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In Portugal’s Historic Tejo Wine Region, Medieval Towns and Villages Draw Visitors to Europe’s Oldest, Continuously Operational Wine Estates

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Portugal’s historic Tejo region has been producing some of the most unique wines in Europe since winemaking first began there in 1170. During the Middle Ages, land concessions required trustees to plant both olive trees and vineyards on the land parcels. Before long, villages began springing up along the lengthy and ancient Tejo River, and with this grape cultivation came the beginnings of a local wine culture.

Pulsing with a rich heritage, Tejo still claims a bounty of historical treasures from those medieval moments, with architectural relics and medieval hilltop villages dotting the picturesque landscape. Today, many of Tejo’s historic wineries — bridging tradition and modernity — bear witness to the region’s centuries of quality wine production since medieval times.

To the Portuguese, Tejo is known as the land of vineyards, olive groves, foot-treading, cork forests and the famous Lusitano horses. Visitors seeking an off-the-beaten-path wine tourism experience will also find ancient routes leading through medieval villages that offer up sites of historic importance with unique characteristics. The area provides a breathtaking landscape for lovers of nature, culture, and authentic wines. A sampling of Tejo’s villages and monuments of great significance that date back to the Middle Ages include:   Continue reading

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Ninth Annual Burgers & Burgundy Presented by Chef John Tesar and Terri Provencal, Benefiting DIFFA/Dallas

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The Joule Hotel will host the ninth annual Burgers & Burgundy event, presented by Celebrity Chef John Tesar and Terri Provencal, benefiting DIFFA/Dallas (The Dallas Chapter of Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) at the Eye at The Joule on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Funds raised from the event will go towards DIFFA/Dallas’ mission of serving those who are affected by HIV/AIDS across North Texas. This year’s Event Chair, Phil Harrison, is joined by Allan Knight, long-time supporter and title sponsor of the event. “We are excited to continue the momentum this one-of-a-kind dining experience has created for the charity for almost a decade, where our supporters can have a wonderful time, knowing their contributions are going to agencies and people with the greatest need,” says Harrison of DIFFA/Dallas. Continue reading

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Picnic In Style At Innaugral Rosé All Day Wine & Music Festival

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Hank Keller, the co-founder of Lights All Night, is at it again with the debut of Dallas’ first Rosé All Day Wine & Music Festival.

Hank and his wife, Emily, are teaming up with Biagio Cru Wines & Spirits to create a festival centered on everyone’s favorite pink drink – Rosé wine.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, North Texans and visitors alike are invited to picnic in style from 1-9 p.m. at Arlington Hall at Lee Park. The festival will stretch out over nearly 15 acres, through the formal garden, the great lawn and inside Arlington Hall. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress, preferably in pink or white. Continue reading

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We Reveal All The Chocolate Secrets

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On any given day when driving past the boutiques lining Oak Lawn in Dallas you will spot plenty of activity. There you will discover hot finds on wine or cheese, or possibly even chocolate. This past Sunday we began the edible bucket list for 2012 and made a stop into Chocolate Secrets.

The chocolate shop has somewhat of an identity crisis. It wants to be this cool wine bar that serves up healthy slices of jazz most evenings. Chocolate Secrets also offers some of the best and certainly beautiful chocolate in Dallas. Continue reading

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First Look: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Legacy West (Slideshow)

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Nothing screams Dallas than the opulent steakhouse. These are where big deals are conjured, first dates happen, anniversaries take place, and most importantly where people dine on large slabs of delicious beef. Well, not always the beef, steakhouses often have incredible seafood options. This is the case for all these events and even more at Del Frisco Double Eagle Steakhouse which is a stalwart in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond. Continue reading

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The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association Announces Their First ‘House of Cab Dallas’

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The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association announced today that tickets are now available for their first ‘House of Cab Dallas’ taking place September 26, 2017, at two venues within Trinity Groves in Dallas, Texas. At Saint Rocco’s restaurant, a handful of guests will be seated for a vintner-moderated blind library tasting of 13 Stags Leap District designated Cabernet Sauvignons from 1992-2010.

At 3015, also at Trinity Groves, guests will have the only “Sneak Preview” tasting outside of Napa for the upcoming 2014 Stags Leap District Appellation Collection release and can meet vintners. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by 3015 and Café Momentum with proceeds benefiting Café Momentum, whose mission supports at-risk youth with culinary, job and life-skill training as well as continued mentoring and support to foster successful re-entry into the community. Continue reading

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Prosecco – The Pursuit of More Individualistic Wines

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Twenty years ago the entire sales of Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine, in the United States market amounted to less than 500 cases a year. Last year sales exceeded two million cases and that was up 27% from the previous year. This is a category that we love, but why? What is it that makes Prosecco so popular?

I tried to throw some light on that recently when Prosecco producer Mionetto sent me samples of five of their wines, from simple and inexpensive to pricier examples near the top of their line. It is fitting that Mionetto should do this as they were the producer that first shipped Prosecco in volume to the USA (in 2000).

For most of its existence here, Prosecco has been popular for two things: its competitive price versus the best known sparkling wine, Champagne (from the homonymous region in France), and as a mixer to make the Bellini cocktail. While giving the wine publicity, neither role promoted the wine as a first-class style of sparkling wine in its own right.   Continue reading

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