Every year Beaujolais & Beyond, the French American Chamber of Commerce’s big festival gets better. It started out 30 years ago as a local echo of the Beaujolais Nouveau festival being promoted globally at that time. Nowadays, the title is essentially a cover for, first of all, the promotion of French food and wine culture. This year saw classic French cuisine from Lavendou, craft beers from brewer Gasgogne, wines from Château Pontet-Canet of Bordeaux, Châteauneuf du Pape from the Rhône, Momessin Cru Beaujolais (getting a day out of obscurity thanks to the title of the festival) from Moulin-à-Vent and Morgon, and Volnay and a Premier Cru wines from Santenay. California and Pacific Northwest wines also had their own booth. And representing Texas was Duchman with Trebbiano and Vermentino (white) and Montepulciano and Aglianico (reds).
What do you do if the rest of the world calls you a frog and thinks that you are arrogant just because you have the best shrug? If you are French winemaker Jean-Claude Mas you turn the joke back to them with a wine that displays a refined idiosyncrasy and calls itself The Arrogant Frog.
The importer just delivered bottles of their 2011 vintage. The red, a ”Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot” blend with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Chardonnay. Both come from France’s beautiful Languedoc region on the Mediterranean and both come in screw cap bottles. These are unprepossessing wines in name and packaging but surprisingly refined in taste. Good winemaking makes a good value wine for $10. Continue reading →
We will be talking up Cinco de Mayo all day, and we are sure that many of you started your celebration last night. The enchiladas will be flying, along with massive amounts of tequila in every form. The margarita will be king this weekend for sure. But this morning we discovered something a little different; a bit more refined. Anastacia Quinones has devised a special and creative menu over at Komali that truly gets into the spirit of the holiday.
First understand what we are celebrating. Many believe that the day is to commemorate the Mexican Independence Day, but that would be September 16. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Continue reading →
Sponsored by the French American Chamber of Commerce of Dallas/Fort Worth (FACC), the Festival not only includes Beaujolais Nouveau, but additional French and American wines. Wines will provide a taste from Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Rhône Valley, California, Washington and Texas vintages.
This year’s Festival takes place on Friday, Nov. 30 from 7 to 9:30pm, at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas (ICCLC), being the first FACC event to be held in Irving and will host more than 2,000 attendees expected at what has now become the largest Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival in the U.S. Continue reading →