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Couple of Good Food Gigs: Les Dames d’Escoffier Raiser Grazer and Savor Dallas’ Wine Panel Tasting Seminar

One. As I have said before, the silent auction at the annual Les Dames d’Escoffier Raiser Grazer event is the best around. If you love food and travel you can get some great bargains. The next RG is Sunday (March 6) from 5-8 at City Place (2711 North Haskell). Les Dames is a group of female food professionals devoted to raising money to provide scholarships to woman trying to break into the industry. This year an all-star line up of local chefs will provide food and wine. The evening is a steal at $50 a person. Tickets and information here.

Two. Savor Dallas is just around the corner. The dates March 18 and 19. One of the most popular events is the Savor Dallas Wine Panel Tasting Seminar which will take place on March 19 at 3:00PM. This year the interactive tasting will feature some of the great names in the Texas wine industry: Dr. Richard Becker, proprietor of Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg, with his Cabernet Sauvignon, and Kim McPherson, from McPherson Cellars in Lubbock sampling his Viognier. Winemakers from all over the country will also be on hand. All of the details, including where to get tickets are below.

Savor a world of wines and meet the people responsible for making them at the popular Savor Dallas “Wine Panel” tasting seminar on Saturday March 19th, at 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Seminar Theatre.

Two leaders of the Texas Wine Industry will be on hand for the interactive tasting:  Dr. Richard Becker, proprietor of Becker Vineyards in Fredricksburg, with his Cabernet Sauvignon, and Kim McPherson, from McPherson Cellars in Lubbock sampling his Viognier.  Winemaker David Hopkins from Bridlewood Estate Winery will be showing off his California Central Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (this is “Sideways” country after all).  Farther up the coast in Livermore, The Concannon Family Vineyards has been producing great wines for over 125 years.  John Concannon will be pouring his family’s Heritage Petite Sirah, which is only made in select years, with exceptional grapes from the very best vintages.  Delicious wines from Ribera del Duero round-out the tasting.   The region’s international wine ambassador April Cullom teases your taste buds with Tinta de Toro (adapted for this region of Spain from Tempranillo).  The session will be moderated by Karla Barber who is president of the Dallas Chapter of Women for Wine Sense.

The comfortable Seminar Theatre is the perfect setting for this wine adventure.  A limited number of tickets remain for this great tasting.  You’re also invited to stay and enjoy the full Savor Dallas wine and food experience following the seminar.  There is a special ticket package that combines the Reserve Tasting (5 p.m.) and the International Grand Tasting (7 p.m.)  Visit SavorDallas.com for full details and to get tickets to all events.  It’s “the most delicious wine and food festival in Texas” –March 18-19, in the Dallas Arts District.  Bring your friends.

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