What to Drink Now: Truffle Hunt with Gonzalez Byass in Spain (part 1)

Of all the delicacies in the world, none excites my palate more than an earthy truffle. They can be white or black, from the Piedmont region of Alba at the foothills of the Alps, the Périgord region in France, or the Spanish hills of Somontano in the shadows of the Pyrenees. The divine, intense aroma […]

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What To Drink Now: Spring Valley Vineyards and Erath Winery

While in Washington with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, traveling as their guest on their “string of pearls” wine tour, after visiting their ColSolare and Northstar Wineries we visited Spring Valley Vineyards and then moved down to Oregon to Erath. One of the first wineries I fell in loved with when I started learning about the […]

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What To Drink Now: ColSolare and Northstar

Three years ago I had a chance to have dinner with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates President and CEO Ted Baseler at their Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley. Over dinner we talked about Ste. Michelle’s goal to work with a broad range of wineries in their now extensive portfolio either through sole ownership, a […]

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What To Drink Now: Wines from Ricossa – Part 2, Pairing with Piedmontese Food

While traveling through the Piedmont region of Italy as a guest of Ricossa Winery, producers of affordable, delicious, varietally correct wine of Piedmont, it was hard not to have a few pinch me moments.  Piedmont is one of the most beautiful regions of the world. Dotted from one end to the other with vineyards and […]

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What To Drink Now: Piedmont Wines from Ricossa Winery – Part 1

I recently returned from a week in the Piedmont region of Italy as a guest of Ricossa Winery, a part of the MGM Mondo del Vino family of wines.  Having never been to the region, my anticipation was overwhelming as I have had a love of Barolo since I started drinking red wine, and I […]

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What To Drink Now: New Wines of Greece…Xinomavro from Naoussa and Amyndeo

Perhaps the most exciting variety for red lovers from Greece is the Xinomavro (Ksee no’ ma vro.) While traveling through Greece as a guest of New Wines of Greece we went north to the area of Naoussa, thought to be the home of Dionysus’s mother, Semele, is planted completely with Xinomavro (meaning acid-black in Greek), […]

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What To Drink Now: New Wines of Greece…Northern Greece and Beyond

Traveling as a guest of New Wines of Greece with All About Greek Wine founders Sofia Perpera and George Athanas a few weeks ago we had a chance to really taste the terroir of this pre-historic land and understand why wine has been made and exported in the country for thousands and thousands of years. […]

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What To Drink Now: New Wines of Greece From Crete

It is easy to get confused about the wines of Greece, mainly the varieties are hard to pronounce and if you don’t know where the wines comes from is you might get disappointed, as a Xinomavro (Ksee no’ ma vro) from the Naoussa region of the north tastes different than one from Amynedo, also in […]

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What To Drink Now: New Wines of Greece…Assyrtico from Santorini

Just when you think you know a little bit about wine you travel to Greece and you realize there is so much more to learn.  I recently returned from Greece, attending the 3rd annual New Wines of Greece Symposium and traveling throughout the country and the Aegean Islands as a guest of New Wines of […]

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What To Drink, and Eat, Now: Regional Pairings of Wine and Food Through Spanish Eyes

In simplest terms, the ideal way to enjoy a glass of wine is paired with the cuisine of the region the wine is from. In early days of wine making, wine was intended to be the drink enjoyed with food during the daily meals; even before you could safely drink water there was wine.  If […]

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What To Drink Now: Making and Drinking Cava with Segura Viudas – Part 2

As I continued on with the Cava assemblage experience, as an invited guest of Segura Viudas in the Penedes region of Spain, my traveling companions and I were introduced to Winemaker Gabriel Suberviola, who is hands on throughout this whole Cava making process for Segura Viudas. We spent day two with Gabriel, introducing himself to […]

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What To Drink Now: Making and Drinking Cava with Segura Viudas, Part 1

Spain is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, confirmed last week by the plane loads of spring breakers traveling to the country out of DFW.   I’ve just returned from a week in the Catalan region in and around Barcelona for an in depth look into the world of making Cava […]

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Chinese New Year at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

Last night, I schmoozed with some Dallas media people at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck for a complimentary sampling of its Chinese New Year’s menu. Big D foodies like Teresa Gubbins, Steven Doyle, Jennifer (RealPoshMom), and the nice lady from foodbitch (I swear you said your name was “Katie,” but your blog says “Rachel.”) busted […]

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New Code Compliance for Lowest Greenville Ave. Starts Tonight

Last night Avi S. Adelman, the Cesar Millan of Barking Dogs, walked the streets at midnight with Dallas Code Compliance officers as they “educated” business owners on new regulations that start tonight. Basically bars and restaurants must to have a late-night permit to be open after midnight. If they don’t, they get a ticket and […]

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Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival Wraps Up With Tim Love’s Grilled Pickles, Fergus Henderson’s Bone Marrow, and a Nearly Perfect Fish Sandwich

For a debutante, last weekend’s Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival (featuring, among others, local boy Tim Love of Lonesome Dove and Love Shack) was both a figurative and literal hottie. From searing grills to humidity that felt like getting a big wet one from Mother Nature, heat was both constant companion and inspiration […]

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Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival Featuring Lonesome Dove’s Own Tim Love About to Get Underway

If we Americans are known for anything it’s for not knowing when to quit — which is how I’ve come to be inside a hotel room on a perfectly decent sunny day in Barbados, where I’ve come to watch Dallas/Fort Worth’s own cowboy chef Tim Love impress the hell out of the global community during the […]

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