Close Encounters of The Gastronomic Kind

wine poste2by Andrew Chalk

For reasons we don’t fully understand, Dallas is packed with interesting wine and food events in the next three weeks. Things could be worse. We could all be on the ‘Pyongyang Diet’. Here is a summary of some of the most interesting press releases that came across my (virtual) desk:  

June 12th: Merriman Wine Dinner at Spoon Bar & Kitchen

Five Courses Crafted by Chef John Tesar, Paired with Vino from Merriman Wines

Dinner will begin at 6pm and is priced at $100 per person (tax and

gratuity not included). Seating is limited, so please call

214.368.8220 for reservations.

Cuttlefish crudo, hearts of palm, jalapeno and pink peppercorns
“Brasher Block Vineyard” Old Vine Chenin Blanc
Potato gnocchi, Maryland Blue Crab and black truffle emulsion
Rosé of Pinot Noir
Maya prawn, kimchee pancake, kimchee butter, shrimp coral and baby radish
“Cummins Road” Pinot Noir
Swordfish “steak”, wild mushroom crust and red wine squid ink sauce
“Merriman Estate” Pinot Noir
Dessert to be announced

June 13th: Ruth’s Chris Robert Mondavi Centenary Dinner

We previously wrote about Robert Mondavi’s 100th birthday. Ruth’s Chris has the biggest public celebration.


June 19th: Raymond Wines Dinner at SĒR

Join us at SĒR Steak + Spirits for a special four course wine dinner, featuring selections from Raymond Vineyards and special guest and winemaker Stephanie Putnam.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013  | 7:30 pm $125 per person plus tax and gratuity

RESERVATIONS  214.761.7479



June 22nd: Hall Wine Dinner at Stephan Pyles, Sustenio. Fly to San Antonio from Love Field and stop at Stephan Pyles takeout place in the terminal on your way to his upscale restaurant in the Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa. The Hall’s hail from Dallas and make one of the bargains among top tier Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. A 90+ point wine for about $50.


June 27th: Kent Rathbun hosts a Comparative Wine Dinner

Comparative Wine Dinner with Constellation Brand Expert Todd Ruback on June 27, 2012 6:30 pm

$75 per person plus tax and 20% gratuity Reservations Required

For KB Event Venue Reservations email Julie Baker or 214-619-3557

Take part in a side by side tasting to discover the differences of similar wines. Led by Constellation Brand Expert Todd Ruback.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres with Ruffino Prosecco

Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc, Napa Valley vs. Drylands Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Wild Horse Pinot Noir, Central Coast vs. Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, Marlborough

Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley vs Simi “Landslide Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Dessert served with Ruffino Moscato D’asti


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