Art in The Bottle, Friendship In The Glass

The more I learn about wine and get to meet some of the wine makers, the more I want to know. The actual wine can be wonderful, but when you add to it the stories that pair with the wines and come directly from the people responsible for making them – you are in for an unforgettable experience.

Last night I caught up with JR Richardson, part of the delightful Oak Cliff Cellars team. We talked for hours and he shared why he started Oak Cliff Cellars and why he is so passionate about his craft. We started with his 2009 Sonoma Chardonnay and paired it with crab cakes and deviled eggs. It was the perfect way to enjoy a hot Dallas evening – the unoaked wine was crisp and refreshing and had hints of melon and green apple.

We finished off the evening with JR educating me on the different wine regions that their grapes come from, and how that affects the flavors of the wines. And I fell in love – with his 2010 Rouges Blend. Red wines are usually so heavy to me in the summer, but this masterpiece blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre had a spicy, bold finish that just made me happy. It was the perfect end to a perfect evening.

Oak Cliff Cellars wines are very fairly priced, and these handcrafted wines are only available in small lots – some of them being under 100 cases. When you find one that you love (and there will be more than one, trust this Drink Diva!) you need to stock your wine cellar with them. The wines are available in Oak Cliff at Bolsa Mercado, or online at the Oak Cliff Cellars website.

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