4 Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Spring is stunning in Dallas. It’s probably the best time of year to live in our great city. But if you have a little spring fever and you’re looking for a reason to get out of town on a long weekend, here are a few ideas over the coming months that are great excuses to hop on a plane or take a road trip.

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What To Drink Now: Truffle Dinner in Spain with Gonzalez Byass (Part 2)

Earlier this week, we went on a black winter truffle hunt with wine company Gonzalez Byass in the northern part of Spain—specifically, the Somontano region—where I was traveling as their guest. After the hunt and a very hot shower in the medieval village of Alquezar, we set off for our truffle feast prepared by chef Carmelo Bosque of the Michelin-starred Lillas Pastia.

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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: Tasting and Toasting in Sonoma (Part 1)

Traveling over the winding roads of the Mark West passage from Napa Valley to Sonoma requires you to slow down a bit both physically and mentally. Sonoma is just a bit quieter than Napa; a bit more laid back, a bit more relaxing. Yes, the lavish château-like properties that dot Highway 29 have earned their adoration over years of making stunning wines from Napa Valley fruit, but the rustic wineries of Sonoma—some dating back 150 years—pride themselves on a slightly different, casual attitude than some of their friends over the mountain, while still producing stellar wines. I recently had a chance to visit with a few of these owners at their properties dotting Sonoma County, tasting with them as their guest. Here is the first of two installments, where I will uncover some undiscovered, very special wines.

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What To Drink Now: Willamette Valley

I recently made an unexpected trip to Portland, OR, and while there, took the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places just outside the city, Willamette Valley. Just in time for holiday planning I visited a few favorites and a new find, each making wine ideal for your Christmas dinner, especially if holiday ham, pork tenderloin, roast turkey or a “Feast of Seven Fishes” are on your menu. The wineries provided complimentary trade tastings.

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Giveaway: One Pair of Tickets to the Dallas Travel & Adventure Show This Weekend

The Dallas Travel & Adventure Show, happening this weekend (Nov. 2 and 3) at the Convention Center, has a culinary stage line-up that features Savor Dallas creator Jim White and Top Chef contestant Tre Wilcox. I believe they will be cooking up some tasty samples for y’all to try. Tickets are $15 at the door […]

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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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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Stephan Pyles and Katherine Clapner

Stephan Pyles and Katherine Clapner decided to explore the exotic countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore together. I spoke with Clapner just before she left and she said she really wanted to focus on learning more about spices. “I want to do the whole Spice Route someday,” she said. I can’t think of a […]

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Dean Fearing and Kent Rathbun Hang With Sammy Hagar in Cabo San Lucas

Last week, Dean Fearing and Kent Rathbun headed to Cabo San Lucas to join Tim Hollingsworth (French Laundry) and executive chef Yvan Mucharraz and Chef Lauren Sung Wong Tee (Capella Pedregal), for the 2nd Annual Food and Wine Festival at Capella Pedregal. After the food festivities, Fearing rocked out with Sammy Hagar at his Cabo […]

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Paula Lambert Creates Viaggi Deliziosi: Cooking Classes in Italy

Mozzarella Company’s Paula Lambert loves to cook and travel. For the past year, she has been organizing trips to Tuscany and leading cooking tours and classes. Now she has formalized her adventure. She created Viaggi Deliziosi, her “own little travel company.” Her Tuscan trips for 2013 are sold out but she’s just released her 2014 […]

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