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Savor Dallas Announces 2014 Events

wineby Steven Doyle

The tradition of Savor Dallas, the most delicious food and wine festival in Texas, continues with a 10th Anniversary celebratory edition, March 20-22.  Over three days of wining and dining, this “celebration of wine, food, spirits and the arts,” spotlights dozens of the area’s top chefs and more than 400 premium wines, spirits and beers throughout the weekend.  New this year, Savor Dallas adds a spotlight on Texas wines and spirits.   Ticket prices for the individual events range from $20 to $150.  Weekend passes for $365 also are available at an overall cost saving.

“When we started this all those years ago our mission was pretty straightforward.  We wanted to support the city we love, and give upscale food and wine lovers the kind of premium experience they deserve,” says Jim White, Savor Dallas co-founder along with his wife Vicki Briley-White, “We had no idea the celebration would grow into an event encompassing downtown Dallas that would host some 5,000 guests over a three-day celebration. What a credit to citizens and visitors alike.”    Continue reading

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We Are About To Get Insight Into The Character Of Todd Staples

toddby Andrew Chalk

TheTodd Staples, Wine is involved in two important things. First, as you have doubtless seen from his frequent television commercials, he is a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Second, he is about to deliberate over the future of the Go Texan rule regarding how much of the grapes in a wine marked ‘Go Texan’ must be Texas fruit. The rule he inherited is a travesty — it allows such a wine to contain 0% Texas fruit!     Continue reading

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Wine And Chocolate Event At Veritas Feb 13

sublime.jpgby Steven Doyle

Join DallasChocolate.org and Sublime Chocolate for an event at Veritas Wine Room. The event features chocolatier Troy Easton’s creative chocolates and bean-to-bar chocolate bars excellently paired with wine chosen by the sharp palates at Veritas. The event is on Thursday, February 13th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm and is $25.

Easton will be sampling chocolate selections including the spicy Caliente, the unique Golden Curry, and the classic caramel with sea salt. Also included will be a sampling of Easton’s chocolate bars. These chocolate bars are the first to be produced commercially in the Dallas area directly from the cacao bean. Easton will be on hand to explain how he sources and imports the fermented and dried cacao beans and the intensive process that turns them into tempered chocolate bars.   Continue reading

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Go Texan: 80% Of Consumers Favor The 100% Rule

GO-TEXAN--229x300by Andrew Chalk

The public comment period on a rule change that I proposed to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) – that a wine carrying the ‘Go Texan’ mark be required to be made only from Texas grown grapes – ended in December. We are now in a second public comment period that ends on February 10th. In the meantime, I have obtained the submissions of the first public comment period and analyzed them. The results are interesting…

69 comments were received by the TDA;

I divided the results into five categories.    Continue reading

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Go Texan: Texas Department of Agriculture Muddies The Waters

GO-TEXAN--229x300by Andrew Chalk

Following their surprise decision to open a second comment period on changing the Go Texan rule that 0% of the grapes in a wine marked ‘Go Texan’ must come from Texas, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) published what they call ‘clarifying comments’ on my rules change proposal to make the Go Texan mark on a wine require 100% Texas grapes in the bottle.

Far from clarifying, the TDA’s comments might be better described as ‘muddying’ as they confuse the revenues coming in to the Go Texan program with revenues coming in to the Texas wine industry. The TDA staff comments are not signed by one individual (the attorney’s name at the end is a procedural requirement), so they represent the department’s view. In other words, responsibility for changing the 0% rule ultimately goes up the chain of responsibility to Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Todd Staples.

The full text of the TDA comments is here, and I urge you to read it. It  brings into sharp relief the outdated way of thinking about the Texas wine industry and the New Texas Wine Industry.    Continue reading

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Shinsei and Duckhorn Vineyards Team for Wine Dinner

shinseiby Andrew Chalk

When Shinsei, the perpetually popular pan-Asian restaurant near the corner of Inwood and Lovers and Duckhorn Vineyards, the revered Napa Valley wine producer, collaborate for a top end dinner, the results are bound to be impressive. The show they put on last week did just that with wines like Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and Duckhorn Merlot 2010. And wines from Duckhorn’s other labels as well: Migration Chardonnay 2011, Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2010 and Paraduzz Z blend 2010 dessert wine.    Continue reading

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