Grains vs. Grapes: Six Pack To Go
Dallas breweries want same rights to sell as wineries - Deep Ellum reaches out to fans.
The program at the Auditorio de la Diputación in Alicante, Spain includes representatives from DO Vinos de Alicante, DO Jumilla and DO Yecla, representatives from the Valencian Community, Castile-La Mancha, Murcia, the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (where the grape is known as Mourvedre), California and Australia, will participate. Spanish participants will include Rosa Angulo, the Director of Wines for ICEX Spain, Trade and Investment; Luis Leza, Head of the Wine Products Area of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (MAGRAMA); Dr. Vicente Sotés, Professor of Viticulture at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; Dr. Rafael Martínez Font of the Universidad Miguel Hernández; prominent Spanish chef Suzi Diáz and winemaker Miguel Gil of Bodegas Juan Gil (DO Jumilla). International participants include French oenologist Bruno Prats and American Gerry Dawes, an expert on Spanish gastronomy.
Trade and press, by invitation only. Contact Fred Marrapodi, Italian Trade Commission-New York. Program at the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, includes master classes, meet and greet expo, three days of grand tastings.
At the preview for the upcoming Dallas Chocolate Festival we tasted scrumptious artisan bonbons, truffles, toffees, barks, brigadeiros, and macarons and talked to the makers.
Our favorites (try not to drool):
With so many new Rosé wines arriving in the Dallas market, our review process has taken longer than usual.
More details will be posted soon. Remember, you should be looking for 2014 vintage Rosés for Summer drinking (we've seen a few local sales with 2012 and 2013 wines). While some older vintages will be just fine (notably Tavel and Bandol), most Rosés are meant to be quaffed within a year of release.
For now, a quick list of some of our favorites this year:
2014 Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel ($16-$30, depending on appellation & vineyard. Stunning and delicious.)
2014 Château de Cornemps Bordeaux Rosé ($15, Cabernet-based, richer style with big berry colors and flavors)
2014 Il Poggione Rosato di Toscana ($18, Italian and 100% Sangiovese, food-friendly, and a nice change from Southern France)
2014 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosé ($10 or less, not as nice as previous vintages, but almost always a great value)
2014 Tempier Bandol (Expensive, but almost always outstanding)
And, we just received word that Domaines Ott is back in Dallas (Pogo's, probably Sigel's, and others). This one is almost always delicious.
Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 pm
Cocktail and tasting reception featuring Dallas chefs Omar Flores, Casa Rubia; Matt McCallister, FT 33; Janice Provost, Parigi; David Uygur, Lucia; and Tim Byres, Smoke. Four-course seated dinner designed by Patrick O'Connell and Stephan Pyles.
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