Friday, December 29, 2006
Cheers - Ali
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Here's hoping all of you have been a little naughty and nice...wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Cozy Holiday week ahead!
Cheers - Ali
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The new store is located within a stones throw from 290 off of Airport Blvd. I've received quite a few emails asking where this is...coming from the Westlake and North Austin areas - take 183 and exit Lamar - turn right and then left at Airport Blvd - Spec's is on your left - Hoover's Online headquarters is right across the street.
5775 Airport Blvd. Ste. 100 Map
See you there! Ali
This is not a typical California Chardonnay, but is more in the style of a Burgundian grand cru. Layers of luscious white peach, ripe apples, and honeyed aromatics, interlaced with the vineyard’s signature minerality evolve into a smooth, elegant finish. The generous flavors of this graceful Chardonnay are balanced by just enough acid to create a lively, well-structured wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for several years.
Please send me an email asking where to find this gorgeous wine! Cheers - Ali
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
- 2004 BenMarco Malbec 90 Points, Wine Spectator
- 2003 BenMarco Expresivo 90 Points, Wine Spectator – 91 Points, Tanzer
- 2005 Crios Malbec 90 Points, Top 100 Wines of the Year, Wine Enthusiast
- 2005 La Posta Paulucci Malbec, 90 Points Wine Spectator
- 2004 Luca Char
donnay 91 Points, Tanzer
- 2004 Luca Syrah 91 Points, Wine Spectator
- 2002 Mapema Primera Zona 90 Points, Wine & Spirits
- 2002 Mendel Unus 92 Points, Wine Spectator
- 2002 Mendel Malbec 90 Points, Wine Spectator
- 2004 Susana Balbo Malbec 91 Points, Wine Spectator
Patriota 90 Points, Wine Spectator Tikal
Jublio 91 Points, Wine Spectator Tikal
- 2002 Fort Ross Reserve Pinot Noir 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Pinot Noir 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Fort Ross
Pinotage 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Fort Ross
Char Fort Ross donnay 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Medal, Best of Class, 2006 Country Fair Wine of the World Competition Davis
Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Best in Competition, Gold Medal, Best of Class, 2006 Country Fair Wine of the World Competition Davis
Family Vineyards Syrah Gold Medal, 2006 San Francisco Wine Competition Davis
- 2003 Duchamp Estate Winery Syrah Cuvee Trouvee 90 Points,
- 2004 Handley Cellars Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc Gold Medal,
County Fair Sonoma
- 2003 Handley Cellars Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer 93 points, Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wines of 2006
- 2003 Lewelling Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 91 Points,
- 2003 Lewelling Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 94 Points,
Family Gusto Sauvignon Blanc 91 Points, Beverage Tasting Institute Davis
Cheers - Ali
I've narrowed the following list down according to the amount of TexaCali Wine Co. wines they've brought in for the Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years Holidays...
- Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits - especially the one on Preston Rd. near NWHY.
- The Wine Therapist
- Whole Foods - Loma Alto location.
- Central Market Dallas - but get there before Saturday afternoon b/c the wines sell out fast!
- Mr. G's - best collection of TCWC producers in the state!
- Far Pointe Cellars - Frisco (great wine bar too!)
- Corner Wines - West Plano off of Preston Rd. near Spring Creek Blvd.
- Far Pointe Cellars - Southlake
- Central Market - ask for JR
- Put a Cork in It - ask for Chris
- Dicortes on Lake Air - ask for Lori
San Angelo -
- In Vino Veritas - everything over $25 can be found here
- Cork & Co. - by the glass or take home a bottle.
- Beverage World - next to the Whip In
- Central Market - both locations.
- Austin Wine Merchant
- Grapevine Market - check out the Sake!
- Central Market
- Joe Sag's
- Beeman's on I-10
- The Tasting Room
- Spec's various locations - the motherload is at their Smith store - sake too!
- Central Market
- Houston Wine Merchant
- Le Chateau - big POINT wines here
Again - this is just the short list, there are hundreds of great wine shops and stores that support all TexaCali Wine producers across the Lone Star State - just ask!
Happy shopping - Ali
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
here's what the Crios wines look like. Yes, we all need help
remembering what we are looking for once we walk into the wine store!
Cheers - Ali (more informaton on www.texacaliwine.com)
The following is what is currently on her myspace page for all to see! Enjoy - Ali
Monday, December 11, 2006
Keep "La Posta-ed"
From Mendoza, Argentina comes 3 distinct single vineyard wines. Their name is La Posta del Vinatero , "the tavern of the winegrower". The company that imports them asked the growers to stop selling their spectacular fruit that they used to sell to other wineries to blend, and make single vineyard wines. Two Malbecs and 1 Bonarda. They are all absolutely fantastic. First, the La Posta "Estela Armando" Bonarda Vineyard. 43 yr. old vines, that offer a perfect bacon smokiness, crushed berry fruit and dark chocolate richness that carries through on the palate. AWESOME Bar-b-que wine. It will be on the list at the new LAMBERT'S. Retail $15.99
The more demure "Pizzella Family Vineyard" Malbec makes you feel like you just discovered your first perfume that actually smells good on you, or her as the case may be. Beautiful fruit notes, with hints of sandalwood and spice. Its like a glass of love. Not much left of this one Retail $15.99 And last but certainly not least, the if you want to cheat on another wine, cheat with this one...
La Posta 'Angel Paulucci Vineyard' Malbec 2005 Right out of the bottle animalistic and provocatively wanting to be Spanish. But it comes back home with that crazy mineral, iron rich, salt driven Argentine earthiness, with intense fruit and backbone. I would put this up against 'Anime Negra' for a test drive just to see what happens. It has a great balance you won't find in any other wine for under $20. Retail $17.99 and worth every sipping penny.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Holiday Wine Selections
Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
La Posta Malbec
This Malbec is one of the highest rated Argentine reds under $20. Vibrant red color with aromas of red cherries, raspberries, and blueberries wafting from the glass along with notes of caramel from the oak. On the palate, the fresh berry flavors mingle with spice notes in the finish. This is a medium-bodied and well-structured wine that is incredibly full of life. It’s in High Demand for the Holidays in
Susana de Balbo Crios Torrontes
Ahh – this is perfect for all your pre-holiday snicky-snacks! Goes incredible well with spicey nuts and crackers – even better with goat cheese and pesto. Susana Balbo put torrontes wine on the map and we ALL love her for it – no oak, just amazing floral and leychee fruit flavors abound.
An absolute favorite among Ernesto Catena’s
This loveable Argentine white starts out with enticing aromas of lemon, fresh herbs, honeydew rind, and a hint of oak. Once you swirl it around your mouth, you’ll get a vibrant blast of lemon zest acidity along with lemongrass and a slightly creamy texture. This wine delivers a lot of body without losing its lively acidity, and the crisp finish doesn’t keep this wine from lingering on your palate. Hard to find this kind of complexity and flavor intensity at such a reasonable price. $14
Thursday, December 07, 2006
"Cabernet Sauvignon with fur, Merlot with feathers”
--Old Bordelais saying
Pairing food and wine greatly enhances the dining experience. Although some of the old rules--red wines with red meat and white wines with seafood--may be an oversimplification, there is some basis for the theory. While it ultimately comes down to what you like, some food and wine combinations are hard to beat, like simply roasted beef and wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The weight, tannins, and flavors of the wine bring forth the rich flavors of the meat; in return, the natural, unadorned flavors and texture of the meat showcase the complexity of the wine. The following is less of a recipe than it is a marriage of great elements.
- Robert Pellegrini
Robert’s Roast Sirloin of Beef
This cut of beef, also called a New York Strip, is the king of roasts and would be an excellent choice for serving a dozen guests at a holiday dinner.
1 12 lb. sirloin roast of beef, boned
4 tablespoons Olive Oil
4 gloves garlic, halved
Rosemary, in sprig
3 teaspoons sea salt
3 teaspoons pepper
A rack and a low-sided roasting pan to just fit the roast
Dry the faces of the roast with a knife. Make 8 small incisions throughout the roast and press in a half clove of garlic. Coarsely chop the rosemary leaves and with the olive oil, salt and pepper, rub all over the exterior of the roast.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place beef on a rack in the roasting pan, fat side down (so you only have to turn the roast once), and place in the oven to brown. After about 15 minutes, turn the roast fat side up. When that side is browned, turn down the heat and complete the cooking at 400 degrees.
Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. At 120 to 125, the meat will be rare. Allow the roast to rest in a warm place for twenty minutes before slicing.If desired, pour off the fat in the roasting pan and deglaze with a cup of beef stock and a cup of Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. Scrape the bits on the bottom of the pan, reduce by half, and serve along with the roast in a sauceboat. Serve this dish with crisp oven-roasted potatoes and sautéed green beans.
Delicious! I just may whip this up for Christmas dinner! Ali
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
20 days until Christmas - so check back for quick updates regarding Holiday gifts within the next few hours! Cheers - Ali
Friday, December 01, 2006
Please stop in and try a little chilly Sake at Centennial with me – we are opening…
- Kanbara Bride of the Fox - Junmai Ginjo
- Fukucho Moon on the Water - Junmai Ginjo
- Tozai Well of Wisdom
- Tozai Voices in the Mist - Nigori
This Saturday afternoon from 1:00pm-4:0pm, Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits, 8123 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas, 214-361-6697
I'll be explaining the basics of Ginjo Sake along with the tasting...Cheers - Ali