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Long Shadows Emerges from The Shadows

IMG_1307by Andrew Chalk

Allen Shoup left the position of President and CEO position at Washington State’s largest wine maker, Chateau Ste. Michelle, in 2000 but he had no intention of retiring. After three years ‘gardening leave’ (presumably to serve out a non-compete) he founded a new and very unusual winery.  Long Shadows Vintners has not one winemaker, but one winemaker for each wine. Furthermore, that wine maker is not an employee but an acknowledged worldwide leader in that genre. For example, the Long Shadows Cabernet Sauvignon is made by Napa legend Randy Dunn. The Merlot, by French legend and Pomerol native, Michel Rolland. There are actually seven superstar winemakers making seven Long Shadows wines.

At a tasting this week at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, at which I was an invited guest, I questioned Shoup about the stars involvement with the wines. It is important, in a week in which Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have apparently produced a Provence Rosé wine, to clarify how involved the stars were in the production of the product. Pitt and Jolie’s involvement seems as plausible as Kim Kardashian getting a Ph.D. from Cal. Tech.  Did Brad Pitt choose the date when picking started? When asked what type of barrels to age the wine in, did Angelina Jolie respond ‘pink’? This is obviously nothing more than vapid marketing.       Continue reading


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Wine Dinner Next Week at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse will Cast a Long Shadow

long-shadows-vineyardby Andrew Chalk

Pappas Bros Steakhouse, the location that consistently holds the best high-end California wine tastings in Dallas announces one that will be among the best of the year:

On Wednesday evening May 15, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas will host a private wine dinner for guests to enjoy a fine wine and dining experience. The evening will highlight a four-course menu expertly prepared by Executive Chef James Johnson to complement exceptional wines from Long Shadows Vintners. Founded by Washington wine pioneer Allen Shoup in 2003, Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of ultra-premium wines created by internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. Each vintner is a part owner in this unique winery crafted to showcase the viticultural excellence of Washington State’s Columbia Valley. Guests will have the opportunity to experience the complexity,elegance and sophistication of Long Shadows Vintners and special guestand Founder, Allen Shoup, will be your guide to his outstanding Columbia Valley wines.                Continue reading

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