August 20, 2009 - Alamosa Wine Cellar Showcased at our 3rd Wine Exploration Dinner

If you intended to go to July's wine Exploration Dinner you missed a good time, great food and some of the best wine the W.O.W. Wineries has to offer. It's going to be difficult to top July's experience but we'll give it our best effort. So...what's on our plate this month?

  • Amuse Bouche: pan seared sea scallop with braised leeks golden chanterelle mushrooms
  • Appetizer: beef carpaccio extra virgin oil, cracked pepper, lemon juice, capers
  • Salad: Windy Hill organic greens, anjou pears, candied walnuts, Pure Luck goat cheese, raspberry vinaigrette
  • Intermezzo: pear and grappa - sorbetto
  • Main course: dijon crusted lamb chops, wilted spinach and wild mushroom napoleon
  • Dessert: french apple tart

We will post the tasting notes for this dinner from Alamosa Wine Cellars soon. Watch this space!!!!!!!!

Meanwhile we serve Alamosa's Texacaia in The Turtle Enoteca - A blend of Sangiovese, Syrah and Tempranillo, Texacaia is our Super Texan! Pronounced: Tex-uh-ki-ya Look for the contributions from all three grapes: the cherry of Sangiovese, the blackberry and pepper from the Syrah and Tempranillo’s blueberry and leather. Great with a variety of foods…true to Sangiovese’s versatility, but try with Italian dishes with tomato and meat sauces or smoked pork with mushrooms.

Scissortail - Roussanne, Viognier, and Marsanne from Cherokee Creek Vineyards, High Valley Block, comprise this unique (for Texas) blend. A typical combination in the Rhone Valley, this wonderful wine reflects our limestone soils and sun drenched vineyards. It has a tribute to the Scissortail Flycatcher bird on the label…the latest in their Texas Icon series of wines.

El Guapo - Tempranillo Blueberries, juniper, chocolate and leather with rich fruit and supple tannins. This is ALamosa wine Cellar's most talked-about wine, written up in Wine Spectator, Gourmet, Saveur and others. Serve it with a grilled steak and portabellas, a rack of lamb, beef tenderloin or game. Follow up with flourless choclate cake or dark chocolate gelato and continue with the El Guapo for a perfect match.

So don't miss out make your reservation here. Fill in the date August 20, 2009 7:00 p.m. and indicate the number of guests. The cost is $65.00 per person. A round of tastings is included. Additional glasses of wine are $8.00 each. Oh.......and tell your friends!!

Meet Your Local Bird Banders - Public Presentation Saturday July 25 3:00 pm

Every summer interns from various parts of the world visit our Gelateria and restaurant from the MAPS Program. I knew they were studying our bird population but never had a chance to interact with them or understand what it is that they do here other than catch birds in nets and band them. This year three young women are in Brownwood from the Institute for Bird Populations and they are going to present an informational program on the MAPS Program and birds found at Camp Bowie. Camp Bowie is one of 500 banding stations through out the US. monitored by the Institute for Bird Populations.
"The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program was created by The Institute for Bird Populations in 1989. This program was designed to assess and monitor the vital rates and population dynamics of over 120 species of North American landbirds in order to provide critical conservation and management information on their populations through various publication. The MAPS Program utilizes constant-effort mist netting and banding at a continent-wide network of monitoring stations."
Read Stephanie's Blog Birdy Words and Whims for the gorgeous pictures and descriptions of our local birds or

Meet Your Local Bird Banders
The Turtle Restaurant
514 Center Ave
On Saturday July 25
Public Presentation 3:00PM