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WATEL’S BISTRO REVIEW BY JIM WHITE April 6, 2011

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Whiling Away the Minutes at Watel’s Bistro

Oh, how I love good timing. You’re always at risk when you decide to “pop in” for dinner without a reservation on Friday night.  I told you last week about our happenstance discovery that René Peeters had quietly opened his new Watel’s Bistro in East Dallas (in the former York Street space) with nary a word to the media.  It was late on a Saturday when we tip-toed over the threshold to high-five the hard working restaurateur.  The lateness of the hour dictated a postponement on dining at the new place, however.  So, I was hopeful that our impromptu visit this time would allow us to sample his varied menu.  Curbside parking right outside the front door of the restaurant was a good sign.  Maitre d’ Peeters greeting us at the front door was another positive development.  I was almost embarrassed to ask about a table for two at 6:45–especially when the place seats only around 30.  Our helpful host suggested he could accommodate us, provided we could vacate the table by 8 o’clock.  It seems our post on his opening–picked up by Pegasus News and the Dallas Morning News–had generated quite a bit of interest in the new establishment and he was “slammed” for the evening (a word we love to hear restaurant owners use after the economy they have endured).  In order to comply with René’s request, we quickly focused on the menu–with its two courses for $29; three courses for $35; and four courses for $39 options–and perused the nightly chalk board specials, so that we could place our order with alacrity and make way for the evening’s guests who had been sensible enough to reserve a table.  Instead of being hurried, though, we were offered a nice glass of complimentary bubbly to enjoy (as were all our fellow diners), while we settled into the soft lighting, warm artwork, cozy table environment of the revamped establishment.  Read on to see how our meal progressed.

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Wine of the Week: Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009 April 6, 2011

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Centennial is a proud participant of a unique social movement known as “Fair Trade.” The intent of this socially and environmentally responsible movement is to benefit producers and workers in developing countries by promoting sales of a wide variety of products that directly impact the economic well-being of small and underdeveloped communities. Through Fair Trade, “Step by Step” directly improves the quality of life for the strong, honest and proud vineyard workers, their families, and their communities. The Fair Trade Certified™ program directly supports a better life for farming families in the developing world through fair prices, community development and environmental stewardship. What better way is there to participate in a humanitarian and environmentally responsible effort than by enjoying a glass of wine that is Fair Trade Certified?

Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc is Fair Trade Certified™ from grapes sourced from 15-year-old vines planted in clay loam soils.  The grapes were hand harvested at peek ripeness then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Minimal aging on the lees softened and rounded out the wine unveiling a mix of fresh grapefruit and lime aromas with tropical fruit on the palate, brilliant acidity and a delightfully, lingering finish.  The combination of vineyard location and age, trellis system, and Fair Trade Certified™ make this wine one of the best examples Chile has to offer.”  Excerpt organicwinetradecompany.com

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Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009
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