Archive | March 29th, 2013

Wine. Why Not?

Wine. Why Not?

wine rede“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words,” the Roman playwright Plautus once wrote.

Well, here are some sweet words about even sweeter wine events happening in the area.

Enjoy some Cakebread at Las Canarias on April 4

Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., will be showcasing the wines of Cakebread Cellars during a five-course dinner set for 7 p.m. April 4.

Chef John Brand’s first course features Pacific blue marlin with avocado, lime and melon with tomatillo paired with the 2011 Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc. This will be followed by sardines with kale salsa verde gribiche on toast and the 2011 Cakebread Chardonnay. The third course will feature tamarind lacquered breast of duck with a confit of carrot and ginger paired with the 2008 Cakebread Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. Fourth course will be lamb prime rib with smoked medjool dates, braised rhubarb and salsify paired with a 2009 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon. Finally, the meal will close with Valrhona chocolate along with caramelia gelato, cake, mousse and red velvet, all paired with a 2010 Cakebread Zinfandel.

The price is $85 a person, plus tax and tip. To make a reservation, call (210) 518-1177.

Sample four Texas Hill Country wineries at one party

The Texas Hill Country Wineries, an organization that promotes what the Hill County has to offer, is trying something new this year. On the first Friday evening of each wine trail, local wineries in one area will gather together to share a sample of their wines with you.

The first of these will be 6-8 p.m. April 5 in conjunction with the popular Wine & Wildflower Trail. The tasting will be at Dry Comal Creek, 1741 Herberlin Road, New Braunfels, and will feature samples from four wineries, including Bending Branch, Kerrville Hills and Singing Water as well as the host. The kick-off allows you to take your time on the trail over the following two days.

The tickets are $25 apiece, or $15 with a Wine & Wildflower Trail ticket. They include tickets for 10 tastings and light appetizers. Wine will also be available for purchase. Plus, food trucks will be on hand for those who want a heartier meal.

For more information, click here.

Raise a glass for charity

The Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses in San Antonio are celebrating their 20 years of business in the city by offering a fundraiser for local charities.

Guests who buy a glass of a special Ruth’s Chris designated bottle of Stag’s Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at $10 apiece will be getting more than a great glass of steak-friendly wine. Two dollars from that purchase will go to the Texas Cavalier Foundation and Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives.

The wine will be available at both steakhouses, 1170 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-8847, and 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 821-5051.

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News From SavorSA: It’s All Good!

SavorSA has been providing news, reviews, recipes and commentary on the San Antonio food scene for more than 3 1/2 years.

So, what’s new?

Newsletter Screen Shot cropped,jpgWe have replaced the daily email blast with a newsletter. It will be coming out several times a week. You’ll see the name Phillip Kent in your email inbox. Phillip is our (new) ad sales, marketing and social media director, and we’re happy to have him!

Sign up on Facebook ( or email Phillip at And, don’t forget to join us on Twitter, too, @mysavorsa.

Everyone who signs up for the newsletter will have their name entered in a weekly drawing to win a copy of the (sort of new) “Food Lovers’ Guide to San Antonio” by SavorSA co-founders John Griffin and Bonnie Walker.  This drawing will go over a period of weeks. If you already receive the newsletter — you’re automatically entered to win a book.

We’ll also want to thank writers and friends who have become regular contributors: We appreciate their energy, knowledge and of course, writing abilities. Troy Knapp, executive chef and sommelier at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa, finds time to write a wine column, Spectacular Brilliance, and we think it is just that.

Our longtime friend, Cecil Flentge, former owner of the popular north side wine bar, The Tasting Room, teaches classes on food and wine, and is as devoted a professional as we know. He brings us wine knowledge and tips in a casual format – and if SavorSA had a test kitchen, we’d put him in charge.

Emily Stringer is a free-lance writer, public relations professional and blogger at Expect to continue seeing her name on SavorSA.

Food Lover's Guide to SA CoverAs owners and editors of SavorSA, we — John Griffin and Bonnie Walker —  thank everyone for reading our e-zine, for your support and for helping us stay informed, immersed and enthusiastic as San Antonio’s food scene continues to grow and transform. It’s an exciting time — and that’s the best news of all!

— J.G. & B.W.


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