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Value Christmas Wines Bring Holiday Cheer


With Christmas just weeks away, the 2015 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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Urbano Adds Wine and Beer in Addition to Their Famous BYOB Policy


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

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Your Comprehensive Guide To the 2015 Addison Cork & Fork May 15-16


Fork & Cork, May 15 & 16 is a unique and innovative destination that introduces the culinary minded to local celebrated chefs, assorted breweries, wineries and spirit makers. An authentic, one-of-a-kind experience that satisfies the epicurious, Fork & Cork is an interactive festival that serves up tasteful artist demonstrations and live Music, as well as tasty dishes. It’s casual, yet sophisticated. Busy, yet intimate. Personal, yet communal.

Special Crave discount tickets may be purchased online. through May 15, 2015 at noon. Limited quantities available. Please print your e-tickets ahead of time and have them ready for display to expedite the entry process. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate pending availability.   Continue reading


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Meet Winemaker Michael Martini

by Steven Doyle

Several weeks ago we had a chance to sit with Michael Martini of Louis M. Martini Winery.  Martini chatted about the history and processes of his craft, giving us an excellent insight into what a day might look like for this third generation winemaker.

We asked Martini several questions, and in return we sat back and enjoyed nearly an hour of fantastic wine conversation.  Here are a few questions we asked Martini:    Continue reading

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Three Interesting New Texas Wines

chalk1by Andrew Chalk

Texas is a rapidly improving but young wine region. Just about everything is an experiment. One of the outcomes is an ever-rotating supply of interesting wines. This week two wineries, both of whom use only Texas grapes, sent me some interesting examples of their recent work.

Wedding Oak Winery is located in the pecan capital of Texas, San Saba. The location, in the northern Hill Country, provides grapes for the Texas Sangiovese shown on the left, above. The nose on this wine is redolent of cherries, strawberries and black pepper.  In the mouth there is forward, ripe fruit of cherries balancing the medium plus acid levels. The firm tannins would make this wine a good match with your first attempt at cooking a Tuscan Bistecca alla Fiorentina, albeit from Texan grass-fed cattle.   Continue reading

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Andrew’s Wine Round-Up

wine4by Andrew Chalk

A round-up of noteworthy wines recently tasted. All were sent by vendors or their representatives.  Continue reading

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FSITO Wine Fools Costco

chalk1by Andrew Chalk

Take a look at the wine bottle above. Where does the wine come from? If you said “Texas” you and Costco (the largest wine retailer in the country) are in the same boat. Below is the shelf label which reproduces the text on the back of the bottle. If gushes “Selected from our finest lots. Careful maturation with French Oak brings deep flavors of dark fruit and cocoa”. Costco is usually meticulous with product descriptions, but was likely fooled by this patter in also labeling the wine’s origin as ‘Texas’.   Continue reading


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