It’s no secret that Texas’ fine wine scene is on the upswing. This season, uncork the taste of the holidays with wines made with Texas-grown grapes or created by the city’s top chefs—or better yet, take home a bottle as a gift to either yourself or your most discerning wine drinkers. Hailing from the Texas Hill Country, Bending Branch Winery’s 2015 Comfortage (a full-bodied white wine) as well as its 2012 Texas Tannat (the label’s signature red wine grape) have been well-received by the Texas fine wine community; both wines pair well with smoked meats, ‘heavier’ holiday entrées and cool fall weather. Similarly, Duchman Family Winery’s Aglianico consists of “hints of stewed fruit, baking spice and structured tannins, [making it] an exquisite pairing for rich seasonal meals.” Find both wine labels at HEB Central Market. For Italian wine lovers, try CiboDivino Marketplace in West Dallas’ up-and-coming Sylvan Thirty development. The gourmet market stocks upwards of 350 wines handpicked by owner/ chef Daniele Puleo, including his newly launched line of PULEO Chianti, Pinot Grigio and Prosecco.
Over at The Second Floor bar and bistro inside the Westin Galleria Dallas, mixologist Gina Gottlich has reinvented a childhood favorite. Also a drinkable dessert, the Caramel Appletini at this North Dallas staple combines Ciroc Apple, Bailey’s salted caramel, butterscotch, cranberry, cream and garnished with a caramel rim.
Visit Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen at its original location in historic downtown McKinney or at its brand new digs in Lakewood for an upscale-yet-approachable atmosphere composed of fresh, simple options for eating, gather-
Behind the bar at “French-Mex” dining concept Madrina, mixologists are shaking up the beverage menu with gourmet global twists on traditional cocktails. The menu includes French-inspired E.V.O.L., made with aged-in-house Elderflower liquor, rye, chamomile tincture, egg white and Framboise. Or take, for example, the Latin-infused Goodnight Nora, Madrina’s answer to the Bloody Mary made with Bacanora. House-made tomatillo mix gives the beverage its bright green color and subtle kick of flavor.