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Wine of the Week: Twin Flags Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 August 30, 2010

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One of the little known facts about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is considered to be the “mother” grape varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon. The cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc produced one of the world’s most popular grape varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon. The flavor profile of Sauvignon Blanc greatly varies depending on the environment in which it is grown. Grown in New Zealand it can have very distinctive notes of grapefruit, citrus and gooseberries. In Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume it can take on notes of lemon zest, green apples and melon with a mineral-like component.  The one thing to remember is that Sauvignon Blanc (wherever grown) is almost always a safe bet as a refreshing wine.

whitewine.jpgSurprisingly, Twin Flags Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is nearly the antithesis of stereotypical Kiwi Sauvignon.  This wine offers up a ripe pineapple and tangerine entry, followed by a mid-palate of white peach and lime. The finish is true to the varietal with mouthwatering acidity propped up by an intriguing white pepper component. Graciously absent from this well crafted endeavor are the overly pungent gooseberry and under ripe grapefruit notes that prevail in so many wines in this category today. This is versatile enough to stand alone as an aperitif or alongside an array of foods.

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Twin Flags Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009
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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” August 29, 2010

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Scattershooting while wondering what happened to my dining notes

(with a tip of the hat to the great Blackie Sherrod)

Save the Date September 16th.  Or, we could say “SAVOR” the date for our next “Dinner Club with Jim White” special event coming up Thursday September 16th.  As they say in radio, “stay tuned for more details” coming soon!

KRLD Restaurant Week is continuing through September 5th for many of the great participating restaurants.  See the participating restaurants at krld.com.  Help us hit the mark of 100,000 meals served this year to raise $700,000 to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.

People have asked us the date of Savor Dallas 2011.  Glad to report it will be March 18th and 19th.  Once again, we’ll be celebrating wine, food, spirits and the arts.  We will be returning to the beautiful Dallas Arts District, and the spectacular “International Grand Tasting” will once again be staged in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.  There are some big surprises planned for our 7th Annual event.  Tickets go on sale October 1st.  See highlights and video from Texas’ largest premium wine and food festival at www.SavorDallas.com.

Best meal deal in town right now is probably the resurrected “Green Room” in Deep Ellum.  How could you beat “Feed Me” from Executive Chef Joel Harloff and BYOB?  Their liquor license is not in place yet, so for the time being, you can bring in wines you like and enjoy the cool scene, the cuisine, and a real value on your wine pairing.  Is this a great country or what?

Taste of the NFL

North Texas Dinner Series

The Taste of the NFL has an appetizing game plan for North Texas and it kicks off long before the Super Bowl ever pulls into town. With the big game coming to Dallas, North Texas chefs have teamed up to create the Taste of the NFL Dinner Series. This series of dinners will coincide with the beginning of the 2010 NFL season and run through mid-November. Proceeds from these dinners benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank.  Read on for the complete schedule.

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Wine of the Week: Tenuta di Capezzana August 23, 2010

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“The ancient and famous Tenuta di Capezzana estate is located in the commune of Carmignano, in the province of Florence, situated approximately 24 km north west of the city.  Wine jars and tasting cups found in Etruscan tombs dating to approximately 1000 BC show that vines have been cultivated in Carmignano since Pre Roman times.  More specifically, a parchment rent contract conserved in the Florence State Archives, dated 804 was found by Sandra Contini Bonacossi, daughter of the owners Counts Ugo and Lisa.  This parchment reveals that vines and olives were cultivated at Capezzana for the production of oil and wine as early as 1200 years ago.  Tenuta di Capezzana is among very few estates that can boast such an ancient historical and viticultural tradition and to put it in Count Ugo’s words: “We always talk about our estate as being 1200 years old but the 804 document states that Capezzana was already being rented with its vineyards and olive groves thus confirming that vineyards and olive groves date all the way back to the Roman period.”  Excerpt from Capezzana.it

Capezzana I.jpg“The Capezzana ‘philosophy’ remains the same: to uphold traditions yet to keep improving, which means that the estate is more like a ship ploughing ahead than an immobile statue. ‘One must not lose the identity of the wine or the characteristics of its production area, since tradition is the accumulation of innumerable improvements and innovations that have taken place over the centuries and have been passed down through the generations. We still believe that we should continue to “change for the better”: this has always occurred and is made ever more possible by modern technology’. Ugo Contini Bonacossi continues,’‘This is our family’s philosophy, which derives from the passion which we put into our work. Together we try to make our mark in one of the most exciting and difficult professions.” Excerpt from Capezzana.it

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Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano, 750ml. “This wine is the young version of Carmignano, made with the same grapes (Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon) and the addition of Canaiolo.  It is named after the historic Medici Royal property known as the Barco reale, enclosed by a boundary wall which was over 30 miles inlength.  Excerpt from Capezzana.it.  Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations   Sale Price $13.99.  Save $1.00

Villa Di Capezzana Carmignano, 750ml. “This is the estate’s historic wine and is highly representative of the qualities of Carmignano. D.O.C. status was re-obtained in 1975 and D.O.C.G. in the 1990’s.  It is produced from Sangiovese (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). D.O.C.G. wines are matured for over one year in tonneaux and then laid down for a further twelve months in bottles. Excerpt from Capezzana.it  Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations   Sale Price $29.99.  Save $2.00

Tenuta di Cappezzana Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 500ml. “In any discussion of the estate’s quality products, mention must also be made of our extra virgin olive oil, made mainly from Moraiolo and Frantoio olives with a small percentage of Pendolino and Leccino varieties. The olives are processed within 12-24 hours of picking.” Excerpt from Capezzana.it  Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations   Sale Price $19.99.  Save $20.00

Savor Wine and Food with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy August 18, 2010

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Big night at “The Place” at Perry’s

“The Dinner Club with Jim White” had another exciting evening of wining and dining thanks to our friends at Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits.  See video highlights from the evening here.  Join us September 16th for our next special event.  Details coming soon.

Wine of the Week: Tenuta di Biserno August 16, 2010

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“The estate lies among the hills of Bibbona. Previously unknown to wine production, it borders the DOC of Bolgheri. The vineyards of Bibbona and Bolgheri meet each other, as Lodovico observes, “very similar to Saint Emilion and Pomerol.”  Lodovico learned about this parcel of land from Dante Scanavino, his then-General Manager at Ornellaia. Lodovico surveyed the land and was struck by the similarities between this terroir and that of Masseto. But beyond that, what Lodovico recognized here were other elements in the soil that immediately inspired him to plant Cabernet Franc. He “bet” that this varietal would thrive in this terroir. Also, the panorama of the property was breathtaking, with views down to the Tyrreanean Sea all the way to Corsica.  Lodovico Antinori has been head of Lamson International for the last 25 years. In the mid 1980s, MLA founded Ornellaia, the avant-garde winery located in Bolgheri in the Upper Maremma, producing the world-acclaimed wines, Masseto and Poggio alle Gazze. After the company was sold at the beginning of the 21st century, Lodovico, together with his brother, Piero, decided to establish a new wine project, having discovered a new terroir with great potential in the neighboring commune of Bibbona.”  Excerpt from biserno.it

Biserno I.jpg “World-renowned oenologist and consultant Michel Rolland was born and raised in Bordeaux, where he underwent his early training, excelling in his studies at the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology. Michel consults for premium wineries all over the winemaking world.  ‘Lodovico Antinori asked me to be involved in his new project in Tuscany, and I couldn’t refuse him. We have worked together for more than 15 years, and so I am sure that everything will be done to achieve a wine of the very highest quality. The exciting new winery, in combination with the already superb vineyards and the quality of the first few vintages, bode extremely well for the future.’  [The winemaker] Helena Lindberg has an MSC in Chemical Engineering; she worked in the food industry before developing an interest in wine and winemaking, a passion which took her to Australia in 1994.  Helena returned to Europe in 2000 in order to attend faculté d’oenologie in the Languedoc, where she also made wine.  It was in France that she met Lodovico Antinori, and in 2004 Helena relocated to Tuscany to become responsible for wine making in both Tuscany and Marlborough.”  Excerpt from biserno.it

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Castello di Tenuta di Biserno Insoglio del Cinghiale, 750ml. “Made from 32% Syrah and the remaining part is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The peppery characteristics make it the ideal pairing to game dishes, such as wild boar (after which it is named.)” Excerpt from biserno.it. Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $21.99. Save $10.00!

Tenuta di Biserno Coronato 2005, 750ml. “An absolutely delicious, joyful wine that captures the essence of this terroir.  It reveals notable freshness and perfume in its dark fruit, licorice, leather,spices and toasted oak in a plump accessible style.”91 points – “The Wine Advocate” June 30th, 2008. Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $54.99.  Save $10.00!

Tenuta di Biserno IL Pino di Biserno, 750ml. “Intense, bright ruby red color.  The nose is intense with ripe dark chocolate and spicy oak.  The palate is excellently balanced, with fine rip tannins and fine fruit, giving a harmonious mid palate and an elegant, long finish.”  Excerpt from biserno.it.  Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $69.99. Save $5.00!

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” August 13, 2010

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KRLD Restaurant Week Here We Come!

Thirteen years in the making, but not an overnight success.  KRLD Restaurant Week had fairly modest beginnings.  Would you believe that in 1997 we actually had to cajole many of the chefs to get their restaurant involved?  And, some folks were reluctant to leave their living rooms and make reservations on a sticky August night, when a cold beer and some cold cuts sounded better than three courses of fine dining and wines to match.  But, the momentum built quickly.  In year two, maybe one or two irascible chefs failed to see the vision of the great cultural and civic dining event in the making, and people were already thinking about ways to get groups of friends together to “make their reservations for KRLD Restaurant Week” (as we say in the commercials touting the event).  The enthusiasm for KRLD Restaurant Week has grown steadily through the years.  Having worked so hard on courting the chefs to get involved (early days), and continuing to try and help spread the word on the event, I am thrilled and gratified to see Restaurant Week become bigger and better each year.  The goal for fundraising is $700,000 this year.   Money that will go to support the great work of the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.  You can “dine out to help out” beginning this weekend.  The special “Preview” of KRLD Restaurant Week is underway tonight through Sunday at select participating restaurants.  It’s your chance to get a cool summer cocktail, in addition to the special three course meal (and the Central Market Fourth Course, too), and also help the great charities.  Get all the details at krld.com on the restaurants involved.  If you are going this weekend, please do me a favor and tell all your friends to be sure and make reservations over the next two, and in some cases three weeks, of “Restaurant Week”.  Remember:  if you make a reservation and can’t keep it, please notify the restaurant.  And, take care of those servers!  Tip to the max.  Have a great time, and thanks for supporting such a great cause.  Bon appétit!

Food and Wine on a Hot August Night August 13, 2010

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Great party for “The Dinner Club with Jim White”

Thanks to all our friends, old and new, who joined us at “The Place” at Perry’s.  The evening started with a great KRLD HAPPY HOUR, and then transitioned into a delightful gourmet adventure for “The Dinner Club” food and wine pairing.  Thanks to our friends from Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits for their great support of the events.  Our next “Dinner Club” special event is September 16th.  Details coming soon.  See photo highlights of our fun August 12th evening below.  Cheers!

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” August 12, 2010

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Party with Us on a HOT August Night

Join us for big fun and great food and wine, tonight at “The Place” at Perry’s in Uptown.  The evening starts with a cool KRLD Happy Hour at 5.  Mike Rogers, Mitch Carr and a host of your KRLD Morning Show favorites are expected to be on hand.  You can register for red hot Rangers tickets, enjoy some cool libations and a whole lot more.  Then, at 7, our latest special event from the “Dinner Club with Jim White” gets underway.  The wine and food pairing for this dinner is exceptional.  And, the price is incomparable for wine and food of this quality.  I’m not just saying that either.  I have been to approximately 375 wine dinners in recent years, and the prices on these dinners for “The Dinner Club” is the best value I have ever seen.  Thanks to our good friends at Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits for making the evening possible.  Thanks to the folks at “The Place” at Perry’s for putting together such an incredible menu.  Hurry, there are just a few reservations left for the dinner tonight (here’s the number to call:  214-871-9991), but plenty of room for you to join us for the KRLD Happy Hour.  We hope to see you tonight.  Click here to see the full menu and wine pairing. Cheers!

Take a look at how handsome these KRLD Morning Show people are!

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” August 9, 2010

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Feed Me!  BYOB Style.

The Green Room has put the word out on Facebook:  “For the next 30 days we invite our guests to bring wine from their home collection, and we’ll pair an appropriate Feed Me with your selection. Email reservations@greenroomdallas.com or call 214.744.ROOM.  Hurry down to sample Executive Chef Joel Harloff’s version of this treat at the revived Deep Ellum classic.

WineTastic has some super wines from Toad Hollow for you to try on Friday.  Just $15 for the tasting.

Toad Hollow Vineyards began operation in 1994, with 3000 cases of 1993 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Today they make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine, Red Blends, Zinfandels and more. Their mission is to produce quality wines that are interesting at a reasonable price.  Their labels are whimsical, supporting another element of their philosophy – “We believe drinking wine should be FUN!”  I second that emotion.  The tasting is 6:30 until 9 p.m.

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4140 Lemmon Avenue, Suite 130

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214-559-8910

Here’s a good cause that Jon and Melinda Bonnell are involved in (Bonnell’s Texas Cuisine in Fort Worth).  The are the honorary chairs for the Careity Foundation’s “Branded” Event.  “Branded” is a western production featuring dinner, dancing with live entertainment, an upscale western style fashion show followed by a charity casino!  All funds raised will go directly towards pediatric palliative care through Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. Masters of Ceremonies will be Deborah Ferguson and Steve Lamb.   The event is Friday August 27th at Will Roger’s Memorial Center’s Roundup Inn.  Tickets are $200 per person.  Get tickets here.

Lanny Lancarte II is celebrating “5 Years, 5 Courses, 5 Wines for $55”.  Happy Anniversay Lanny!  Keep on keepin’ on.  He’s celebrating until August 14th, and then his “KRLD Restaurant Week” menu kicks in.  Take a look at Lanny’s Kitchen Anniversary menu.

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Wine of the Week: Castello di Monsanto August 9, 2010

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Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top producers of traditional Chianti Classico Riserva. Located midway between Florence & Siena, the estate lies on the westernmost edge of the Chianti Classico zone, one of the best areas for Chianti. The estate itself is a landmark, with its distinctive hilltop castle.  The name “Monsanto” itself was taken from the name of the village where the cellars are located.  Fabrizio Bianchi – a successful Milanese manufacturer – purchased the Monsanto estate in 1961.  Captivated by Tuscany’s beauty and convinced of the property’s winemaking potential, Bianchi undertook a complete restoration of the vineyards, winery and villa.

Monsanto II.jpgBeing ahead of the times has always been a prerogative of Castello di Monsanto, from the very first challenge, the creation of a Chianti Classico cru, to the elimination of white grapes from the Chianti Classico mixture dating back to 1968. In 1986, the new barrique cellar was started.  A 250-metre (820 feet) tunnel was excavated.  It linked the new winery with the original cellars dating back to 1740.  Then, In 2001 Laura and Fabrizio Bianchi decided to cooperate with an oenologist.  Andrea Giovannini is the name of the winemaker who, besides having an extensive experience in this field, also shares with Fabrizio and Laura the same philosophy both for what concerns the vineyard and the wine.

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Monsanto Monrosso Chianti, 750ml “The Chianti Monrosso is the youngest wine in all the production. Very fruity, fresh with medium body is produced in the vineyards that the Bianchi Family has in the area of Chianti Colli Senesi, After a 12 day maceration of the grape skins, the wine ismatured in Slavonian oak barrels for about 6 months.” Excerpt from castellodimonsanto.it. Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $13.99!  Save $1.00

Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva, 750ml. “Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva is a 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino blend aged for 24 months in oak plus 6 months in bottle creating a medium ruby color. It has a sweet scent with ripe, warm cherries and notes of dry earth and tobacco, and an elegant palate full of bright cherry and berry fruit, dry, ripe tannins and great acidity making it a perfect wine for food!” Excerpt from mhusa.com. Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $19.99!  Save $5.00

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