Red Wine

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    April 16, 2014

    Chef Brian Luscher Is on a Red Hot Streak

    The cheeseburger chef Brian Luscher serves at Sunday brunch at The Grape on Lower Greenville was anointed the Greatest Burger in Texas, and he dishes up cozy comfort food to hundreds of devoted Dallas diners each week. That hasn't gone to his head. But he is looking to grow. Although the city of D ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Starbucks' New Beer Program Isn't Coming to Dallas, Which Is Fine by These Four Shops

    If you haven't heard, Starbucks is looking to slip a little somethin' somethin' in your latte. Not exactly -- they would never do anything that cool -- but they are starting alcohol programs in select stores in six metro areas, none of which are Dallas. Beer and wine will be available, and because ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Texas Wine Will Take on the Whole World at a Syrah Tasting on Monday

    American wine no longer has the second-class status it had years ago. California wineries are widely respected. The Washington Post and the New York Daily News have both declared Virginia to be the next "it" place for wine lovers. So how does Texas wine match up against the world's best? That ques ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013
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    July 25, 2013
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    April 4, 2013

    Craft Beer Fans Rejoice With Two Big Events

    Two major local beer events are slated for the next ten days that beer drinkers of all shapes, sizes and manner will certainly be excited about. The Big Texas Beer Fest is Saturday at the Fair Park Automobile Building, where 100 different breweries, including 20 from Texas, will be pouring more th ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    October 25, 2011

    Get Drunk and See Your Future This Weekend at the Hotel St. Germain

    Hotel St. Germain​The Hotel St. Germain on Maple Avenue will host a Halloween brouhaha this weekend with a tarot card reading alongside a wine and amuse-bouche dinner served by Chef Chad Martin. What better place to channel your supernatural subconscious than 100-year-old Victorian mansion? T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    White Russian Marshmallows & Other Booze-Infused Goodies

    Mmmm. White Russian-y.​If there is anything better in this world than candy, it's booze. Or maybe it's the other way around. Regardless, when the two come together, it's something special. Greatness begets greatness. It's like when Queen and David Bowie joined forces and created "Under Pressu ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011
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    November 29, 2010

    Cross Timbers Winery Sangiovese: Bloody Good
    With Saucy Italian Fare

    ​Just as most people recognize pinot grigio, chances are good that if you ask someone to name an Italian red grape varietal it will be sangiovese. Or perhaps chianti, which was certainly popular back in the day, when many a mom-and-pop Italian eatery sported a straw-covered bottle of chianti a ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    7-Eleven Introduces "Middle-Tier" Wines -- For the Kids

    Mix it with a cherry Slurpee -- instant sangria!​Thanksgiving celebrants who are still fretting about which wine to serve with their turkey feasts will no doubt be pleased to know 7-Eleven's put three new private-label varietals on its shelves. The convenience store chain this week introduced ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Casey Thompson's Pasta With Grass-fed Beef: Maybe it's Time to Rethink That Holiday Turkey

    ​In the third part of our visit with Casey Thompson, Top Chef star, former executive chef at Shinsei and current chef at Fort Worth's Brownstone, Thompson shares a recipe for a beefy pasta dish. For parts 1 and 2 of our interview with Thompson, go here and here. Pasta and Grass-fed Beef

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    November 18, 2010
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    November 15, 2010

    San Martino Tempranillo Reserve: Tasting an Up-and-Comer

    ​Along with malbec, Grenache, and cabernet franc, tempranillo is viewed by oenophiles as one of the up-and-coming red grapes in today's wine scene. It is often called the "noble grape" of Spain, and is used as the base for that country's magnificent Rioja reds. Almost black in color, temprani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Khatter Vineyards: Want More Than a Bottle? Buy the Vineyard.

    ​If you are familiar with Parker, Texas, at all, doubtless it's because of Southfork Ranch, home to JR Ewing and his fictional clan from Dallas. But while the symbol for the Ewing empire might be the oil well, the signage for Parker's only winery features the peacock. You see, when Jay and Ca ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Wales Manor Picnic Meritage: A Drink for Tailgaters

    ​Once the home of bedroom communities and sleepy suburbs, Collin County is finally starting to mature and develop its fine wining and dining scene. Nowhere is this more apparent than the county seat of McKinney, where any bright and cheery weekend has visitors hard pressed to find available pa ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    San Martino Winery: A Fine Place to See Red -- But Only Red

    ​When you think of wine-making countries in Europe, most people naturally assume France and Italy have just about cornered the market. Indeed, Italian and French wines are known around the world as standard-bearers of the tipple craft for centuries. However, more and more people are being drawn to ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    55 Degrees: Just Right For Malbec,
    Just Not Enough of It

    ​From the outside, 55 Degrees Wine Bar & Bistro doesn't appear to be anything special. Just the name on the rather dingy double-decker strip mall announces its presence, and there is no patio. Inside, however, is quite another matter. Sofas, comfy armchairs, and coffee tables greet you when yo ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Times Ten Cellars Cabernet Franc:
    A Gentler Cab Ride

    ​Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red varietal in the world, so much so that if you were to walk into any bar and say, "I'll have a cab," the bartender will assume you mean Cabernet Sauvignon and act accordingly. These days, however, another cab is being called more frequently by ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Texoma Winery Punches Humble Ruby Cab's Dance Card​People aren't the only ones who suffer through hot Texas summers. Grapes feel the scorch as well, which means the state's not the place to produce varietals that wither in the heat. After years of stubborn experimentation with Pinot Noir and other delicate grapes, the Texas wi ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    So Three Cabs Walk Into a Wine Garden...

    For those of us who visit the State Fair, it's worth braving the Midway to revisit old favorites and discover new delights. As I reported last week, my wining companion and I were particularly pleased to find the Go Texan Wine Garden, a little Hill Country-esque oasis of vino, music and sanity near ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Drink Up, You Cheap Winos

    ​You've heard of Two Buck Chuck? How about three-buck Wink? The $2.99 Winking Owl Merlot is found exclusively at Aldi, the deep discount grocery store. Bottled by Gallo, it's a thoroughly respectable little bottle of grape with hints of cherry and other sweet fruits. I dare you to put it on t ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    7-Eleven vs Barefoot: War Of The Wines

    Alex Flores​Yesterday it came to our attention that 7-Eleven planned to introduce their own wine brand, priced at a Thunderbird-like $3.99 a bottle--that's right, $3.99 for .75 of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon in glass with a real artificial cork. No screw-tops for wine this fancy.They call the ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Killian's California Red...And White

    Beer pairing dinners have been the rage of late, but apparently some people still do things the old-fashioned way. Kent Rathbun's Jasper's (7161 Bishop Rd., Plano) is offering a four-course wine pairing dinner with Ed Killian--good name for the maker of a mass produced "Irish" red beer, although he' ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Wines For Everyday Purposes? So We Can Cross Scope Off The Grocery List?

    Beverage distribution behemoth Ben E. Keith is branching out with another vino offering. And unlike the distributor's inaugural label, Solemar, it's not one they make themselves. The family-owned Chateau Diana, located in the Dry Creek Valley region of California, offers three brands. First describe ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    Pairing Off: Little Debbie Spinwheels

    When you open a bottle of Julienas 2006 Grand Vin Du Beaujolais, a blast of fruit hits your nose, mixed with the sting of black pepper. In tasting, it finishes quickly, but leaves a trace of dark forest berry on the tongue, soured but still palatable.It would be a nice wine for any backyard barbecue ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Wine Rocks

    Rock stars plus alcohol can add up to a lot of things. But when you add organic grocery stores to the rock and booze equation, the sum must certainly change, right? Guess we'll find out when Maynard James Keenan makes an appearance at the Whole Foods Market in Plano from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 23 ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Pairing Off: Sonic Hot Dogs

    Perhaps I'm treading new and uncertain ground here. There's nothing as American as hot dogs...except perhaps for baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet, although a couple of those are in the midst of death throes. And, of course, if we call them Frankfurters, they somehow become a German sausage.Otherwis ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    10 Questions: Vincent McGrath

    He's worked some of the best cellars in the city, either as wine buyer, director or sommelier.These include stints at the Crescent and Pappas Bros., before he teamed up with chef Anthony Bombaci at Nana.Last month he took over sommelier reigns at West End's Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse. Charged with buildi ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Pairing Off: Buffalo Wings

    We all know the story by now, how a Buffalo pub owner took discarded chicken parts, fried them up and rolled them in a sauce composed largely of butter and Tabasco. Within a few years, wings were everywhere--the invention joining those other gifts that city has bestowed upon the world, such ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Pairing Off: Big Mac

    Revisit your old grade school or the patch of neighborhood grass where you played football as a kid and you'll likely find the once-vast expanses, um, seriously shrunken.Maybe it's the workings of global warming. Or perhaps the earth contracts naturally as it spins through space--I don't know. But t ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Pairing Off: Grilled Cheese

    For a brief moment I regretted this week's pairing. Not only did my first attempt turn into a smoldering slab of charcoal--oozing orange stuff and damn near sending the smoke alarm into a shrieking fit--but the wine experts I consulted gave me a right grilling."What cheese," asked Lin Sellman of Goo ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    Winemaking Is Not For The Impatient

    In April 2004, the minds behind Lakewood's Times Ten Cellars set aside land outside of Alpine, Texas, for Cathedral Vineyard, where they planted their first grapevines. Chosen for its hot sun, cool nights and mineral-rich soil, Cathedral Vineyard has been tended to ever since, cultivated toward wi ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Pairing Off: 2008's Most Graphic Moments

    Looking back on an all too brief year matching wines with everyday foods--you know, things from cans, boxes, fast food joints, and so on--it occurs to me the experts consulted each week performed admirably.Suspiciously so, as if they had already guzzled rose with their Taco Bueno takeaway on several ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Pairing Off: Chef Boyardee

    Let's avoid the usual harsh commentary regarding canned meals and substitute, say, "moist" for "barely recognizable as a foodstuff, much less as pasta." And how about "seasoning" in place of "past-its-prime dust from spice rack jars." Finally, why not "hearty" instead of "cheap dog food."With that s ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Pairing Off: PB&J

    Peanut butter and jelly seemed so easy--a kind of sandwich slam dunk; just slap it together and mission accomplished, right?   Ah, but this holdover from grade school lunch is really a problematical beast. Before I even reached Kroger to pick up the necessities, several people had already bro ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Hash Over: Fresh wine, labels and other stuff

    OK, I’m assuming everyone knows the Beaujolais Nouveau ritual. Essentially, France sets aside the third Thursday of November every year to slam down very fresh wine, talk loudly and—later that morning—linger near handy drains. Usually all of this takes place beginning one minute after midnigh ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 8, 2007

    Survival Skills

    Park Cities Prime tickles the umami receptors

  • Dining

    March 16, 2006

    Off Bloom

    Stop at Poppy's when you're ready to "wine down"

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    November 10, 2005

    Sour Grapes

    At Tony's Wine Warehouse, there's a sucker born every minute

  • Dining

    April 28, 2005

    Savor Sever

    Savory says goodbye

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    April 12, 2001

    Radio Gaga

    Dallas sommelier hotshot Daryl Beeson takes a break

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    November 2, 2000

    Thango Tied

    Tasty Thai now available in Flower Mound

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    March 23, 2000

    Return to blender

    Maritage's mix of flavors doesn't quite mesh

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    September 16, 1999

    Hash Over

    Grapes of glory; Coming and going

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    February 25, 1999
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    September 17, 1998
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    July 9, 1998
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    October 24, 1996

    A tasteful toast

    City Cafe shuns pretense to remain a favorite celebration spot

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