I am a big believer in decanting wine…young or old, New World or Old… especially young wine that needs the help of a decanter to aid in the aerating of a bottle that perhaps should have rested a while longer. For years I have heard the pros of using the Vinturi device, the handy wine gadget sold anywhere from Brookstone and World Market to your local wine shop and grocery store, but just couldn’t get on board, even after receiving a few of them as gifts. It seemed silly to me to pour your wine through a silly device claiming it will instantly change the aroma and flavor profile of a wine. Why bother, I thought, if I want to aerate a wine I will simply decant it….
Boy was I wrong….over the weekend I had a very young bottle of wine I had received as a sample for editorial consideration, and it was good but also very young. I decided to break out one of the Vinturi devices I had received as a gift from my sister (a big believer in the device) and see if it would change anything about the wine. Within 30 seconds of pouring the wine through the Vinturi, the wine changed, softening some of the harsh tannin notes, relaxing some of the big fruit forward aromas and assisting in the opening of the wine creating an enjoyable glass. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: To Vinturi or Not"
I could never see the big the deal about See’s Candies, a California-based company, but I see from a very recent press release that See’s is opening its first Texas location inside Stonebriar Mall. There will probably be a sea of people at the Grand Opening celebration taking place on Friday, April 27 starting at 9:30 AM, and I bet the line will curve around to form a letter “C” once See’s fans find out they get a Texas Candy Sampler with every $25 purchase. Lots of other giveaways will be happening that entire weekend as well.
I think that’s all the see-crets I have on See’s Candies for now. More info coming see-oon. Maybe. If there are any.16 Comments »
This event title confuses me. Does the NFL have a taste? How can you taste the NFL? Do they bottle DeMarcus Ware’s sweat and pass it out for you to drink? DeMarcus Ware may be yummy-lookin’ when he smiles with all those pearly teeth, but… let’s hope not.
Anyways, it turns out that my imagination is getting the best of me. Chef Kent Rathbun, DeMarcus Ware #94, former Dallas Cowboys and Host Committee Co-Chairs Preston Pearson and Chad Hennings are throwing this “party with a purpose” to help support the North Texas Food Bank‘s mission to end childhood hunger. Top DFW chefs like Graham Dodds from Central 214 and Tiffany Derry from Private Social will be located at one of the 20 gourmet food stations where attendees can munch on delectables. Emerald City’s kickin’ it back with new and old school jams while current and former Dallas Cowboys mill around, probably stuffing their faces with good food.
It’s all going down at the Omni Hotel on Sunday, May 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. To buy your advanced tickets, go here.
Move over Neapolitan pizza trend, your clock is ticking. Tomato Pie, a new pizza joint, is opening up next week along Preston and Forest, right by the CVS Pharmacy. Its St. Louis-style pies have super thin yeast-less crusts. Think of all you can do with the 15 different toppings to choose from; if you do the math, that’s 225 different combinations of pizzas. Hot dang. Dig in to salads, pastas, and sandwiches if you’re not into the whole pizza thing. (That’s okay, we’ll forgive you.)
DaLat, a late-night restaurant focusing on Vietnamese comfort food, is soft opening on Thursday at Fitzhugh. Finally, there’s going to be a place where you can fulfill midnight cravings of pho and banh mi without having to dream about it. Thank you, owner Khanh Nguyen. You have done me.. err, Dallas, a great service.
Teresa Gubbins has all the details here already, but in case you don’t stalk her like I do, Rusty Taco is spreading its wings and coming downtown this May. Rusty Fenton, the owner, says in Gubbins’ piece that his “goal is to save the world from Fuzzy’s.” Sounds pretty honorable considering that my goal is to save the world from zombies. They really do exist, y’know.
I know, I’m a day late. Tough start to the week.
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