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It’s National Fried Chicken Day on Sunday So We Put “Fried Chicken and Champagne…Why the Hell Not?!” to the Taste Test!

IMG_4396by Andrew Chalk

When the Max’s Wine Dive PR peeps told me that this Sunday is “National Fried Chicken Day” it gave me the perfect opportunity to ask them if I could do the challenge that I had been waiting for ever since they opened: Does fried chicken really go with Champagne?

Busting my script, they took me up on the challenge. Kevin Usher, Wine Sales Manager at Max’s Dallas location put together a tasting of their popular Famous Southern Fried Chicken ($17), three pieces of chicken (breast, thigh and leg) with mashed potatoes, Texas toast and some of the best collard greens in Dallas, with Mumm’s ‘Cordon Rouge’ non-vintage Champagne. For completeness, and in deference to Dallasites who drink their sparkling wine from all over the world, he threw in four more popular sparkling wines from Max’s 15 selection list labeled ‘Bubbles’. I tasted each on its own and then with chicken. There was a surprise winner for best match with chicken!    Continue reading

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Eat Me: Hangover Pot Pie at Max’s Wine Dive

dsc043542by Steven Doyle

For those three day weekend revelers may we introduce you to the Hangover Pot Pie available only at Max’s Wine Dive. We say three day weekend because Max’s has their famous Friday through Sunday brunch where they offer this peculiar dish.    Continue reading

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Red Mare To The Max

redmare1by Andrew Chalk

Max’s Wine Dive, the happening wine bar in Uptown that thinks you should eat more chicken with your Champagne (and vice versa) has started holding wine dinners. They will take place about once a month, although the precise schedule is still bubbling up in their LEED Certified schedule producing machine. To break the ice (somewhat literally) last week, they hosted Red Mare Wines from Napa Valley with Dallas-based owner Jim Striegel in attendance.

Striegel’s association in Napa Valley goes back a long way. As a young man he helped his father plant vineyards in the Stag’s Leap District when there were only ten wineries in Napa. After a successful business career he returned to start his own winery in the mid 2000s. He called the doyenne of California winemakers, Heidi Barrett, for recommendations on a winemaker. Barrett recommended her assistant at Paradigm winery at the time, Anne Vawter, and Vawter began a winemaking and partial ownership relationship with Red Mare that continues to this day.     Continue reading

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Max’s Goes Mad For Fall

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by Andrew Chalk

Max’s Wine Dive in Uptown has firmly established itself for both lunch and dinner. Chef Patrick Russell confirmed what my eyes had led me to suspect – the fried chicken is the single most popular menu item. However, maybe to prove that there is a lot more to Max’s than chicken, they hosted a media dinner last week and Crave was there.

First, some background. ‘Dive’ is too denigratory a word. Max’s is very comfortable. The ‘dive’ term just refers to its casual, come-as-you-are atmosphere. One exception: two of the women at the communal (to the extent that members of the media can commune with each other) table said that they want the U.S. Navy approved grey ship paint to end at the door of the women’s room. Upscale the interior a bit.    Continue reading

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Look For Two Freshly Opened Restaurants In Fort Worth: Little Red Wasp And MAX’s Wine Dive

red waspby Steven Doyle

One of our very favorite restaurants in downtown Fort Worth has always been Grace. The restaurant cheffed by Blaine Staniford. The restaurant enjoys a unique blend of refined steakhouse with a marvelous wine program (once curated by Ryan Tedder), and a more relaxed lounge with kicked up bar fare. Now owner Adam Jones has another feather in his restaurateur cap called Little Red Wasp.

Little Red Wasp is definitely more casual serving a burger, a hot dog and a massive Rueben. There are plenty of meatier items such as a potato crusted fish, short ribs and a New York strip.   Continue reading

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Max’s Wine Wars Enrich Uptown

max1by Andrew Chalk

At the busy corner of Lemmon and McKinney Avenue, right next to the northbound trolley stop and just a couple of blocks from my dog’s favorite park (Mutts) is Max’s Wine Dive. I was initially off put by its slogan “Fried Chicken and Champagne?…Why The Hell Not?!” It seemed that chicken could go with so much more types of wine.         Continue reading

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