed in The King’s Speech at the Angelika Theater, Teresa Gubbins was busily reporting the demise of Dimples Cupcakes. According to La Gubb’s source for the news, owner Chad Sorrells, the devastation of the Dimples dynasty was due to unsupportive landlords and this article in D Magazine (note to TG: D Magazine […]

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What I’m Drinking Now: Winter White

Typically when the weather turns colder (which every indication tells me we will have consistently soon) palates switch from wanting patio pleasing whites to hearty, warming reds; however there are white wines that are enjoyable throughout the cooler days.  They tend to be rounder, more complex and layered with toasty, spicy flavors and don’t need to […]

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Recipe Contest: Wine or Sparking Wine Cocktail Day 1

Today begins our final category in our Central Market Recipe Contest as we build the perfect holiday meal! Admittedly, it’s my favorite category: Wine or Sparkling Wine Cocktail. Submit your favorite cocktail recipes that include wine, and you’re entered to win a $100 gift certificate to Central Market. We’ll announce the winner Wednesday, Dec. 29. […]

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Next Chefs for Farmers Dinner Scheduled for March 13

Great work is being done (and created for happy tasters) by the outstanding local chefs who participate in the Chefs for Farmers events, as we have noted previously (in Dallas October 19 and Ft. WorthDecember 5).  The organization, started by Chef Matt McCallister (formerly with Stephan Pyles) and his dynamic wife Iris, is designed to raise awareness for using local ingredients from […]

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Consider These New Year’s Day Brunch Announcements Virtual Hangover Helpers

New Year’s Day—the day of turning over new leaves and making promises we never intend to keep. Good times. Get 2011 off to a good (albeit potentially bleary) start with brunch. The following folks are offering special deals and menus. Admittedly, the list is a little slim right now, but we’ll post more as they […]

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