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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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What To Drink Now: Wines to Sip with Barbecue – Part 2

Continuing on with some suggestions for pairing with your favorite barbecued and grilled items, here are a few ideas for pairing with the heavier, heartier, richer proteins like beef, lamb and other game. Last week I gave you ideas on the lighter selections, like fish and seafood, grilled chicken breasts and veggies.  A few selections […]

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What To Drink Now: Wines to Sip With Barbecue – Part 1

No matter what is on your grill this summer a bottle of ideally paired wine is easy to find. Whether your favorite grilling delicacies include salmon or shrimp, pork or chicken, lamb, beef or venison, even simply dressed and lightly charred veggies are ideal summertime fare when paired with smoky, spicy, sometimes fruit forward wines. […]

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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, July 12

Lots of options for this weekend. There’s two I’ll highlight: Taste of Dallas all weekend and the French version of the Fourth of July on Sunday. Also, not SideDish related, but the John Mayer concert is Saturday (swoon). Here’s some music to accompany you while you read this post. Happy Friday! Friday First and foremost, […]

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22nd Annual Cotes Du Coeur Celebrated the Heart 1920’s Style

Gershwin filled the air as Dallas wine lovers, dressed to the hilt in black tie and glitz, took a turn back to the 20’s to celebrate the 22nd annual Cotes du Coeur. The ballroom of the Hilton Anatole was transformed into a glamorous setting filled with lavish red roses in crystal vases sharing space with […]

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What To Drink Now: Savor Dallas Reserve Tasting and International Grand Tasting

Each year Savor Dallas continues to grow, bringing residents from all over North Texas together for a weekend of wine and food celebration. This year, in its ninth, Savor added evening events at Trinity Groves, the Perot Museum, and a special evening at the Dallas Arboretum, bringing Dallas Blooms and wines from all over the […]

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What To Drink Now: Merriman Wines with TJ’s Seafood

Last night I had the opportunity to join the monthly wine dinner held at the new location of TJ’s Seafood Market featuring the wines of Dallasite, Mike Merriman. I was a guest of TJ’s owner, Jon Alexis, who firmly believes the best food to pair with wine is seafood, confirming he is in the right […]

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Upcoming Opportunities To Taste

Though eating lighter and losing weight may be on your New Year’s resolution list, Dallas restaurants haven’t skipped a beat in creating some incredible wine dinners and tasting opportunities that will make you want to splurge just a bit.  Here are some of the tastiest options coming up in the next few weeks. You never […]

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What To Drink Now: Wine That Is Guaranteed To Impress

Whether you are shopping for your in-laws, your boss, your sweetie, or giving yourself a great holiday prize, these will pack an impressive punch and please any palate.  Here are a few of my favorite wines ideal for pairing with everything from the holiday ham to crown roast to a gorgeous beef tenderloin.  A few […]

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FT33 To Host Master Sommelier Wine Dinner Series

Matt McCallister is off to a brilliant start. This morning comes word that he is wasting no time in elevating the profile of his newly opened restaurant FT-33. They’ve announced three Monday night dinners featuring a wine pairing by a Master Sommelier from Texas. The cost is $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity for […]

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The Grape Celebrates 40th Anniversary

2012 marks the 40th anniversary for one of Dallas’ best and consistently voted “most romantic” neighborhood bistros, The Grape. Throughout the past 40 years and through an ownership change, this little gem has stayed true to their opening idea of being a restaurant that celebrates classic bistro style cuisine with impeccable quality, while staying affordable, […]

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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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