Last night the annual Dallas Wine and Food Festival wrapped up with an impressive tasting of hundreds of wines paired with dozens of food offerings from some of the best restaurants in the city.
A thirsty crowd filled Union Station tasting their way through the Cakebread Chardonnay, Treana Red, Doctor’s Vineyard Syrah from Wrath, Deep Sea Pinot Noir and Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon, to name a very few with proceeds benefiting The Dallas Farmers Market.
Stand outs bite wise went to a Hawaiian style Salmon Avocado Ceviche from Classic Residence by Hyatt, a Chilled Cucumber Feta soup from Margaux’s, Thai Spiced Shrimp with Thai Mango Slaw from Pyramid Restaurant, Shrimp and Grits from Olenjack’s Grille and handmade Cavatelli pasta from Restaurant Ava.
Follow the jump for pictures from the evening and a Cheers to Executive Director Nikki Miller on another outstanding festival!
So far three upscale restaurants in Dallas have emailed me to say their phones are ringing and the customers are asking for Champagne to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. Apparently former President George Bush was dining at Rise No. 1 when he got the news. Where were you? How do you plan to celebrate?
UPDATE: Down, Dishers. Stop the nasty emails and go about your lives. I stand by the post above. Our country is celebrating the death of person who murdered innocent people in our country. Poor taste to post what restaurants are reporting to me? I don’t think so.
UPPITY DATE: Here.
As previously reported, yesterday Penfolds, Australia’s premier winemaker, released their 2006 Grange simultaneously at 25 Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants. I attended the event at the Dallas location. What a wine it is! The color is a concentrated ruby red. The nose is an enticing mixture of fruit and wood that keeps you sniffing it for signs that reveal the riddle of what is to come. In the mouth, the flavors are intense and, at this stage, inscrutable. The soft tannins make this wine drinkable now but as the wine ages, the tannins will soften and the components will become more resolved. I expect high scores from the established critics when they review it in the next few months. Perhaps not insignificantly, this wine ranks with the best red wines in the world yet it retails for about $499 – less than half the price of the 2009 Bordeaux first growths that also rank as “world top tens.”
Role the press release:
Americans have been infatuated with all things Italian for as long as they can remember. Amazingly, there is still much we don’t know, or have even tasted. Eric Seed, Importer/President of Haus Alpenz, an all things boutique and cool portfolio in the spirits industry has made a few more gems available from Italy. Zucca, Cardamaro, and Cocchi, are all names Italians have known for over a century, and now it’s our turn to enjoy! Come join us at Jimmy’s Food Store and taste these amazing aperitif’s that Italians have been drinking for years. Perfect, wine based “spirits” that are low alcohol and great with a splash of soda. The most influential restaurants in town are taking notice of these amazing Amaro’s and providing them to their customers. Now you can buy them locally and enjoy at home. Eric Seed will be on hand to answer all your questions about these great aperitifs.