Wine & Dine Wunderbar! Omni Barton Creek Chef makes Magical Pairings

Pinot Noir with Chocolate? Prezels with Pork, and not a Riesling to be found! These are what greeted guests at the Celebration of Germany Wine & Dine Series hosted by Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa and Traubenhaus Fine Wines. Guests came from far and wide to share in delectable pairings and convivial yet fine dining atmosphere at one of Texas’ premier luxury resorts. The intimate group included not only guests from the Austin metropolitan […]

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German Wine and Food Featured at Tonight’s Wine & Dine at Omni Barton Creek

Austin residents have you returned from Spring Break ready for a taste of Germany? Maybe you’re recuperating from SXSW and need an evening to relax? There are still a few seats available for tonight’s Wine and Dine event tonight at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa. In partnership with Traubenhaus, the leading German wine distributor in Texas, the Omni Barton Creek Report and Spa will feature some of Wine Spectator’s 90+ selections as well as […]

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Wine Review: Spicewood Vineyards Mourvèdre Rosé 2014

The secret is out! Spicewood Vineyards makes incredible wine and has joined the Texas Fine Wine group as its newest member. I suppose it was not that much of a secret, because they seem to be so popular with their Wine Club, that they sell wines nearly as soon as they are released. But it was a secret to me.  That is before my Austin friend Matt McGinnis who blogs at What Are You Drinking? sent me […]

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Wine & Dine Series pairs Expressive Wines with Exquisite Cuisine

Looking to treat yourself to imaginative wine pairings with world-class cuisine? The Omni Barton Creek Wine & Dine series has monthly offerings that will do just that! Just a 15-minute Uber ride from lively downtown Austin, Texas, is the pampering luxury of the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa. Set within the beauty of the Lone Star capital’s expansive Hill Country, the resort is nestled away on 4,000 acres of secluded property and features four […]

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Cartograph Gewürztraminer 2010: Russian River Valley

I forgot how much I love Cartograph wines. Back in 2011, before I began the 4-year litigation effort around that little spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I visited Dry Creek Valley to participate in their harvest. On an afternoon in the Fall of 2011, prior to an evening of following my friend Shana (then) Ray (now) Bull from bar to bar in Healdsburg, California who was hoping to catch a glimpse of the soon-to-be-married […]

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Great Food: It’s Hunky Dory in The Houston Heights

Want fabulous food, delicious drinks and an overall delightful dining diversion? You will find it at Hunk Dory in the Houston Heights. While Chef John Tesar of Dallas’ Knife is playing his tiny…violin* to Playboy, Chris Cusack and his team, including Chef Richard Knight are playing to the crowd — its diners. What Hunky Dory is Not The week I dined at Hunky Dory I experienced the highs and lows of a food and wine critic. […]

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Wines for Thanksgiving Day and Throughout the Year

It is Thanksgiving Day and many wine shops are closed. You, consumer, were so busy making sure you ordered the fresh turkey, picked up the Parker House rolls, the cranberries, the sweet potatoes, the relatives from the airport and set aside time to create the perfect brine to bathe the bird overnight, that you forgot to pick out the perfect wine to pair with your blessed bounty. Relax, your dinner will not be a disaster. […]

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Celebrate International Tempranillo Day, Thursday, Nov. 12th!

Viva Tempranillo! Join the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) on Thursday, November 12th, in celebrating the grape once associated primarily with Spain, and now planted in over 500,000 of the earth’s acres in both New World and old world interpretations. Just a mere ten years ago, many Americans could not pronounce the name of the grape; perhaps they were confused by its 60 or more regional synonyms, including names like Tinto del Toro, […]

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Classic Horror Movie Wine Pairings – My Top 13 List

I see a lot of seriously stupid articles and posts all of the time pairing wine with things that it either doesn’t go with, or that it just doesn’t have any connection to. These articles pair holiday chocolate with wine, or tell you what the perfect Arbor Day wine pairing is (It’s Sauvignon Blanc, by the way). All kinds of stupid crap like that. When I see these dumb articles it makes me think, “Holy […]

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