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Daily Dish: Lone Star Wine Competition Winners

Daily Dish: Lone Star Wine Competition Winners

The 26th annual Lone Star International Wine Competition was held recently in Grapevine. Though we can’t list all of the winners, we did want to focus on some Texas top picks.

This year, with the sponsorship of Messina Hof, the competition handed out the new Texas Vintner’s Rising Star Awards, given to up-and-coming Lone Star wineries with best red and the best white.

The winner in the red division was KE Cellars for its 2007 4 U Syrah while Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery won best white for its 2008 Blanc du Bois Off-Dry white.

Among the Grand Star winners were the following Texas wineries:

  • Haak Vineyards & Winery won best fortified wine for its 2006 Madeira Blanc du Bois.
  • Driftwood Estate Winery won best red table wine for its 2006 Lone Star Cab.
  • Grape Creek Vineyards won best white table wine for its 2008 Lost Draw Vineyards Viognier.

Other Texas wineries to win awards in the competition include: Barking Rocks Winery, Becker Vineyards, Brennan Vineyards, Cap*Rock, Chisholm Trail Winery, Delaney Vineyards, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, Fall Creek Vineyards, Flat Creek Estate, Fredericksburg Winery, Kiepersol Estate, La Buena Vida Vineyards, LightCatcher Winery, Llano Estacado, Lone Oak Winery, McPherson Cellards, Pedernales Cellars, Pillar Bluff, Texas Hills Vineyard and Texas Legato.

For a full list of winners in the competition, sponsored by the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, click here.

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Love ya, Dad!

Love ya, Dad!

Weber Summit S-650 from Jeff's BackyardIf the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach, then here are some tasty ways to show your dad just how much you love him. These gifts come in all shapes and prices, depending on how much you have to spend.

You don’t have to wait for Father’s Day, either. You can treat him any time of year.

If Dad likes to grill, he’ll appreciate a pair of Winco aluminum tongs, which make handling meats and vegetables so much easier. Jeff’s Backyard, 435 W. Nakoma, offer these for $2.99 a pair, so you could get him an extra set, one for placing the meat on the grill and the other for removing it. Another affordable gift idea at Jeff’s is a GrillFloss ($18.99), a tool that scrapes off the rungs of a grill more thoroughly than a brush. If you have a heftier budget, check out the charcoal-fired Big Green Egg ($999.95), which gets so hot, you can cook a turkey in three hours, or the Mini Big Green Egg ($299.95). For propane lovers, there’s the Weber Summit S-650 ($2,299), a powerful six-burner grill with more than 5 square feet of cooking space.

Prime steaks from Coopers Meat MarketAt Cooper’s Meat Market, you can put together a gift basket of food favorites for Dad. Start with a Yeti cooler in sizes that range from 15 quarts ($159) to 250 quarts ($749). These ice chests are so strong they are said to be bear proof. Fill it with a bottle of wine — the list includes such stalwarts as Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon, Duckhorn Merlot and Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet. Add a few of Cooper’s special spice blends, made by Bolner’s Fiesta Spices. Add a few steaks, of course; the prime filet mignon sells for $29.99 a pound while the prime rib-eye costs $18.99 a pound.

Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon from Gabriel'sIf Dad would rather relax over a glass of bourbon, then treat him to a bottle of Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which has been aged for 10 years. Gabriel’s liquor stores has this bronze beauty for $27.99 a bottle. Paul Pacult of the Spirit Journal has this to say of Eagle Rare: “Easily one of the most tactile yet assertive and expressive bourbons I’ve tasted in the last two years; fasten your seat belts.”

For dads who enjoy smoking a pipe, Finck’s Cigar Factory Outlet, 6100 West Ave., has a Caleb Church Bent pipe for $24.95. The stag’s head cigar stand costs $14.95. Cigar lovers should appreciate the Finck’s Brand Sampler ($49.95), a series of 24 cigars made by the local company. Humidors for storing cigars start at $29.95 and go up depending on size, how many cigars you want to store, and whether you want the box customized. Visit

For the father who loves to cook, stop by any of the area Ace Mart Restaurant Supply stores. Chefs’ toques — the big hats — are available in several prices and sizes ranging from $4.95 to $5.95, while chefs’ coats start at $12.95. You can also find a series of color-coordinated cutting boards that will help prevent cross-contamination in the kitchen. The green boards are used for fruit and vegetables, while the yellow are for chicken and poultry. The costs are $8.48 for a 12-by-18-inch board or $11.48 for a 15-by-20-inch board. If you want to get a little more serious, the Chefmate meat grinder is listed at $645.95. Or if Dad has a new home theater, get him an traditional movie theater popcorn popper; prices start at $576.

Cigars from Finck’s Cigar Factory OutletWhat dad doesn’t like gadgets? At Melissa Guerra’s Tienda de Cocina in the Full Goods building at the Pearl Brewery, you’ll find Peugeot battery-operated salt mills and pepper grinders ($49.95 each). A wood chip smoker ($12.95) from Grillware by Outset is a great way of adding a woodsy quality to meat cooked on a gas grill . If Dad needs a better set of knives, the store offers the three highest-end lineups of J.A. Henckels cutlery, considered to be among the best in the world. Also available is a set of paella pans, ranging from a personal pan size ($13.95) to one that feeds 75 ($499.95) with plenty of pans in between.

Whatever you get Dad, just make sure you let him know how much he means to you.

Paella pans at Melissa Guerra’s Tienda de CocinaJ.A. Henckels cutlery at Melissa Guerra’s Tienda de CocinaWinco aluminum tongs from Jeff's BackyardChefmate Meat Grinder from Ace MartColored cutting boards from Ace MartCaleb Church bent pipe and stag's head stand from Finck’s Cigar Factory OutletHumidors from Finck’s Cigar Factory OutletYeti cooler from Coopers Meat MarketCharcoal-fired Green Egg from Jeff's Backyard

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