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Upcoming Opportunities to Taste

I am always on the look out for great opportunities to sip and savor the beauty of a glass of wine from around town and around the world.  A few great ones are happening over the next few weeks and their press releases have just popped into my inbox just in time to find that perfect bottle to toast your sweetie, and yourself, for Valentine’s.

Fuqua Winery continues to bring us fun and informative tastings.  Tonight at 7pm they are holding their second (because the first one was so much fun) blind tasting of Sauvignon Blanc wines from New Zealand to South Africa, and everything in between.

If you are more of a big, bold red wine fan join them on Thursday, Feb 2, for their Texas Tempranillo release party, Vat #15.  Tempranillo is perhaps best known as the grape of Rioja, and often referred to as Spain’s “nobel grape,” but it also does very well in our Texas soils, being able to withstand our long, hot summer weather.  This new release is 100% Texas grown grapes from the Texas Hill Country AVA. Call for reservations for either – 214-769-1147.

Wine tastings at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse are known to be some of the best in town, led by Master Sommellier Barbara Werley.  This Friday, February 3rd, she will feature the always popular Cabernet Sauvignon with selections from around the world.  For $55 per person you’ll be able to try Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Napa, Sonoma, Australia, South Africa and more like Lewelling Vineyards 2008 Cab from St. Helena, 2007 SLV from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in Napa, 2008 Gordon Brothers Cellars from Washington to name a few, paired with a variety of Pappas Bros. Hors d’Oeuvres. Cabernet is the prized grape of Napa Valley, and traveling through the region tasting different brands allows you to see how terrior can effect this versatile grape.  Take this concept throughout the world and you have the opportunity to discover what makes each of these regions so different and special, while producing highly regarded wine.
Reservations required, 214-366-2000.

For just $35 on February 9th you’ll have a chance to try up to 50 wines from the fantastic portfolio of Moet Hennessey at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek with our friends from Sigel’s.  This includes the wines from Newton, Cloudy Bay, Chateau de Sancerre, Domaine Chandon and more, along with a chance to meet the winemakers behind these brands and enjoy delicious appetizers from the amazing kitchen of Chef Bruno Davaillon.  Tickets are limited.  Sigel’s will offer a discounted price on all wines tasted after the event.  Call 214-350-1271 for tickets.

If Italian wines are more your speed visit Jimmy’s Food Store on February 9th for a tasting of the Dalla Terra portfolio with Founder and Chairman, Brian Larky.  I met Brian a few years ago and tasted through his delicious portfolio of wine from Inama, Liveli, La Valentina, Di Gresy and more.  Each wine in his portfolio was specially selected to exemplify the beauty, power and grace of Italian wine.  Antipasti, cheese and sweets will also be served; reservations are required.  Email Paul for reservations (Paul@jimmysfoodstore.com), and place your order for Burrata – they are sending their order to Italy this Friday for the silky, creamy, decadent Burrata to be delivered next week, so knock out two great opportunities to taste great Italian delights in one.