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An Accidental Winemaker: Chad Willis, Santa Ramona Vineyards

willischad.jpgby Steven Doyle

I first became acquainted with the beautiful Santa Ramona wines while dining fairly recently at the Oak Cliff restaurant VH Casual Dining and Bar (read about that visit here). It was through a friend I met Santa Romana representative Daniela Saldana who works for the owner of the winery which is set on acreage in the Temecula Valley American Viticultural Area in Southern California. This is a region which hosts some amazing boutique wineries set on rolling hills and farm rich soils of these amazing vineyards such as Vendemia Wineries, Hart Family Winery, Briar Rose and so many more family owned and operated vineyards producing an extremely limited number of cases of wine. Add to this list Santa Ramona which became a winery much by accident by the owner and wine hobbyist Chad Willis.  Continue reading

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A Wine Roundup Under $20

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Let’s take a look at a few bottles to get your weekend off to a good start.

2012 Angelini Pergola Rosso, DOC Marche, Italy $19

100% Pergola grapes. From the Marche region of Italy. Dark ruby color. Red fruit, herbs and rose petals in nose. Confirmed in the mouth. Black cherry flavors as well. Medium plus acid and chewy tannins. Not a huge amount of complexity but pleasant to drink now or near-term ageing. A red-sauce pasta wine.   Continue reading

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Lavendou Offering Beautiful Jonata Wine Dinner Feb 28th

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Lavendou, our go to for all things French, is offering a beautiful wine dinner featuring Jonata and the Screaming Eagle family of wines. The dinner will be hosted February 28th with a reception beginning at 7pm.  Continue reading

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Tuscan Wine Dinner at Jimmy’s

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Jimmy’s Food Store is offering one of their many Italian wine dinners Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:30.

Chef Alessio Franceschetti will be preparing a wonderful menu for the Renieri Tasting. Continue reading

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Cochon555 Brings Everything Pig to Dallas Feb 11

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Cochon555 is excited to add more names to an already stellar lineup from the good food movement. From notable judges to celebrated somms, one chef will be crowned for their whole pig cookery skills in addition to winning an amazing 4-day wine and gastronomy experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. Continue reading

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Value Christmas Wines Bring Holiday Cheer

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With Christmas just weeks away, the 2017 holiday season is coming to a close. No holiday party would be complete without wine bottles with festive holiday wine labels. Here are our top wines for Christmas dinner, a holiday holiday party or simply to just to fill your wine glass! Whether your big celebration falls on Christmas Eve, Christmas day or anywhere in between, being around family and those who matter most to you is what it is all about. But, don’t forget to celebrate with some great tasting food and wine. Luckily there are some great Christmas themed bottles to make any table complete! We recommend a few fabulous bottles of wine and beer, as well as a traditional holiday cocktail recipe that are pure Christmas cheer.   Continue reading

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A Look at Austin’s Wine and Swine

austin2by Ali Ferrin

The Austin Food and Wine Alliance did it again, hosting the 7th annual Wine & Swine event.  My day was filled with pig, fine wines, craft beers, liquors, and a ton of smoke.  Although not sure The Gulf Coast Playboys appreciated the smoke as much I did since Texans consider BBQ smoke an aphrodisiac. Continue reading

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