Category Archives: Grapevine

A Chat with Maître Fromager Drew Stodghill

by Steven Doyle

Think of the Maître Fromager as a cheese sommelier. Look about the Dallas- Fort Worth area and you will be hard pressed to find one — that is unless you happen to be at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, or more specifically the Old Hickory Steakhouse Restaurant. That is where you will meet chef Drew Stodghill.

We caught up with chef Stodghill yesterday and asked a few questions about how he became a cheese guru.          Continue reading

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Grapefest People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic 2011

by David Donalson

On a lazy, warm Sunday afternoon, what could be better than drinking wine? How about drinking a lot of wine in an hour and a half?  Well, I hope you were able to make it out to Grapefest this weekend and  got into the  People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, where you could sample 113 wines from 33 different Texas wineries.

I know I could not pass up the chance to revisit some wines I have covered previously while exploring some new places and adding them to my list of wineries to visit.

Before you got to go into the pavilion area, I offer a couple of pieces of advice based on experience. First, ask yourself why you are going in. Do you want to drink to have a good buzz and converse with friends or do you want to taste every wine? Most people choose the first route and I do not blame you. Wine is meant to be a social event and having discussions with your friends about which wine you like best is fun.    Continue reading

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Win Tickets to GrapeFest

by Steven Doyle

GrapeFest- A Wine Experience, will celebrate its 25th anniversary and the best of Texas wines on September 15, 16, 17 and 18. Festival goers will enjoy award-winning wines perfectly paired with culinary treats at the largest wine festival in the Southwest.

This year, a special focus on Australian wines and culture livens up the action, while the festival’s trademark activities continue: People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic – the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, Culinary Pavilion, GrapeFest Golf Classic, GrapeStomp and six stages of live entertainment.    Continue reading


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Successful NFL Tailgate Party

Pappas Steakhouse Executive Chef James Johnson

by Steven Doyle

Last evening we attended the Taste of NFL Ultimate Tailgate Party at the Glass Cactus on the ever-sprawling campus of Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.  Continue reading


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Texas Wineries – Delaney Vineyards

by David Donalson

While visiting Delaney Vineyards, my wife remarked that if we were going to do our wedding over again we would have to do it in a winery like Delaney. Situated just off of Highway 121 in the Grapevine-Colleyville area, Delaney looks a little odd. Cynthaina vines are situated between the highway and the large stone structure that houses the winery. Continue reading

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La Buena Vida Sushi Social

by Ina Bostick      

photos by Robert Bostick

Drive by past the Gaylord Texan Resort and the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine and wind down behind a row of modest homes where the city seems to slip away. The cooling blue fountain, wooden gazebo with stone columns and lush plant-life help the stressors of city life slip seamlessly away. Continue reading

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