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Alamos and Don Miguel Gascon Wines “Wining and Dining with Jim White” November 16, 2017

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Magical Mendoza Malbec

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Tatiana Nessier and Jim White

Take a tasting excursion with us to Argentina and meet two of the friendliest wine pros around on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Sevy’s restaurant was the backdrop as we tasted Mendoza’s nectar of the gods, Malbec from Alamos Wines and Don Miguel Gascon.  Tatiana Nessier may have the best job in the world as a high-flying, fun loving brand ambassador for the high altitude wines of Alamos.  Winemaker Matias Ciciani from Don Miguel Gascon is the third generation of winemakers in his family and literally was born a block away from the winery where he works today!  Find out about the joyous Argentine cultural celebration of wine and foods called Asado, and discover some delicious wines.  It’s on the program devoted to introducing you to the women and men who create the flavors you love.  Check out all our episodes on

Matias and Jim

Matias Ciciani, Gascon winemaker

VOKAL and on iTunes.  And, remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!


Jean-Charles Boisset “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 10-26-17 October 26, 2017

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Joie de vivre to the max

Jean Charles Boisset and Jim White

Jean-Charles Boisset and Jim White

Jean-Charles Boisset is our guest this week on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  He’s a very successful businessman, of course.  Boisset Collection of Fine Wines operates more than two dozen wineries on two continents.  But in my opinion, his real gift is his zest for life and the positive spirit he brings to every encounter and situation. He’s a magician really.  Sprinkling his joie de vivre wherever he goes and conjuring magic out of thin air.  On today’s show find out about his passion for wine, cultivated practically from birth, his “love at first sight” relationship with wife Gina Gallo, and his tireless efforts to create “one world wine” with excellence.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who create the flavors you love.  Catch all of our episodes on iTunes and on VOKAL.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em, reservations!

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


Joel Peterson Part 2 “Wining and Dining with Jim White” September 7, 2017

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Let there be Zinfandel!

visit_DailyTastingsJoin us for Part 2 of our luncheon conversation with Joel Peterson from Ravenswood Winery on VOKAL.  Joel traces the origins of Zinfandel and highlights some new projects that are a culmination of his storied and colorful career in the California wine business.  Share a toast with “The godfather of Zin” on this week’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White”.  It’s the podcast devoted to bringing you the stories about the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all our shows on VOKAL and on iTunes.  And remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner….tell ’em reservations!




Joel Peterson Part 1 “Wining and Dining with Jim White” August 31, 2017

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Quoth the raven evermore

Joel Peterson

Joel Peterson Ravenswood Winery

Join us for lunch, a leisurely wine tasting, and a free-wheeling conversation with legendary winemaker Joel Petersonthe “Godfather of Zin”, from Ravenswood Winery. Welcome to  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKAL.  In part one, enjoy tasting notes and reflections from Joel on some of his viticultural “children” and great stories from the vineyards.  He also takes us on a tour of Croatia (worthy of Rick Steves), as he and Jancis Robinson explore the region’s wines, and the true origin of Zinfandel.  It’s the podcast devoted to bringing Ravenswood Wineryyou the stories about the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  À votre santé!

Hear all of our podcasts on VOKAL and iTunes.  And, remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em, reservations!

DFW New Year’s Eve Celebrations December 15, 2016

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Champagne First!Ring in 2017 with a bon appétit!

Here’s a sampling of New Year’s happenings around the area.  Please check with the indidvidual restaurant for availability.  Cheers!

Abacus, Dallas. Special four-course menu $125 per person http://abacus-restaurant.com

Asian Mint celebrates 2017 with a 3-course menu including a complimentary glass of champagne and featuring “Lucky Seven” dishes for $55 (plus, plus)  per person.  Includes a choice of appetizer and main course, and features “The Love Project” dessert of Green Tea S’ more with White Chocolate Ganache and Black Sesame Coconut Crust.  Asian Mint is located at 11617 N.Central Expressway at Forest Lane across from Medical City.  For reservations click bit.ly/asianmint or call 214-363-6655. www.asianmint.com .

Bird Cafe, Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth.  Regular menu plus festive New Year’s Eve three-course prix fixe menu for $50 person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages.

First course selections include:
Charred Leek and Potato Soup, 
Comice Pear Salad and
Acorn Squash Salad.

Entree offerings showcase:
Cornish Game Hen, 
Fresh Caught Black Grouper, 
Pan Seared Grass Fed Blade Steak, and
Honey Kissed Duroc Pork Shank. 
All served with seasonal vegetables.  

End the evening on a sweet note with a choice of tantalizing desserts crafted by Pastry Chef Laurel Wimberg.

Reservations are recommended but not required.  For more information go to www.birdinthe.net or call 817-332-2473

Bistecca-An Italian Steakhouse in Highland Village offers Three courses (numerous selections)—$175 per couple.  Reservations:  Call 972-318-0515 or stacey@bisteccasteakhouse.com

Boulevardier in Dallas (Bishop Arts) offers a four course dinner for $105, plus tax and tip, with an optional $45 beverage pairing.  http://dallasboulevardier.com/?page_id=2

Cafe Momentum, downtown Dallas.  Early New Year’s Eve dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. (one seating). Four courses, with wine pairings, and a Champagne toast.  $75 per person or $125 per couple. Reservations:  EventBrite

Cantina Laredo offers a spicy New Year’s Eve at its locations.  $35 per person (plus $8 for optional cocktail), featuring:

En salada de Arándano
Dried cranberries, green apples, candied pecans and blue cheese crumbles on
field greens with cranberry vinaigrette
Sopa de Calabaza
Pumpkin soup topped with cranberry-apple pico and roasted 
pumpkin seeds

Filet Portabella
7 oz. Certified Angus Beef ™ filet mignon with portabella mushroom sauce
Pollo Asada Tropical
Grilled chicken breast topped with Monterey jack cheese and mango-avocado pico, served over two Monterey jack cheese enchiladas with tomatillo sauce
Fajitas de Camaron y Piña
Bacon-wrapped shrimp filled with Monterey jack cheese and 
jalapeño, with grilled pineapple

Baya Mezclado
Fresh mixed berries with Don Julio Tequila cream
with chocolate raspberry sauce and Grand Marnier cajeta

Honeycrisp Reposado ‘Rita
Espolón Reposado Tequila, SKYY Infusions Honeycrisp Apple Vodka, Monin Granny Smith Apple Purée and fresh lime juice
Hornitos Black Barrel ‘Rita
Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, 
fresh lime juice and Angostura bitters
Reservations:  https://www.cantinalaredo.com
Addison             (972) 458-0962 
Dallas              (214) 265-1610
Fort Worth          (817) 810-0773 
Frisco              (214) 618-9860
Grapevine           (817) 358-0505 
Lewisville          (972) 315-8100

Casa Rubia, Trinity Groves, Dallas-Performance by Spanish guitarist and Midnight toast. Special NYE menu.  http://casarubiadfw.com

Cedar Grove, Dallas.  Regular menu, and special New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe menu for $60 per person:

First course selections: • Wild Mushroom Risotto – winter truffle,
smoked pecorino
Watermelon Salad – foie gras, citrus, mâche
Tassione Farms Beet Salad – vanilla goat cheese, hazelnut, baby greens• Classic Shrimp Cocktail – horseradish, cocktail, lemon, spiced cracke

Second course selections:Pan Roasted Seabass – melted leek, sunchoke, béarnaise
Brick Roasted Filet & Poached Lobster ‘surf & turf’ – potato
galette, bordeaux jus, spinach
Jidori Chicken – farm squash, baby carrot, vadouvan spice
South Texas Pork Duo – belly, brussles, cornbread, gala apple
Third course selections: • Salted Caramel Crémeux – chocolate sable,
berries, sea salt
Pear Tarte Tatin – roasted pear, vanilla cake, butter pecan
Nutty Opera – chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse, clotted cream, New York peanuts
o Dinner will be served from 4 PM- 11 PM
o Make reservations online @OpenTable or call (214) 522-3474

Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House, Addison, special menu from Chef Richard Chamberlain.  http://www.chamberlainssteakhouse.com

Chino Chinatown, Trinity Groves, Dallas-“Drag & Dragons”, a New Year’s Party at Chino Chinatown, drag show starring Jada Pinkett Fox, Raquel Blake and G’ Licious G. Small Bites menu through 2 AM. Equality Vodka specials and champagne toast.  http://chinochinatown.com

The Classic Cafe, Roanoke. 3-course meal for $75, plus tax and gratuity.  http://theclassiccafe.com

Cool River, Las Colinas offers special ala carte dinner and party band, The Good Question Band in the lounge.  Just spend at least $25 in the dining room and there is no cover for the entertainment.  https://www.coolrivercafe.com/?locId=cool-river-cafe-dallas

Dakota’s, downtown Dallas.  Full restaurant menu from 5 to 10:30 p.m. plus New Year’s Eve specials:

12 oz. Bone-in Filet-$55 – Wild Mushrooms & Black Garlic Demi
Crab Stuffed Lobster Tail-$55 – 10 oz. Canadian tail, Alaskan King Crab & Cornbread Stuffing, Bell Peppers, Onions
Champagne Glazed Fresh Berries -$9 – Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Mascarpone Whipped Cream, Grand Marnier Biscotti
o At the stroke of midnight, all guests at the restaurant will receive a complimentary champagne toast.
o Make reservations online @OpenTable or call (214) 740-4001

Dallas Chop House, 3 course pre-fixe menu for $70 per person served with a complimentary champagne toast! Wine pairings will be available for an additional $25 per person to enjoy with dinner.  http://www.dallaschophouse.com

Dallas Fish Market, 3 course pre-fixe menu for $65 per person served with a complimentary champagne toast! Wine pairings will be available for an additional $25 per person to enjoy with dinner.  http://www.dallasfishmarket.com

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Dallas –

Filet Mignon 8 oz paired with 8 oz Lobster Tail – $79 Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast  https://delfriscos.com/steakhouse/dallas/promotions

Del Frisco’s Grille Dallas –

Lobster Tails 6 oz - $21
Two 6 oz Lobster Tails - $42
Prime Rib 16 oz - $42/Kansas City 18 oz bone-in strip $49 (available Saturday and Sunday Evening - Dec. 31-Jan.1)
Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast


Del Frisco’s Grille Dallas Plano –

Lobster Tails 6 oz - $21
Two 6 oz Lobster Tails - $42
Prime Rib 16 oz available Saturday and Sunday Evening (Dec. 31-Jan.1)
Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast


Dish Preston Hollow, Dallas.  New Year’s Eve prix fixe four-course meal, $65 per person:

For the Table: • Antipasti– marinated olives, toasted almond butter,
crusty baguette

Starter: Guajillo Lobster Bisque 
Lump Crab Louie Salad – baby iceberg, avocado, radish, pickled sweet
pepper, grated egg
Simple Greens Salad – roasted tomato vinaigrette, pita chips, crisp
shallot, feta
Lamb Dumplings – black eyed pea mousse, minted honey, ginger gastrique

Main:Sunflower Seed Crusted Flounder – crawfish sauce, thumbelina
carrots, black beans
Beef Tenderloin Roast – pommes aligot, huckleberry demi-glace, grilled broccolini
Roasted Chicken – pork belly red beans & rice, charred okra, fried pickles
Atlantic Salmon – carb avocado relish, sweet potato purée, brussel
petals, jalapeño beurre blanc
Grilled Cauliflower ‘Steak’ – cipollini, baby kale, calabrese, black radish, golden raisin brown butter

Dessert:Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée – toffee popcorn
Chocolate Mousse Trifle – kahlúa cake, cherry whipped cream,
Eggnog Bread Pudding – hot buttered rum, cashew brittle

Wine pairings also available.
o Dinner will be served from 4 PM- 11 PM
o Make reservations online @OpenTable or call (469) 941-7932

FT33, Dallas, Serving a 4 course menu for $95 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional $55.  http://ft33dallas.com

Front Room Tavern, University Park.  Regular menu plus New Year’s Eve prix fixe three-course menu $65 per person:  http://frontroomdallas.com

1st CourseStarter:Shrimp Cocktail – parmesan cracker, cocktail
sauce, horseradish, lemon
Foie Gras ‘B.B. & J.’ – savory waffles, hazelnut, roasted pear
Braised Pork Belly – served with cornbread, farro, pickled mushroom
and red currant
Roasted Beet Salad – vanilla goat cheese, tassione farms beets, honey vinaigrette, granola

2nd CourseMain:Stuffed Quail – traditional stuffing, roasted onion,goat cheese, rapini
Pan Roasted Scallops – maitake, winter squash, black truffle, brussels sprouts
Surf & Turf – roasted filet, buttered lobster, potato cake, spinach,
Potato Crusted Halibut – sunchoke, braised leeks, verjus

3rd Course – Dessert: 
Carolina Gold Rice Pudding – armagnac prunes, winter spice, smoke
Chocolate Pâte à Bombe – textures of chocolate, blood orange granite
Passion Fruit Tart – candied citrus, blueberry, clotted cream

o Dinner will be served from 3 PM- 11 PM
o Make reservations online @OpenTable or call (214) 219-8282

Grill on the Alley at Galleria Dallas will host a prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner for $75 per person. The expansive menu includes:

Baby Kale Salad
Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, Bleu Cheese
Tossed in a Walnut Vinaigrette
Butternut Squash Soup
Shrimp Cocktail
Three Jumbo Shrimp with Tangy House-made Cocktail Sauce
Seafood Trio
Maryland Crab Cake with Beurre Blanc, Day Boat Scallop with Orange FennelBeurre Blanc Sauce and a Grilled Jumbo Shrimp

Pan Seared Salmon
Served over Sautéed Spinach and Topped with Shiitake Mushrooms Served
with Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce
Kansas City Steak
18oz Prime Bone-In NY Steak
Filet Oscar
Jumbo Lump Crab, Asparagus, Topped with Béarnaise Sauce
Roasted Australian Rack of Lamb
Marinated in Rosemary Herb Seasoning with Spinach Yukon Mashed Potatoes \and Marsala Mint Sauce

Hazelnut Kahlua Crème Brulee
Vanilla Custard blended with Hazelnut Kahlua, served with a Brown Sugar, Topped with Whipped Cream and Chopped Hazelnuts
New York Cheesecake With Fresh Berries or Chocolate Sauce
Reservations:  Call 214-459-1601

Kitchen LTO, Trinity Groves 5-course menu at $75 per person with a wine pairing option for additional $35 per person.   http://kitchenlto.com

Lavendou, North Dallas four course dinner with choices for $79.95 per person.  http://www.lavendou.com

Lonesome Dove, 4 courses with a champagne toast to top the night off!  Please call to make your reservations:

Fort Worth: 817-740-8810

Austin: 512-271-2474


Meddlesome Moth in the Design District, 4 course meal with seating times at 5, 7 & 9:30 pm. Early seating is $55/person & later seatings are $65/person with party favors and champagne for the last seating.  http://www.mothinthe.net

The Melting Pot in Arlington, Enjoy a five-course feature menu including champagne starting at $120 per couple. 3:30-11 p.m. The regular menu will not be available.  https://www.meltingpot.com/arlington-tx/

NOLA Brasserie, One Main Place in downtown Dallas brings New Orleans flare to Dallas with its authentic Cajun and Creole New Year’s Celebration

  • First course:
    • Crab & Crawfish Cake with a Jumbo Fried Shrimp- crab and crawfish mixed with creole veggies, pan seared- served with crystal aioli and a jumbo fried shrimp
  • Second course:
    • Strawberry & Walnut Salad- fresh Ponchatoula strawberries, bleu cheese crumbles and roasted walnuts served on a bed of fresh spring salad greens tossed in house-made strawberry vinaigrette
  • Third course choice of:
    • Cajun Filet Steak- 6-oz filet topped with Cajun hollandaise served with asparagus and fondant potatoes
    • Chicken Florentine- grilled seasoned chicken breast topped with creamed spinach and served with garlic mash potatoes
    • Redfish Acadia- Gulf redfish topped with crawfish Etouffee served with asparagus and mash potatoes
  • Dessert:
    • NOLA Bread Pudding- New Orleans-style bread pudding studded with pecans and topped with house-made NOLA rum sauce

Dinner seating will begin at 6pm with the last seating at 9:30pm. Noted Dallas musician Carlos Guedes will headline the entertainment on New Year’s Eve at NOLA Brasserie, beginning at 7:30pm. Reservations:  (469) 872-1820 or OpenTable

Oak, Dallas, 4 Course Dinner for $95 per person. Additional wine pairing for $45. Starting at 5pm.  http://www.oakdallas.com

Ocean Prime-Uptown Dallas, New Year’s eve features include Butter Poached Lobster, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Lemon Beurre Blanc, “Steak Frites”  Rosewood Ranch Wagyu NY Strip, Black Truffle Frites, Cognac Pan Sauce, Lobster Mac N Cheese

Reservations:  Call 214-965-0440

PINSTACK’s entertainment venue in Plano will feature two events on 12/31 – one catered to families and another 21+ event.   Packages for both events feature unlimited attractions, one game of bowling (based on availability), catered cuisine, non-prize video games, a complimentary glass of champagne (for adults, of course!) and more.  Family-friendly event 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Buffet $49.99 for adults, and $39.99 for children under 12.

21+ event 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Chef-inspired cuisine, $59.99 per person

Limited space at each event (only 500 tickets available) – can be purchased at www.pinstackbowl.com/NYE

The Pyramid Restaurant, Fairmont Dallas Hotel, hosts an Early Dining Event for those with plans later in the evening.  The early seating, at 5:30 pm, offers a 4 Course Menu with choices of entrée and dessert for $69 per person (plus, plus).  For an additional $25, wine pairings from the San Martino Winery are available. Complimentary valet parking.

The Feature Event at, 8:00 pm, offers guests a 6 course menu including entrée and dessert choices, for $125 per person (plus, plus).   Wine pairings are available for an additional $35 per person.  Winemaker Emilio Ramos will be in attendance to feature his Texas wines from the San Martino Winery. The 8:00 pm seating dinner also includes live entertainment by Tyra Taylor, dancing , photo booth, complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight, and party favors. Complimentary valet parking is offered. Reservations may be made via Open Table or calling the Pyramid Restaurant at 214-750-5249www.fairmont.com/dallas

Rapscallion, Dallas, with a special three-course menu from Chef Nathan Tate.  $75 per person, with wine or cocktail pairing option for $35 per person.  Reservations:  469-291-5660

Roy’s in Plano, four-course menu, starting at just $55. Extended hours until 1AM. https://www.roysrestaurant.com/locations/tx/plano

Saint Rocco’s New York Italian in Trinity Groves.  Various specials.  http://www.saintroccos.com

Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill , Plano, offers a lobster feast for two for $100.

  • Crab Stuffed Lobster for two
  • Tossed Salad
  • Two specialty sides
  • Key Lime Pie

You can also get this to go (pre-order please) and have it at home on New Year’s Eve.

Call 972-473-CRAB (2722)

Sevy’s Grill, Park Cities, Serving a three course and a four course set menu. The three course will only be served from 5:00 PM to 6:45 PM for $55.00 per person. The four course will be served all evening for $75.00 per person.  http://www.sevys.com

Silver Fox, will offer a special ala carte dinner menu for New Year’s Eve, along with a robust collection of wines by the glass and specialty cocktails.  Each of the Silver Fox locations will be open from 5 p.m. – midnight on December 31.  Features of the special menu include:

Featured Dinner Selections
Filet Mignon with Cold Water Lobster Tail 79.95
Featured Sparkling Selections
Chandon Brut    187 ml 15.00
Iron Horse Rose        68.00
Veuve Clicquot Brut    99.00
Steaks & Seafood
All entrées served with potatoes, sugar snap peas, ripe tomatoes and 
spring onions.
Also, a pre fixe dinner is offered
$47.95 per person - $17.95 for children 12 and under
Includes coffee and iced tea. Tax and gratuity not included.
Contact the Silver Fox nearest you for reservations or more information.
Locations:     https://www.silverfoxcafe.com       
1235 William D Tate Ave, Grapevine, TX
1651 South University, Fort Worth, TX
1303 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX      
3650 Shire Boulevard, Richardson, TX

Steve Field’s Steak and Lobster Lounge, Chef’s selected “Four Course Menu” including: appetizer to be shared, soup or salad, entrée and dessert for $89 per person. Party hats, horns and a champagne toast at Midnight. Lively piano entertainer, Rick Weidemann performs beginning at 8:00.   http://www.stevefields.com

III Forks in Dallas has two ways for you to celebrate whether you want an intimate dinner or a festive dance party. The downstairs dining area offers traditional New Year’s Eve dining, while the steakhouse hosts a Gala Celebration upstairs, complete with live entertainment.  Reservations are required for either celebration.

Offerings downstairs include an expanded menu, including a Filet Mignon with Cold Water Lobster Tail for $80.  Featured New Year’s Eve sparklers including Iron Horse Rose at $68 a bottle and Veuve Cliquot Brut at $99 a bottle.

Upstairs, guests will enjoy a bottle of Schramsburg Brut Rose for every reservation and party favors at midnight.  The party features five piece band Safira performing everything from big band to disco in front of the dance floor.

Downstairs dining from menu.  Upstairs party $125 per person

Reservations at 972-267-1776

Trinity Groves-Various dinner specials (TBA) and midnight toasts.  See venue events website for updated details.  http://www.trinitygroves.com/event-listings/

Windmill Lounge, Dallas. Ring in the New Year Every Hour Somewhere in the World wIth A Complimentary Champagne Toast.  DJs Chrs Roze & Black Frames Spinning from 10pm-2am.  Backed Eyed Peas and Southern fare dished out at 11ish…5320 Maple Avenue in Dallas.  http://www.windmill-lounge.com


Wine of the Week: Twin Flags Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008 October 25, 2010

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Everyone has heard of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, but have you heard of a New Zealand Syrah?  Well, here is your chance to try one.  Syrah (pronounced as Sir-rah) is the exact same grape varietal as Shiraz and can trace its heritage back to Rhone Valley France. In the Rhone Valley it is primarily used in the northern regions to produce great wines from such areas as Hermitage and Cote Rotie. Syrah can produce rich full-bodied and opulent styled red wines with explosive characteristics. Generally, Syrah has a flavor profile of dried blackberry, dark raspberry, dark plum, pepper, smoked meat, and black olives.

LIOCO II.jpg Specifically, Twin Flags Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008 is an excellent example of what a New Zealand Syrah can deliver.  No one would ever mistake this beauty for Shiraz from New Zealand’s big brother to the north!  In blind tastings, this is more likely to be pegged as northern Rhone Syrah with the telltale onslaught of violets and black pepper spice. In the mouth, it shows a silky texture with flavors of blackberry, plum, blueberry, anise and vanilla. The finish is persistent and there is a re-emergence of the black pepper and a dusting of cocoa. This could easily handle spicy foods, but would be right at home with hearty cheeses, lamb or duck.

Special Offering:

Twin Flags Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008
Available at Almost All Centennial and Big Daddy’s Locations
Sale Price $19.99.  Retail $22.99. Save $3.00

Wine of the Week: Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009 October 18, 2010

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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

Special Offering:

Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations
Sale Price $9.99.  Retail $10.99. Save $1.00

Wine of the Week: Elm Tree Mendoza Merlot 2007 October 11, 2010

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Merlot (pronounced as Mair-lo) is a grape varietal that originally found its popularity and success in such classical growing regions as Pommerol in Bordeaux France and in Northern Italy.  Today, Merlot is used in some of the world’s most expensive and sought-after wines. Chateau Petrus from Bordeaux is generally made of 95% merlot and Masseto produced by Ornellaia in Italy is made from 100% Merlot. Generally, Merlot tends to have a flavor profile of plum, black cherry, blueberry, toffee, coffee, and chocolate.

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Specifically, the Elm Tree Mendoza Merlot 2007 showcases enticing characteristics of fresh blueberry pie with delicate notes of dried ginger, ground nutmeg and exotic cardamom.  This intense flavor profile is framed with a soft, supple and lush mouth-feel highlighted with an echo of boysenberries and fresh ripe strawberries.  This wine could certainly become a favorite for almost any “die-hard” red wine lover (especially when considering the price.)

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Wine of the Week: Domaine de Saint-Antoine Syrah 2007 October 4, 2010

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Domaine de Saint Antoine is a 20 hectare estate located in the heart of Costières de Nîmes located on the western edge on the Rhône River and is one of the fastest rising stars in the appellation. The estate is owned and operated by Jean-Louis Emmanuel and his wife Marlène. The estate is situated in a very warm micro-climate which allows the grapes to achieve outstanding ripeness. All of the grapes are de-stemmed to create this Provençal Syrah that is brawny, ripe, bursting with black and red fruits and well structured tannins intermingled with classic Rhône spices.”  Excerpt from robertkacherselections.com

photos.com picts 1974.jpg Historically, Costières de Nîmes is considered to be one the oldest wine producing appellations in Europe.  In fact, a number of references site the first plantings in this region back to the fifth century BC.  Generally, the red wines produced from this region are elegant and lightly structured with flavors of black cherries, red currants and floral notes; however they can also be rounder and more expressive with characteristics of blackberries, ripe plum and blueberries.  The possible style variance is not so surprising, considering that the red wines from this region can be produced from a multitude of varietals including: Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, and Cinsault.

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