Saturday, October 26, 2013

Gala at the Fairmont Hotel #DalChildrenThr

Saturday evening before we left for Sonoma, we attended a benefit for Dallas Children's Theater at the Fairmont Dallas. Carol J. Bufford (amazing) was the guest singer at this Cabaret Gala. Because Clampitt Paper is a contributor, we got pretty good seats at a table near the front of the Venetian Room.  
Before the show we attended a cocktail gathering outside the Venetian Room in the lobby and guess who I ran into!

 The Cat in the Hat is on stage now until October 27. It is a must see for little ones! I taught first grade for 12 years and Dr. Seuss was always in my reading lessons. In fact, he has a lot to teach adults as well in my opinion!

After the cocktail hour, we were ushered into the Venetian room where the beautiful tables were adorned with desserts and champagnes, wines, and gifts bags for each attendee. Sweet! Guess who was standing at the door greeting the guests!!!!

Ruth Buzzi-famous actress/comedian on Rowen and Martin's Laugh-In in the 60's. Well, I was very young then, but I do remember her! She was born in Westerly, Rhode Island where Don and I stayed last weekend. Small world!

Anyway, I'm getting to the wines we had that evening. At the cocktail hour, I had a 2011 Acacia Unoaked Chardonnay ($15). Acacia was one of the first California Wineries to establish a reputation for vineyard designated Pinot Noir based on purchasing grapes. Today the winery produces highly-styled wines from single vineyards. It continues to honor the principle that only true reserves are those that undeniably express a distinctive vineyard. This wine is light and crisp, with notes of pear and apple. Easy to drink!

One wine we had in May was a 2011 NIght Harvest Chardonnay ($6) by R. H. Philips in Napa Valley, more specifically Esparto, CA. I could only find one page of a website about this winery, but it's listed in the Napa Valley wine list. Good luck finding it!

I've also had a nice Sauvignon Blanc in the hotel bar one evening after we had dinner. It was a 2011Terre di Gioia Grave del Friuli ($40) a family production of small quantity from the northern hills of italy - bright & lean. Very nice!

I've included the front and back label so you can read the description of the land where this was grown. Sounds romantic! We must make it to Italy!