Vintage 2017 En Primeur Tasting Shows Texas Wine is the Next Big Story As the Texas wine industry continues to grow by leap and bounds across the board in quality, grape yields and Best of Class and Double Gold showings in international competitions, so does its contribution to the state’s economy. The 2017 Economic Impact…

The Paradox of Unknown Knowns You might not know that today Texas is producing home grown award-winning world class wines that beat out others from all corners of the planet. You might not know from looking at some of the low-ball price points on faux-Texas wines in Texas grocery store wine aisles and many restaurant…

Thai cuisine is truly a complex layered symphony of flavor chemistry like none other. It satisfies a well-traveled palate on so many levels: the notes of sweet, rich coconut cream, sour and salty fish sauce along with spicy chilies create harmony. The beauty of stir-frying is that everything comes together quickly, but it requires having…

Bring Your DIY Wine & Dine Event to a Sweet Ending Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a friend who makes fantastic desserts like our friend Liz Shumpes (lizskitchen.wordpress.com). (Always invite that friend to dinner!) Or, perhaps there’s an independently-owned specialty bakery nearby with mouth-watering, made fresh daily treats. If neither of these options is…

Pro Wine Guide is the uncomplicated, interactive and engaging digital wine list that restaurant guests want in their hands. Until now, wine lists haven’t changed much since man began writing on cave walls and papyrus. With our new Pro Wine Guide (prowineguide.com), Dale Blankenship and I are bringing wine lists into the new millennium. We combine…

Q: I have a wine specialist on staff. Why does my restaurant need ProWine Guide? A: The engaging interactive ProWine Guide (prowineguide.com) format combines a dining venue’s wine list and brand identity with the expertise of an in-house wine specialist working alongside every staff member — every hour of every business day. ProWine Guide helps fill…

The Gregorian calendar assures us that it’s still winter, but the Texas Hill Country is manifesting perfect spring-like days beckoning one to its’ scenic drives along the Way Out Wine Trail west of Austin through rolling green hills and spirit-lifting vistas. Though the Texas wine industry doesn’t boast an en primeur market quite yet, three…

Wine lists haven’t changed much since man began writing on vellum and papyrus. So Umami.Life co-creator Catherine Sansing and I asked ourselves how we could build a better mousetrap, as they say. The result is our ProWine Guide, which combines my 30+ years of domain expertise in wine knowledge with cloud-based technology and powerful smart devices to…

The crowd gathers with excited voices. They’re here for the show. The lights are dim and like a magician gathering his magic potions and props, the engaging mixologist draws them into a bewitching love affair. Today’s rockstar mixologist is the local bar equivalent of the famed Siegfried and Roy Las Vegas magic show with flames,…

A few months back, some friends mentioned seeing a San Antonio Express News newspaper article on the Uber Technologies (ridesharing)/City of San Antonio controversy with my photo and name (Dale Blankenship) attached to it. They were surprised to see that I continue to be the poster child in the Express News for all articles relating…