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!














Renso Masi & C Chianti at Central Market #wine #chianti

While shopping at Central Market, Plano, TX, picked up dinner as well as a bottle of Chianti. This one came in at an affordable $7.99. Red Wine Wino is always looking for a deal as well as has a weakness for Chiantis in general... spent some time in Italy and got hooked on them, jumped at purchasing Renso Masi & C Chianti.

End result... went well with dinner Rib Eye Steaks, Shrimp, and Lobster! Both Winos agreed to purchase again, earning a Good Rating!


Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck Wine #wine #traderjoes

Out and about in Lower Greenville, Dallas. Stopped at Trader Joe's for some Two Buck Chuck Wine! Wine selection has always been good as well as their Two Buck Chuck Wines. Not found a wine from Charles Shaw ("Two Buck Chuck") that the Winos have not liked. More Good Ratings for Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck Wine!


Castello Del Poggio Moscato at World Market! #wine #moscato

While shopping... more like browsing World Market in Garland, TX, "stumbled accidentally" into the wine section. Lots of wines to chose from. Of interest to the Winos was the Castello Del Poggio Moscato.

We first tried this Moscato while having dinner at the Olive Garden. Initally, we only could find it at the Restaurant. Since then we have seen it offered at Walmart Super Stores, Total Wine, and now World Market!

Keeping this one in mind, next time we want a tasty Moscato!


Carrabba's Sangria #wine #sangria

Carrabba's Sangria for a pre-dinner wine. Tasty and perfect for the start of a late Dinner outing. Winos agree on this one... earning a Good Rating!


Franzia White Zinfandel #wine #franzia

Franzia White Zinfandel has been a favorite in the past for the Winos. It continues to remain high on the list of Good Wines - wines that we would purchase again in the future where both Winos agree to do so.

This latest purchase came in a smaller box that equated to two bottles of wines. From the pictures below, one can see the box and the Red Wino's feet propped up doing nothing but watching the grass grow! And then, later grillin and chillin with a glass.



April 28, 2018

April 21, 2018

Corbett Canyon Pinot Noir #redwine

Chillin' in the backyard after completing yard work... mowed and trimmed the lawn, grillin' beef fajitas and having a glass of red wine - Corbett Canyon's Pinot Noir, while watching the Corgi do nothing! My life is good as well as the tasty Pinot Noir. Don't let the screw top cap fool you. the Winos give this one a Good Rating. PS: $8 for the big bottle, too!


April 15, 2018

Arts In Bloom Festival in Historic Downtown McKinney #winetasting

Had a great time at the Arts In Bloom Festival in Historic Downtown McKinney today. Enjoyed good food, great music, lots of arts and crafts... and our favorite... wine tasting. The Winos were joined today by a guest... the Sweet Wine Wino, so the Team decided to find a tasty red wine and purchase a bottle for later enjoyment!

So many choices but luckily, a decision was made... First Kiss Sweet Red Wine from Kissing Tree Vineyards in Eddy, TX. Do give this one a try... we understood the wine if offered in Texas at HEB and Central Market Grocery Stores!




Willhoite's Garage Bar in Grapevine #dallasblondeale #bushmills #willhoites

Stopped at Willhoite's Garage Bar in Grapevine the other day to meet up for Dinner with others. Happy Hour was in full swing; decided to try the Dallas Blonde Ale, and then a little Bushmill's served neat! Was a nice way to chill for the day while waiting for the others.


April 2, 2018

Beringer Pink Moscato from Beringer Main and Vine

Beringer Pink Moscato from Beringer Main and Vine gets a Good Rating from the Winos. Sweet so the White Wine Wino liked it; Red Wine Wino liked it too! Went well with grilled shrimp and vegetables!



March 26, 2018

Don Simon Tempranillo

Picked up this bottle of red wine at Whole Foods the other day. Don Simon Tempranillo gets a Good Rating from the Winos! Plus it was only $5.99 for the bottle... tasty wine, with good alcohol content, and both Winos agree to buy again!


March 25, 2018

Rail Yard in Frisco for Margaritas and Wine! #frisco

More fun in downtown Frisco, TX... this time, checked out the Rail Yard and listened to live music and had a Margarita or two! Also, tried a tasty Malbec from Vinalba Winery. Will be back for more fun times... and again the White Wine Wino will need to sample the Malbec before we can post a rating for it. No worries, always ready for an excuse to return to a spot we liked!





Flight of Craft Beer and Sangria at Eight11 in Frisco

Out and about last night. Stopped at Eight11 in Frisco (TX) and had a flight of craft beer before settling on the Blood IPA. Also, Sangria was strong ans tasty, too! Winos will be back for more!





Fetzer Merlot at Cheddars

Dinner at Cheddars, ordered a Fetzer Merlot for a starter. Then, the Philly Cheese Steak. Both were tasty, will have to try another glass of Fetzer before making a rating decision. The White Wine Wino was unavailable to taste the wine. And, of course, the White Wine Wino refused to take the Red Wine Wino's recommendation until properly tasting the wine!


The Pub in McKinney

Had some homemade chips... loaded of course, and a flight of whiskey. Went trout fishing earlier that day, so the Red Wine Wino was extremely pleased! Caught a fish, had fried food, and a buzz from the whiskey! White Wine Wino was the designated driver... no comment on the day's fun. LOL!



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