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South-of-the-border Bordeaux

South American wines continue to carve out shelf space. And it’s not just the usual suspects, as Bordeaux makes inroads.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
South American wines are so much a part of today’s wine landscape that it’s hard to believe they’ve only been around for about 25 years.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Walk this way

This Sunday’s AIDS Walk marks the 30th anniversary of the first diagnosed case of the disease.


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Greg Horton
AIDS Walk
2 p.m. Sunday
Sonic Plaza, Reno and Mickey Mantle
aidswalkokc.org
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Peace train

Religious leaders gather to track down peaceful resolutions.


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Greg Horton
Representatives of the world’s three Abrahamic faiths will hold a commemorative service and panel discussion in Norman for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Skinnier cocktails

Bars around the metro are starting to offer skinnier versions of sugary favorites, but some cocktails have always been skinny.


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Greg Horton
You know “skinny” is a popular trend when Cheesecake Factory adds menu items under that category. The chain best known for massive portions and the signature dessert in its name added low(er) calorie cocktails at the beginning of 2011, most notably a skinny Mojito and a margarita, classic drinks with a week’s supply of sugar in the recipe.
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wine on Tulsa time

Our sister city up the Turner Turnpike offers some delicious options for a weekend wine excursion.


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Greg Horton
For some of you this will be an indefensible position, but in all fairness it needs to be said: Tulsa is a cool city. Some already know that; some will never believe it.
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Double trouble

Restaurants and bars are accused of double taxing. Is the legal action without merit?


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Greg Horton
Two lawsuits filed in Canadian County are attempting to make hundreds of bar and restaurant owners responsible for paying back millions of dollars in liquor taxes the plaintiffs believe were unlawfully collected.
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Space-age wine

Two native Oklahomans apply space program thinking and technology to their California Chardonnay.


Greg Horton
Tulsa resident Chris Large sold his boutique wine shop in Utica Square in 2009. He and his wife, Natalie, were ready for a change.
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fork in the road

Deep Fork Grill has a new GM who happens to be a certified sommelier, and his new wine list is created with the customer in mind.


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Greg Horton
Joshua Strother took over as general manager of Deep Fork Grill, 5418 N. Western, in early July. A certified sommelier before he arrived at the restaurant, Strother brought his love of and expertise in wine to bear immediately, making small changes to an already very good list.
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Red Rhone rising

As Grenache planting in the U.S. improves, wine lovers in the metro reap the benefits of French tradition.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Grenache long has been the dominant grape of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the region in southern France known for producing some of the world’s most complex and subtle wines.
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Back to the land

Grower Champagne arrived in the metro last year, and this record-setting heat is a good excuse to try it if you haven’t already.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Chris Putnam, owner of Putnam Wines, is faced with the same challenge all wine brokers face: how to get people to try something they haven’t tried before. The challenge is even more difficult when the wine is French, pink, bubbly and not cheap.
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The other white

Americans buy more Sauvignon Blanc than any white besides Chardonnay, and this old favorite is undergoing a transformation.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Sauvignon Blanc is second only to Chardonnay in acres of white grapes planted in California, but the Golden State hasn’t determined the style of this American favorite in the last few years.
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Premium returns

Bin 73 retools one of the metro’s most extensive by-the-glass lists and returns to a principle that made it exciting from the start.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
I first had Cakebread Cabernet at Bin 73 in 2005.
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

In praise of pork

A new restaurant focuses on all things porcine.


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Greg Horton
In a 1995 episode of “The Simpsons” titled “Lisa the Vegetarian,” Homer Simpson exasperates his daughter, Lisa, by asking her to enumerate the meats she will no longer eat: pork chops, bacon and ham. Lisa snaps at him that those meats all come from the same creature.
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saving the leftovers

Wineries frequently use second labels to distribute excess juice or work on special projects. The results can be amazing.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
The wines are naughty. There is a small devil on the label to prove it.
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Church abuses

A Catholic sexual abuse report finds that gay priests are not to blame, instead focusing on the upheaval of the 1960s and ’70s.


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Greg Horton
Stan Jezior, now in his 70s, says he was abused by a priest when he was a child.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
 
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