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What To Drink Now: Top 5 Reasons to Visit Napa Valley

Though harvest wrapped slightly earlier than normal this year, it is still the ideal time to visit one of the best wine regions in the world. I had a chance to visit earlier this month, enjoying several must do experiences as a guest of the wineries I visited.

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FT33 Launches a Barrel-Aged Cocktail Program

I’m sitting at the bar at FT33 with two wine glasses in front of me. In one there’s a familiar, grassy-colored splash of green Chartreuse, in the other a foreign yellow spirit. While technically also green Chartreuse, this liquor is the color of honey and smells sweet, like vanilla. Bartenders Tristan Price and Scott Augat watch in anticipation as I put the glass to my lips. The flavor is as sweet as the aroma, the sharp bitterness of the herbs are dulled by the oak barrel it was aged in. “This is delicious!” I blurt out while secretly wishing it was later in the day so I could order a proper, full-sized cocktail.

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Pour Judgment: Midnight Rambler in the Basement of the Joule Hotel

Midnight Rambler opened in the basement of the Joule Hotel at the beginning of the month, and has been shaking up craft cocktails every night since. The cocktail den was designed by the team behind trendy boutique — also located in the Joule Hotel — TenOverSix. The aesthetics are as curated as the drinks. The vibe is ’60s chic and the space is filled with brass bar stools, plush leather couches, vintage-looking (and actual vintage) tables, books, records, art and plants.

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Wine 101: Learning the Wines of the Loire Valley in France

The Loire Valley region is known as the “Garden of France” thanks to an abundance of vineyards, orchards, and fields of growing grains and vegetables. It stretches almost 185 miles long and runs down the Loire River through historic cities such as Amboise, Angers, Chinon, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours. Hayley Hamilton takes us on a trip through the Loire and discusses some of the most approachable, easy drinking wines in the world.

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What To Drink Now: Merryvale and More at SER Steak + Spirits

There is a new reason to visit SER Steak + Spirits in the Hilton Anatole Hotel, besides their seasonally influenced dishes created by their charming Chef Anthony Van Camp, enhanced with the incomparable view of the Dallas skyline. Last week they hosted Barbara Messer of Merryvale Winery to help with the launch of their new membership based wine club. I was able to stop by as their guest and enjoy a quick glass of their refreshing Sauvignon Blanc and stellar Profile while hearing more about what the venue has planned for the wine club members.

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TEXSOM – The Best Food and Wine Event in the Country-Names Best Sommelier in Texas

TEXSOM has grown into one of the largest conferences dedicated to the continuing education and instruction of both industry professionals and novices, and to help raise public awareness of the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers.

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