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Veteran Texas Wine Writer Documents The Texas Hill Country Wine Experience

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Dr. Russ Kane is a prolific writer, oenophile and Texas wine student. His just released latest book may be the definitive guide to the Texas Hill Country wine experience. The book is a mixture of wine, people and history that will enrich any tourist visit to the area. Here is what he says about it in his release notes…
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Scotch Drinkers — Don’t Miss This Event

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We are about to have one of the best Scotch tasting events of the year. Next Wednesday, February 25th March 11th between 6pm and 8pm Sigel’s is holding a tasting of at least 65 different scotches (blended and single malt) at their Greenville Avenue store. The number will likely be over 65 as wine and spirit director, Jasper Russo, is still working on attendees as you read this.

The way it will work is as follows. You walk in and get a “Passport” which entitles you to sample from the tasting booths set up around the store. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commision (TABC) rules limit each person to 20 pours. So you can’t taste all 65 and I would pick out what you want to taste, then winnow it back to 20 and work your way around those. Representatives from the distillers will be serving the whiskies so it is a chance to ask questions as well.   Continue reading

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American Heart Meets The Chefs

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The American Heart Association revealed the chefs who will be preparing food at the 2015 Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner at a Chef Announcement Party held at the Sub-Zero and Wolf showroom (possibly the most spectacular appliance showroom on the planet, by the way) in Dallas. Under the leadership of Chef Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill) the sixteen participating chefs are each assigned a protein to which they apply their imagination and create a dish that is served to attendees at the gala.   Continue reading

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Musical Chairs Chef Avner Samuel Now At Sfuzzi

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Naan Sushi on Cedar Springs Road in Uptown has closed and the huge, sprawling, multi-roomed space is now Sfuzzi relived. There are two main dining rooms, several small private dining rooms off the main space, and a dark and booming bar in the back. This branch replaces the McKinney Avenue location closed just over a year ago. The executive chef is a little known newcomer to the Dallas dining scene, a Mr. Avner Samuel. I also spotted the talented Vincenzo Pappano in the kitchen.   Continue reading

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Blending In with Raymond Vineyards and Abacus

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It was a packed house at Abacus in Uptown Dallas this week as Chef Kent Rathbun welcomed Raymond Vineyards Chief Blending Officer Tyson Madden for two important responsibilities. First, Kent Rathbun Concepts’ (Abacus’ parent company) own Director of Operations, Matthew Scott (who oversees wine operations as part of a broader mandate) was one of eight sommeliers selected by Raymond to blend a special wine, the 2012 Sommelier Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, for sale in a limited number of restaurant locations and to the winery’s mailing list. Madden explained how the sommeliers took base wines from Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties in California’s North Coast and experimented until they came up with a Sommelier’s Blend that was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and a nominal 5% Petit Verdot. We tasted their work and they made an elegant, easy-drinking wine with an unmistakable backbone of Cabernet.   Continue reading

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Eat Me: Shrimp and Crab Martini at Lake House Bar and Grill

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Fancy that jumbo shrimp in a tomato cucumber salsa with red onions, guacamole and lump crab meat? The sumptuous combination of some of the most copacetic components in the culinary lexicon is less than $13 at Lake House Bar and Grill. It is listed as an appetizer, but two would make a light main course because it simply is very addictive.

More generally, Lake House Bar and Grill deserves a shout out because it runs somewhat under the radar. It is squeezed in the southeast corner of Northwest Highway and West Lawther Drive, near the White Rock DART train station. The big parking space is at the back. Housed in a funky old building is a horseshoe-shaped bar and a sit down restaurant with the latter being away from the road. It has a strong and eclectic local following empty-nesters sit next to young families and millennials out to test how much body piercing can get through an airport security scan.  Continue reading

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Eat Me: Snuffer’s Bacon Burger

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Snuffer’s, the venerable Dallas burger chain, is featuring a different burger each month, starting this month with the Bacon Lovers Burger ($9.49). I checked it out at a media event this week and can report that it is a succulent chuck steak patty cooked the way you want it (medium-rare for me) in a sesame seed bun with American cheese, a scintilla of acidulous pickle, sweet grilled yellow onions, a slice of tomato all topped with two slices of crisp Applewood smoked bacon. It runs through February only.  Continue reading

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