One of many great things about our city is our love of wine. Texans are some of the highest consumers of wine in the country, with Dallas as one of the top wine loving communities in the state. We love wine. We love big flavors – everything from big, juicy grilled steaks to refined raw sushi, and go out of our way to celebrate both (and everything in-between) with wine favorites and up and coming options.
It is no wonder that so many Texans dream of making wine, with many taking the leap and stepping into the wonderful world of wine either simply as enthusiasts that buy a barrel of pre-selected juice ready to be bottled and labeled with a local’s logo, to the truly adventurous that become savvy wine entrepreneurs, buying vineyards from regions locally to internationally to make wine under their own label. Within the past handful of years Dallas has seen great development of our local wineries, producing wine within the city from grapes grown both throughout Texas as well as the world, like Fuqua, Calais, Times Ten Cellars and Oak Cliff Cellars, to those that have made the leap and developed wineries in specific Oregon and California AVA’s like Siduri & Novy, Merriman, Hall, Coquerel and Red Mare. I had a chance to sit down with the majority owner of Red Mare Wines, Jim Striegel, recently to learn a little more about his wines and get a feel for how this Dallas real estate broker decided to open a winery in Napa Valley.1 Comment »
Hot dang. It’s that time of the year again. The James Beard Foundation has posted a list of its semifinalists for 2013 on its website already. Dallas, get excited. We’ve been nominated seven times (if you count Irving, too).
OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM - Cedars Social, Dallas
OUTSTANDING CHEF - Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles Restaurant, Dallas
OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR – Nick Badovinus (Flavor Hook, Off-Site Kitchen, Tried and True, etc.), Dallas
OUTSTANDING SERVICE - The French Room at the Adolphus, Dallas
OUTSTANDING WINE PROGRAM - Café on the Green at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, TX
BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST - Jason Maddy, Oak, Dallas and Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An, Dallas
Finalists will be announced on Monday, March 18, 2013.
Jump for the rest of the list.1 Comment »
Oh, lookie here! Mockingbird Station is adding class to its shopping, dining, and entertainment village. Once Twin Peaks, the famous chain breastaurant, opens inside 5307 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 240 in mid-June, couples can do what they’ve always dreamed: do date night at the Angelika and top off their romantic evenings at Twin Peaks. Then they can both enjoy a delicious dinner at a well-stocked restaurant. Together.
Twin Peaks is so great, it also functions perfectly for a bro date, too. It’s the ultimate destination and the “ultimate man cave” for the manliest of men. Growl.
“The mountain lodge-style sports restaurant, known for its scenic views, will open its rustic doors this summer in Suite 240 on the second level of Mockingbird Station. The eatery promises mouth-watering, high-quality comfort food, an extensive selection of 29-degree draft beer served from two full-service bars that boast 32 tap handles, a lively outdoor patio with two fire pits, and an inviting “Man Cave” space available for private party reservations.”
Sounds fabulous. Can’t wait.11 Comments »
Elizabeth Lavin, D Magazine’s staff photographer, was out of town yesterday. She was eating barbecue and chatting with the owner of the place. She sent this picture with a message: “They are deciding now on a Dallas location.” The joint already has a small footprint in the area, but a their business plan calls for a huge hoof mark soon.16 Comments »
I walked into this sleek American gastropub in the W Hotel with a chip on my shoulder. I’d seen the press materials with a stylized photograph of sliders, a trend I would like to see vanish, and all-too-abused buzzwords such as “small plates,” “familiar comfort foods,” and “hand-crafted cocktails.” An hour and a half later, I emerged without the chip and with a belly full of good food.
Have you been?