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The Dish: 48 Nights February 28, 2010

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Our guests enjoyed a completely outstanding dinner at Smoke for the most recent “The Dinner Club with Jim White” special event.

Owner Christopher Jeffers and manager Ray Evans were great hosts. Thanks to our friends from Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits for bringing such great wines. It was a global affair, with wines from Italy, France, Spain, Argentina, and California, paired with Chef Tim Byres incredible down-home southern cooking. It is smokin’! (more…)

Dinner Club at SMOKE February 25, 2010

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The Dish: Big time, with Chef Tim Byres February 22, 2010

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Big time wining and dining with Chef Tim Byres

Just ask anyone who has been to the hip and happening Belmont Hotel and you’ll likely hear from a fan of Smoke. Tim Byres, formerly executive chef at Stephan Pyles, executive sous chef at the Mansion, and his own restaurant Standard certainly knows his way around the kitchen and loves to make great things happen with hardwood and smoke. You have an opportunity to get first-hand experience and a great wine dinner to boot if you join me on Thursday February 25th for the next “Dinner Club with Jim White” special event at Smoke. (more…)

Wine of the Week: O.T.P Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 February 22, 2010

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If Zinfandel is traditionally considered the “workhorse” grape varietal of the California wine industry, then Cabernet Sauvignon (pronounced as Cab-air-nay So-vin-yawn) can be considered the “racehorse” grape varietal of the California wine industry.  Cabernet Sauvignon is consistently the world’s most popular red grape varietal and tends to offers explosive power and showmanship; however it can also sometimes be a little “edgy” in its youth. Cabernet Sauvignon classically found its place in Bordeaux, especially within the regions of Medoc and Graves, where it produces such world renowned wines as Chateau Margaux and Chateau Latour.  Generally, Cabernet Sauvignon can have a flavor profile of black currants, cassis, black cherry, black olives and plum.

4895333_thl.jpgSpecifically, the O.T.P Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 spent almost two years aging in small French Oak barrels (no edges on this Cabernet) and hails from the renowned Napa Valley sub-appellations of Oakville and Rutherford.  This is a Cabernet lover’s dream with rich and intense flavors of ripe black plum, concentrated blackberries, lush black currants and mouth-coating cassis with an impeccable balance of acidity.  Only 470 cases of this wine was produced – Don’t miss out on this one!

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Wine of the Week: Domaine de Saint-Antoine Syrah 2007 February 15, 2010

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“Domaine de Saint Antoine is a 20 hectare estate located in the heart of Costières de Nîmes located on the western edge on the Rhône River and is one of the fastest rising stars in the appellation. The estate is owned and operated by Jean-Louis Emmanuel and his wife Marlène. The estate is situated in a very warm micro-climate which allows the grapes to achieve outstanding ripeness. All of the grapes are de-stemmed to create this Provençal Syrah that is brawny, ripe, bursting with black and red fruits and well structured tannins intermingled with classic Rhône spices.”  Excerpt from robertkacherselections.com

photos.com picts 108.jpgHistorically, Costières de Nîmes is considered to be one the oldest wine producing appellations in Europe.  In fact, a number of references site the first plantings in this region back to the fifth century BC.  Generally, the red wines produced from this region are elegant and lightly structured with flavors of black cherries, red currants and floral notes; however they can also be rounder and more expressive with characteristics of blackberries, ripe plum and blueberries.  The possible style variance is not so surprising, considering that the red wines from this region can be produced from a multitude of varietals including: Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, and Cinsault.

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Special Offering: Domaine de Saint-Antoine Syrah 2007
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The Dish: Wining and dining during the “Great Blizzard of ’10” February 14, 2010

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Mostly indoors in our Case!

Fortunately, our power was only out for a few hours–unlike others who are still in the dark, as we speak, several days after Mother Nature dumped 12.5″ of snow on the Metroplex. (more…)

Wine of the Week: La Croisade Pinot Noir 2007 February 8, 2010

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Producing high quality Pinot Noir (pronounced as Pee-no Nwahr) has been dubbed by numerous wine growers as “the quest for the holy grail” due to the difficult and finicky nature of this grape varietal; however it can also produce some of the world’s most extraordinary red wines.  Classically, Pinot Noir is grown in Burgundy, France to make the world renowned wines of Pommard, Nuits-Saint Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin, but it has also found a second home in California and Oregon with unabated fervor. The usual flavor profile of Pinot Noir tends to have notes of cherries, strawberries and raspberries with a floral undertone. In Germany and Austria this grape varietal is also referred to as Spatburgunder.

photos.com picts 191V.jpgSpecifically, La Croisade Pinot Noir 2007 is an affordable and dependable wine with rich and round characteristics of dried dark cherries, boysenberries and fresh raspberries with a slight hint of dried rose petals.   The velvety finish echoes the main flavor profile with an additional note of fresh red currants.  Perfect for everyday, but also pairs wonderfully with savory roasted turkey or semi-soft cheeses – such as Morbier (pronounced as Mor-bee-ay.)

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Wine of the Week: Snowline Washington State Riesling 2007 February 1, 2010

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In the Northwest region of the United States, the Cascade Mountains are the dominate influence on the multiple micro-climates of this major wine producing area.  The climates range from cool coastal areas (the perfect environment for Pinot Gris) to the high deserts, where varietals like Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive in the long growing season.  The extended hang time of the fruit, in this otherwise harsh environment, is the key to the depth of flavors in the brilliant wines from this region.  With the aid of the Big River flowing off the east side of the Cascades, a once arid and stark landscape has blossomed into the exceptional vineyards of the Northwest.

pumpkin.jpgSpecifically, the Snowline Washington State Riesling 2007 has enticing and aromatic flavors of ripe peaches and crisp yellow apples with a honeyed sweetness that layers nicely throughout the glass.  The finish of this wine echoes the main flavor profile with an additional note of fresh nectarines with a slight hint of lemon zest.  Perfect for everyday as an aperitif, but also pairs wonderfully with most soft cheeses and light culinary fare.
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