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  • 2019 Southold Farm + Cellar Dolcetto Love Just Because – USA, Texas, Texas High Plains (11/20/2020)
    WIML89

    Tasted non blind.

    Light garnet to garnet color in the glass, dusty looking throughout. Nose of red raspberries, flowers and red berries. Flavors of cranberries, raspberries and a earthy finish. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short term. (89 points)

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  • 2019 Southold Farm + Cellar Chardonnay Stay On Target Robert Clay Vineyards – USA, Texas, Texas Hill Country (11/17/2020)
    WIML89

    Tasted non blind.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of baby diaper, ash, yellow apples and creme fraiche. Flavors of green apples, lemon and peach wasser. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short term. (89 points)

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  • 2018 Crowson Wine Sangiovese – USA, Texas, Texas High Plains (11/6/2020)
    WIMLNR

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over two days.

    Garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of Herbs du Provence, sandalwood, white pepper, florals and mixed red fruit. Flavors of tangy cranberry, strawberry and red raspberry. Tart acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.

    Zero intervention wine.

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  • 2018 Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo – USA, Texas, Texas Hill Country (10/2/2020)
    WIML89

    Tasted double blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over abou two hours.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Youthful nose of tar, blueberries, spicebox, mixed dark fruits and a bit of briar patch. Flavors of boysenberries, raspberries and tangy cherries. Slightly clipped finish. Light to medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, medium to full bodied. Slightly drying on the palate. Drink over the short term with some air time or perhaps into the medium term.

    My guess was this is the 2016 Pedernales Tempranillo. (89 points)

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  • 2017 Duchman Family Winery Viognier Bingham Family Vineyard – USA, Texas, Texas High Plains (9/30/2020)
    WIML90

    Tasted double blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of matchstick, vanilla, creme fraiche, brown spices and mixed yellow fruits. Flavors of lemon, peach and Grannie Smith apples framed over a slightly clipped finish. Light to medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short term.

    My guess was this is a Texas wine, the 2017 Chardonnay from either Bluffdale Vineyards or Inwood. (90 points)

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  • 2015 Messina Hof Private Reserve Papa Paulo Port – USA, Texas (11/11/2019)
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    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about two hours.

    Garnet to perhaps dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of dried herbs, smoke and melted black licorice. Flavors of berries, cherries and golden raisins. Medium acidity, medium body. Drink now. (88 points)

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  • 2013 Fawn Crest Meritage – USA, Texas, Texas Hill Country (1/22/2018)
    WIML50

    Opened and served immediately. Poured down the drain shortly thereafter.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. This wine smelled and tasted absolutely horrible. Your wine should never smell or taste like Sauerbraten. Avoid this wine.

    After recently tasting the Chardonnay from this same winery that smelled and tasted like a cat pee soaked dish towel I’m going to guess there are some material wine making issues at this winery. I cannot recommend this winery at all. (50 points)

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Cabernet Grill
2805 S State Hwy 16
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone: (830) 990-5734
Cabernet Grill

Cabernet Grill Fredericksburg

Cabernet Grill Fredericksburg (courtesy of Cabernet Grill)

October 27, 2017

Cabernet Grill bills itself as a Texas Wine Country Restaurant. Located on the outskirts of Fredericksburg, Texas in the heart of Texas Hill & Wine Country Cabernet Grill offers up an array of Hill Country Grilled Fare in a pleasant, rustic environment.

I started my meal with the Hill Country Caesar Salad ($8.00). This Central Texas version of it’s namesake classic is made with fresh whole leaves of Romaine lettuce topped with a creamy garlic dressing, pecorino cheese and peppered croutons. It was good albeit a little small in size and a bit hot tasting from a little too much horseradish. Still, it made for a nice start to the meal while waiting for my entree.

My entree for the evening was the Lobster Topped Chicken Fried Certified Angus Beef Ribeye ($29.00). It was good and odd at the same time. Topped with a green chile cream gravy I’d say remove the lobster and add some more fresh sliced green chile to the gravy and kick up that aspect for a spicy southwestern chicken fried steak in lieu of the lobster presentation. The richness of the lobster was just too much on top of the richness of the fried steak in addition to the rich cream gravy. Too much of a good thing. The three cheese grits were a good side. The vegetable melody was inedible due to an aroma exactly the same as TCA taint. I’d pass on this entree next time.

My dining partner and myself wrapped up the evening with the Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake ($8.00). This sugar bomb was rich, heavy handed on the chocolate and sugar from the three types of chocolates laced with dense cheesecake slices. This is definitely a dessert to split between two people. It is too big for one with so much sugar. A couple of spoonfuls per person is more than enough.

Service was good although at times our server seemed a bit over the top with his comments. Kitchen service was a good pace.

Cabernet Grill features an all Texas wine list. We had a 2016 Lewis Cellars Rose High Plains that paired effectively with the two spicy entrees we had. Plenty of choices to match your meals and overall Texas wines are greatly improved over just a decade ago so go local and enjoy.

Reservations are highly recommended. Major credit cards are accepted. Attire is Casual Friday; Jeans or Slacks plus a nice button down shirt are mandatory in my opinion. Parking is in the lot and street along the restaurant.

Conclusion: Cabernet Grill is a good Fredericksburg dining option. Not necessarily a destination all on it’s own but I wouldn’t hesitate to return if I was in town.

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Desi Kitchen
1515 S Cooper St Suite D
Arlington, TX 76010
Phone (469) 677-7747
Desi Kitchen

Desi Kitchen Vada

Desi Kitchen Vada

October 13, 2017

Desi Kitchen serves Authentic Indian Cuisine and does it well. Located in an unassuming strip center at the intersection of Park Row & Cooper St near the University of Texas Arlington Campus in Central Arlington this clean, sleek restaurant is a welcomed addition on the Arlington Ethnic Cuisine scene.

When you arrive you head straight to the counter where you place your order before sitting at any open table available. Payment comes later after you’ve eaten your meal. A slightly different spin on normal table service: order at the counter, sit, served, eat and return to the counter to pay. Efficient but my one recommendation here is if you’re not completely familiar with Indian cuisine you visit their web site in advance and research the offerings online so you’re prepared and ready upon arrival.

I ordered a Snack to start of the Vada ($3.99). Vada is a savory snack primarily from India proper. The Vada at Desi Kitchen are typical in the shape of a doughnut. Accompanied by three dipping sauces or Chutney. The Vada were hot and well seasoned and fried just so as not to be oily. The dipping sauces each took the Vada in a different direction, each standing out on their own, mostly building in intensity of spice from one to the other. This Snack is recommended.

Desi Kitchen Goat Biryani

Desi Kitchen Goat Biryani

My entree was the Goat Dum Biryani ($6.99). Biryani is a mixed rice dish typically available throughout South Asian, India in particular. Prepared with your selection of halal meats available each Biryani can be ordered prepared regular, medium spice and Spicy. Please be forewarned that Spicy means Spicy. This preparation is not for the faint of heart. My Biryani was prepared with Goat meat and Spicy. Tons of flavor here from all of the spices used with the mix of rices. Served with two dipping sauces I definitely recommend uses the coconut milk sauce to help quell the spice here. Next time I’ll likely order yogurt as a side, typical for this dish to smooth out the spice level. Moist and well prepared just be aware that it is typical to serve meats in India with the bones still attached. This dish is recommended.

My dining companions had the Chicken Curry ($6.99). Definitely not on the spice level as the Spicy Biryani this flavorful, moist dish packed a spicy kick as well. The curry broth was excellent, evidenced by the bowls wiped clean by the tasty Garlic Naan. This dish is recommended.

Food and wait service was quick and consistent throughout. Major credit cards are accepted. Parking is free and plentiful in the shared strip center lot in front of the restaurant. Attire is casual; shorts and a t-shirt get you in the door here.

Desi Kitchen: recommended.

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