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Savor Dallas, a Celebration of Wine, Food, Spirits and the Arts September 30, 2010

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7th Annual Celebration March 18th and 19th

Tickets are on sale for Savor Dallas, March 18th and 19th in the beautiful Dallas Arts District and the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.  It’s an incredible weekend of wine, food, spirits, and the arts in downtown Big D.  Get special pricing on advance tickets to the most delicious wine and food festival in Texas until December 31st, when you visit http://www.SavorDallas.com.  See highlights of the biggest event during the weekend, The International Grand Tasting, featuring over 60 of the top restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth, and more than 400 premium wine, spirits, and imported beers; watch the video, and bring your friends to the best party in DFW:  Savor the flavor of Savor Dallas.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” September 28, 2010

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Order Wine from a Restaurant Wine List Like a Pro

Our friends at “Snooth” offer some very good tips on ordering wine from a list.  I wanted to share this with you in case you don’t get their newsletter.  Cheers!

Restaurant wine lists can be intimidating, but navigating the wine list is actually pretty simple. With a just a few easy tips you can learn to order the perfect wine for your meal off any restaurant wine list.  The best way to make sure you get what you want from the wine list is knowing what you want. A little wine knowledge can go a long way towards helping you navigate any restaurant wine list. Take the time to learn the basics types of wine, and sharpen your skills by taking note of pairings that work for your palate, as well as those that make you want to retch! There are a few tricks worth knowing about many, if not most, restaurant wine lists. Stick with these and you’ll be drinking like royalty!

Read on to get the five tips to order wine like a pro.

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Wine of the Week: Twin Flags East Coast New Zealand Pinot Grigio 2008 September 27, 2010

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Pinot Grigio (pronounced as Pee-no Gree-sheo) and Pinot Gris are the exact same grape varietal. When grown in Italy, it is generally referred to as Pinot Grigio; however in France and in the United States it is usually referred to as Pinot Gris. Even though the skin of this grape can have a reddish color once ripe, it is generally used for white wine production. The usual flavor profile of this varietal has notes of apples, lemon and tangerine with a light to medium body and notes of orange blossoms. In Germany this grape varietal is also referred to as Rulander.

photos.com picts 064.jpg New Zealand is hardly the first place we think of when we hear Pinot Grigio, but this gem will no doubt turn heads with its body, complexity and balance. Initially, the Twin Flags Pinot Grigio 2007 shows a nutty, honeyed flower aroma but soon gives way to flavors of lemon bread, apricot, nectarine and spice notes. A lack of oak presence and moderate acidity keeps it lively and versatile. If thin, insipid grocery store Pinot Grigio keeps leaving you wanting, consider this tasty alternative.

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Twin Flags East Coast New Zealand Pinot Grigio 2007
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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” September 23, 2010

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“Boss” Top Chef Perfects the Craft

Fans of TV’s “Top Chef” get to bask in the glow of one of America’s most accomplished, and successful, chefs as he rolls into town next week to cook for fans of his restaurant Craft Dallas.

Chef/owner Tom Colicchio will be joining Chef de Cuisine Jeff Harris in the kitchen at craft | DALLAS on September 27th and 28th (Next Monday and Tuesday).  They will be preparing meals using some of their favorite seasonal ingredients, including Jerusalem Artichokes, Brussels Sprouts, Guinea Hen, and Chanterelle Mushrooms.  Make reservations by calling 214 397 4111.   Craft Dallas is located in the W Hotel in Victory Park, at 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, TX 75219.  For more information visit Craft’s Facebook page.  Complimentary valet parking offered.

Time to Nosh

Chef Avner Samuel’s new Dallas restaurant & bar, NOSH euro bistro and bar, is now open in the space formerly occupied by his ultra lavish Aurora (4216 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219-2312).  The expanded space includes a full bar, additional seating areas and a food bar that has been incorporated into the open kitchen. The menu, featuring casual European/Mediterranean inspired fare is offered throughout the day, 11:00am – 11:00pm weekdays and 5:00pm – 11:00pm on Saturdays. A relaxed and comfortable atmosphere is complemented with moderately priced food and wine list.  Read on for a look at chef/partner Jon Stevens’ opening menu at Nosh.

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Wine of the Week: Faultline “Hirsch Vineyards” Pinot Noir 2008 September 20, 2010

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The health benefits of Pinot Noir have been reported by numerous sources and the following excerpt is one such account.  “There is one component in which Pinot Noir seems naturally quite rich, three to four times higher compared to other varieties, especially when it is grown in cooler and more humid climates: resveratrol. While this may not affect the aspects of sensory enjoyment, it may draw the attention of health-conscious consumers…Clinical and statistical evidence and laboratory studies have shown that resveratrol boosts the immune system, blocks the formation of some cancers, offers protections against heart disease, and even prolongs life generally. Research is in its relative infancy, since resveratrol only gained the attention of the scientific community near the end of the 20th Century.” Excerpt from winepros.com

red grapes.jpg Specifically, the Faultline “Hirsch Vineyards” Pinot Noir 2008 is an outstanding wine offering mouth-coating and expressive flavors of fresh crushed black raspberries, intense ripe cherries, and concentrated black currants with an impeccable balance.  It’s almost reminiscent of a de-classified Grand Cru Burgundy. Considering that all the fruit is sourced from some of the highest sought after vineyards in Sonoma Coast – it’s almost expected to exude this type of quality.  Currently, there are only 112 cases available – Don’t miss out on this one!

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Faultline “Hirsch Vineyards” Pinot Noir 2008
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The Dinner Club with Jim White welcomes Castello di Monsanto to Penne Pomodoro September 17, 2010

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Tuscany meets Dallas

Thanks to all who attended our very special Italian food and wine event at Alberto Lombardi’s Penne Pomodoro in Snider Plaza last night (September 16).  Our special thanks to Veronica Lagi with Castello di Monsanto for sharing stories about the beautiful estate near Florence and the exceptional

Chianti Classico Riserva of Monsanto.  See photo highlights of the fabulous five-course wining and dining experience below.  Join us for our next special event on October 20th brought to you by Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits.  Details soon.  Ciao!

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Wine of the Week: O.T.P Russian River Chardonnay 2008 September 14, 2010

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If you have been looking for a new favorite Chardonnay….look no further.  The O.T.P Russian River Chardonnay 2008 may appear to have a funny name, but it actual does define what this wine is all about.  O.T.P is an acronym that stands for “Of the Place” – highlighting their focus on terroir.  Recently, their efforts have been acknowledged by Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.  Josh Raynolds writes, “Light gold.  Tangerine, melon, candied ginger and sweet butter on the slightly smoky nose.  Plump, ripe and palate-coating, with good clarity and cut to the flavors of honeydew, candied citrus and honeysuckle.  Tactile, gently sweet but energetic wine with a long, velvety finish.  A bit more vivacity would have made this outstanding. Score: 89.”

ist1_2844857-fruit-and-cheese-plate-3.jpgIf you’ve ever wondered….The birthplace of Chardonnay is found in Burgundy France, where it is used to make such world renowned wines as Chablis, Pouilly Fuisse, and Montrachet.  It also serves as a major component for most Champagnes. In fact, if you find Champagne with the term Blanc de Blancs on the label – it is made with 100% Chardonnay.  Chardonnay obviously also found a “home away from home” in California and has become one of the most popular white wines in the United States.

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O.T.P Russian River Chardonnay 2008
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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” September 11, 2010

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Tribute to a Legacy

Here’s a unique opportunity for you to have a wine and food experience with some royalty from the wine world on October 7th.  Morton’s The Steakhouse and the entire third and fourth generations of Napa Valley’s famed Mondavi family have joined forces for a nationwide wine dinner and charity auction at the Charles Krug Winery Carriage House in Napa Valley to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. This gathering, the first of its kind in Mondavi family history, will celebrate the Mondavi family’s more than 90 years in growing and crafting wine and will be broadcast simultaneously to 53 Morton’s The Steakhouse private dining rooms via a state-of-the-art satellite broadcast technology. The evening’s esteemed hosts will include Michael Mondavi of Folio Fine Wine Partners, Tim Mondavi and Marcia Mondavi Borger of Continuum Estate, and Peter Mondavi, Sr., Peter Mondavi, Jr. and Marc Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery.  Read on to see how you can attend the special evening of wining and dining in Dallas.

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” September 7, 2010

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Dining Specials

Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse in Addison is offering some specials on dinner.  Their “summer special” (through September 25th) lets you enjoy all 16 cuts of their Churrascaria style grilled meat, salad bar and desserts for $29.95 per person (50% off regular price for kids 6 to 11).  You can take up to ten hungry people in for this special price.  You’ll have to ask for this special when you make a reservation.  Call 972-733-1110 for more details.  Visit Rafain’s website for details on “Dinner for two for $50”.

Über chef Avner Samuel is back in business mid-month with his Euro Bistro and Bar:  Nosh.  The former Aurora space is completely remodeled.  Casual Euro/Mediterranean fare will be offered throughout the day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Chef Jon Stevens has joined the NOSH team as Chef/Partner.  Jon has lived in Dallas for 8 years, and worked previously at Neighborhood Services, Aurora and Abacus.  He is a native of San Francisco and worked at Jardiniere and The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton.  And, a rather extraordinary vote of confidence from Chef Samuel, ” I’m giving Jon complete authority in the kitchen, from the development of our concept to menu creation, say’s Samuel, we are very excited to have him on board”.  Call to see exactly when the restaurant will open:  214-528-9400.

Chef Casey Thompson seems to be right at home at Fort Worth’s Brownstone serving Southern style cuisine.  The restaurant is nestled in the West Seventh Street development, and is offering all kinds of enticing specials, including:  Happy hour and drink specials–even a “Purple Friday” special if you wear purple or show a TCU ID.  The restaurant is serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.  And, if you’re interested in trying some of Casey’s special Southern cooking at home, we share one of her recipes with you here…just read on for more.

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Wine of the Week: Turnbull “Weitz Vineyards” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 September 6, 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.

March Madness IV.jpgFor those who have heard of such rare “cult wines” as Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle and Joseph Phelps “Backus Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon…..well, this will surely be an exquisite revelation for you.  The following excerpt is from an article written by Paul Franson.  “The gem of Turnbull’s holdings, however, are the 60 acres called the Weitz Vineyard. It lies on extremely rugged and sloping soil on the plateau above the Silverado Trail that contains Phelps’ Backus Vineyard, Vine Cliff, Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle. That’s right: Above them.   From this site you look down on some of the most famous land in all of Napa Valley, hence the world. The vines here have to struggle to grow among boulders and stones, plus the shallow soil remaining as the rest long ago washed down the hill.”  Excerpt from Ilovenapa.com.

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Turnbull “Weitz” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
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