Dallas Restaurant News and Notes

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Sacred Cellars. Next tasting is tomorrow night (8/27) at 7:00 p.m. “We will be featuring K Vitners as well as their other label Charles Smith Wines.  K Vitners is known for their Syrahs made in Washington State. They have a very obvious Black and White label and are very artistically done.  A Representative from the winery will be hosting the event at Sacred, hence the Thursday date instead of the normal Friday evening tasting. Deets and other wine stuff from SC below.

Sevy’s Scotch Club. Amy Severson loves a good cocktail! Looks like she has started a Scotch Club! Hear her roar: “Join us Monday, August 31, 2009 from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. for our premier Scotch Club event. Enjoy five courses of delicious food paired with some premium malt scotches, $44.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity).  Seating for this event is limited, reservations required.  Contact Jimmy, Stefaan or Amy M. at (214)265-7389 or [email protected]  Menu detailed below.

Scardello. Save 20 percent on all wines during the Scardello
End of Summer Wine Sale August 28-30. “For three days only, Scardello will be blowing through the wine on its shelves, and every bottle will be 20 percent off! There will be a number of wines to taste Saturday, August 29 from 2 p.m. until 5, all at the discounted price. There also will be great specials on other items in the shop. Say goodbye to summer in style and stop in to grab a bottle or two while supplies last! 3511 Oak Lawn. 214-219-1300.

Taste of Europe. “Like all previous years due to participation at the State Fair of Texas our store and restaurant Taste of Europe will be closed from September 15 to October 26, 2009. Because of that all food items (no exceptions) will be on sale from 20% to 50% off beginning from August 27 until supply lasts. We will be glad to see you again after re-opening on Tuesday, October 27 at our normal working hours. Our regular schedule you can see at our website. You are welcome to visit us during State Fair event at Embarcadero Building, booth #70.”

Nana. “Will host its monthly wine and food flight trio, Friday Night Flights, on September 4th between 6pm – 8pm.  For a mere $20 (plus tax and gratuity), guests may savor three food samplings created by acclaimed Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci accompanied by Italian wines.  Seats are limited, and reservations are highly recommended by calling 214.761.7470.  Visit www.nanarestaurant.com for complete details.  Friday Night Flights is available the first Friday of every month.” Details below.

Road Trip to Fall Creek Vineyards! Fall Creek Vineyards 20th Annual Grape Stomp will take place on August 29th. Enjoy  Lunch & Wine Pairing Classes and the culinary talents of Great Texas Chefs David Garrido & Brian Hay at the Grape Stomp Cooking Demo/Luncheon,. (Saturday, August 29th – 11:30 & 1:30. $22/person by reservation – 325-379-5361. See chef’s menus at www.fcv.com. Also, lots of family fun…enjoy winery tours, live local music on the vineyard patio, Castle Bounce, a play house, hayrides, and, of course, the excitement of your own “bare” feet grape stomping, “I Love Lucy”-style with the video playing, in wine barrels, all free of charge! Receive a free souvenir wine glass with $4 wine tasting. No wonder Fall Creek’s 20th Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival is where YOU want to toast the harvest in the Texas Hill Country!”

BTW: I got the photo from Tom Foremski of SiliconValleyWatcher. Good stuff.


Sacred Cellars Wine Information:

2000 Chateau Musar White $34-this is the white wine that we featured at the Musar Vertical tasting a while back.  We sold out and decided to order some more.  It’s a very full bodied old world style white wine that ages very well.  So well, Musar’s current release is the 2000 vintage.  Believe it or not, we sold more white wine that night than red.

2006 B. Kosuge Dry Stack Syrah $25-Regular retail is $30 online.  We have 6 bottle left.  It’s a full bodied, bold American syrah.  It is not a pepper bomb or a steak in a glass.  It has plenty of fruit.  Only 270 cases made. link

2007 MacPhail Family Vineyards Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir $49-MacPhail wines have just recently landed in Texas.  They’ve never been distributed here before, so this may be a new name to some.  It is a killer pinot, a lot like the L’Angevin Pinot we sell often.  All the MacPhail pinots are single vineyard and small production.  This one is only about 494 cases. 91 points wine spectator. link

The Steal of the week is 2005 Jaffe Meritage $32.99, from CA.  It normally retails for $58.  We have about 3 cases left.  This wine may not be known by many people, but I will let you know that Paul and I spend a lot of time discussing and tasting and researching wines to find one for the Steal of the Week section of our business.  This Jaffe was no different.  It is a sold bottle of wine that has gone undiscovered for quite a while. link  Steal

2004 Peacock Family Vineyards, Napa, Spring Mountain $60-regular retail is $75 on this big bold Cabernet.  Spring Mountain, like Howell Mountain, always produces very very good cabernet.  Pretty much anything you can get from either of those two regions will be a great wine. I have 4 bottles currently.

2007 Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand $18-This one is new to us.  I tried it last week and thought it was well worth the money for an inexpensive Sauv. Bl.  Like many NZ Sauv. Blancs, its very clean and gives a refreshing taste.  6 bottles on hand. link

2005 Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois Cuvee Vignals $18- this Southern Rhone wine is made up of Syrah, Grenache & Carignan.  Surprised?  I’m not either.
It’s a great wine for the money, especially 30 minutes after it’s been opened.  It then turns into a more old world, spicy, dirty, earthy type of French wine.  I am partial to old Rhone wines myself and this one is cheap, but delivers a lot of that flavor profile.  If this type of wine gets your attention, I have another Minvervois made by the same people and two other Cahors wines (which is Malbec based) and give a very dirty old world type of flavor as well.  Priced at $15, $15 & $29. link

Sevy’s Scotch Club Menu:

Chunky Lobster “Cappuccino”
Craggamore, Speyside Malt

Smoked Gouda and Ham Croquettes with Roasted Red Pepper Ranch
Glen Ord 12 Year, Highland Malt

Mini Kobe Beef Corny Dogs with Chipotle Mayo Ketchup
Glen Goyne 10 Year, Highland Malt

Cumin Scented Beef Tenderloin Quesadillas, Pepper Jack Cheese and Green Chile Salsa
Longmorn 15 Year, Highland Malt

Crispy Banana Nut Ravioli, Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream
Glenmorangie 12 Year, Highland Port Cask Malt

and Catering
8201 Preston Road, Dallas, TX  75225

Nana Flight Nights Information
The first wine sampling, Desiderio’s Jeio Cuvée Rosé Brut, features “a bubbly personality, brilliant delicate pink color, an intricate bouquet with intense hints of rose, fresh fruit, citrus and lycis and a crisp and balanced palate.”  Jeio was the nickname of the Desiderio Bisol, son of the founder of the winery, Eliseo Bisol.  The Pinot Bianco from the southern Alto Adige region offers “a fruity aroma of green apple, orange rind, tangerine and a touch of tropical fruit and a firm, zesty acidity,” while the oak-aged Perdera, high in tannins, is “very vibrant, rich and rustic.”

September Friday Night Flights
Prosciutto Wrapped Dates and Mascarpone
Desiderio Jeio Cuvée Rosé Brut, Veneto, NV
Crab Croquettes, Thai Cucumber Salad
Kellerei-Cantina Tramin Pinot Bianco, DOC, Trentino-Alto Adige, 2008
Cavatelli and Lamb Bolognaise
Argiolas Perdera, IGT, Isola dei Nuraghi, Sardinia 2007


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