August 5, 2018

5k in the Morning, then some Vintage Crush Wine! #cabernetsauvignon #redwine

Ran a 5k in the morning; then did some "honey do's". Ending the day chillin in grillin while having a glass of Vintage Crush Cabernet Sauvignon. Coming in at 13.5% alcohol content, Red Wine Wino says yes to buying it again. White Wine Wino agrees but does not the "dryness" of the red wine. No worries... Vintage Crush gets a Good Rating!


Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina for National Tequila Day! #ghostequila #nationaltequiladay

Stopped for dinner at Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina; by chance, it was also National Tequila Day!

In celebration ordered their Flight of Margaritas, and then tried the Spicy Watermelon Shots made with Ghost Tequila! Spicy but smooth shot; not the burning taste that we typically get when downing shots of tequila... who said that?

Anyhow, both Winos continue to give the Flight of Margaritas from Papa Lopez a Good Rating. For the Ghost Tequila, the Winos give a Good Rating, too. Will definitely buy it again in the future!

PS: Shots were free; the owner of Ghost Tequila was in the restaurant and bought us a round! Woohoo!


Lakeland Brewery in Garland, Texas #microbrewery #kolsch

Tried Lakeland Brewery's beer offerings while hanging out in Garland. Then, over the course of several grillin and chillin sessions cooking food on a grill with a new buddy - Charlie the Maltese puppy, enjoyed a few brewskis in a can... Kolsch beer!




Texas South Wind Vineyard and Winery #texaswines #redwines

Here is a Texas wine in a Cherry Fruit offering by Texas South Wind Vineyard and Winery of Refugio, TX. Tasty wine that is sweet and strong, too. Both Winos agree to purchase it again in the future, easily earning a Good Rating!

PS: Made for some great chillin and grillin time in the backyard as we slow cooked a pork shoulder slathered with mustard and seasonings!



July 15, 2018

Chillin with 4U Vodka from Dallas and Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine #4uvodka #martinis #moonshine

Chillin in the backyard with 4U Vodka made in Dallas, TX. Six times distilled and served chilly - specifically, in our martinis that is! Red and White Winos liked this one; even had the cat chillin with us!

Later, added a little Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine to the party! The Becker Vineyard Wine Tasting Glass is getting a great workout by the Winos!






Red 55 Winery - Belle Sweet Red #wine

White Wine Wino picked this one up for the Red Wine Wino. It's a bottle of Red 55 Winery's sweet red they call Belle. "Tasted" this one over several days using the Becker Vineyard's wine tasting glass and Grape Creek Vineyards metal wine glass we picked up last month while in the Texas Hill Country.

Winos give this one a Good Rating; will need to pick up more bottles when in the area again!




Road Trip was Awesome... Beer, Wine, and Song! #wine #beer #luchenbach #texashillcountry

Was on the road checking out the Texas Coast. Made some side trips to the Texas Hill Country. After many years in Texas, the Winos finally made it to Fredricksburg and Luchenbach where they were joined by the Sweet Wine Wino and friends. Some pictures to show some of the beers and wines tasted as well!











June 29, 2018

Gruene River Grill... the Number One Mexican Martini! #martini @winoswinegude

Learned about this cocktail several years ago while in the area for a wedding. Made it back to the Gruene Rive Grill for the NUMBER ONE MEXICAN MARTINI per the Winos!

When in the area, a must stop to all fellow winos! Don't miss out on this concoction, heavy on the tastiness, lots of alcohol, and do tread lightly as the Serrano Pepper an be spicy for some.

And, had the Red Wine Wino learned the hard way.... limit yourself to two or else! And, do have a designated driver as you will be over the legal limit!


Redds Wicked Apple and Chillin and Grillin! @winoswineguide

More chillin in the Hill Country... this time grillin fish we caught on the trip to Port Aransas. Red Wine Wino and Sober Cider were rockin as the cooks for dinner last night!


Chillin in the Hill Country... Mike's Hard Lemonade! @winoswineguide

Red Wine Wino and Sober Cider were just chillin in the Texas Hill Country, watching the grass get eaten by deer. Best way to do this... a bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade!



PS: We had a few Lone Star Beers while at Gruene Hall, too!


Los Pinos Ranch Sweet Red @winoswineguide

Tried Los Pinos Ranch Sweet Red courtesy of another guest of the Red and White Winos - our red header bartender friend aka the "Red-tendres"! All Winos agreed Los Pinos Ranch Sweet Red make for a Good Rating!


Hot Day But No Worries... Frozen Drinks at the Oasis! @winoswineguide #margaritas

Stopped in Austin on a scorcher of a day. No worries, ordered frozen drinks at the Oasis - restaurant on a hillside that overlooks Lake Travis. Great view with tasty and cold drinks that included Margaritas, Mexican Martinis, and Daiquiris. Good thing we had a designated driver!

This round the Red Wine Wino, White Wine Wino, and Sweet Wine Wino were joined by two others... Sober Cider and Rum Bum, plus our DD.

Let's just say there were many empty glassed this round!



June 17, 2018

Fun on the Town... Strawberry Swirl, Beer, and Sake, Anyone! #hyenaclub

Had a fun time out on the town the other night. Checked out Jon Reep and his funny jokes at the Hyena Club in Dallas. New stuff was gut busting funny, old stuff still has the Winos laughing. Enjoyed the show while partaking in "non-wine" drinks.

This time, tried the Strawberry Swirl Margarita and an IPA. Earlier had sake and Japanese beer at the Blue Fish, and the afterwards Shepherd's Pie and more beer at Trinity Hall Irish Pub!


Frozen Drinks... #therusticdallas #landonwinery, villageburgerbar

This past week decided on frozen drinks since the temps have been climbing well past the 90 degree mark.

  • At The Rustic in Dallas, went with Frose and the Remy Rita.
  • At Landon Winery in McKinney, opted for Sangria Ritas and Peach Ritas.
  • At Village Burger Bar in Allen, decided on Chamboritas made with Chambord.
Great way to beat the heat this Summer... especially when the temps are already in the 90s and Summer is still a few days away!







May 21, 2018

Franzia Chillable Red #wine #redwine

True to the Winos' rating system... a Good Rating means we would purchase the wine again in the future. In this case, Franzia Chillable Red earned a Good Rating several times over the years. This time, it earns it again... plus was on sale $12.99 for the 5 liter box! Woohoo!


May 20, 2018

The Winos' Best Tasting Margaritas - Top 5 List #margaritas #winoswineguide #texmex

Here is the latest update on "The Winos' Best Tasting Margaritas". There were a number of candidates that were considered; the top 5 as of May 20, 2018 are...
  1. Anamia's Tex Mex Restaurant (Plano and Coppell). At 12oz servings, these will sneak up on you. Either frozen or on the rocks, the taste had the right amount of lime tanginess to sugary (we hope agave sugary) sweetness. Plus it has little to no alcohol taste... but two drinks later, better call an Uber or have a designated driver at the helm!
  2. Primo's Tex Mex Grille (Garland). In the 16oz size, these are almost a doppelganger to Anamia's margaritas... save for the extra 4oz else they would have tied for first!
  3. Mena's Cantina - Tex Mex Grill (Coppell). 16oz with great taste that the Winos like in a margarita. Just not as "fortified" as Anamia's or Primo's offerings. So, it made third on the list!
  4. Village Burger Bar (Allen, Plano, Dallas). These 12oz margaritas come in various flavors like Mangorita and Chamborita. That said, the traditional margarita is a tasty offering that we like for two reasons.., for a small package, it carries a punch... limit two, else it's Uber time. And, Happy Hour price of $4.00 is light on the wallet! Very nice!
  5. Gloria's Latin Cuisine Restaurant (Fairview, Garland, Dallas). Frozen or on the rocks, Gloria's has a tasty margarita that is strong in alcohol content. That said, it used to be our number one but has since dropped... main reason is something changed about three or four years ago. Possibly the mix that was used. Luckily, it's one reason why we started this quest! That said, we list Gloria's at Number 5 because their Mangorita is still a tasty offering.

Do check back for more updates as this effort is an ever evolving list per the criteria we outlined below...

Intentions were to disregard the local ratings on the Best Tasting Margarita in the area, and using our limited funds, go on a quest for our own best tasting margarita selection. In other words, could we each have a Margarita for less than $20 including tip.

Since everyone has a preference for how a margarita is made and one person may like a margarita and another person thinks differently, the Winos came up with the following criteria for their quest:
  • Two Margaritas for less than $20 including tip (restated from above)
  • Local to the DFW Metroplex
  • Taste... this is a hard one, so we went with both Winos have to agree on taste, else it falls of the list. Note
  • Strength... after the second Margarita, do we need an Uber to drive us home?

Also, other limits applied to normalize the tastings:
  • There should not be an aftertaste... this is a deal breaker that has shot down Margaritas in the past that were otherwise good.
  • Two Margaritas per Wino must be consumed in an hour or less; one Margarita was considered 16oz or less.
  • No "large fishbowl" Margaritas if they exceeded 32oz, else one 32oz Margarita was considered two Margaritas.

Pictures are worth a thousand words...
Anamia's Margaritas... plus food!

Primo's Tex Mex Grille while on an errand!

Mena's Cantina plus lots of food!

Village Burger Bar plus a burger and shake!

Gloria's Latin Cuisine plus Chips and Salsa!

Who Would Have Thought... Frose at the Ballgame! #frose #wine #margaritas

Who would have thought a tasty Frose to be had while watch Major League Baseball! Lucked into this while the Texas Rangers played the Boston Red Sox. Although the Rangers lost, we considered it a win knowing these tasty Frose awaits us next time! Also, their swirl Margaritas are perfect for quenching the Red Wine Wino's thirst... great time, even closed out the day with a bonfire!


Primo's Tex Mex Grille #texmex #margaritas

Was on an errand to the Bass Pro Shops in Garland. Noticed a Tex Mex Restaurant that caught our eye - Primo's Tex Mex Grille. Sat outside overlooking the lake and had a Margarita or two. This one is the our second choice for the "Winos' Best Tasting Margaritas"!


At the Rustic... Garnacha Lo-Ve #wine #winoswineguide

At the Rustic (Dallas, TX), the other night having a Garnacha Lo-Ve while listening to live music! Fun times with tasty wine to be had! This one gets a Good Rating from the two Winos!


Cinco De Mayo 2018... So begins the "Winos' Best Tasting Margaritas" Quest! #margaritas #cincodemayo #besttastingmargarita

In celebration of Cinco De Mayo, the Winos opted for working up to May 5 with "Margarita Tastings" in various locations in the DFW Metroplex as well as more "Margarita Tastings" on May 5, and then of course carryover "Margarita Tastings" after May 5.

Intentions were to disregard the local ratings on the Best Tasting Margarita in the area, and using our limited funds, go on a quest for our own best tasting margarita selection. In other words, could we each have a Margarita for less than $20 including tip.

Since everyone has a preference for how a margarita is made and one person may like a margarita and another person thinks differently, the Winos came up with the following criteria for their quest:

  • Two Margaritas for less than $20 including tip (restated from above)
  • Local to the DFW Metroplex
  • Taste... this is a hard one, so we went with both Winos have to agree on taste, else it falls of the list. Note
  • Strength... after the second Margarita, do we need an Uber to drive us home?

Also, other limits applied to normalize the tastings:

  • There should not be an aftertaste... this is a deal breaker that has shot down Margaritas in the past that were otherwise good.
  • Two Margaritas per Wino must be consumed in an hour or less; one Margarita was considered 16oz or less.
  • No "large fishbowl" Margaritas if they exceeded 32oz, else one 32oz Margarita was considered two Margaritas.

Below is a sampling of the Winos' Margarita Tastings. It includes other drinks as well but those were consumed after the tasting was completed for a given location. Do check back periodically as we continue on our quest!

The end result of the tastings to date is... Anamia's Tex Mex Restaurant in Plano or Coppell is the "Winos' Best Tasting" Margarita! (As of May 20, 2018)

PS: Primo's Tex Mex Grille in Garland near Bass Pro Shops is our second choice!














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