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Charlottesville wine and food country “Wining and Dining with Jim White” October 5, 2017

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Savor sublime flavor and hospitality

Charlottesville - Kirsty Harmon Blenheim Vineyards

Kirsty Harmon, Blenheim Vineyards with Jim White

Join us for a quick romp through Virginia wine country in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKAL.  We only had two days to visit!  Two weeks or even a lifetime is better when you visit a place as charming and inviting as Charlottesville in Albemarle County Virginia.  There’s more history here than you likely absorbed in your entire formal education (think Thomas Jefferson and James Madison for starters).  For foodies; there’s an amazing wine industry (growing by leaps and bounds); a host of craft brewers; succulent Virginia apples (yummy cider); and plenty of delicious cuisine from Southern comfort food to edgy New American.  We soaked-in as much wine, food and culture as possible.  So, join us for a quick overview on our show today.  Most people we spoke with started making plans to move to Charlottesville within a short time of discovering all the area offers.  Locals would never dream of moving.   Tour Jefferson’s Monticello and meet the man who is considered the father of the Virginia wine industry.  Get a taste of classic 18th Century cooking at

historic Michie Tavern.  And, hopscotch with us throughout Albemarle County to taste wines at Jefferson Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards (Dave Matthews fans you’ll love hearing about his winery), the winery with the Presidential seal of approval (and ours) that makes some delicious sparkling wine, and more!  It’s food, wine, history, hospitality, and more.   And, like we say, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, especially in Virginia, tell ’em reservations!

 

Here’s a quick rundown of more places we visited so you can get information:

(Not pictured: Albemarle Ciderworks, Commonwealth Restaurant and Sky Bar, and Heirloom Restaurant)

Trump Winery
Trump Winery

 

Upcoming wine festival highlights February 23, 2016

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Food and wine festival season is off and running.

Here’s a brief rundown of some outstanding events coming up both near and far:

South Beach photo South Beach Wine and Food Festival happens this weekend in Miami.  It’s a throw down, and lots of fun in the sun.  Get details at their website.

If you’re jaunting to Northern California this weekend, make time for VinoLivo featuring Sonoma Valley wineries and chefs.

The sublime Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival gets underway March 31st.   For tickets visit the website.

The 12th Annual Savor Dallas is April 7-10, with great foodie tastings in the Dallas Arts District and Fair Park.  Get a special preview taste on March 30th when you can Savor the Arboretum.

The Austin Food and Wine Festival returns April 22nd through the 24th, featuring celebrity chefs, cooking demos, and more.

That same weekend, the 12th annual Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit convenes, with Stephan Pyles hosting a dinner featuring his protégées Matt Mcallister, Tim Byres, Mark Kiffin and Katherine Clapner.  Tickets go fast.

May 18-22 the Nantucket Wine Festival.  For information visit the website.

The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen is June 17-19.  It’s the Granddaddy of festivals and worth the trip.  We’ve been 9 times! Get details online.   Hurry, many of the star chef cooking demos sell out quickly.

And, mark your calendar now for Taste of Sonoma Valley, Labor Day weekend, Saturday September 3rd.  The event brings together more than 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs.  It takes place on the stunning MacMurray Estate Vineyards, Healdsburg, in the heart of the Russian River Valley Appellation.  Visit the website for details.

Remember the all important “6 S’s of Winetasting”:  Sight, Swirl, Sniff, Sip, Savor and Spit.  That last one may be the most important for your well being and enjoyment when hundreds of wines are available to sample.

A votre santé!  And, cheers!

PRE Savor Dallas Wine and Cheese Seminar with Scardello at The Mansion on Turtle Creek March 2, 2014

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Savor the flavor of two local culinary masterminds.

Join Savor Dallas for

The Perfect Pairing of Wine and Cheese

Saturday, March 15th – 2:00 PM at

The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Benefiting DFW Chapter of American Institute of Wine and Cheese
Wine and Cheese seminar

This is gonna be fun and tasty.  Join Michael Flynn, Sommelier and Director of Wine and Beverage at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and Rich Rogers, Proprietor and renowned cheese expert of Scardello’s for this first-class seated tasting.   Explore a world of flavors at this PRE-Savor Dallas Event!
Proceeds from this event benefit the American Institute of Wine and Food, D/FW Chapter’s Scholarship Program.
Reserve early. Space is limited.

The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is located at 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219  For directions, please access http://www.mapquest.com or call 214-559-2100
Valet Parking included in Price – Gratuity for Valet Parking not included.  Cost: $40.00 Members – $55.00 Guests

For reservations, please call the Hotline at 214.696.2493 OR Email information below to cwerneke@verizon.net.  No cancellations or Reservations will be accepted after Noon, March 10th, 2014

Note! Those joining AIWF prior to this event will be able to attend at the Member price of $40.00. Please see http://www.aiwf.org and click on “Join Now/Renew” for more information.  

For more information about this and other Savor Dallas events, please click here.

Savor Dallas FAQ’s March 4, 2013

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Hello!  “Savor Dallas Guy”Jim White here, with  answers to the most frequently asked questions about the March 14-17 wine and food spectacular.  Just click on the video, and if I haven’t answered your question, please post in the comments section below.  Thanks, and cheers!

LOUIS M. MARTINI WINERY-MICHAEL MARTINI March 11, 2012

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Napa Valley Heritage Wines

Louis M. Martini is a quintessential California wine.  The great winemaking legacy is carried forward by third generation winemaker Mike MartiniJim White caught up with Mike recently to discuss the Martini philosophy and what we can expect from the 2011 vintage.  Join Mike Martini at Savor Dallas, March 30-31.

LIDIA BASTIANICH ART OF MOZZARELLA BY JIM WHITE December 16, 2011

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Chef Lidia Bastianich and the Art of Mozzarella

World-famous Italian chef and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich recently visited her good friend and renowned cheesemaker Paula Lambert at the Mozzarella Company in Dallas.  As Paula is wont to do, she got Lidia involved in a delightful hands-on session of Mozzarella making.  You’re an eyewitness to the private demonstration as Jim White’s “Have iPhone Will Travel” series takes you front and center.  Buon appetito!

IL CANNE ROSSO REVIEW BY JIM WHITE October 23, 2011

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Howling for Cane Rosso

I love the pizza, the vibes, the setting–everything about il Cane Rosso (the red dog in Italian) in Deep Ellum.  Jay Jerrier also loves his pizza enough to drag a pizza oven all over town, and has worked—well, like a dog, over the last few years to get his restaurant open.  Check out the scene and the great pizza Napoli style on this week’s webisode.

ARCODORO AND POMODORO REVIEW BY JIM WHITE October 7, 2011

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Wanna See a Spicy Tomato?

Arcodoro & Pomodoro is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Dallas.  Lori and Efesio Farris have brought their family’s great Sardinian tradition to Uptown with their upscale restaurant in the Crescent Court.  See our latest webisode here on a recent lunch visit.  And, thanks to Liza Minnelli for the headline inspiration from her Academy Award winning performance in “The Sterile Cuckoo”.

SAVOR DALLAS IN LAS COLINAS AT IRVING CONVENTION CENTER October 6, 2011

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Savor Dallas announces 2012 dates; Regional expansion

It’s great to be actively engaged in producing our 8th Annual Savor Dallas, returning March 30-31.  We are expanding the event to give it more of a regional scope.  So, in addition to our great events in Dallas on Friday March 30th–The Arts District Wine Stroll in downtown Dallas and others (to be announced soon)–we are pleased to welcome our food and wine loving guests to enjoy our Reserve Tasting and the International Grand Tasting on Saturday March 31, at the beautiful, new Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.  It’s an awesome place.  Just 10 minutes north of Downtown Dallas, and conveniently located on Highway 114 on Las Colinas Boulevard, between O’Conner and MacArthur.  The design is very cool and so is the space we will have for our Savor Dallas events.  Parking will also be easier for our guests than our previous venues offered.  I predict you will be hearing some murmurings over the new few days from people who don’t like this.  I am sorry.  I  also understand that people don’t like change.  Moving our largest event of the weekend away from downtown Dallas will be seen as a radical change by some.  There are two kinds of people in the world:  (1) Those who see the glass as half-empty, and (2) Those who see the glass as half-full.  I fall into the latter category.  I’ll spare you a litany of what it takes to produce an event the size of Savor Dallas, but suffice to say, choosing the location and the date is the most important thing about it.  (the former usually drives the latter).   We looked at dates from February through March.   The best fit for us, our partners and our attendees is March 30-31.  The weather is warmer, and it’s after Spring break (a point of contention for many in the last few years with our previous, earlier dates).  Also, there is no Mavericks home game that weekend.  In choosing our date AND location for 2012, we had to work around Valentine’s, Easter, Passover, and some big social events, which fall into the first quarter.  Also, there are very few places big enough to host our International Grand Tasting with 60 chefs, hundreds of premium wines, spirits and beer, plus the silent auction to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank, AND music, art, and, oh, about 2500 of our good friends who join us for “The Most Delicious Wine and Food Festival in Texas”.  So, to those who may complain about either the expansion to Las Colinas or the date, I say:

  • I understand, it will be a change for us, too (albeit positive)
  • It’s a very convenient location for Dallas, Tarrant County, Denton County and Collin County
  • We’ll be able to stage events both indoors and outdoors, on covered terraces with spectacular views
  • How many years did we drive to Irving to see the Cowboys?  The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas is only a punt and pass north of the old Texas Stadium site
  • It’s your chance to get familiar with a great location (if you’re not already) that is poised to become a center of entertainment over the new few years with major expansions planned including an entertainment complex, a convention center hotel, the new DART Orange Rail Line (with a stop directly behind the Convention Center in Las Colinas), and more
  • There are great hotels very close to the Center, including the Marriott, The Omni Mandalay, and the Four Seasons, plus others with which we will be working to offer some great Savor Dallas hotel rates and packages (stay tuned)

Oh, we’ve also gotten a complaint that March 30-31 is the Final Four Weekend.  Well, it’s in New Orleans.  So, this is just what DVR was invented for.  And, if you’re going to the games live, I can’t do anything about that except say, “Go team!” and Laissez le Bon temp rouler (let the good times roll) in Nawlins, and hopefully we’ll see you next year. Besides, we felt like staging Savor Dallas during a Mavericks home game weekend WOULD be a much bigger issue.

I’d be happy to visit with you about Savor Dallas, or answer any questions about the date or venues.  It will be another great year of wining and dining, or as we say:  “Big fun.  Big flavor.  Bring your friends”, to Big D and Big LC (Las Colinas).  And, by the way, tickets are on sale now at a special advance purchase price through December 31st, go to www.SavorDallasTickets.com.

At Savor Dallas, the glass is always “full” (to the legal limit), but we invite you to drink responsibly and join us March 30-31 for some swirling, smelling, sipping, savoring (and spitting).  And, thanks for your support.  I’d love to get your comments on our new Saturday location in Las Colinas.

DAKOTA’S REVIEW BY JIM WHITE August 7, 2011

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Dakota’s is Back on Top

Check out our new video and find out why Dakota’s in downtown Dallas is underground.  You have to ride an elevator down to get there.  It’s always reminded me of a speakeasy–and you’ll know why after you watch the video.   I had lunch recently with Executive Chef Pete Harrison (Bailey’s Prime Plus, The Capital Grille), who ordered some of his favorite menu items for us and talked about the restaurant’s renewed commitment to great food.  It’s always been popular with the business crowd, but in a crowded restaurant market it’s easy to overlook this casual, yet upscale steak house.  It’s definitely worth heading to Dakota’s for lunch, dinner, or the new bar menu if you haven’t been there for awhile.  Join us for lunch and see for yourself.

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