Hurry, Tickets are Still Available for TEXSOM’s Grand Tasting and Awards Reception

It’s hard to believe this year’s TEXSOM conference will be the 10th gathering of international sommeliers. Founded in 2005, TEXSOM was started by Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks to help promote professional wine service standards, outline paths for further wine education, and certification, and raise public awareness about the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers. Tickets for the massive Grand Tasting are still available.

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Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs

Welcome to Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs. Lots of news with an attitude.

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Scott Ota Named Texas Best Sommelier

The last glasses are still clinking and final wines are still being enjoyed by the capacity crowd at the final event Grand Tasting at the 9th annual TEXSOM Conference and Texas Best Sommelier Competition, ending what was by far the largest, and perhaps best, conference founders Drew Hendricks, MS, CWE and James Tidwell, MS, CWE, […]

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Who Will Be Dallas’ First Water Sommelier?

I’m an ice snob so I can’t throw too many cubes at the news that Los Angeles now has an official water sommelier. Jenn Harris, of the Los Angeles Times food blog The Daily Dish, reports Martin Riese completed a weeklong course in Germany to become the water sommelier for the Patina Group. Riese’s 20-bottle list ranges […]

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Report From TexSom 2012: Photos From Closing Ceremonies

Monday night TexSom celebrated the success of this year’s international wine conference with a grand tasting and awards ceremony event at The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Andrew Chalk was there and so was our eagle-eyed photographer Desiree Espada. Hayley Hamilton reports on the wine represented. Andrew has run out of […]

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TexSom 2012: Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Sommelier Course

Would you like a chance to fill your life-long dream of becoming a Master Sommelier? Then you must contact this nice lady, Kathleen Lewis, and she’ll get you on your way. Here is what she’s got: Spaces have become available for the 2-day Introductory Sommelier Course prior to TEXSOM in Las Colinas. The Program Dates: August […]

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Two Restaurants to Open at Klyde Warren Park. Lark is One

The developers of Klyde Warren Park (The Park) have been busy building the 5-acre green space that covers Woodall Rogers Freeway. The area will connect the Arts District and downtown with Uptown. The $110 million dollar attraction will feature fountains, a botanical garden, a performance stage, a children’s garden, real trees and grasses, and a […]

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John Tesar Hosts an Underground Dinner

The raging trend of underground dinners, secret supper clubs, and pop-up restaurants continue. The most recent chef up, I should say under, is John Tesar. While he waits to finalize details on Spoon, the restaurant he plans for Preston Center, he’s keeping in culinary shape by hosting a series of underground dinners. Last Saturday night, […]

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Chalk Talk: Upcoming Wine Events in Dallas

Here, in chronological order, are a few significant wine events coming to Dallas. Wednesday, February 22,  7pm: Honig Vineyards at Bailey’s Prime Plus with winemaker Michael Honig. Thursday March 1st, 6:30pm:  Paraduxx and Duckhorn at Ruth’s Chris in Dallas and Arlington. Tuesday March 28th, 7pm: Krupp Brothers at Nana with winemaker Tres Goetting. Full details below.

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Big Dog Wine Tastings Program Resumes at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas

I’m glad that Pappas Bros. Steakhouse really uses their massive wine cellar. While other high-end eateries present highly populated lists or display a large inventory of wine, Pappas Bros. services their customers and parlays their 2,000+ choice cellar into multiple formats of wine tastings. One of the best is the monthly tasting of several wines […]

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New Winter Menu at Bailey’s Prime Plus

Execuchef Grant Morgan and sommelier Jennifer Jaco have settled in to their relatively new jobs at Bailey’s Prime Plus. Earlier this week, Bailey’s held a media dinner at their Park Lane location to showcase their new winter menu and tell us about enhancements to the wine program. The wine program enhancements are exciting. The number […]

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