We are in full holiday mode, so give yourself a little holiday merriment with a taste or two when you’re purchasing gifts for your loved ones. Here are a few ideas to taste this weekend and next.
Tonight from 5p-8p at Sigel’s on Greenville they will host an engraving event featuring Johnny Walker, Grey Goose and Jack Daniels bottles available for personalization, and special selections are on sale also. Also all weekend at the Greenville location of Sigel’s ALL WINE is on sale for 20% off…all wine…everything from Miner to Neyers, to Chateau Montelena to Chateau Cheval Blanc. Only at the Greenville location and only for this weekend. If you can’t make it to the engraving event tonight it will also happen tomorrow at the Fitzhugh location from 5p-8p. Continue reading "Upcoming Opportunties to Taste and Buy"
Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses here in DFW. For the twelve days, we’ll be highlighting jams, jellies, pies, classes, wines, coffees, teas, and basically any food product made locally on Dallas (or close to it) soil. Today is Drinkables Day. If you’ve got a product that you want included, send me an email with your information and a picture. This list will often be updated, so don’t fret about deadlines. We’re here to serve you guys.
Coffeemaker Kevin Sprague makes top notch roasts in East Dallas. His Noble Coyote Coffee (David Hopkins expounds upon Sprague’s process in this Edible DFW piece, pgs. 24-25) is well balanced and fresh, and all the flavors are made from fair trade beans grown from using sustainable methods. Sprague also says he’s going to do something special for all you guys, because it is, you know, almost Christmas. He will:
Howard and Amy Davies will never be accused of following the crowd. They started growing grapes in 1999 and opened Arché Winery in Montague County in 2007. They didn’t choose either of the two major grape growing areas in Texas–the High Plains around Lubbock and the Hill Country–to plant their vineyard. They didn’t choose the native or hybrid grapes that withstand Texas temperatures and pestilence. However, their commitment to quality was unwavering. The result is that Arché is turning out wines that rank with the best in Texas and inspiring others to grow grapes in their part of the world. Howard and Amy have even persuaded one of their sons, Grayson, to join the team as winemaker (their other son, Patrick, also makes wine in Paso Robles, California). Recently, I visited the winery and took a walk around the vineyard as well as tasting the wines.4 Comments »
In celebration of our recent Texas Independence Day, Texas Flag Day and Sam Houston Day (all of which occurred last Friday, March 2) Sigel’s is holding a TexasFest with a Lone Star sized celebration of all things Texas including some of the state’s best beer, wine and spirits. This Saturday from 1pm-4pm at the Sigel’s-Elite on Fitzhugh 24 Texas beers, 20 Texas spirits and 8 Texas wines will be poured including beer from Deep Ellum Brewery, Rahr and Sons, St. Arnold, Real Ale and more, with spirits from Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, Tito’s Vodka, Dripping Springs Vodka, Pecan Street Rum, Waterloo Gin, Rebecca Creek Whiskey, Balcones and more, and wine from Lone Oak including their San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition winning Viognier. What could be better than celebrating our Texas heritage with a few sips from some of Texas’ finest. Reserve your tasting passport giving you twelve sips of any of the above here.
Hip, hip, hooray for Lee Fuqua and his brewing buddy Courtney Elizabeth Key. Together they took the top award in its category at the prestigious 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. “We beat all the other Double Gold Medal winners to win the Best of Class award for our port, meaning that our FUQUA Cavalier Tawny Port was judged to be the best port made anywhere in the United States,” Lee Fuqua says. “And with over 5,500 entries this year, we think that this is some kind of accomplishment.” At the moment it’s in stock at FUQUA Wines ($59.95).1 Comment »
Nancy Nichols showcased local food items as holiday presents. I’m here to recommend some local wine that is not just made in town, it is grown here. I’m delighted to announce that a successful Dallas County Chardonnay growing has just emerged. The 2010 Inwood Estates Chardonnay, Dallas County is grown in the vineyards on Inwood Road and on Bear Creek Rd. Winemaker Dan Gatlin says in a press release:
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“The historical significance of this release is obvious. This may be one of the most unique and surprising accomplishments of the wine and food community in the Dallas area ever. It is a watershed event for many reasons. As one of America’s large cities, it represents an achievement in urban wine-growing and urban farmingIt gives new meaning to the idea of “locally grown” with a type of crop never thought possible. It is a symbol of civic pride and something uniquely meaningful to our residents”
As luck would have it, my first event to cover as an intern at D Magazine was the grand opening of Two Corks and a Bottle, a wine bar and make-your-own wine shop. The scene was a festive. The room opened into a small, intimate seating area with bistro tables occupied by happy party goers. Behind them, in the center of the hubbub, co-owner Elwyn Hull stood behind a u-shaped granite bar and poured wine into glasses. We shuffled closer and deeper into the 40-odd scatter of middle-aged nondescript folks (we were easily the youngest couple in the joint) and were greeted by Barb, the marketing and PR contact.
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Old friends John Ley and Elwyn Hull left their full-time jobs in search of more satisfying work. They knew they loved working with people and wanted to find a way to help nonprofit organizations. So, naturally, they opened Two Corks and a Bottle—a custom winery and wine bar (where the serve as the wine makers) as part of the Wine Not, International Winery System.
All wines have been crafted on the premises using grapes sourced from quality vineyards from around the world, including France, Italy, Australia, South America, and California. The list contains over 25 red, white, and fruit wines by the glass and the bottle. During their daily wine tastings, five tastes run non-members $5, and are free for all Wine Club Members.
Jump for other highlights: Continue reading "Two Corks And A Bottle Opens in Uptown"
Next Thursday, June 30th Fuqua Winery will host a Double Blind seated tasting of 10 different Rose wines, the perfect wine for summer, with prices and brands revealed after the tasting is complete. Rose can be made from so many different varietals from Pinot Noir to Merlot to Malbec, in fact pretty much any traditional red varietals has probably been made into a Rose. This is a great opportunity to try several and find one that fits your palate. Reservations required -214 769-117. Continue reading "Dallas Winery Happenings Around Town"1 Comment »
Dallas resident Jim Richardson has been a wine lover for years, specifically California. After traveling from his Oak Cliff home of 20 years to Napa and Sonoma Valleys for annual wine trips with family and friends, he began Oak Cliff Cellars in 2006 as both an avenue to create approachable wine with distinct flavors, but also as a means to promote his true philanthropic passions.1 Comment »
This event sells out fast so click here for tickets. The date for the next Dallas Wine Trail is set for July 23 from 11AM-5PM. The four participating Dallas wineries are Inwood Estates Vineyard, Calais Winery, Times Ten Cellars, and Fuqua Winery. (Map below the jump. The $55 ticket includes a 19.5-oz Special Edition tasting glass, a bottle of wine from one of the 4 wineries, 3 wines to taste at each of the wineries, light food pairings from local restaurants/caterers. And the event will benefit the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas.3 Comments »
Not that we need a reason to head to one of the best places in our great state, but if you are looking for something to do over the first weekend in June an event notice came a across that would make me take the drive down I35 featuring our own Paula Lambert, sitting beside some of the best culinary names in the business, to judge the first Edible Texas Wine Food Match where chefs will compete using local Texas ingredients paired with Texas wine. See details below or click here:
Edible Texas Wine Food Match, presented by Edible Austin and The Texas Food and Wine Gourmet. This first-ever culinary competition challenges chefs from Central Texas to create regional food to pair with appellation wines of Texas to bring out the best in both. Held on Friday, June 3, 7 to10 p.m. at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, the competition is an official event of the 2011 International Association of Culinary Professionals’ national conference.
Guest judges include Jacques Pépin, world-renowned chef, television celebrity, author and culinary educator; Francois Dionot, founder and director of L’Academie de Cuisine; John Besh, chef, restaurateur, author and television personality; Michael Bauer, executive food and wine editor for the San Francisco Chronicle; and Paula Lambert, cookbook author and founder of the Mozzarella Company. Five Central Texas chefs, chosen by a panel of preliminary judges, will vie for the perfect pairing that reflects the soil, grapes, wine and food of Texas in three courses for 150 guests. Proceeds from the event will benefit the newly launched nonprofitTexas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Continue reading "Here Is A Great Reason To Head To Austin"
Last night’s dine around dinner and wine tasting took place on the grounds of Perini Ranch. Chefs and wineries cooked and poured for over three hours. I was a bad reporter. I didn’t take notes or shoot many pictures because I wanted to just experience the evening. However, I ended up with a few videos and pictures that paint a picture of some of my fondest memories. (Earlier reports here and here.)
I was most impressed by chef Marco J. Martinez of Matt’s Rancho Martinez. Marco is the youngest son of the late, great Matt Martinez, Jr. Marco created a “Southern plus prairie plus Texan” dish which consisted of a thick waffle covered with smoked rabbit and jalapeno cole slaw. I’d give second place to Chef Tim Byres of Smoke. He served melt-in-your-mouth ribs with a sassy chimichurri sauce and blue cheese spiked grits. As always, Jacques Pepin floated around the crowd chatting and sampling the food by Texas chefs. He is perhaps the kindest man in the business.
Go below for video and pictures. And make plans to attend next year (April 20-22). It’s an intimate event and the proceeds go to supporting graduate fellowships to students studying vititculture and/or enology at Texas Tech.
On with the show. Watch Jacques Pepin drink red wine. Katherine Clapner spin sugar. Greg Bruni make my favorite new wine!2 Comments »
And wine…and spirits…but mainly the evening showcased a stunning assortment of flavors created by 60+ of the best chefs in the city. Though there was a bit of a line to get into the venue, once in guests comfortably strolled throughout the two large ball rooms at The Sheraton Dallas downtown sipping, tasting and enjoying everything Savor Dallas had to offer.
This year included an impressive selection of silent auction items, including a signed magnum and jeroboam of Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon, a signed jeroboam of King Estate Pinot Noir, a signed magnum of The Doctor from Krupp Brothers, and a great selection of Caribbean vacations from Elite Island Resorts, all with proceeds going to The North Texas Food Bank. D Magazine had a fun booth as well, where guests could get their pictures taken and made into a cover shot for D. Continue reading "Savor Dallas International Grand Tasting Was All About The Food"
There are a handful of wine deals I have run across to save for holiday stocking up. Buy now and save a few bucks. If you have more, please comment.
Central Market has Veuve Clicquot this week for $37.99….one of the lowest prices I have seen in a while! And, buy 6 bottles or more of any wine and get 10% off.
Our friends at Siduri in Sonoma have a few great packages for the holidays all of which include free shipping, more available via their website:
RUSSIAN HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
2009 Novy Russian River Valley Gewurztraminer
2009 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2007 Novy Russian River Valley Syrah
Gift Pack for only $60 including shipping.
SINGLY UNIQUE, COLLECTIVELY EXTRAORDINARY
2008 Siduri Sonatera Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Siduri Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Siduri Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Gift Pack for only $99 including shipping. Continue reading "Thanksgiving Wine Deals…Buy Now to Save"
We sent intern Meredith Stein to the 2010 Grape and Gridiron Classic for a play-by-play account of last night’s face-off between Texas and New York most able-bodied wines. Here’s her report from the sidelines:
Though the Cowboys suffered a devastating blow Monday night from the New York Giants (poor Romo), Texas wines plowed their competition – New York wines – at the 2010 Grape & Gridiron Classic. During the blind-tasting event, hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture and held at the El Centro College Food & Hospitality Institute, 22 distinct state wines went glass-to-glass in celebration of the game. The final score: Texas: 8; New York: 3. Home field advantage? I think not!
Texas wine bloggers Jeff Siegel of the Wine Curmudgeon/ DrinkLocalWine.com, Russ Kane of VintageTexas, and Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine and Grape Association led the tastings.
jump here for the final outcome… Continue reading "Texas Trounces New York in Monday Night’s Grape & Gridiron Face Off"7 Comments »
It was fun, although too many wines were from California in ambiguously-labeled bottles at this weekend’s Dallas Wine Trail. The highlight for me was:1 Comment »
This Saturday is the Dallas Wine Trail. It’s a great chance for Dallas consumers to visit and taste wine at the four bonded wineries in the city limits. You check in at either Times Ten Cellars or FUQUA Winery anytime between 11am and 5pm. You receive a crystal Dallas Wine Trail tasting glass and your ticket which entitles you to taste three wines at each location. After tasting at your starting point, you drive to each of the other wineries . The other two wineries taking part are Calais Winery and Inwood Estates Vineyards. The wineries are about 15 minutes apart so if you spend 30 minutes at each winery the whole tour will take you about a leisurely three hours. Please note: no tickets are sold at the door. You have to order them in advance through the Dallas Wine Trail web site.
This event has always sold out in the past so order quickly to avoid disappointment. Also, start early to avoid the afternoon crowds. There is food at each location and plenty of opportunity to talk to the winemakers.3 Comments »
Over on FrontBurner, Wick is calling attention to Congress’ efforts to pass a federal law (Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act of 2010 (CARE Act) that would prohibit Texas wine makers from expanding to markets outside of Texas. Alcohol wholesalers in Texas have launched a huge lobbying campaign to pass the bill that would allow them maintain their position between producers and residents of other states. Little guys? You’re screwed.
Here are someTexas wine industry facts:
Winery Sales – Distributors $30,778,000
Winery Sales – Direct $24,611,000
Full-time Equivalent Jobs 8,971
Wages Paid $298 million
Winery Revenue $55 million
Cases Produced 1 million
Retail Value of Texas Wine $98.5 million
Vineyard Revenue $4.8 million
Number of Wineries 162
Number of Commercial Growers 280
Grape-Bearing Acres 2,900
Wine-Related Tourism Expenditures $296.6 million
Number of Wine-Related Tourists 958,000
Taxes Paid: State and Local/Federal $63.3 million/$78.9 million
Our resident wino, Andrew Chalk, wishes he could make this deal. Cap Rock Winery, near Lubbock and one of the better known wineries in Texas, is up for auction on July 12 at 1:00 PM CST. The opening bid is “only” $100,000 and includes the wine inventory. Yow. Zah. That sounds like a bargain.