Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Food and Flame Events for Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

In this edition of Food and Flame events, enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting at the Lilac Festival in Rochester, New York. How about a wine dinner in Brooklyn, New York at Mark Joseph Steakhouse?

Would you like to meet some of the most influential women in the wine industry at dinner? If you answer is yes, then consider attending the "Big Reds of Washington Wine Dinner" at La Gran Terraza in San Diego.

How about something truly adventurous? A wine dinner at Al Lado in Denver, Colorado that will sure to please the most discerning palate.

No matter whether you cook or someone else does, as long as there is food and flame, it is all good.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Food and Wine Events for Monday, May 13, 2013

Enjoy a wine and food pairing in Denver, Colorado.
A Beer Dinner in Ferndale, Michigan
Cape Cod Restaurant Week
Austrian Wine Festival @ The Wine House in California

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mother's Day at Eckert Estate Winery - Livermore, California

Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Livermore, California

Eckert Estate Winery
5963 Graham Court, Suite D
Livermore, California 94550

Cost: $5.00

Sunday, May 12, 2013 12pm to 5pm

We'll be releasing our two newest wines – the 2011 Chardonnay and the 2010 Pinot Noir!

The new released wines will be paired with assorted cheeses. 12 oz. logo glasses for $5.00 (regularly $7.50).  Tasting fee waived for Mothers

Champagne Mother’s Day Brunch - Santa Barbara, California

Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara, California

Bacara Resort & Spa
8301 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, California 93117

Cost: $85 for adults and $42.50 for kids

Chef David Reardon’s extensive Champagne Mother’s Day Brunch will feature specialty omelets, assorted seafood and sushi, prime rib, farmers’ market fruits and vegetables, a special children’s menu, decadent desserts and more. To make the day extra special, our Santa Barbara resort is setting up a Kids’ Kitchen station where children can help prepare made-to-order pancakes for their moms. This Mother’s Day Brunch in Santa Barbara is offered on Sunday, May 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $85 for adults and $42.50 for kids 12 and under.

Mother's Day Brunch - Florence, Texas

Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Florence, Texas

The Vineyard at Florence
8711 W FM 487
Florence, Texas 76527

Cost: $35 per person

Celebrate your mom with beautiful vineyard views and a gourmet spread of entrees, salads, sides, pastries, and deserts.

$35 for Adults, $15 for children 10 & under, Free for children 2 & under

Please call for reservations! 254.793.3363

Check out the menu on our website!


Mother's Day Indian - Latin Brunch - Houston, Texas

Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Houston, Texas

Kiran's Houston
4100 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77027

Cost: $55 per person/$25 per child under the age of 12

Celebrate Mom and join us for an Indian-Latin Mother's Day Brunch! Brunch features Bottomless Mimosas and many delicious dishes created by Chef Kiran.

Reservations needed. Please call to make reservations.

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet - Houston, Texas

Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Houston, Texas

Strata Restaurant & Bar
122 Vintage Park Boulevard, Suite A
Houston, Texas 77070

Cost: 34.95 per adult and 16.95 children 12 years old and under

~ Sunday, May 12, 2013 ~
Open Early! 10:00 am–3:00 pm

Only the Brunch Buffet will be available
Regular Dinner Menu served from 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Celebrate Mother’s Day with family and friends at Strata Restaurant & Bar.
Enjoy a wonderful Brunch Buffet featuring a variety of delectable dishes.
Here are just a few of the specialty culinary creations featured in our
Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch:

Prime Rib with Rosemary Mushroom Demi-glace
Roasted Chicken with Chicken Veloute
Baked Salmon with Tarragon Veloute
Boiled Cajun Peel and Eat Shrimp
Parmesan Crusted Black Cod, Cured Salmon

Oven Roasted Red Potatoes
Crispy Pork Spring Rolls

Breakfast Favorites
Breakfast Sausages, Scrambled Eggs
Biscuits and Gravy, Smoked Bacon
Breakfast Sliders, Pancakes 

A Variety of Fresh Pastas, Salads and Vegetables
Pasta Bolognese, Mac and Cheese, Pasta Salad, Caesar Salad, Potato Salad
Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Vegetable Platter, Sautéed Vegetables

Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Egg Salad Sandwiches

House-made Desserts
Fruit Crepes, Cheesecake
Chocolate Mousse Cake, Artisan Cookies

Chocolate Fountain

And More!!

34.95 per person
16.95 for children 12 years old and under
Price excludes tax and gratuity.
Menu subject to change without notice.

Reservations are highly recommended
CALL TODAY at (281) 379-2889 or make a reservation at www.StrataHouston.com
A credit card is needed to guarantee reservations for parties of 5 or more and a $20 per person cancellation fee will be charged for cancellations made after May 9th

Mother's Day Lunch - Santa Fe, Texas

Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Santa Fe, Texas

Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Ave T
Santa Fe, Texas 77510

Cost: $40.00 per adult, $20 per child

We are pleased to host our annual Mother’s Day Lunch from 11:30 to 2 with Bill and Kim Nash performing.

This annual tradition of lunch in honor of our moms continues May 12 2013. Families enjoy the buffet lunch year to year here. Join our returning guests with your Mother and family and start a new family  tradition.

Bill and Kim Nash share the same last name, but that is not all! This dynamic singer/songwriter duo had the same uncommon upbringing in the music industry. They share strikingly similar backgrounds of traveling and singing with their families. Bill and his family were the original Nash Family Trio and Kim’ with her family were  The Belknap Family. Both families traveled the country heavily. Together with their son Jimmy this couple has written and recorded many a familiar melody which we will enjoy with lunch.

Bill and Kim founded Building Bridges of  Hope a music driven humanitarian charity outreach organization. through this charity they have been able to help many other charities by organizing fundraisers, writing and producing theme songs and sharing their own personnel proceeds. To date they have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for so many causes to benefit children with cancer and their  families.

Ages 13 to adult tickets are $40 plus tax. Make Rsv

Children ages 10 to 12 tickets are $20 plus tax.  Make Rsv

Children ages  4 to 9 tickets are $15 plus tax.  Make Rsv.

Wine Club members will receive 10% off ticket prices.


Poached Salmon- crackers, fresh lemons, capers and minced red onion as accompaniments

Assorted mini quiche- Bacon and Cheddar, Mushroom and Swiss, Smoked Salmon and goat cheese

Breakfast Meats- Bacon and Sausage patties

Pork Loin Carving Station-With fresh rolls and a sweet and savory sauce

Strawberry Feta Salad- Fresh strawberries, feta cheese, candied pecans and strawberry pink pelican vinaigrette

Garden Salad- Mixed greens with sliced cucumbers and grape tomatoes with assorted dressings

Garlic Butter Broccoli- Fresh steamed broccoli tossed in warm garlic butter

Vegetable Medley- Zucchini and Yellow Squash and matchstick carrots sautéed with fresh garlic

Grits Bar- Southern Style Creamy Grits with a buffet of sides; sour cream, butter, cheese, green onions

Chicken Tenders

Mac n’ cheese- Our Special in house macaroni and cheese made with real cream and sharp cheddar cheese

Assorted Dessert Buffet- Cookies, Brownies, and a Decorate your own cupcake bar

Beverages-Coffee, Lemonade, Iced Tea, Ice Water

 Special Cocktail-One serving free with adult ticket

“Mimosa”-Haak Blanc du Bois Sweet, a splash of tonic (to add the bubbles), and orange juice

Mother's Day Brunch - Marble Falls, Texas

Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Marble Falls, Texas

Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery
24912 Singleton Bend East
Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Cost: $35/Person - 2-Courses w/ a Mimosa

Treat Mom to a casually elegant brunch at Flat Creek Estate.  For $35/Person your family will enjoy a seated 2-Course Brunch with a Mimosa.  Brunch selections include Green Spiced Shrimp, Slow Roasted Duroc Pork Chop, or a Choice of Five Styles of Eggs Benedict.  You’ll finish your meal with a choice of Crème Brûlée or Decadent Chocolate Torte.

Reservations fill quickly so call today – 512-267-6310

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lost Pines Wine Fest - Bastrop, Texas

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Bastrop, Texas

Bastrop Brewhouse, Bastrop TX
601 Chestnut
Bastrop, Texas 78602

Cost: 25

The Lost Pines Wine Fest will feature fabulous wines, good food, and live music with the Colorado River as a backdrop. This event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Bastrop County.

We hope you will join us at the Bastrop Brewhouse on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from Noon - 6:00pm.

Mother's Day Weekend Special Meals - San Antonio, Texas

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
San Antonio, Texas

Crumpets Restaurant and Bakery
3920 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, Texas 78209-5803
210 821-5600

Cost: Lunch entrees $9.50 - 16.50 / Dinner and Brunch $13.50 - 49.50

We will be featuring special menus in honor of Mother's Day on Saturday and Sunday May 11th and 12th. Prices vary by entree.

Sunday morning we will feature a special Mother's Day Brunch menu with full table service and four course meals that include a glass of wine or champagne.

Reservations required for parties of 6 or more. Reservations recommended for all others.

Sorry no coupons, discounts, Groupon, Living Social, Barter or Trade accepted on either of these dates.

Ultra High End Collectors Tasting - Dallas, Texas

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dallas, Texas

4140 Lemmon Ave Suite 130
Dallas, Texas 75219

Cost: $150.00

Terri Burney, Sommelier and Owner of WineTastic, will host and guide this unique and very special tasting of current and library release Ultra High End wines from all over the world.  These wines carry incredible power and concentration that express what the world of wine has to offer.  A dream tasting for any passionate wine collector or connoisseur, this is a rare opportunity not to be missed!  We will be closing the store for this event and is limited to 45 guests. Tasting stations will be set throughout the store with light snacks and specials on wine purchases.  Make your reservations and buy your tickets early as this event will sell out.
Time: 7-10PM- Price: $150 ($125 with bottle purchase)

Wright Plaza Wine tasting featuring Texas wines - Cleburne, Texas

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cleburne, Texas

Simply Zinful
115 S. Main St.
Cleburne, Texas 76033

Cost: free admission

Featuring wines from all over Texas, snack foods, chocolate fountain and music throughout the Plaza.  Each shop will host Texas wines and have specials on products.

Click here for details.

North Texas Beer and Wine Festival - Irving, Texas

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Irving, Texas

Irving Convention Center
500 West Las Colinas Blvd
Irving, Texas 75039

Cost: $30 pre-sale or $40 at the door (includes samples)

Guests can sample over 300 craft, specialty and imported beers as well as a number of local, domestic and imported wines, attend keynote speakers, home brewing classes, culinary demonstrations or just relax in the beer garden to live music.

Featured 3-Course Paired Wine Lunch - Marble Falls, Texas

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Marble Falls, Texas

Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery
24912 Singleton Bend East
Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Cost: $55/Person

Chef’s Featured 3-Course for Wine Tourism Day
Reservations (Friday – Sunday 11am – 4pm): 512-267-6310
Treat yourself to a Casually Elegant Hill Country Wine & Food Experience on Wine Tourism Day. 
Chef Sean Fulford has devised an ingenious 3-Course menu
meant for those with a sophisticated palate and a sense of adventure. 
Each exquisite course is expertly paired with “Quality Texas Wine”.
See Posted Menu Online at www.FlatCreekEstate.com

Wine Industry Trend: Keg Wine Release - Marble Falls, Texas

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Marble Falls, Texas

Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery
24912 Singleton Bend East
Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Cost: 2 Liter Growler Refills $34.95

You're invited to experience the newest wine trend, keg wine!  That’s right, “Quality Texas Wine” is now available on tap and in refillable 2 Liter growlers.  Visit Flat Creek Estate on Wine Tourism Day to  purchase your Flat Creek Estate Wine Growler to take home to Mom for Mother’s Day.  The two wines currently available on tap are Cuvee Blanc and Blanco Brio.  Both wines are a perfect pairing for light tapas and subtle cheeses on your back patio!
* Sophisticated Growler Design!

* Eco-Friendly & Refillable!

*Complimentary Sanitization & Parts Replacement for Life!

* Fresh Wine Straight from the “Tap”!

* Economical - It’s Like Buying 2 Bottles (750ml) and Getting 1 FREE (500ml)!

* Great Hostess Gift!
Growler w/ First Fill - $49.95
Growler Refills - $34.95

Yoga in the Vineyard - Marble Falls, Texas

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Marble Falls, Texas

Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery
24912 Singleton Bend East
Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Cost: $20 - $45

Second Saturday Yoga in the Vineyard
Saturday, May 11
Yoga Class Begins at 9:30
Wine Tasting at 10:30
Brunch at 11:00

Yoga Only - $20/person
Yoga & Private Wine Tasting - $25/person
Yoga, Private Wine Tasting & Brunch - $45/person

Join Ashley Hartley of Empower Yoga and Flat Creek Estate 
for an hour long yoga session overlooking the vineyard
followed by an optional private wine tasting and brunch in the Bistro! 

Ashley has trained with some of the foremost yoga masters in the world
including Judith Hanson Lasater, Seane Corn, Baron Baptiste, John Friend and Desiree Rumbaugh.  Her classes are carefully designed to target each of
her clients’ individual goals and needs. She is committed to making yoga
accessible and beneficial for everyone and that means you! 

Classes are limited to 30 guests…Purchase your tickets online today!

The Texas Wine School Wine Foundation Course: Introduction to Wine - Austin, Texas

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Austin, Texas

Sullivans Steakhouse
300 Colorado Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Cost: 180

Austin / San Antonio Wine Foundation Course: Introduction to Wine
Cost: $180.00 – all inclusive
Date: May 11th & 18th.
Time: 10.00am-2.00pm
Location: Sullivans Steakhouse, 300 Colorado St. Austin, TX 78701
Instructor: Robert Crandall & Lindsay Bailey

Wine Foundation Course will introduce you, at a very basic level, to the main styles of wine available, wine storage and service and the matching of food and wine. On completion of the Wine Education Class, Tasting Class, a candidate will be able to:

- Describe in general terms the main styles of wines available
- Display a basic understanding of the factors that determine the main styles of wine
- Describe in general terms the main characteristics of the principal grape varieties
- State the procedures for the storage of wine
- State the procedures for the opening of wines
- State the social, health, safety and legal issues relating to the consumption of wine
- Produce simple tasting notes using the Level 1 WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
- Understand basic food and wine matching theory.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Five Course Food and Wine Pairing with Chef Martinez - Dayton, New Jersey

Friday, May 10, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dayton, New Jersey

The Grape Escape Winery
12 Stults Road
Dayton, New Jersey 08810

Cost: $95 for One Person, $169 for Two People

Join Winemaker Thomas Nye and Executive Chef Luis Martinez for a special Spring 5 course food and wine pairing at The Grape Escape on May 1 at 7:00 PM. Chef Martinez was the Executive Chef of Teresa’s Café in Princeton and has now started his own gourmet catering company.  He will prepare a five course dinner for you with each course paired with wines from around the world. Chef Luis Martinez has a completely unique culinary point of view, fusing Italian & Latin American cuisine.

The evening begins with a wine tasting directly from our barrels.  Try a Chardonnay from the Russian River in California or a Montepulciano from Italy…directly from the barrel.  We'll discuss each region, how the wines are made and the intricacies of tasting wine properly for full enjoyment.

The following five course dinner will then be prepared for you by Chef Luis Martinez:

Entrada - Mechada Beef on Tostones, Spicy Pineapple Sauce

Ensalada - Watercress, Hearts of Palm, Tomato, Feta Cheese, Citrus Saffron Vinaigrette

Pescado - Panela and Rum Cured Salmon, Peas, Grape Tomato, Smoked Bacon, Golden Raisins and Potato Fricasse

Carne - Spice Rub Tenderloin, Fried Potatoes, Asparagus Spicy Chocolate-Rosemary Sauce

Postre - Peach and Almonds Tres Leches

As each course is presented to you, we will match a specific wine to each course and discuss how and why the wines match.  The cost is $95  a person or $169 for a couple (gratuity included.)

Chef Luis Martinez is a rising star in the culinary field.  Luis is originally from Venezuela, trained in Montreal and is currently the Executive Chef of the prominent Teresa’s Café in Princeton.  Luis has worked with The Grape Escape for many of our corporate team building events, awing our clients with his inspired creations.

The Grape Escape is a working winery that invites you to participate in the winemaking process. You crush, press, bottle and custom label your own wine. In the Spring, we import grapes from Chile and Argentina while in the Fall we ship grapes from Napa, Sonoma and Amador. Come see what everyone is talking about!

Bistro Night at Doukenie Winery - Purcellville, Virginia

Friday, May 10, 2013 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Purcellville, Virginia

Doukenie Winery
14727 Mountain Road
Purcellville, Virginia 20132
540-668-6464 Ext 202

Cost: Wine and Food available for sale

Start your weekend in a unique way with great wine, a relaxed environment, live music and custom-made pizza! Join us and "PIZZA MOTO" for an authentic brick oven pizza made to order. Perfect with our delicious wine! $10-$14 per pizza. Free admission, no reservations needed. Bring the whole family!

Craft Beer Tour - Denver, Colorado

Friday, May 10, 2013 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Denver, Colorado

Prost Brewing
2540 19th Street
Denver, Colorado 80211

It’s no mistake Denver is known for the finest breweries, brew pubs and tap houses, and our expert beer guides know them all! Join us on one of our exciting craft beer tours with other like-minded beer lovers, enjoying tastings at three different tap rooms and one local brewery. We will visit Denver Beer Co., Prost Brewing and the Ale House.

This tour is limited to fifteen people so everyone can enjoy a wonderful experience. You will receive an itinerary once you have registered for the tour.

Visit our website to view specific neighborhood tours as well as participating restaurants.

(Breweries and bars subject to change without notice. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Cost is all-inclusive.)

The Grapehound Wine Tour® - Leesburg, Virginia

Friday, May 10, 2013 - Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Leesburg, Virginia

Lost Creek Winery
43277 Spinks Ferry Road
Leesburg, Virginia 20176-5629

Cost: $30

The Grapehound Wine Tour®-Virginia is a celebration of greyhounds, sighthounds and their adoption.  The event provides all registrants with a commemorative wine glass, an "Adopt a Greyhound" car magnet, and tickets to taste wine at numerous participating area wineries.  Vending and wine tasting starts late Friday morning at Lost Creek Winery and features an enormous wedding tent with dozens of vendors selling everything from doggie coats and treats to artwork, jewelry, glassware, stained glass, designer coffees and more.

Friday evening we feature a Welcome event at North Gate Vineyards near Purcellville.  More wine tasting and socializing, along with hors d'oeuvres and other food offerings provided.

Saturday we are back at Lost Creek for seminars, music, wine tasting, a huge selection of vendors, seminars and food.  Sunday the event continues at a third host winery yet to be determined for this year.  Other participating wineries include Hidden Brook Winery, Dry Mill Winery, Quattro Goombas Winery and Willowcroft Vineyards.

Wine tasting pass for all events all weekend is $30 and all proceeds after costs go to over ten area groups who bring greyhounds from race tracks and place them into loving homes.

Free tours for Moms / Mothers' Day Weekend at the Vineyard - Galena, Illinois

Friday, May 10, 2013 - Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Galena, Illinois

Galena Cellars Vineyard
4746 North Ford Road
Galena, Illinois 61036

Cost: Free admission and tour. Tasting additional.

Join us at the Vineyard in celebration of Mother's Day! Free Vineyard tours for Moms all weekend.

Spring Barrel, Tank & Futures Tasting - Austin, Texas

Friday, May 10, 2013 - Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Austin, Texas

Texas Hill Country Wineries
Austin, Texas 78729

Cost: 100/person, 175/couple, 300/4 people

Our 2nd Barrel, Tank & Futures Tasting weekend begins on Friday, May 10th and runs through Sunday, May 12th.  With 14 participating Texas Hill Country Wineries, it makes for a great weekend excursion.  And a great weekend gift for Mother’s Day!

The three-day ticket will allow wine lovers to take in a whole new view and flavor of the wineries.  Visitors will taste from barrels and tanks, sample vertical tastings, savor wine and food pairings and enjoy entertainment at participating wineries. This event is limited to 100 guests to insure a more intimate experience.

What are Wine Futures?  Tasting samples of wines still in barrel or tank are made available to consumers.  You can place orders for these wines based on your liking at the time of tasting.  When the wines are released in a few months to a year, you already have yours ordered, paid for and can pickup as soon as the winery releases it. Not all participating wineries offer futures, but this is also a great opportunity to join the many wine clubs available.

The average cost of a 'regular' tasting at most wineries is about $7 (range between $5-$15).  For time with owners and winemakers, tastes of pre-released wines, pairings and more at 14 wineries, cost is jut $100/person, $175/couple or 'Car Load' (4 people) for $300.  This breaks down to just $7/winery visited for a single person if you make it to all 14.  ($6/person for a couple and $5/person for a 'Car Load')

NOTE: Not all Texas Hill Country Wineries are participating in this event.  Please see the list of participating wineries, schedules and tasting information by visiting the Texas Hill Country Wineries' website.

Pink Pelican Wine of the Month Dinner - Santa Fe, Texas

Friday, May 10, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Santa Fe, Texas

Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Ave T
Santa Fe, Texas 77510

Cost: $37.50

Date: Friday, May 10th

Time: Guests, feel free to arrive as early as 7 pm. The property will be open to you until 9:30 pm.

First Course will be served at 7:30 pm

Featured Wine: Pink Pelican

Cost per person: $37.50 + tax

Cost per Saint (wine club members): $33.75 + tax

Seating is open with 8 guests to a table. Reservations are required as spaces  is limited. Each course is plated and served with the Wine of the Month. Each guest will also receive a recipe card for one of the courses served that evening. Don’t forget to take advantage of the 10% discount off of the Wine of the Month!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Salad- Mixed greens with pink pelican soaked strawberries, fried goat cheese, slivered almonds all tossed with dark chocolate vinaigrette.

Main Fare
Chicken Roulade- Chicken breast stuffed with pecans, shallots, spinach and Monterrey jack cheese covered in a panko parmesan crust and topped with a light cream sauce and drizzled with a raspberry pink pelican sauce.

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle- House made shortcake layered with fresh whipped cream, strawberries and white chocolate mousse.

Please go to www.haakwine.com for more information and reservations.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sip & Swirl Wine Tasting with Treos Winery from Willamette Valley - Ashland, Oregon

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Ashland, Oregon

Ashland Wine Cellar
38 Lithia Way
Ashland, Oregon 97520

Cost: Free

Join us for our weekly wine tasting.  Dave from Treos Winery located in the Willamette Valley will be pouring their wines for your enjoyment.  10% discount off their wines during the wine tasting.

Wines to be tasted:
Stolen Kisses, Pinot Gris kissed with Muscat
Founder's Choice Pinot Noir
Dry Muscat

iPic Presents 'Prohibition Ball' - Scottsdale, Arizona

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Scottsdale, Arizona

Salt Lounge at iPic Theaters
15257 N Scottsdale Road, Suite F-230
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

Cost: $15 +

In celebration of the Great Gatsby iPic presents ‘Prohibition Ball’! Starting on May 9 through the 11 Salt is transforming itself into a roaring jazz fest! We will have music and complimentary champagne towers flowing all evening, and a photobooth that looks just like a 1920s rolls-royce!  Both Friday and Saturday night, we will have a costume contest and dance contest with the winnings being two pairs of premium plus tickets! Come dressed to nines (in true 1920 attire) and ready to Charleston!        

Specialty drinks featured are $6 Belvedere martinis, $6 Buffalo Trace Manhattans and Old fashions and $20 glasses of Moet Imperial!

Happy Hour - Big Pours, Little Plates - Florence, Texas

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Florence, Texas

The Vineyard at Florence
8711 W FM 487
Florence, Texas 76527

Cost: Free to attend, food and wine specials

All Estate wines are 50% off bottle price!

Sangria is $5 a glass!

Special appetizer plate for only $5

Chocolate, Cheese and Bubbles - Dallas, Texas

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dallas, Texas

Scardello Artisan Cheese
3511 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219

Cost: $30

Join us for a special Mother’s Day Edition! What more can be said about three of life’s greatest pleasures? Join us as we explore each of these delights individually and try some interesting pairings.

Riedel Wine Glass Tasting - Dallas, Texas

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dallas, Texas

4140 Lemmon Ave Suite 130
Dallas, Texas 75219

Cost: $79

Perfect for Mother’s Day! ALL RIEDEL WILL BE ON SALE THIS NIGHT ONLY! You will be amazed to learn how the shape of the glass can affect the taste of the wine in it! Yes, the glass you use really does make a difference. Join WineTastic and Buzz Whalen from Riedel as we put the Riedel wine glasses to the test Thursday May 9th from 7-9pm.  At the end of the evening you will take home your very own set of 4 Riedel glasses. This class makes a great couples night out, and is really fun for small groups of friends.  Reservations required! Seating is limited to 30; so don’t delay in making your reservation. Sign up today!  Call 214-559-8910 to make your reservations or email us at wine@dallaswinetastic.com.  Save $50.00!  Price: $79.00, which includes a 4 piece Riedel tasting set, wine and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a $129.00 value! ** Credit card required for a reservation. Think how you will impress your friends with your new found skills

T.J. Martell Foundation Presents Best Cellars Dinner Dallas - Dallas, Texas

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Dallas, Texas

Fearing's at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
2121 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201

Cost: $500 Per Ticket

The T.J. Martell Foundation will host Best Cellars Dinner: A Food & Wine Experience Featuring Dallas’ Top Sommeliers on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas beginning at 6:30pm.
The Best Cellars Dinner, chaired by Janie & Dave Hodges, Kendall & Derek Williams will feature a four-course gourmet dinner by Honorary Chef, Dean Fearing and selected wines by Sommelier Table Hosts which will include:
Jeff Bachinskas:  Sissy's Southern Kitchen
Paul Botamer:, Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Aaron Benson:  Dallas Country Club
Jeff Bradley:  The Wine Frog
Christina Chilcoat:  Las Colinas Beverages
Andrew Hensley: Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Modern Luxury will serve at the night’s media sponsor. The VIP Reception will be sponsored by MaryMartha & John Pickens.

Guests will be entertained by Singer & Songwriter, Thom Shepherd, as well as a live auction beginning at 7pm.

Cakebread Wine Dinner - Colleyville, Texas

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Colleyville, Texas

Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar
5003 Colleyville Blvd.
Colleyville, Texas 76034

Cost: $99 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

Come for our Cakebread Wine Dinner Thursday May 9th. We will feature 4 beautiful Cakebread wines, including their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and their Cabernet Sauvignion, all paired with dishes from the Chef's kitchen at NEXT. Details on the menu will be forthcoming.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The French Cellar presents "Wines of the Southwest" - Los Gatos, California

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Los Gatos, California

The French Cellar
32 East Main Street
Los Gatos, California 95030

Cost: $60

The French Cellar presents the sixth Wine Appreciation Class in a series of twenty, for the year 2013.  Our new class, "Wines of the Southwest" showcases 8 distinct Red, Rosé and White wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region.  Such wines as a sparkling White from Limoux, a Rosé from Moulin de Gassac-Guilhem, an old vine Pic Saint-Loup, and a Pinot Noir from Domaine de Mouscaillo in Limoux, will be poured.  The interesting contrasts of these wines, will make for an enjoyable tasting in comparing and contrasting the varietals.  All of these properties are approximate to the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.  Class is 7:00 PM to approximately 9:30 PM.  We will serve a light French cheese buffet, to help understand the relationship of food to wine.  Classes are limited to 16 participants, so please call 408.354.0993 for reservations.  Cost is $60 per person.  Join us for an evening of interesting and affordable wines!  À vôtre santé!

Jay Druian & Sallie Robbins-Druian

Winemaker Wednesdays, May - Watkins Glen, New York

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Watkins Glen, New York

Seneca Lake Wine Trail
2 North Franklin St
Watkins Glen, New York 14891

Cost: Free, but other costs apply

Winemaker Wednesdays is really for one kind of person: the type of person that not only loves to drink wine, but adores learning about it, talking to people about it, experiencing it. Certainly everybody is invited to this limited series of unique, custom winery experiences, though it has been conceived for passionate, curious fans of wine, winemaking and all that goes into that. Each winery has crafted some kind of unique, or special event or activity for these days. And the programs may change from one Wednesday to the next. It is necessary for you to call the winery and make an appointment for these, and at that time you can confirm their offering. The reason an appointment is required, is because many wineries commit one or two members of their senior leadership (owner and/or winemaker or vineyard manager, oftentimes) to conduct the program, and typically those individuals have  a slew of other tasks and chores they should be doing, and appointments enable them to manage their time best. Some of these offerings have fees associated with them, most do not. Most have limited time constraints, some do not. Every Winemaker Wednesday takes place on the second Wednesday of the given month. For a more detailed list of the varying opportunities offered by the participating wineries please visit our website.

Curious Palate Tasting Class: Gin - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Colorado Springs, Colorado

1003 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Cost: $25/person. Payment is required when reservations are made.

The Curious Palate is a tasting class that is designed to explore the world of wine, beer and spirits; connect to history; and learn your palate in an intimate atmosphere.  The Curious Palate has two gatherings per month; both from 5:30 to 7:00pm.  On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, we'll feature a class on Spirits or Brews; on the 4th Wednesday we'll feature a class on Wine.

Spring is in the air!  Let’s explore a spirit rich in American history...Gin!

Space is limited and reservations are required. Exchange: $25.00 per person per tasting and includes the beverage tasting, paired lite bites, and engaging education.  To reserve space at any of the Curious Palate Tasting Club events go to http://tinyurl.com/Curious-Palate-2013

Maysara Wine Dinner with Farm To Table Menu - Cleveland, Ohio

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Cleveland, Ohio

Constantino's Market
University Circle, 11473 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
216-721-6000 ext 223

Cost: $55 per person plus tax & gratuity

Come and join Constantino's Market Uptown and Euro Fine Wines when they present an Ode to Spring Wine Dinner event featuring five Certified Biodynamic Maysara Pinots with a five course Farm to Table Menu created by Chef Michael Fadel featuring produce from Case Western Reserve University's Squire Valleevue Farm. Seating is limited, so RSVP early.

Enkidu Wine Tasting - Colleyville, Texas

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Colleyville, Texas

Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar
5003 Colleyville Blvd.
Colleyville, Texas 76034

Cost: 2 Flights, $15 each of enjoy both for $25

Come and meet Phillip Staehle, winemaker and owner of Enkidu Wine, Kenwood, CA and enjoy his beautiful Sonoma wines. We will be pouring a selection of Enkidu wines including their Sauvignon Blanc, Humbaba Rhone Blend, Pinot Noir,  Cabernet Sauvignon among others to round out the flights. We will also provide some passed appetizers and cheeses from the Chefs at NEXT during the event.

Wines of Washington meet Fort Worth - Fort Worth, Texas

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fort Worth, Texas

Wine Thief
1300 Houston Street (Located in the Omni Hotel Downtown Fort Worth)
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Cost: $25 in advance $30 at the door

Join us as we explore, taste and discuss wines from the Washington region.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 5 pm

Wine Thief located in the Omni Fort Worth Hotel

$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Cost includes heavy hors d’oeuvres from

Bob’s Steak & Chop House and featured wine.

The Gin Mill Blind Beer Tasting Hosted by Stone Brewing Co. and Franconia - Dallas, Texas

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dallas, Texas

The Gin Mill
1921 North Henderson
Dallas, Texas 75206

Cost: $30

The Gin Mill hosts a blind beer tasting Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. hosted by Stone Brewing Co.  from San Diego, CA and local brewer Franconia Brewery of McKinney, TX.  Test your beer knowledge and tasting skills.  Cost is $30 per person and includes light bites to cleanse the palate and 16 varieties of beer.
Local brew master Dennis Wehrman studied brewing in Munich at the University and shortly after moved from Nuernberg to Dallas. He opened Franconia in February of 2008. His Family brewing history dates back to 1800 and is still actively in the German brewing business.

A working brewery since 1996, Stone Brewing Co. has produced dozens of craft beers including year round, special, Bastard and Collaboration releases making them the 11th largest craft brewery in the United States.

Reservations are recommended.  For more information call 214-824-3343. The Gin Mill is located at 1921 North Henderson.  Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 4pm-2am, Friday 3pm-2am, Saturday and Sunday 11am-2am.  The kitchen is open until 11pm Sunday – Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Visit us  at www.GinMillDallas.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Third Base Sports Bar, Austin¹s favorite, locally owned sports bar and restaurant, has announced today that it will open its fourth location in Austin this May. Known for its relaxing patios, good food and friendly wait staff, Third Base is excited to expand and welcome Northwest Austinites and sports-lovers to its Anderson Mill & 183 location.

"I've lived and worked in Northwest Austin since graduating from UT over a decade ago," said Brendan Puthoff, Founder and CEO of Puthoff Holdings. "I've always thought Third Base would fit in great up here, we have just been waiting for the exact right spot.  We're so excited to have finally found that spot and we¹re thrilled to be opening soon."

Third Base offers a full bar complete with happy hour on Monday-Friday from 4:00-7:00pm with $2.50 domestics and well drinks, as well as daily drink specials including Big Beer Mondays with 22oz Drafts for $3.50. Wine, beer and bubbles are also available, as well as specialty drinks including Champagne Cocktails, Margaritas, Vodka Cocktails, Fruit Cocktails, Whiskey Cocktails and Night Caps.

 Third Base carries all of the major sporting packages including NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice and ESPN Game Plan, and shows all the major UFC and boxing fights.

Third Base also offers an extensive food menu that includes Bar Snacks, Soups & Salads, Sides, Starters, Entrees, Sandwiches and Burgers. Also available at Third Base: a kid¹s menu, gluten free menu, catering menu and brunch that features specialty brunch drinks and entrees such as Crawfish Benedict and a Smoked Turkey Omelette.

Third Base's newest location is located at 13301 US 183 and will be open 7 days a week from 11:00am to 2:00am. For updates, go to www.thirdbaseaustin.com and follow on Facebook @ThirdBase and on Twitter @ThirdBaseSports.

Oregon Wine Dinner at Vino Nadoz Bistro & Wine Bar - St. Louis, Missouri

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
St. Louis, Missouri

Vino Nadoz Bistro & Wine Bar
#16 The Boulevard St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri 63117

Cost: $45 per person plus tax and gratuity

Join us for our monthly Wine Dinner on May 7th featuring wines from Oregon and a 4 Course Dinner by Chef Chris DiMercurio. Jill Aboussie from Trademark Wines will be our wine vendor host for the evening. Last month's dinner was a sell out. Be sure and make your reservations early. Limited seating.

The Wines You Should Be Drinking - New York, New York

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
New York, New York

Astor Center
399 Lafayette St.
New York, New York 10003

Cost: $79

Grow healthy grapes, and let them turn into wine: Easier said than done.

Perfect grapes are a must, but in order to end up with a truly great wine, the winemaker must be brave enough to let the grapes speak for themselves. For wines of purity and unbridled expression, look to natural, organic, and Biodynamic winemakers.

Andy Fisher, Astor’s president, will lead a tasting of wines that are convincing conventional winemakers to re-think their chemical habits, and are literally changing the taste of wine.

Plus, once you understand why they’re so good, you’ll be able to find more treasures like these on your own. Sit back and enjoy a few glasses as Andy explains why these are the wines you should be drinking.

Wines of Portugal 2013 Annual Grand Tasting in Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Chicago, Illinois

BIN 36
339 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Cost: $75

Wines of Portugal cordially invites you to...

A Grand Tasting showcasing the range of Portugal's wines, from the dry reds of Bairrada to the delicious whites from Vinho Verde, and from the newly-renamed Tejo and Lisbon regions to the progressive offerings from the Douro. More than 25 wineries will be presenting their latest vintages at this event in Chicago. The grand tasting will also feature two theme tables: Cool and Exciting Whites table and Portuguese Red Gems table. International appetizers will be served, showcasing an assortment of Portuguese dishes. Don't miss the 100+ Portuguese wines you will get to taste at the tasting!
This is the registration page for the Consumer Grand Tasting held from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Early Mothers Day Wine Tasting - Whittier, California

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Whittier, California

De Lucas Italian Restaurant
16503 E. Whittier Blvd.
Whittier, California 90603

Cost: $ 30 ++

Early Mothers Day Wine Tasting

Featuring J. Lohr Signature Wines
Tuesday May 7th 2013 at 6:30 pm

Includes Appetizers, Pasta Bar and Desserts
 $ 30 ++
Reservations Accepted

Callaway Gardens Toast to Tuesdays! - Pine Mountain, Georgia

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Pine Mountain, Georgia

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
17800 U. S. Hwy. 27
Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822
1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292)

Cost: $20 per person

Tuesday Wine Tastings at The Vineyard Green Restaurant and Spirits

Expand your palette and discover a new favorite by sampling a flight of five fine wines for only $20 per person.  Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Located inside the Mountain Creek Inn.

Wine & Poetry on High with Writer's Block - Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Columbus, Ohio

Camelot Cellars Winery
958 N. High St
Columbus, Ohio 43201

Cost: $5

Join Writer's Block at Camelot Cellars for the perfect pairing: a night of wine and poetry!

This summer series of poetry and wine will be in our Tuscan Room, where for $5 you can take in the best of local Columbus poetic talent, while enjoying a locally crafted glass of wine.

Wildfire Chicago hosts a memorable & rare tequila dinner with Avión! - Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Chicago, Illinois

Wildfire Chicago
159 W. Erie
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Cost: $75.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity)

Come taste for yourself why Tequila Avión was voted “World’s Best Tasting Tequila” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the highest honor in the spirits industry, as we pair a custom four course menu with each distinct tequila style.  The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. and is $75.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity.  For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at 773-398-6960.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Grand Opening: Las Fontanas Mexican Kitchen - New Braunfels, Texas

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 4:30 PM
New Braunfels, Texas

Las Fontanas Mexican Kitchen
1551 N. Walnut Ave #10
New Braunfels, Texas 78131

GRAND OPENING is May 1st. It should make for a great time with great music, food, and margaritas!!


Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Wildfire hosts 3 fun & festive beer dinners with Great Lakes Brewing Co.! - Oak Brook, Schaumburg & Lincolnshire, Illinois

Monday, May 6, 2013 - Friday, May 10, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Oak Brook, Schaumburg & Lincolnshire, Illinois

Wildfire Oakbrook, Wildfire Schaumburg & Wildfire Lincolnshire
232 Oakbrook Center, 1250 E. Higgins Rd & 235 Parkway Drive
Oak Brook, Schaumburg & Lincolnshire, Illinois

Cost: $50.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity)

Join us for five courses of food and craft beer pairings, featuring Great Lakes Brewing Co., an environmentally and socially conscious brewer of award-winning, all natural beers, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Our Executive Chefs have created a custom five course menu to pair with the quality craft beers from Great Lakes. The dates and locations are as follows: Wildfire Oakbrook on Mon., May 6, Wildfire Glenview on Wed., May 8 and Wildfire Lincolnshire on Fri., May 10. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers and the first pairing, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., and is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at 773-398-6960.

Creative Juices Events- Sip and Paint at Blue Cue (Camellia Capitol) - Sacramento, California

Monday, May 6, 2013 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sacramento, California

Blue Cue
1004 28th Street
Sacramento, California 95816

Cost: $45 includes all art materials (16x20 canvas and acrylic paint), instruction and a LOT of fun!

Imagine a paintbrush in one hand and a cocktail in the other!  Creative Juices Events offers a new twist on "painting the town red"!  This is a fun, social painting session in which you are guided through painting the featured artwork.  Geared toward the art novice, so no experience needed to create an amazing painting--all while you sip on a cocktail!  The events are held in restaurants and wineries throughout the Sacramento region.  A fun activity for singles, date night or a group of friends!  Private Events also available for social groups, unique fundraisers, team-building sessions or client events!

Register for events on the Calendar page of the Creative Juices website www.CJEvents.net

2008 Oregon Pinot Noir - New York, New York

Monday, May 6, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
New York, New York

New York Vintners
21 Warren Street (between Church Street and Broadway)
New York, New York 10007
800-404-WINE (9463)

Cost: $215

* Blind Tasting

"In the 2008's, you've got the best vintage Oregon has ever produced, the kind of vintage Oregon winemakers always hoped they could produce." - Wine Spectator

The more we taste 2008 Oregon Pinot Noirs, the more we think this is indeed the breakthrough vintage that Oregon winemakers have always dreamed of.  It’s not just that the quality is so high.  The fact that so many wineries made their best wines ever is a testament to Mother Nature who cooperated to the fullest extent to make 2008 a special vintage throughout Oregon. We're a little late with this blind tasting, but better late than never.  The 2008 Oregon Pinot Noirs are simply too compelling for us to ignore.

In our quest to find the best of the best, EWS has assembled 13 wines that represent the upper echelon of Oregon Pinot Noir.  Our stellar lineup includes:

Beaux Freres “The Beaux Freres Vineyard” (94IWC,  93WS)

Bergstrom “Bergstrom Vineyard” (92WA,  94IWC,  93WS)

Chehalem “Reserve” (92WA,  93IWC,  93WS)

Cristom “Signature Cuvée” (94WA,  94IWC,  92WS)

Domaine Drouhin “Louise” (94WA,  92IWC)

Domaine Serene “Evenstad Reserve” (92WA,  93WS)

Evening Land “Red Queen – Seven Springs Vineyard” (93WA,  94IWC,  93WS)

Eyrie “Black Cap” (94WA,  92IWC)

Ponzi “Reserve” (92IWC)

St. Innocent “Justice Vineyard” (92WA,  93IWC)

Shea “Homer” (96WA,  94WS)

Soter “Mineral Springs Ranch” (93WA,  93IWC,  92WS)

Ken Wright “Shea Vineyard” (94WA,  93WS)

Wine Class: An In-Depth Guide to Champagne - New York, New York

Monday, May 6, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
New York, New York

Corkbuzz Wine Studio
13 E. 13th Street
New York, New York 10003

Cost: $100

Champagne is one of the most famous, revered wine regions in the world. This prestigious area produces unrivaled sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grown on its chalky soils... so what makes Champagne so very special? In this intermediate class, we'll taste and see for ourselves. We'll cover: history of the region; geology and climate; villages, crus, classifications and styles; top producers; and vintages. Sign up online: http://www.corkbuzz.com/class-detail/?class=An+In-Depth+Guide+to+Champagne&class-id=391