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Upcoming Opportunities To Taste

If you are in the mood for some tasty wine, there are more opportunities than ever to enjoy some great wine, often with a tasty meal.  Here are a few ideas to add to your calendar.

DWT_logo_final_webThe next Dallas Wine Trail is tomorrow and a few tickets are still available here for $39.95 each.  The fifth annual event taking place from 11am – 5pm tomorrow at all four of our Dallas wineries will include 3 tastes of the current release wines at each spot along with tasty food bites at each location.  This is a great opportunity to meet the winemakers of Fuqua, Times Ten Cellars, Calais and Inwood Estates.
Tickets won’t be available at the door, so buy now if you can attend.

Nancy named The Grape as her #11 in the Top 100 restaurants in Dallas….and I couldn’t agree more as this neighborhood gem owned by Chef Brian Luscher and his fabulous wife with a great palate, Sommelier Courtney Luscher, consistently delivers tasty bistro cuisine paired with an ever evolving wine list, made only better while enjoying an evening on their Greenville Ave patio.  Every Monday-Friday on that patio and in the bar you can enjoy 1/2 price wine from their by the glass list from 5:30-7pm, Monday until 8pm.  An ideal way to start the week.

A must attend wine dinner happens Thursday June 13 at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse featuring Nickel and Nickel wines with special guest Jim Doehring, Central Region Manager for Nickel & Nickel, Far Niente, En Route and Dolce.  Nickel and Nickel has become known for their single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from specially selected sites throughout Napa Valley.  The wines are robust, refined and always remarkable.  $225, reservations required – 214-366-2000

Pappas Bros. will also have one of their monthly Friday night wine tasting events on Friday, June 14, this month featuring the wines that the Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Sommeliers would drink,  a special opportunity to try the wine that Barbara Werley, one of only 17 female Master Sommeliers in North America, would sip.  The tasting runs from 6pm-8pm and is $55 per person with light appetizers.  Reservations required – 214-366-2000.

What better reason to get out of town than for dinner? June 22 Chef Stephan Pyles with join Kathryn Hall of Hall Family Wines in San Antonio at the Elian Hotel for a multi-course pairing dinner featuring Kathryn’s gorgeous Napa Valley wines paired with Pyles tasty creations. The hotel is offering a special package as well for guests traveling in for the dinner with spa services, golf and a morning brunch.  The dinner is $125 per person; the overnight packages start at $499. Reservations required, the hotel has full details on the packages as well – 210-598-2900.

June 27 Chef Kent Rathbun’s KB Event Venue and Constellation Brand Expert Todd Ruback team for what they are calling a “comparative dinner.”  Not only is this a great opportunity to enjoy Rathubun’s tasty cuisine at KB’s in Plano, but you can also drink a few of the best wines from portfolio, and learn a little something about region differences that influence the aroma and flavor of a particular wine.  For instance, Rathbun will prepare Duck Two Ways: Pimenton Roasted Duck Breast and Confit Leg with Black Cherry and Balsamic Reduction to pair with the comparison of Wild Horse Pinot Noir, Central Coast vs. Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, Marlborough.  Full details here, $75, reservations required – 214-619-3557.

If fine seafood and great wines of the Northwest are more your speed join Chef Richard Chamberlain on June 27 for his Alaskan cooking demo and wine dinner featuring Alaskan King Crab, Shrimp and Salmon Sushi and Pancetta crusted Halibut paired with crisp Bell Pinot Gris from Willamette, A to Z Oregon Chardonnay, and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Siduri.  $79, reservations required – 972-503-3474