photos and interview by Joey Stewart
We had an occasion to do a tasting with Keith Webster of Webster Cellars. As is often the case with great wine makers the man behind the wine is ever bit as interesting as the wine itself.
Webster grew up in Germany (his father was a spy) and often found himself visiting neighboring countries such as Spain, Italy and France and recalls his first wine as a Spanish Madeira. This was his foray into wines, and was hooked on Old World vintages that were lower in alcohol, high in acidity and extremely well-balanced. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
From the author of the bestselling Red, White and Drunk All Over, comes, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines that will amuse and enthrall with its character sketches of obsessive personalities, travel to gorgeous vineyards, mouth-watering descriptions of food and wine, “hidden” wine education and neurotic humor.
Packed with colorful stories about the passionate personalities who inhabit the world of wine, award-winning wine writer Natalie MacLean whisks you to the mountainside vineyards of Germany, the baked red earth of Australia, and the shady verandahs of Niagara–as well as to scenic, offbeat locations in southern Italy, the Mediterranean, Argentina, Chile and South Africa–all in search of the best value bottles the world has to offer. Continue reading
photos by Robert Bostick
Chefs For Farmers is an annual food and wine festival held in Dallas that brings chefs, artisans and culinary influencers together to celebrate supporting local and regional farmers at a three-day culinary blowout. Now in its 5th year, the festival will be held Friday, Saturday 23 – Sunday, September 25, 2016 with the mission to celebrate supporting the local and regional farming industry.
In addition to some of the hottest chefs in Dallas, national chefs are also participating. This year, 60+ chefs along with 35+ farmers/artisans and 50+ wineries, breweries and distilleries are all gathered for this “down home no mess, no fuss” weekend. Please note that the Sunday event has been moved to Gilley’s due to rain concerns. Continue reading
Dallas chef, Sharon Hage, will join Pappas Bros. Steakhouse on Friday, January 29th for one night only to create an inspired five-course wine dinner in collaboration with Pappas Bros. Steakhouse chef Johnson, entitled ““Pinot Around the World.”
Guests will be treated to a carefully paired menu with wines selected by Pappas Bros. Master sommelier, Barbara Werley – including a “Mystery Wine” presented during the second course. Continue reading
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
Urbano Cafe in East Dallas (at 1410 N. Fitzhugh) is now serving beer and wine, though also BYOB as well. Nothing changes for those who want to bring their wine, but Urbabo will also have craft and local beers on tap, plus a great, well-priced list of wines. There is a PDF of the list below.
Urbano is kicking off their new list this week, and holding a Merry Edwards wine tasting next Monday, Nov. 9, from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, and light bites will be provided. Below is a list of the wines they’ll be sampling, and bottles will be available for purchase. RSVP at 214-823-8550. Continue reading