Texas Wineries Fight for the Right to Export

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 […]

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Texas Wine Trails and Wildflowers: Make Plans Now

Each spring the Texas Department of Agriculture’s issues a Texas Winery Passport that offers rewards, including Texas wine accessories, gourmet winery dinners and group wine tastings, for visiting four or more wineries. It’s a fun way to motivate you to get off your couch and visit one, or all, of the Texas wine trails. Each […]

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Dallas’ Inwood Estates Wine Wins Washington State Wine Competition

Intrepid wine reporter Andrew Chalk files this report: As you get your skis, scuba gear, parachutes, etc. together for the March 27th Dallas Wine Trail, make a note to taste one wine in particular. This is admittedly a limited sample but Washington Wine Enthusiasts, a Seattle group, held a blind tasting of 10 Tempranillo wines […]

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Next Dallas Wine Trail Announced

I just received a note from Benjamin Calais, at Calais Winery, regarding the next Wine Trail in Dallas.  This will be the 4th our 4 Dallas based wineries have put together, and is a great opportunity to raise a glass the latest releases from our neighborhood wineries.  (Dallas,TX, 2/25/2010) – We are pleased to announce the next event […]

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Restaurant News: Bites and Bites

From the copy and paste press release department: Some fabulous things to eat and drink. Barking Rocks News Flash. Friday night, October 16th we will be listening to Beatlegras.  They are accomplished musicians that blend Beatles music and bluegrass style in a way that Ringo would totally dig. Doors open at 7:00 for a little […]

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The Munson Wine Trail: Homestead Winery in Ivanhoe, Texas

I know these wine videos don’t appeal to every reader, but I have a soft spot in my heart for wine makers in Texas. Twelve years ago I found myself standing in a barn outside of McKinney with some folks from the Texas Agriculture Department and a handful of area farmers. The Agriculture Department was […]

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The Munson Wine Trail: Homestead Winery, Making Sherry in North Texas

In the video above, Gabe Parker, owner of Homestead Winery, discusses the winery’s La Bodega de Mitchell sherry with Andrew Chalk. Below, is Chalk’s report on the sherry production at Homestead Winery. Every now and again, you discover a really memorable wine. It usually happens when you least expect it. Such was the case on […]

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Chalk Talk: The Dallas Wine Trail. Full Report and Extensive Tasting Notes

Welcome to our first edition of Chalk Talk featuring Andrew Chalk. Andrew is a food and wine loving SideDish reader who has taken time out of his busy schedule to send in extensive reports of his experiences around Dallas. Last weekend, he hit the Dallas Wine Trail. Below are his recollections of the day-long event […]

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Explore the Dallas Wine Trail Saturday

The four local wineries in Dallas collaborate for the second Dallas Wine Trail event Saturday, Sept 5th.  This one features a visit to the wineries including Fuqua Winery, Times Ten Cellars, Inwood Estates Vineyard and Calais Winery. This in from Lee Fuqua: Grand Tasting Part Deux Explore the Dallas Wineries on Labor Day Weekend Saturday September 5, […]

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2009 Texas Sommelier Conference in Dallas: To The Trade Program

Greetings from the Grand Sabine Ballroom at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas. Andrew Chalk and I are here to cover the 5th Annual Texas Sommelier Conference (TexSom) “To The Trade” segment of the conference. Yesterday, approximately 200 wine lovers showed up for tastings and lectures on Pinot Noir, Sake, Austrian wines, […]

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2009 Texas Sommelier Conference in Dallas: Opening Night

Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell like beer. Last night the 5th Annual Texas Sommelier Conference (TexSom)  kicked off at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas. Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks, James Tidwell, and Guy Stout, the chief organizers, welcomed 21 other Master Sommeliers to the conference by putting them in a […]

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