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Dallas newspaper doesn't know what Champagne is

Removing the word Champagne wouldn't confuse, it would clarify. If the wineries don't have the ethics to follow Schramsberg's example they should be required to by truth in advertising law. Absent such a legal change, you speak from the position of the PR representative of the offending wineries. Journalists commited to reporting the truth routinely report misleading labelling in food (and politics). In the case of this newspaper from a major American city we have the food section, of all places, expounding ignorance. They deserve to be called on it and cannot abdicate responsibility with some prattle about "it was the part-time editor that day...". Ponder where that logic takes you.

Dallas newspaper doesn't know what Champagne is

As a journalist you should put the word 'Champagne' in quotes to draw attention to its misleading use in the modern context. Constellation Brands is not basing its decision to use the word on any romantic attachment to the old country but to a cynical attempt to connote qualities that do not exist in the product. It tells you what kind of company Constellation Brands is that they do this.

Dallas newspaper doesn't know what Champagne is

Would you call "Cook's California Brut" Champagne? The Dallas Morning News food correspondents do.

http://eats.beloblog.com/archives/200...

Help - a blind tasting for sparkling wine

Keep the total no. of wines 'comprehendable', i.e. around 4 to 6 types.

A sample might be:
1 champagne (brut);
1 quality California brut.
1 Cava (generic name of Spanish sparkling wine);
1 Asti Spumante (sweet Italian).

Then, assuming you have friends who like wine but are not experts you could ask the group questions like:

Q. Asti Spumante is a sweet wine (unlike the others). Which one is it? (This should be easy to pick);

Q: Which wine is the Spanish one? (This should stick out like a sore thumb given the
distinctive taste of Cava, which you might describe first, so that neophytes know what to look for);

Q: Which wine is the Champagne/California? This could be quite hard depending which wines you choose.

If you increased the number of wines you could select different house styles of Champagne. For example a light Perriet-Jouet versus a heavier, more yeasty, Moet White Star.

You will need two bottles of each wine if you have more then ten people.

Dec 26, 2007
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Wine pairing for Seafood Risotto & also for Cheese

With the risotto: Your choice of the 2006 Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc for the risotto is a good one. I have had that wine and its high acid will work well with the seafood.

An alternative (or addition): A white Rhone or a California Rousanne or Marsanne (or blend thereof). California's success with white southern rhone varieties is one of the unsung successes of the American wine industry. When His Bobness announces it the whole price structure will Parkerize.

Dec 23, 2007
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Green and Red Zin dinner help needed

Lamb is a good choice with Zin. as is beef. The main problem with matching (particularly recent vintages of) Zinfandel is that they are so alcoholic and so sweet that they clash with savory foods. The high fat content of lamb mitigates this.

Certainly don't postpone drinking these wines. One thing that comes across as a regularity with Zinfandel is that almost all of them do not improve at all with age. Drink on release. These wines may be the exception. I've had great old Ridge LS, but Zins. that improve with age are very, very rare. You might want to get a 95 G&R to compare at your tasting.

Dec 23, 2007
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J.S. Chen's, Plano. Comments on Dim Sum Please

I believe it is here but I suggest you call them, then let us know.

http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=...

Now: Let's get back to J.S. Chen!

Chef at Dish

Does anyone know what happened to the guy who was the opening chef at "Dish Neighborhood Cuisine" in Plano?

Thanks.

Dec 23, 2007
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J.S. Chen's, Plano. Comments on Dim Sum Please

If anyone has been to the J.S. Chen's (formerly Cathy's Wok) at Coit and Legacy and had their Dim Sum please leave any comments here.

I went today and had a mixed reaction but I don't regard myself as an expert on Dim Sum.

In particular:
1) The shrimp balls (several types) were all rather bland;
2) The Su Mai (sp?) was delicious;
3) The place has quite a following. They open at 11am and by 11:40 every seat was taken (about 100 places);
4) Strong chinese ethnic support. I was the only honky in the place!

This is the only Dim Sum I know of in Plano since Lucky House emigrated to Carrollton so I am pleased to see them.

Merlot or Malbec

Dec 20, 2007
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Food related trips/outings in Texas

This is fun:

www.WayOutWineries.org

You can do all eight wineries in two days from Dallas. It's a snapshot of Hill Country winemaking. See the northern reaches of the Hill Country and some architecturally and historically interesting towns like Granberry. Numerous restaurants along the way.
Farms all along the route advertise their produce.

Dec 19, 2007
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Merlot or Malbec

In a sauce you would be unlikely to taste the difference. Choose a respectable example of one or the other. Don't splash out (no pun intended) on anything too expensive.

Dec 19, 2007
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Beaujolais Cheating Again

Dec 19, 2007
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How accurate is the alcohol content % on wine labels?

Law requires +-1.5%

Dec 18, 2007
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Veramonte Primus - recommended

Came across Veramonte 'Primus', a blend of Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere from Chile's Central Valley, at Kegs & Barrels (Plano) for $12.74. Recommended. Complex Cabernet and oak combine to make this taste like a $25 California wine.

Dec 18, 2007
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Personal Chef in Dallas

What about that guy who used to work for Princess Di? He was in town for events recently.

Dallas - Sprouts - Wine Recommendation [moved from Texas board]

Also, tried the Cabernet Sauvignon tonight. Not quite as good as the Carmenere but still good value.

They have a 10% discount on six (mixed or single) bottles.

Dec 17, 2007
Worzel Gummidge in Chains

Dallas - Wine from Inwood Road Vineyards

Of all great wine appellations, Inwood Road in Dallas is not one of them. This wine is not only the exception, it is one of the best wines from Texas.

http://www.inwoodwines.com/My_Homepag...

Their Tempranillo is even better: At the winery (near upscale Industrial Blvd.) the winemaker offers tastings comparing it with 2004 Bodegas Muga Reserva from Rioja. It compares very well.

http://www.inwoodwines.com/My_Homepag...

Anyone confronting themselves with giving Texas wine to (rightly) skeptical out of state relatives with a view to surprising them should look into these.

Dec 17, 2007
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Dallas - Sprouts - Wine Recommendation [moved from Texas board]

Sprouts has a whole line these Natura organic wines . Tonight, we had the Carmenere. Like the Chardonnay it's very good value at $8. Carmenere can be iffy as it is a slow ripener, resulting in tastes of green pepper like you find in some Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignans. This one keeps the pepperiness under control.

Dec 16, 2007
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Dallas - Sprouts - Wine Recommendation [moved from Texas board]

I can't put this on the wine board as most readers will not have the 'Sprout's' organic supermarket chain. So I'll post it here, at least until some confused 'Moderator Nazi' removes it:

Sprouts has an $8 chardonnay that is really solid.

2007 Natura Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile.

Not as complex as a Grand Cru Meursault, of course, but good value. In the style of full malolactic and peachy fruit. Good with loster and turkey.

Dec 15, 2007
Worzel Gummidge in Chains

DAL - Scene Restaurant Downtown

$12 for a Vodka and tonic! Vodka is SO 1999. They'll never sell any.

Dec 15, 2007
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Gregory's - Plano

Went to a new place in Plano this week that Chowhounders may want to look into. “Gregory’s Restaurant” (www.GregorysRestaurant.com) is the creation of Gregory Moreaux, formerly with Dale Wamsted at III Forks. It describes itself as “French Mediterranean Fine Dining”. We tried menu selections recommended by Gregory.

Appetizers:

Roasted Portobello mushroom topped with goat cheese, black olive, sun dried tomato, basil pesto and shrimp on a bed of baby greens ($8.95). The goat cheese is warmed in this salad which enhances its flavor.

Butternut Squash Soup ($5.95). The interesting twist here is the use of cumin and finely chopped parsley to bring complexity and ‘cut’ the sweetness of the squash.

Mains:

Pan seared Chilean sea bass served with glazed vegetables and a lime butter sauce ($27.95). Really tasty sea bass (sustainably farmed) on a bed of vegetables that is mainly beans. Earthy contrast of bean flavors worked well with the fish.

Roasted Rack of Lamb served with roasted potatoes, ratatouille, baby carrots and red wine sauce ($29.95). Perfectly cooked medium rare with an effusive taste of garlic which goes so well with lamb. They source their lamb from Australia.

Dessert:

NY Cheese Cake with Strawberry-Mint coulee. Best cheesecake I have had in Dallas. Subtle hints of coconut in this.

It is interesting how much stuff you find out when you challenge a chef. For example, one would not guess from the menu that Gregory’s is very fussy about their sourcing. Ask where specific items come from and you find the goat’s cheese comes from Château de Fromage in Dallas. The bread comes from Main Street Bakery. The lamb is Australian.

Although Chef Moreaux is French, his restaurant is not. It is a blend of Mediterranean French, Cal. Ital., and New American. This is fine. He recognizes that he is a pathfinder in terms of whether a white tablecloth is viable in this location. The Italian restaurant that previously occupied the space closed too quickly for me to try it. The previous occupant ‘Dish’ is more instructive. They built up a solid clientele at lunch time and weekend evenings but eventually imploded internally. Nonetheless, I would offer one authentic hard core French dish on the menu if I were him. At this time of year Beef Bourguignon might be a popular choice.

Service is enthusiastic and friendly. Hopefully this will survive the trauma of opening. It makes the place feel like a real neighborhood bistro.

One reason to hurry: Gregory's is currently BYOB. The liquor application is with the gnomes of the TABC and will likely arrive in mid January.

Long term. I hope they succeed. There is no restaurant quite like this in Plano except maybe Olea. With theatre, hundreds of ‘new urbanism’ apartments and condos, revival on 15th Street as classic American Main St., the future looks promising. If Gregory’s can continue to deliver the goods they can become firmly established.

Dec 15, 2007
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Restaurants that do off-site catering (DFW)

Amuse restaurant is Doug Brown's operation. However, his main focus is private catering. I have been to an event he did and can recommend the quality of the food.

Dec 15, 2007
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Sushi BYOB in Plano

It's amazing what you run across when you misspell a Google search. Here is another BYOB sushi restaurant in Plano to add to Simon's Sushi:

It's called "Sushi Heaven" despite the confusing URL

http://sushiinplano.com/

I haven't been there yet.

Best Saturday Lunch in Uptown Dallas

Either..

Dec 12, 2007
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Best Saturday Lunch in Uptown Dallas

Going to an art gallery. Looking for somewhere interesting for lunch.

Uptown, or further north on a line up to Plano.

Thanks!

Dec 12, 2007
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Help! I need somewhere to eat near the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas

"Dallas Fish Market" Akard and Main. Walking distance. Medium prices. One of the best seafood restaurants in Dallas. Best wine prices (2x retail) in town. See Mark Stuertz's review in the Dallas Observer and this blog for more reviews.

Dec 12, 2007
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Don Panza (Dallas) -- update

Went to the much posted Don Panza's in 'The Cliff' this weekend. Chow Hounder's may be interested to know that a menu expansion is planned for this week. Matambre (national dish of Argentina?) comes to the menu.

No date yet on when they plan to put their phone number on their web site. Go figure..

I love this place.

Dec 10, 2007
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Dim Sum in Dallas?

That's odd. Maxim must seat 500-600 people. If you get there after 12:30pm on Sunday you wait for a table in a line that stretches out the door. 80%+ of the patrons are ethnic chinese.

And you think Maxim is "terrible"?

Dim Sum in Dallas?

and they closed (moved to Carrollton actually) six months ago -;(

BUT: A new dim sum place just opened at Coit and Legacy (SE corner). The place used to be called Cathy's Wok but has a new name which I forget. Can anyone help?
I haven't tried it yet.