Vineyards and Winemakers

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    February 10, 2014

    Fort Worth Food Wine Festival Announces Inaugural Event, Including $500 Ticket

    Fort Worth is getting a highbrow food and wine event this spring. The four-day eating and drinking parade will start on March 27. The aim, other than to consume a lot, is to "infuse historic venues and homegrown flavor" with local chefs, wine makers, craft breweries and the like. The Fort Worth Fo ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    September 15, 2011
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    August 11, 2011
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    August 3, 2011

    Calais Winery Launches Recycling Program. Not Convinced? It Involves Free Wine.

    ​On Saturday, Calais Winery will launch its new wine-bottle recycling program with the first rendition of what will become semi-annual event. From its rustic little shop on Commerce, the winery will accept empty bottles from any Texas winery. In exchange, generous winos will receive free tas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Sigel's Discounts Mysterious Cheap Wines

    Sigel's is readying to put its 90 Cellars wines on sale, making the label Time recently described as a "magical combo" of good wine and cheap prices an even better deal. ​90 Cellars, the subject of a feature story in The Boston Globe this week, has been garnering attention for its unique bu ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Texas Wineries Ask "What Do Hispanic Wine Drinkers Want?"

    ​Hispanics represent a growing share of Texas' wine drinking population, but wineries are still grappling with how to pitch their products to them. "No information is available about the Hispanic wine market," Natalia Kolyesnikova, assistant director of the Texas Wine Marketing Research Insti ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Texas Wine Industry Considers Identifying Best of the Bunch

    ​Texas wine enthusiasts seeking a better way to convey to consumers which local wines deserve their attentions are broaching the possibility of creating a wine quality program. Russ Kane, a wine writer who's moderating a panel on wine quality at this week's Texas Wine and Grape Growers Associ ... More >>

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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 10, 2010

    Texas Winemaker Puts the Mad in Madeira

    ​Wine experts have pretty much given up the annual tradition of naming the perfect wine for Thanksgiving, acknowledging the array of flavors on the table -- and diverse palates assembled around it -- mean a good case can be made for just about any varietal. But if I was doing the beverage buy ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    How 'Bout Them Wineboys? (At Least Some Texas Competitors Had a Good Monday Night.)

    ​There's no dispute that Texas trounced New York in last night's Grape Gridiron Classic, a Texas Department of Agriculture-sponsored competition featuring wines from both states. What's debatable is whether it was a fair fight. "You guys killed us, and we deserved it," Albany Times-Union wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Go Texan Winery Passport Program:
    The First Reward

    ​A Texas wine compendium -- that's the first level of reward after visiting four wineries in the GO TEXAN Winery Passport Program, one of the programs sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture to spur interest in Texas-grown products, and hopefully, keep more consumer dollars in state. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 29, 2010

    Go Texan Winery Passport Program: Drink and Be Rewarded--But with What?

    ​The other day on City of Ate, my colleague, Hanna Raskin, bemoaned the state of the Go Texan Restaurant Week, one of the numerous programs designed by the Texas Department of Agriculture to spur interest and business in our state's food industry. She noted that only seven restaurants in Big D sig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Five Tips for GrapeFest-goers​GrapeFest is underway, which means the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic - billed as the nation's largest consumer judged wine contest - is back. We asked Jeff Siegel, a Dallas wine educator who blogs as The Wine Curmudgeon, to offer first-timers a few tips for mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Dry Comal Creek Bottles Up
    Something Really Dry

    ​Once known for making inconsistent, if not downright weedy wines, Texas winemakers have been slowly but surely improving quality as the vineyards become established, the vines get older, and the winemakers themselves receive better education, training, and practice in their craft. Also, learn ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Llano Estacado Vintner's Selection Signature Red Meritage

    ​Meritage or Claret? What's the difference? Typically, both terms refer to Bordeaux-style blends, heavy on the Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot, with one or more of the regions classic blending grapes added for body, spice and completeness. Most fans of Argentinian reds would be surprised to l ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Big Tex Will Go All Texas With Wines
    At State Fair

    ​Kroger has pulled out as a wine garden sponsor at the State Fair of Texas, taking its West Coast wines with it. With the Texas Department of Agriculture left as sole sponsor of the wine tasting and teaching space, all of this year's featured wines will come from Texas. Jeff Siegel, who will ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Grapes of Wrath: Too Much "Texas" Wine,
    Too Few Grapes Threaten Lone Star Vintners

    ​Here's a romantic scene: Two wine connoisseurs in love pack a basket with cheese and crackers, roll down the roof on a rented convertible and spend the day zigzagging the scenic, hilly roads between Texas' newest wineries. But by the second or third stop, the young couple begins to grow crab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Grape-Picking Volunteers Needed;
    César Chávez Rolls Over in Grave

    ​Cooperative weather has put plenty of grapes on Texas vines, and wineries are now recruiting volunteers to help pick them. In a stratagem with shades of Ton Sawyer, small wineries annually appeal to connoisseurs to join them for harvesting. As Jeanette Raines of Bernhardt Winery in Plantersv ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010
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    April 1, 2010
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    August 17, 2009

    Sips And (Sound)Bites And Almost Fist Fights

    Back to school, with drinking--and threats--allowed: a panel discussion at the conference.​This past Saturday, a sold-out crowd gathered at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in North Dallas for the first-ever Conference. Hosted by website founders Je ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    10 Questions: Vincent Chaperon

    Dom Perignon's winemaker was born in a place one doesn't normally associate with fine vintages: Congo.But Chaperon grew up in a French winemaking family, earned a degree in viticulture and perfected his skills in Pomerol and  Sauternes--as well as Chile and other parts of the world--before join ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008

    Get a Cru

    Take a Stags Leap this Thursday

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    September 13, 2007

    Happy Birthday, G.

    Grapefest is finally of legal drinking age!

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    July 3, 2007

    Chuck This

    If we may recommend a wine for your Fourth of July, well, the Marlborough Unoaked Chardonnay is a fine way to start the day. We see that Charles Shaw Chardonnay, otherwise known as the Two Buck Chuck, captured a double-gold medal at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, marking it C ... More >>

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    August 25, 2006

    Statute Stomp

    A front page story in the Wall Street Journal this morning explored how Prohibition-era state and local regulations-- originally constructed to keep single brokers from controlling the booze trade much as mobsters did during Prohibition—are crumbing under the force of court challenges on const ... More >>

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    April 6, 2006
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    January 26, 2006

    Apple Juju

    Frankie Carabetta brings N.Y.C. to Big D

  • Dining

    November 10, 2005

    Sour Grapes

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

  • News

    August 4, 2005

    Drink Up

    Loosened Texas laws spawn a litter of Dallas street wineries. Ready for Preston Hollow Pinot Grigio?

  • Dining

    May 26, 2005


    Cafe San Miguel to open in June

  • Dining

    February 3, 2005

    Cooking With Class

    Soon, Dallas students can learn the restaurant biz in school

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    October 16, 2003

    Grape Expectations

    Winefest uncorks at a new home

  • Dining

    October 9, 2003

    Chicken-Fried Infamy

    It's a batter battle as Texas faces Oklahoma

  • Dining

    May 29, 2003

    Lotus Blossoms

    There's a flurry of curry in the metroplex

  • Dining

    March 20, 2003

    Random Drink Blur

    Celebration remembers Prohibition-era winemakers

  • Dining

    October 10, 2002

    Month, Week, Daze

    Mark your calendar. October is the month for wining and dining.

  • News

    May 9, 2002


    A Plano homemaker finds herself in a legal pit with a very big rooster

  • Dining

    February 1, 2001

    Sunken Island

    Gozo gets shuttered up

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    August 17, 2000

    Cobweb Quad

    Quadrangle cuisine

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    March 23, 2000

    Return to blender

    Maritage's mix of flavors doesn't quite mesh

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    February 17, 2000

    Hash Over

    Drink up

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    September 2, 1999

    Hash Over

    A far cry; Mixed hash

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    March 4, 1999
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    February 25, 1999
  • News

    July 16, 1998

    Whine capital of Texas

    A rigged wine contest peels away Grapevine's grandiose label as the Napa Valley of Texas, revealing instead another cheap import

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    June 25, 1998
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    May 21, 1998
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