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Savor Dallas Kicks Off With a Sold-Out ‘Savor The Arboretum’

IMG_3690.640x480by Andrew Chalk

Savor Dallas’ inaugural event may also become its most popular. Savor The Arboretum takes place in the pastoral scenery of the Arboretum grounds and raises money for the arboretum’s education department.

Crave was there and we assembled a photo essay of the event as it unfolded under perfect weather.    Continue reading

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Go Texan: An Important Update

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Yesterday, I reported the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) decision regarding my proposed change to the rules covering the use of the ‘Go Texan’ logo on wine. I interpreted their response as first: no change in the status quo (i.e. 0% Texas grapes required in Texas wines); second: I concluded that a paragraph that contained the sentence “Specifically, we will implement those ideas to limit the use of the mark on wine bottles based on the origin of the fruit.” was empty of meaning as the letter did not announce any specific measures to do so.

The TDA reacted quickly with an email today in which they totally reject my interpretation of their original letter. That paragraph that I had treated as an imprecise dismissal of changes in Go Texan was apparently the operational paragraph of the letter. In full, they said:   Continue reading

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Texas Wines Take a Leading Role at Savor Dallas This Week

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Savor Dallas, the largest food and wine event on the Dallas calendar, rolls into life this week with events every day from Thursday thru Sunday. For the first time in the history of the event, Texas wine plays a big role in the program.

On Thursday, at Savor The Arboretum (at which guests eat, sip and stroll their way around the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum amid the Spring flowering) and at the International Grand Tasting on Saturday night in the Dallas Convention Center there will be a special Taste Of Texas area.   Continue reading

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New Texas Winery Association Formed To Promote Texas Wine Quality

carousel_picnic-on-lawnby Andrew Chalk

Texas Fine Wine” is a new association of wineries in the state formed to promote quality Texas wine. Its founding members are four of Texas’ best wineries: Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars. The founders plan to get the organization up and running (mainly through through promotional events for the trade, public and media) in the first year, and then open up membership to all Texas wineries with a quality-oriented philosophy.

That philosophy will, of course, include a commitment to use Texas grapes whenever possible. More significantly, it will include a commitment to label wines with the correct place of grape origin. For example, if a Texas winery sells a wine made from California grapes, they would label it ‘American’, consistent with Federal wine labeling law. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that a wine producer group in Texas has come out so unambiguously as a body in favor of honest labeling of Texas wine.

Writers and consumers have pressed for the industry to take this approach for years. Many individual wineries have adopted the practice already. It is a sign of the maturing of the industry that a producer organization can now endorse it.      Continue reading

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Alamos Shows Off Its Latest Offerings

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by Andrew Chalk

Alamos, the Argentine winery best known for its popular Malbec, came through town recently in the personage of Jimena Turner, Director of Wine Education for Wines of Catena, and showed me the full range of their wines that are distributed in the U.S. market. If you are Argentinian, you get the surname ‘Turner’ if your mother marries a Welshman of English extraction at some point in her life.

Jimena showed me that Alamos and Argentina are more than just Malbec. We tasted through their range of wines starting with their Torrontés. This native white grape produces aromatic wines with a bouquet and taste of citrus fruit and often additional flavors of tropical fruits. It is usually not aged in oak, stainless steel being the preferred medium in order to leave the fruit flavors as natural as possible. Ageing time is short, a matter of weeks, so this is a wine very much “made in the vineyard”.    Continue reading

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A Don’t Miss Pinot Noir Mega Tasting

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by Andrew Chalk

It is on Monday March 10th at The Park Cities Club and it is organized by Sigel’s. Over 50 Pinot Noirs from all over the planet will be available for tasting along with the heavy hors d’oeuvres (Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Smoked Chicken Quesadillas, New England Style Crab Puffs and Artisan Cheeses & Fresh Fruit). The price is $50 inclusive.

Not only wines, but the following winery personnel will be on hand to discuss their wines:  Continue reading

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