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Value Christmas Wines Bring Holiday Cheer

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With Christmas just weeks away, the 2014 holiday season is coming to a close. No holiday party would be complete without wine bottles with festive holiday wine labels. Here are our top wines for Christmas dinner, a holiday holiday party or simply to just to fill your wine glass! Whether your big celebration falls on Christmas Eve, Christmas day or anywhere in between, being around family and those who matter most to you is what it is all about. But, don’t forget to celebrate with some great tasting food and wine. Luckily there are some great Christmas themed bottles to make any table complete! We recommend a few fabulous bottles of wine and beer, as well as a traditional holiday cocktail recipe that are pure Christmas cheer.   Continue reading

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Shop At New Dallas Online Wine Store, Dean’s List

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The Dean’s List, a new Dallas-Fort Worth-based online wine retailer, creates an experience that makes buying wine fun, educational and approachable. For more than 30 years, Dean’s List founder Dean McSherry has established his career in the restaurant business and wine industry. With the creation of The Dean’s List, Dean and the team believe that everyone deserves to enjoy great wines with the convenience of delivery services. Its website allows clients and subscribers in 39 states to shop for wines, order online and have wines shipped directly to their home or business.

Dallas-Fort Worth area customers receive free delivery. Not only does The Dean’s List source great wines, but it also believes in giving back to the community through its “Taste, Buy, Give” wine tasting event concept. This allows 20 percent of all proceeds from the wine tasting event to be donated back to the charity of choice.   Continue reading

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Penfold Wine Dinner This Friday, December 12th At SER

penfolds-grange-hermitage-bottleby Steven Doyle

SĒR Steak & Spirits atop the Hilton Anatole is hosting a wine pairing dinner with celebrated Australian winery, Penfolds. Awarded “Australian Wine Producer of the Year” at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia, and across the world. The evening will feature a six-course dinner by SĒR Executive Chef Anthony Van Camp with exquisite wine pairings.   Continue reading

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Server: Here Is What To Do With a Report of Corked Wine

by Andrew Chalk

I was in the excellent Stampede 66 some time ago and reported to our waitress that the bottle of wine that I had ordered was “corked”. I might as well have told her “Young lady, you are unfit to be a mother” judging from the indignant expression that this statement brought to her face. The faulty example was exchanged for a sound bottle of the same wine and just before pouring it she glowered at me, saying pugnaciously, “This bottle is not corked, I tasted it myself”. Fortunately, it wasn’t. Continue reading

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On Its 50th Anniversary, Goody Goody’s CEO Surveys The Dallas Liquor Store Landscape

goody1by Andrew Chalk

In 1964, Joe Jansen bought a 15 by 20 foot Greenville Avenue liquor store named Goo Goo and changed its name to Goody Goody (in order to save the cost of buying a new sign). This month, Goody Goody is celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary at each of its 21 locations throughout Dallas, Houston and Longview. It is the oldest liquor store chain still owned and run by the founder, and has grown to annual revenue of $250 million. In the Dallas market, Goody Goody (including its wholesale business) is the largest liquor store chain.

I have bought a lot of wine at Goody Goody and always regarded them as a great source of bargains. At the same time, I have also found the company idiosyncratic. For example, look at its web site. What a sorry excuse for an e-commerce channel. Or consider the sea change of Dallas (1,3m people), Plano (275,000 people), Lewisville (101,000 people) and Arlington (380,000 people) all going “wet” in the past four years. Why no flurry of new stores?   Continue reading

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Is That Really a Texas Wine That You Are Being Served at The Texas State Fair?

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This week the 2014 Texas State Fair gets into full swing and one of the attractions is the Wine Garden Presented By Go Texan and Texas Monthly. The web site informs visitors that this “…is a great way to explore Texas-made wines”. I was excited that Texas wines would get such a prominent stage in front of so many potential customers. However, before writing about it, I e-mailed the state fair organizers to confirm that I fully understood the criteria for a wine to be considered a “Texas wine” for this event — the Texas State Fair. Per Federal law, a Texas wine is a wine that is made at least 75% from Texas grapes

The results amazed me. Not only may a wine have 0% Texas grapes to qualify as ‘Texas Made’ for the state fair wine garden, it does not even have to be made in Texas. Someone could buy finished wine on the California bulk market and ship it here in a tanker truck. Then, bottle and label it in Texas (probably with a label that makes it look as though it comes from Texas – cowboys, flags, etc.) and that would meet the criteria for it to be served at the Texas State Fair Wine Garden as a Texas made wine. As long as the seller has a Texas address, it would qualify. These bulk imports with misleading labels damage Texas grape growers and Texas wineries making wine from Texas grapes, as well as misleading consumers.   Continue reading

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

IMAG0074by Andrew Chalk

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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