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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 brings the fun back downtown February 16, 2014

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The Most Delicious Food and Wine Festival in Texas Celebrates its 10th “Vintage”

March 20-22.


10 years of wining and dining fun seems like the blink of an eye!  Thanks for making the party so much fun through the years.  We really appreciate your support.

We are pleased that our delicious tastings are back in downtown Dallas on March 21 and 22.

Friday’s Arts District Wine Stroll returns to the beautiful settings of the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Meyerson Symphony Center.  And, what a treat to add the Plaza of the Cathedral at the Arts District to our tasting tour.  The Wine Stroll has sold out the last two years.  So, please get your tickets fast and join us.

2012-03-30 - Savor Dallas Arts District Stroll 177

Saturday is a food and wine lover’s paradise. Thanks to Bob’s Steak and Chop House in the Omni Hotel Dallas for hosting our wine  and mixology seminars starting at 11 a.m.

Just across the Skybridge from the Omni, Savor Dallas celebrates wine, food, spirits, craft beer, and the arts with two magnificent tastings at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.  

At 5 p.m., “The Reserve Tasting”, featuring über premium wines and Champagnes takes place in Ballroom D (on the 3rd level of the convention Center).

AT 6:30, optional Fast Track Early Entry to the International Grand Tasting is just a few steps away in some very cool “pre function space”, in exhibit jargon, otherwise known as LOBBY E & F.  The area is spacious and inviting, with floor to ceiling views of Big D.  (Regular admission time to the Grand Tasting is 7 p.m.)

Just wait til you see some of the surprises we have in store for you to make our big 10th anniversary party more fun for you.

Dozens of great chefs will be there.  And of course, we’ll have hundreds of premium wines, spirits and beers for you to try (remember it’s a tasting! Please drink responsibly.)

Come see us for some big fun and big flavor in Big D at Savor Dallas.  And, bring your friends!  GET TICKETS HERE.


Jim White and Vicki Briley-White
Check out our website for parking options downtown on Friday and Saturday.  We will have valet parking and self-parking available at the Convention Center on Saturday evening.

Savor Dallas keeps the romance alive after Valentine’s! February 12, 2014

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Give Cupid a Break

Get tickets to Savor Dallas, A Celebration of Wine, Food, Spirits, the Arts…..and Romance!

Cards?  Candy?  Flowers?  Dinner?
All nice, but so predictable.

This Valentine’s Day, why not give a gift you’ll both enjoy?  A gift you will eagerly anticipate .  Experience an evening filled with pleasure for all your senses at the Savor Dallas International Grand Tasting on March 22nd.

Savor the flavor of our 10th Anniversary celebration.  It’s a delicious experience that borders on culinary decadence.

We’re throwing a party where you can sample mouthwatering cuisine from dozens of the area’s top chefs.  Taste from among a selection of over 400 premium wines, spirits, and craft beers, and dance to the romantic sounds of the Marc Toussaint Combo.

Later, relax in comfort nearby, or keep the fun alive and fan the flames, by taking advantage of one of the Savor Dallas specials available at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel or Aloft Dallas Downtown.

Your pal,


Savor Dallas is the most delicious food and wine festival in Texas.  Get tickets and details on all events at SavorDallas.com.  Cheers!

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!

Savor Dallas Guy Rides Again! February 19, 2013

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A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty “Hi Yo Silver!” he’s not!  But, “Savor Dallas Guy” (AKA Jim White) is on the case again to bring you the latest updates on Savor Dallas 2013, March 14th through 17th.  Click on the video for your personal invitation to a “Sneak Preview of Trinity Groves”.  This is going to be Dallas’ hottest restaurant destination by the summer.   You’ll get a chance to try the restaurants before they’re even open!  And, because Savor Dallas Guy is really Irish at heart, he wants to invite you to a cool, upscale St. Patty’s Day Celebration at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum.  Get details in the video.  If you’re too busy to watch the :60 second video, just click here and get tickets to both events.   Cheers!

Savor Dallas Benefit for the Perot Museum December 28, 2012

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SAVOR the New Year with Savor Dallas at the magical new Perot Museum of Nature and Science on March 15th.  Savor Dallas hosts its 9th Annual “Wine Stroll” on ALL five levels of the incredible new Perot Museum to benefit the Museum Foundation.  Get tickets here. See what others are saying about the Perot in this video by Jim White.  Add your word (s) to describe the Perot below.

Monica’s Nueva Cocina October 31, 2012

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Mexico City meets Sushi town at Monica’s hip, new place

Monica Green has created the perfect restaurant for Oak Lawn–it’s got a little bit of everything.  Mexico City “street food” and upscale cuisine (a Monica trademark), plus great fresh sushi (see the video, she explains), a late night hang-out, and a cool, new setting.  Welcome to the neighborhood Monica! Take a tour as as I fire-up the handy iPhone once again to take us on a video tour of Monica’s Nueva Cocina.


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Dan Landsberg Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa

The iPhone roams again!  This time to one of the coolest spots in Dallas, Hotel ZaZa.  And, it just so happens that Executive Chef Dan Landsberg has his new spring menu rolling out for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Dragonfly.  Catch his tasty take on a BLT, or in this case DLT, with house cured duck instead of bacon.  It’s delicious.  Take a look as we salute another of the “Great Chefs of Savor Dallas”.  Dan joins us for the International Grand Tasting this weekend (March 30-31) at the 8th Annual Savor Dallas.


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Great Chefs of Savor Dallas–Cesar Gallegos, Stoneleigh Hotel, Bolla

Have iPhone will travel!  This time we visit the kitchen of a talented young chef who moved here from San Antonio, first to help David Bull open Bolla, and then, after a stint back home, returned as executive chef of the venerable Dallas institution, The Stoneleigh Hotel.  He loves to cook and is expressive with his recipes.  He sees the restaurant moving into more Latin inspired dishes in the coming months.  See two of Chef Cesar’s favorite dinner menu items in this edition of our on-going webisode saluting chefs who’ll be joining us at Savor Dallas.  Enjoy!

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