August 14th, 2014 European Standards and New American Favorites Class at Scardello's
Thurs, 14-Aug, 7p, $35, reserve online. Scardello Artisan Cheese, 3511 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas TX 75219. 214.219.1300
August 7th, 2014 Texas Sommelier Conference at Four Seasons Las Colinas
Texas Sommelier 2014 Conference certification opportunities Thurs, 7-Aug, through Sat, 9-Aug include Court of Master Sommeliers Americas Introductory Sommelier Course and Certified Sommelier Examination; Society of Wine Educators (SWE) Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits; Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Intermediate Course; and Specialty Tea Institute Level 1: Foundation Series, Level 2: Foundation Series, and Level 3: Oolong. Four Seasons Resort and Club, Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, TX.
July 24th, 2014 A Taste of Italy in the Arts District
Join two Texas icons, cheesemaker Paula Lambert and chef Stephan Pyles, for a four-course Italian dinner with wine pairings Thurs, 24-Jul, 6:30 reception, 7pm dinner; $95 +tax/gratuity. To reserve phone Marque Strohlin at 214.580.7000. Stephan Pyles Restaurant, 1807 Ross Avenue Suite 200, Dallas TX 75201. 214.580.7000
July 19th, 2014 Epic Wine Tasting at Veritas Wine Room
World class West Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with Travis James. Sat, 19-Jul, 4:30p until wines run out (come early), $30 plus tax/gratuity. Veritas Wine Room, 2323 N. Henderson Ave. #103, Dallas TX 75206, 214.841.9463
July 19th, 2014 All Things Pinot Noir Tasting at The Wine Therapist
Taste 6 top flight Pinot Noirs from California, France and Oregon, Sat, 19-Jul, 3-6p, $15, includes accompanying appetizers. The Wine Therapist, 1909 Skillman, Dallas, TX 75206. Please reserve: email winetherapist [dot] info [at] gmail [dot] com or call 214.821.9463
July 19th, 2014 Dallas Sommelier Society Series at Pogo's
Learn and taste with Russell Burkett, board member of the Dallas Sommelier Society, Sat, 19-Jul, 1-4p. Tasting includes 2012 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco, 2009 Alain & Veronique Assadet Menetou-Salon, 2012 Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay, 2011 Domaine Filliatreau Chateau Fouquet Saumur, 2010 Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir Dundee Hills, and 2007 Paulo Scavino Carobric Barolo. Pogos Wine & Spirits, Inwood Village, 5360 West Lovers Lane at Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75209, 214.350.8989
June 26th, 2014 Bottled Poetry Imports Boutique Spanish Wines at Vino 100
Taste two white and four red wines from Rias Baixas, Galicia, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, and Priorat, with Stewart Elliott and Mark Luft of Bottled Poetry Imports. Thurs, 26-Jun, 6-8p, $38 +tax, includes Paella from Cafe Madrid, Spanish cheeses, Iberico ham and chorizo, and tapas. Reservations required: 214.969.9463. Vino 100, 2909 McKinney Avenue, Suite A, Dallas TX 75204
June 19th, 2014 Beer and Cheese Pairing Class at Mozzarella Company
Guided tasting of 6-8 beer and cheese pairings with Mark Monfrey and Dallas cheesemaker Paula Lambert, approximately 2 hours. Thurs, 19-Jun, 6:30-8:30p, $50. Mozzarella Company, 2944 Elm Street (Deep Ellum), Dallas TX 75226. Reserve: 214.741.4072
June 18th, 2014 Cheese 101 Class at Scardello's
Comparative tastings, out-of-the-ordinary items and wines, Wed, 18-Jun, 7p, $35. Scardello Artisan Cheese, 3511 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas TX 75219. Reserve: 214.219.1300
June 17th, 2014 Neyers Vineyards Tasting at Sigel's - Fitzhugh Bruce Neyers, owner, guides a complimentary tasting of Neyers Vineyards wines Tues, 17-Jun, 5-7p at Sigel's-Elite, 3209 N Fitzhugh, Dallas TX 75204. RSVP: Jim Fleming at store04wine [at] sigels [dot] com or 214.635.3162
Neyers wines to be tasted:
Chardonnay Carneros District 2012;
Chardonnay Chuy's Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 2012; Chardonnay 304, Sonoma County 2013; Pinot Noir Placida Vineyard Russian River Valley 2012; Pinot Noir Roberts Road Sonoma Coast 2012; Syrah Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2011; Sage Canyon California Red Wine 2011; Grenache Rossi Ranch Sonoma Valley 2012; Mourvedre Rossi Ranch Sonoma Valley 2011; Carignan Evangelho Vineyard Contra Costa County 2011; Zinfandel Del Barba Vineyard Contra Costa County 2011; Zinfandel Vista Luna Borden Ranch 2012; Merlot Neyers Ranch - Conn Valley Napa Valley 2011; Cabernet Sauvignon AME Neyers Vineyards Napa Valley 2011; Cabernet Sauvignon Neyers Ranch - Conn Valley Napa Valley 2010.
June 13th, 2014 Pecan Lodge Brisket & Cabernet Based Bordeaux Blends at The Wine Poste
Fri, 13-Jun, 6p, $35 +tax/gratuity, includes taste of 4 wines, a glass of your favorite from the tasting to enjoy with one-half pound of Pecan Lodge brisket and jalapeno mac&cheese.
We will be focusing on Premier Cabernet's and Bordeaux Blends from all over the world. This is going to be an awesome event and will surely sell out rather quickly. Purchase ticket online. The Wine Poste Dallas, 2001 Irving Blvd, Suite 145, Dallas TX 75207. 214.272.3221
May 29th, 2014 Benchmark Chardonnay Tasting at Sigel's - Greenville
Thurs, 29-May, 5-7p, complimentary tasting of 20 top California Chardonnays, including Tor, Brewer Clifton, Patz and Hall, Lewis, Transcendence, Melville, Neyers, Loring and more. Please RSVP.
Sigel’s - Greenville, 5757 Greenville, Dallas. RSVP: David Waddington, 214.739.4012.
May 29th, 2014 Hill Family Estate Tasting at Pogo's Hill Family Estate tasting of 2010 Carly’s Cuvee Chardonnay,
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2012 Barrel Blend with Ryan Hill, Thurs, 29-May, 5-7p, complimentary. Pogos Wine & Spirits, Inwood Village, 5360 West Lovers Lane at Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75209, 214.350.8989
May 29th, 2014 La Cave Warehouse Wine Tasting
Lustau Sipping Sherry Experience Thurs, 29-May, 5-7p, a come and go tasting with Jeff Bradley, complimentary and please reserve. Wines to be tasted:
Lustau Puerto Fino, Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos, Lustau East India Solera, and Pedro Ximénez San Emilio. RSVP Rhonda at lacavewarehouse dot com. Note new address: La Cave Warehouse, 2263 Valdina Street, Suite #120, Dallas TX 75207. 214.747.9463
May 21st, 2014 Wine & Cheese Pairing Class at Mozzarella Company
Learn to pair wine and cheese with cheesemaker Paula Lambert and wine expert John Bratcher in a unique setting where all questions are answered, Wed, 21-May, 6:30-8:30p, $50. Reserve: 214.741.4072. Mozzarella Company, 2944 Elm Street, Dallas (Deep Ellum) TX 75226
May 15th, 2014 Cantina Frentana Wine Tasting at Jimmy's
Wine tasting with Dr. Felice Di Biase, owner of Cantina Frentana, Thurs, 15-May, 6:30p (check-in starts at 6:15p). $28 +tax includes antipasti plate, and winetasting: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Pecorino, Mulino Cococciola, Rubesto Montepulciano Riserva, and Panarda Montepulciano Riserva. Reservation required: email Paul at jimmysfoodstore dot com. Jimmy's Food Store, 4901 Bryan, Dallas. 214.823.6180
May 15th, 2014 Chateau Montelena Tasting with Bo Barrett at Pogo's
Tasting and bottle signing with Bo Barrett, CEO and winemaker, Chateau Montelena. Thurs, 15-May, 4:30-6:30p. Taste 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2011 Montelena Estate Zinfandel, 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Pogos Wine & Spirits, Inwood Village, 5360 West Lovers Lane at Inwood Road, Dallas TX 75209. 214.350.8989 RSVP required: amanda [at] pogoswine [dot] com
May 14th, 2014 Spectacular Spanish Tasting at Sigel's Fitzhugh
Spanish discoveries new to the U.S. with Dan Philips and Raul Garcia, Wed, 14-May, 5-7p, complimentary. Sigel's, 3209 N Fitzhugh, Dallas TX 75204, 214.635.3162. Reserve: 214.635.3162 or email store04wine at sigels.com
May 14th, 2014 Grgich Hills Estate Wine Dinner at Stephan Pyles
With Violet Grgich, four course seated dinner pairing Stephan Pyles' new millennium southwestern cuisine with Grgich Hills Estate wines, including Fumé Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Violetta Late Harvest wine. Wed, 14-May, 6:30-9:30p, $150 +tax/gratuity. Stephan Pyles, 1807 Ross Avenue at St. Paul, Dallas TX 75201. Reserve: 214.580.7000
May 13th, 2014 Marchesi di Barolo Wine Dinner at Jimmy's
Four-courses, six wines: wine tasting dinner featuring Marchesi di Barolo wines with Anna Abbona and her daughter Valentina, Tues, 13-May, 6:30p (check-in at 6:15p), $59 +tax. Wines include: Gavi, Barbera d'Alba Ruvei, Barolo Coste di Rose, and Moscato. Dinner by Alessio Franceschetti. Antipasto:
bresaola on arugula with extra virgin olive oil; Primo: risotto with dried porcini mushrooms; Secondo: braised boneless short ribs, with carrots, celery and polenta; Dessert: spice cake from Romano's Bakery. Reservation required: paul [at] jimmysfoodstore [dot] com. Jimmy's Food Store, 4901 Bryan, Dallas. 214.823.6180
May 9th, 2014 Italian Wine Event & Tasting in the Design District
Sample over 300 wines with 17 different winemakers, winery owners, and representatives from Italy, Fri, 9-May, 4:30-6:30p. Complimentary, and please
RSVP to c.crawford [at] frederickwildman [dot] com. eM The Venue, 1500 Dragon St.
Dallas TX 75207.
March 24th, 2014 Taste of Sardinia at Jimmy's Salvatore Gisellu of Urban Crust introduces new wines from his hometown in Sardinia paired with an authentic Sardinian menu. Mon, 24-Mar, 6:15p check-in; tasting at 6:30p, $59 +tax/gratuity. Jimmy's Food Store, 4901 Bryan, Dallas. Advance reservation required: 214.823.6180
March 22nd, 2014 Portuguese Party at Sunset Winery, Burleson
Bruce and Birgit Anderson present Portuguese wines paired with four Portuguese-style tapas, followed by a simple dessert coupled with a Port-style wine, and slides and commentary about Portugal and the regions the wines come from. Sat, 22-Mar, 7p in Sunset Winery's Barrel Room, $25 plus tax/gratuity. Reserve: 817.426.1141. Reservations required by Tuesday March 18. Sunset Winery, 1535 S. Burleson Blvd., Burleson (south of Fort Worth, corner of the east service road to Interstate 35-W and CR 530B, just south of the Exit 34 crossover and 2 miles north of exit 32). 817.426.1141
March 20th, 2014 Bob Egelhoff Wine Dinner at Bonnell's
Meet winemaker Bob Egelhoff Thurs, 20-Mar, $100, plus tax/gratuity, includes five courses paired with wine. Seatings begin at 5:30pm. First Course: Seafood Tartare Trio paired with Egelhoff Riesling 2011 Second Course: Country Style Duck Pate and Foie Gras Torchon paired with Bonnell's Chardonnay 2011 Third Course: Study of Quail paired with Walton Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Fourth Course: Buffalo Tenderloin served alongside Giant Prawns with Roasted Vegetables paired with Egelhoff Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Dessert: Assorted Stuffed Cookies paired with Walton by Egelhoff Tawny Port, NV. Bonnell's Restaurant, 4259 Bryant Irvin Rd., Fort Worth, Texas 76109. To reserve: 817.738.5489
March 16th, 2014 Petroni Vineyards Tasting at Veritas
Veritas presents four Petroni Vineyards wines: 2011 Chardonnay, 2008 Rosso di Sonoma, 2007 Brunello di Sonoma, and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mon, 16-Mar, 6-8p. Tasting is free; wines are available for purchase. Veritas Wine Room, 2323 N. Henderson Ave., #103, Dallas, TX 75206, 214.841.9463
February 26th, 2014 Off the Vine Tasting at Classic Wine Storage Tour of Southern France
wine tasting Wed, 26-Feb, 7p, with Dani Boxford Heidle, Ambiente Wine Importing Co. $20 plus tax, includes guided tasting of six wines accompanied by an assortment of cheese, bread, fruit and chocolate. Reservation required: 817.421.1091. Location: Classic Wine Storage, 525 South Nolen Street, Suite 200, Southlake. Off the Vine, 324 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051. 817.421.1091
February 20th, 2014 Discover the Wines of Spain at WineTastic Terri Burney presents Spanish wines, whites and reds, Thurs, 20-Feb, 7-9p, $15+tax/gratuity. WineTastic, 4140 Lemmon Avenue, Suite 130, Dallas TX 75219. 214.559.8910
Wine and Cheese Pairing Class with Winemaker Kim McPherson and Cheesemaker Paula Lambert Thursday, July 10, 2014 6:30pm
Learn about wine and cheese pairing from two experts named to Who's Who in Wine and Food of Texas.
Kim McPherson - inducted into Who's Who in Wine and Food of Texas in 1999: plants to the land. His focus is on Rhone, Italian and Spanish varietals. Under the McPherson Cellars label he produces grapes grown on the Texas High Plains including Sagmor Vineyard, Lost Draw Vineyards, and other areas of the High Plains. His wines include Sangiovese, Viognier, Tre Colore (a Rhone style red blend of Carignan, Mourvedre, Viognier), dbs (a blend of Italian varietals Dolcetto, Barbera, Sangiovese), Dry Rosé (a dry Rhone style rosé of Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache), Cabernet Sauvignon, a Tempranillo blend, and more. McPherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Brothers Blend, a white Rhone varietal blend, just won the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition and was voted Best White Rhone Blend in the competition. McPherson Cellars 2012 La Herencia and McPherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé won Silver medals.
Paula Lambert - inducted into Who's Who in Wine and Food of Texas in 1988: founded Dallas' Mozzarella Company in 1982. Today her company has grown from making a few pounds of fresh mozzarella to producing over 30 artisanal cheeses, all of which Paula has created and developed. Mozzarella Company cheeses have won acclaim and hundreds of awards, and each is made by hand right here in Deep Ellum.
GO TEXAN WineCast
Texas: 5th largest wine producing state in the nation Wine trails: 11
More than 180 wineries
Texas' wine and wine grape industry: $1.7 billion
Commercial growers: 315
Grape-bearing acres: 3,300
Margerum Wine Dinner at Lark on the Park Featuring Doug Margerum
Five course dinner paired with Margerum wines featuring winemaker Doug Margerum Date/Time: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 7pm Cost: $75, plus tax/gratuity Reserve: Lark on the Park at 214.855.5275, or email gm at larkonthepark dot com Location: 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway [between N. Harwood St. and Olive St.], Dallas TX 75201
House-Made Ricotta Tart with Fromage Blanc, Green Garlic and Mint Margerum Pinot Gris Klickitat 2012
Grilled Asparagus with Tangerine Aioli, Bottarga and Breadcrumbs Margerum Sauvignon Blanc Sybarite 2012
Point Reyes Tome & Original Blue Cheeses with Arugula, Aged Balsamic, Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote with Baguette Margerum Rose Riviera 2013
Grenache Braised Oxtail with Spatzle & Pea Tendrils Margerum Rhone Blend M5 2012
Grilled American Kobe Skirt Steak with Blue Cheese Butter, Fingerling Potatoes, Bacon Lardons, Crème Fraiche and Chives Margerum Syrah Colson 2010
Provence in the City 2014
Provence producers will share iconic dry rosé wines with the American wine trade and media. This event is an opportunity to taste a range of rosés (plus a few reds and whites), meet the winemakers, and learn about Provence and the winemaking process.
Boston - Monday, March 3, trade/media
Chicago - Tuesday, March 4, trade/media
San Francisco - Thursday, March 6, trade/media
New York - Monday, March 10, media only
Invitation-only educational tastings for sommeliers and media will be held in Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, DC.
If you are interested in receiving an invitation, please contact Carlene Hastings at the Wines of Provence U.S. office. Send a message to trade [at] winesofprovence [dot] com or phone 202.499.4263.
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