Wine Reviews

Patiné Cellars: Pinot Noir With a Scoring Touch

I started playing hockey when I was 6 and grew up watching the sport from my home in Wisconsin. There was no national hockey television presence in the 1980s, so I didn’t see very many L.A. Kings games, but certainly followed players like Marcel Dionne, Luc Robitalille, Bernie Nichols and Larry Murphy, even before Wayne Gretzky joined the franchise. Jim Fox was a consistent 30-goal scorers on those 80s Kings teams who didn’t always get …

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Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Victor’s Wood Grill

I thought it would be interesting to take a week-long look at the wine offerings at each of six local restaurants in Coppell and compare them on quality, cost, markup and overall value. The first post in the series is an overview of all six restaurants. This is the final of the detailed reviews of the restaurants. You can find a list of all restaurants at the bottom of each post. Victor’s Wood Grill was …

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Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Simmer

I thought it would be interesting to take a week-long look at the wine offerings at each of six local restaurants in Coppell and compare them on quality, cost, markup and overall value. The first post in the series is an overview of all six restaurants. This is the filth of the detailed reviews of the restaurants. Along with Local Diner, Simmer is the first of what we hope will be a variety of quality …

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Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Sfizio

I thought it would be interesting to take a week-long look at the wine offerings at each of six local restaurants in Coppell and compare them on quality, cost, markup and overall value. The first post in the series is an overview of all six restaurants. This is the fourth of the detailed reviews of the restaurants. According to the restaurant’s website, the name Sfizio is from an Italian word meaning “something whimsical that you …

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Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: J. Macklin’s Grill

I thought it would be interesting to take a week-long look at the wine offerings at each of six local restaurants in Coppell and compare them on quality, cost, markup and overall value. The first post in the series is an overview of all six restaurants. This is the third of the detailed reviews of the restaurants. J. Macklin’s Grill provided exactly what Coppell needed when it needed it. Just after the limited-service Chili’s restaurant, …

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Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Carmel Restaurant Lounge

I thought it would be interesting to take a week-long look at the wine offerings at each of six local restaurants in Coppell and compare them on quality, cost, markup and overall value. The first post in the series is an overview of all six restaurants. This is the second of the detailed reviews of the restaurants. Carmel Restaurant Lounge is the newest player in the Coppell restaurant scene. Occupying the space that was once …

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Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Black Walnut Cafe

I thought it would be interesting to take a week-long look at the wine offerings at each of six local restaurants in Coppell and compare them on quality, cost, markup and overall value. The first post in the series is an overview of all six restaurants. This is the first detailed review of one of the restaurants. With 39 wines on its list, 19 by the glass, Black Walnut Cafe offers the most options of …

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Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: The Overview

Coppell isn’t a large city by Texas standards, but it is unique in that six of the eight primary sit-down restaurants in the town are independent, non-chain establishments. I like that about our city. As a wine blogger, I thought it would be interesting to take a week-long look at the wine offerings at each of six local restaurants (excluding the Mexican restaurants) and compare them on quality, cost, markup and overall value. This first …

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The Wonderful White Wines of….Uruguay?

Every time I visit one of our local wine retailers to load up on wine, I try to pick a bottle or two that I would not normally select, something outside of my comfort zone.  I like to occasionally open an aromatic and acidic Torrontes from Argentina in place of the more common lighter whites like a Viognier, Pinot Grigio or a dry Reisling, so when I spotted a Torrontes from Uruguay, I knew that …

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Marquette: The Next Big American Varietal?

If you are from anywhere other than Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin or Vermont, chances are you have not yet run across a wine made from the Marquette grape. This new varietal is a hybrid created by the University of Minnesota for cold weather climates. With parentage from Pinot Noir and Frontenac, there is a buzz beginning to emerge about Marquette, especially as wineries in more established locations, like Washington and New York, are beginning to harvest …

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