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Vallone’s Silver Oak dinner featured in Houston Chronicle

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Above: Matt Duncan, the current generation of the Silver Oak Winery legacy, hosted a dinner and vertical tasting of his family’s celebrated wines last week at Vallone’s.

“One of Yogi Berra’s most famous sayings,” writes Houston Chronicle sports and wine writer Dale Robertson this week, “was in response to a question about a popular Manhattan restaurant. ‘Nobody goes there anymore,’ Berra said dismissively. ‘It’s too crowded.'”

“Had Berra been a wine guy, he probably would have expressed similar sentiments about Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon: ‘Nobody drinks it anymore. It’s too popular.'”

“The younger and hipper a wine person is, the greater the odds he or she will write off Silver Oak as an over-priced, been-there-done-that wine, passé to the nth degree.”

“Some of the city’s most cutting-edge wine lists don’t officially have Silver Oak to avoid looking predictable. However, there’s a good chance that many still keep plenty on hand, hidden away for their highest rollers, who, truth to tell, refuse to drink anybody else’s cabernet.”

“Scott Sulma, general manager and partner with Tony Vallone in Vallone’s Steakhouse, embraces the opposite approach. He’s so happy with his Silver Oak stash – eight wines are on his list – that he’s now featuring three back vintages of the Alexander Valley (2004, 2005 and 2006) to go with the 2010 from Napa Valley, and the 2011 Alexander Valley. Sulma will add the 2011 Napa the moment it’s released this spring.”

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