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FSITO Wine Label Fools Master of Wine

chalk1by Andrew Chalk

Take a look at the label wine label above. Where does the wine come from? If you said “Texas” you and Master of Wine James Cluer are in the same boat. In an article on wine label design in San Antonio Magazine he criticized the label for causing “potential confusion created by emphasizing the wine’s Texas origins—with two mentions of it on the label — given that it is a French Colombard”. He was doubtless fooled partly by the cheerful “Texas Style” logo on the front label and the references to the Texas palate on the back. Yet the key to this wine’s undisclosed origins are in the smallest typeface on the label, on the bottom right on the back where the eye is least likely to read it: “For Sale In Texas Only” (FSITO) allows the origin of the grapes to be concealed.  Continue reading

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American Heart Meets The Chefs


by Andrew Chalk

The American Heart Association revealed the chefs who will be preparing food at the 2015 Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner at a Chef Announcement Party held at the Sub-Zero and Wolf showroom (possibly the most spectacular appliance showroom on the planet, by the way) in Dallas. Under the leadership of Chef Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill) the sixteen participating chefs are each assigned a protein to which they apply their imagination and create a dish that is served to attendees at the gala.   Continue reading


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Savor Dallas Announces Restaurants and Wines for Multi-day Festival


Savor Dallas presented by Goody Goody, will feature a robust lineup of participating restaurants and wines. This enriched multi-day festival serves as the ultimate toast to the city’s culinary scene and epicurean culture and will celebrate its 11th year on March 19-22, 2015. This will be the first year the event is under the dynamic new direction and management of CrowdSource, the event company of The Dallas Morning News.

Savor Dallas kicks off with the Arts District Wine Stroll on Thursday, March 19, followed by Savor the Arboretum on March 20, The Reserve Tasting at The Women’s Museum in Fair Park on March 21, The Grand Tasting at Centennial Hall in Fair Park, also on March 21, and the Community Brunch in partnership with Downtown Dallas Inc. and Café Momentum at Main Street Garden on March 22.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Savor Dallas 2015 and the lineup of food and drink. The right partners are always integral to all CrowdSource events, and we are committed to aligning with those who are the epitome of their craft and who share our vision in enhancing the event experience thus ultimately delighting the consumer,” says Alison Draper, President, CrowdSource.  Continue reading

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Blending In with Raymond Vineyards and Abacus


by Andrew Chalk

It was a packed house at Abacus in Uptown Dallas this week as Chef Kent Rathbun welcomed Raymond Vineyards Chief Blending Officer Tyson Madden for two important responsibilities. First, Kent Rathbun Concepts’ (Abacus’ parent company) own Director of Operations, Matthew Scott (who oversees wine operations as part of a broader mandate) was one of eight sommeliers selected by Raymond to blend a special wine, the 2012 Sommelier Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, for sale in a limited number of restaurant locations and to the winery’s mailing list. Madden explained how the sommeliers took base wines from Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties in California’s North Coast and experimented until they came up with a Sommelier’s Blend that was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and a nominal 5% Petit Verdot. We tasted their work and they made an elegant, easy-drinking wine with an unmistakable backbone of Cabernet.   Continue reading

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Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines

by Steven Doyle

From the author of the bestselling Red, White and Drunk All Over, comes, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines that will amuse and enthrall with its character sketches of obsessive personalities, travel to gorgeous vineyards, mouth-watering descriptions of food and wine, “hidden” wine education and neurotic humor.

Packed with colorful stories about the passionate personalities who inhabit the world of wine, award-winning wine writer Natalie MacLean whisks you to the mountainside vineyards of Germany, the baked red earth of Australia, and the shady verandahs of Niagara–as well as to scenic, offbeat locations in southern Italy, the Mediterranean, Argentina, Chile and South Africa–all in search of the best value bottles the world has to offer.   Continue reading

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Wines of the Week

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2011 Carmen Carmenere ‘Gran Reserva’, Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua Valley $15

The problem with Carmenere is that it is difficult to ripen.That leads to wines characterized by green pepper aroma and taste characteristics. Plaudits to Carmen at having avoided this this problem in 2011 and producing a wine with just enough green notes to contribute breed and structure without the negative side effects.

This wine has a an opaque ruby color. Smoky coffee, clove, black pepper, raspberry and black cherry aromas and bouquet. The mouthfeel is full of luxuriant tannins, complex fruit flavors confirming the nose, medium acid and a medium long finish.   Continue reading

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A Leisurely Luncheon Respite At Nonna

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A proper lunch is a wonderful thing, especially when paired with a sparkling Prosecco. When you have worked hard all week, or when you need a few hours of total relaxation,  that is when you make reservations to NonnaContinue reading

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