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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate With Drinkables From DFW

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 […]

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2012 FACC Beaujolais Festival Went Well Beyond The Traditional

What started 29 years ago by the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) as an opportunity to taste the new release of the just harvested Beaujolais, the jammy, fresh and easy drinking Gamay wine always released the third Thursday of the month of November raced from the Beaujolais region of France to Paris in celebration of […]

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What To Drink Now: Thanksgiving Zin, Syrah, Grenache and More

Last week I gave some ideas for pairing the Thanksgiving meal with Pinot Noir, one of my favorite varieties to enjoy all the time, but particularly with this holiday meal.  It is not the only option though, as across the country families have their traditional favorites that pair just perfectly with turkey and side dishes […]

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Upcoming Opportunities To Taste

If you are in the mood to try some great wine the opportunities are endless the next few weeks in and around Dallas.  Here are some great upcoming opportunities to taste. Tonight Maguire’s Restaurant hosts Eric Titus, of Napa Valley’s incredible Titus Vineyards for a 5-course tasting dinner .  I am a huge fan of the […]

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Chalk Talk: 2012 Texas Grape Harvest May Be The Largest and Highest Quality on Record

I sent round my annual APB to every bonded winemaker in the state last week with a questionnaire about the 2012 grape harvest. Harvesting occurs from the east to the west so most of the eastern and central vineyards (mainly in the Hill Country) are already picked by now and the western wineries (mainly in […]

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Report From TexSom 2012: “For Sale In Texas Only” Label on Wine Bottles Misleads Consumers

Yesterday I attended TexSom, the international wine conference held at The Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving. At lunch I was seated at the same table with a woman named Lindsay (last name redacted) who runs a restaurant in Austin. She tells our table that buying local is critical in Austin. “Chains just don’t […]

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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, August 10-12

It’s Friday and you’ve started to rely on my posts to get you through the weekend. This is good. This is very good. Lucky for you, I’ve picked out the best ways you can waste your time actually doing something. Friday Late  Night at Scardello is exactly where you want to be tonight. If you […]

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Farm to Market Report: Weekend of August 4-5

August is here, and it’s brought with it the possibility of burning your hands on your steering wheel and warm water from the cold water tap. Ah, life in North Texas. About the only living thing that loves this heat is okra. You’ll find okra on just about every produce table at every market in […]

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Chalk Talk: Pappas Bros Hosts All American Wines Tasting

Last Friday, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas held the latest in their monthly wine tasting series. This one was themed All-American Wines,which consisted of wines from across the country and included some of the states that you don’t normally think of as wine producers. As a result, there were wines from Connecticut, Virginia, and Arizona […]

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29th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition Results: Texas Wines Rock

The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGAA) hosted the 2012 Lone Star International Wine Competition on June 4-5 at the Grapevine Convention Center. Co-Chairs, Michael Zerbach and Barbara Werley, and twenty-three judges from Texas and California judged 514 entries from all over the world. The Lone Star International Wine Competition is three competitions in one – […]

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Chalk Talk: Arché Winery Follows Its Own Road And Makes An Impressive 2011 Syrah

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 […]

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Chalk Talk: Checking Out the Wine List at Oceanaire Seafood Room and Notes From a Tasting of CVNE Wines

Anyone familiar with CVNE knows the name stands for Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España. Those who don’t are confused as to how to pronounce the famous Rioja which has belonged to direct descendants of Real de Asua family since 1879. This week, North American Sales Director and family member by marriage, Sam Ferraro, was […]

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Smash Hit: Mixin’ It Up On The Boulevard Organized by Chefs for Farmers Fills Lee Park With Happy Locavores

Lee Park was the place to be last Sunday. Over 1,000 people showed up for sold-out Mixin’ It Up On The Boulevard, a massive food event organized by Chefs For Farmers. The two women credited with pulling together all of the details are Iris McCallister and Christina LaBarba. This dynamic duo coordinated over 40 chefs, […]

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Miele Celebrates “Better Living” In Time For Earth Day

The Earth Day idea started with an original focus to think green, live green, be green…but over the years it has transformed beyond this idea into one of also living local, eating local, and supporting local (along with living a healthier lifestyle with a focus on sustainability).  Miele, German based producers of the high-end kitchen […]

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A Community Cooked at Paul Quinn College

Over 425 people turned out on a beautiful Thursday evening at “A Community Cooks” to support Paul Quinn College and its organic farm. Proceeds went towards enhancements to the farm. Along with providing an opportunity to feast between the budding sprouts of cantaloupe and sweet potatoes and listen to live music beneath the stars, “A Community Cooks” celebrates the Farm’s […]

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What To Drink Now: Drink Green for Earth Day

Earth Day is this Sunday and what better way to think green than through a glass, and the options run the gamete from high end to every day table wine, and come from all over the world.  Yes, I suppose if you are really focused on reducing that carbon footprint than look within 100 miles […]

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Bolsa in Dallas Introduces New Spring Menu

Jeff Harris first appeared on my radar at the 11th Annual Stephan Pyles Celebrity Chef Diner and Auction that took place at Stephan Pyles Restaurant. I knew he was execuchef of Craft at the W Dallas Victory Hotel but I hadn’t visited the restaurant or sampled his food.  At the event he produced Duck Cavatelli, […]

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The State of Viognier Wine In Texas

I have maintained several times that we are at an inflexion point in the reputation and prestige of Texas wines. This is not out of boosterism: I have driven out to about 50 Texas wineries in the past year and reported on only five (Duchman, Inwood Estates, Perissos, Sandstone Cellars and The Vineyard at Florence). […]

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