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Wine of The Week: Lafite’s Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon for $14

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For reasons that nobody explained to me, it has been a week of tasting outstanding Malbecs. All of these came from Argentina, and some ranged over $100 for a bottle. However, for our Wine of the Week we generally look for something less than $20 and with Argentine Malbec the field is target rich.

Our recommendation this week is 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mendoza region of Argentina. It is actually a 70% Malbec-30% Cabernet Sauvignon blend from a winery called Bodegas Caro, which is a joint venture between the branch of the Rothschild family that owns Château Lafite in France’s Bordeaux region and pioneering Argentine winemaker Nicolas Catena.   Continue reading

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James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America” Comes To Dallas

chefs1by Andrew Chalk

This could be the dinner of the year. The James Beard Foundation is touring just ten American cities with their 2014 Taste America event and Dallas made the cut (the only Texas city to do so). No fewer than seven chefs who have either won or been nominated for a James Beard award, or have been invited to cook at the James Beard house in New York, will prepare food for a lavish reception and dinner dubbed A Night of Culinary Stars to be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s glorious Wedgewood Room on Friday September 26th. Proceeds from the event benefit the James Beard Foundation and Café Momentum, the local project that endeavors to give crucial job skills in the food service industry to at-risk young men from Dallas County Youth Village.   Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: An Opulent Malbec from Argentina for $16

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by Andrew Chalk

Malbec has become the de facto global Malbec producer over the last 20 years, producing luscious, fruit-driven wines in all price categories. Our wine-of-the-week this week is an example of the best aspects of Argentinean wine at a price that won’t break the bank.

The 2012 Saurus Select Malbec comes from Patagonia, in the southern part of Argentina. The southerly latitude contributes cooler temperatures to the grape maturation. Maybe this explains why this is a decidedly medium-bodied wine, in contrast to the full-bodied, ripe examples of Malbec that are common from Mendoza. That said, it is more complex than one would expect in this price range with smoky and herbal notes of thyme in the mouth and a long pleasant finish of dark fruit.   Continue reading

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Casa Noble Tequila Tasting at Komali

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One press release I had to fire from our root vegetable-powered press release machine. Casa Noble is my favorite tequila. Its ageing in French oak barrels (not unlike a premium wine) give it a distinct and refined flavor.

If you plan to attend this food and tasting event do try to arrive early. Previous Komali tequila tastings have been packed to the rafters. The event is September 16th starting at 6pm. Give Komali a jingle to reserve your seat. 214.252.0200

 

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AIWF Introduces Chefs for 2014 Caesar Salad Competition

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Each year the Caesar Salad Competition is the biggest event in the calendar of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) Dallas Chapter. This year’s event is October 26th at The Westin Dallas Hotel. As always, it raises money for the AIWF national “Days of Taste” program to educate 4th and 5th graders about healthy eating. The AIWF/Dallas Chapter’s Days of Taste is the nation’s most extensive.

This week, on the veranda of Ocean Prime Dallas in Uptown,  the AIWF held the big chef introduction event to meet the chefs who will be competing in this year’s event. They are:    Continue reading

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Rahr & Sons Turns 10 and Del Frisco’s Grille Throws a Party

IMG_4645Fritz Rahr holds court as the Rahr beer tasting and meal starts at Del Frisco’s Grille in Fort Worth

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It only seems like a decade, but this year but this year Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, the Fort Worth family-owned-and-run pioneer of craft brewing, turns ten. This week, Del Frisco’s Grille in Fort Worth’s buzzing downtown threw a celebratory “plates and pints” dinner with brewery founder Fritz Rahr in attendance to regale a packed room of happy Rahr fans (Rahrites? Rahrians?) with just some of his extensive mental inventory of tales from the first ten years.   Continue reading

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Wine of The Week: A Classy Rosé for Under $20

IMG_4656by Andrew Chalk

I bet that 90% of you have not had a Tavel. A statement that is semantically, but nonsensically, equivalent to your left arm having had a Tavel, but the rest of your body not having done so.

More reasonably, Tavel wines are hard to find in Dallas/Fort Worth, so many readers will not have tasted one. I urge you to change that! Tavel is a village in the south of France near the town of Avignon. Oenologically, it is famous for making rosé wines of distinctive character when young and tremendous ageing potential. The major grape varieties are Grenache and Syrah, but in this region Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan and more obscure varieties are also widespread.    Continue reading

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