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06 Publisher’s Letter 08 Events Calendar



12 Oscar Watch Party 2015 LITERATURE

14 Perot Museum Prepared for an Exciting Season 30


18 Focus On: Visual Arts VISUAL ARTS

24 Diversity is Defined in “Concentration” Art Show ARCHITECTURE

30 Force of Necessity



36 713 Carillon Parkway PROFILES

39 Maison Blanche Offers Unique No Prep Paint for DIYers 41


41 Packed at the Shack SANDWICH

43 Ham for Sharing FOOD

44 Wine Time

On the cover: Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s Auditorium Del Parco. Photo by Marco Nirmal Caselli.


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OF ALL THE ART FORMS THAT SHOULD MEAN the most to us as a community, architecture could very well be the most important one, because it lasts for such a very long time and has such a tremendous impact on the environment.

One of the driving forces behind us wanting to discuss architecture is the Southlake Performing Arts Center (To Be Named), which has been in talks and plans since around 2008 and is on the verge of becoming a reality.

When you hear a song you don’t like, you can turn it off, or if you see a painting you don’t like you can look elsewhere. Or as Frank Lloyd Wright said, “A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”

So let’s have a look at some of the world’s most beautiful and innovative creative spaces! The first one we bring to you is from Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano (please Google his work and educate yourself) who was kind enough to lend a presentation to our humble magazine. The building is ‘Auditorium Del Parco’ in L’aquila, Italy!

Architecture is one of the very first art forms; it’s the art of creating spaces for us to live in, work in, eat in, learn in and perform in!

Lucky You.

Also in this issue, you’ll find a nice review by Lamberto on CISD’s talented AP Art students, a home architecture highlight by Starwood Homes and don’t forget to take your kids and grandkids to the Perot for Sherlock Holmes.

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EVENTS CALENDAR MUSIC MAYA BESIER Dallas City Performance Hall March 6th - 7th ALAN JACKSON Verizon Theater March 6th - 7th MIRANDA LAMBERT American Airlines Center March 12th 35 DENTON Denton, TX March 13th - 15th CELTIC MAGIC: FWSO Bass Hall March 13th - 15th LA BOHÈME Winspear Opera House March 13th - 29th ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE: IRVING SYMPHONY Irving Arts Center March 14th SANTANA Verizon Theater March 18th THE BEACH BOYS Verizon Theater March 19th TV ON THE RADIO Granada March 19th & 20th BEETHOVEN’S 5TH: FWSO Bass Hall March 20th - 22nd


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JAZZ WINE TRAINS Grapevine Train March 20th & 21st JACOB CORDOVER Irving Arts Center March 21st STEWART GOODYEAR Winspear Opera House March 21st STEVIE WONDER American Airlines Center March 22nd SIR MIX A LOT Trees March 29th IOLANTA Winspear Opera House April 10th - 18th ARIANA GRANDE American Airlines Center April 1st

ART THE COLLECTION OF NANCY LEE & PERRY R. BASS The Kimbell March 1st - May 24th LORI GREAUD Dallas Contemporary Through March 21st 360 SERIES: IVAN NAVARRO Nasher Sculpture Center March 28th SEEING & BELIEVING: KRISHNA IN THE ART OF B.G. SHARMA Crow Collection Through March 29th H. O. ROBERTSON: A SELFTAUGHT TEXAS REGIONALIST Meadows Museum Through March 31st

OF MONTREAL Trees April 2nd

FOCUS: RONGRONG & INRI The Modern Through April 5th

NICKELBACK Gexa April 3rd


GERSHWIN : IRVING SYMPHONY Irving Arts Center April 11th


COUNTRY IN THE SQUARE Town Square April 18th

PEANUTS....NATURALLY Tower Gallery Through April 22nd

ART IN THE SQUARE Town Square April 24th - 26th GOLDEN LEGACY: ORIGINAL ART FROM 65 YEARS OF GOLDEN BOOKS Irving Arts Center Through April 26th LONE STAR PORTRAITS Amon Carter Through May 10th BENITO HUERTA Amon Carter Through May 17th BIG BEND: PHOTOGRAPHS BY TERRY COCKERHAM Irving Arts Center Through May 31st MELVIN EDWARDS: FIVE DECADES Nasher Sculpture Center Through May 10 BETWEEN ACTION AND THE UNKNOWN: THE ART OF KAZUO SHIRAGA AND SADAMASA MOTONAGA Dallas Museum of Art Through July 19th AUDUBON’S BEASTS Amon Carter Through August 2nd FRANK BOWLING: MAP PAINTINGS Dallas Museum of Art Through August 2nd

FRAMING DESIRE: PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO The Modern Through August 23rd ISA GENZKEN: RETROSPECTIVE Dallas Museum of Art Through 2015

DANCE WOMEN’S CHOREOGRAPHIC PROJECT Eisemann Center March 7th & 8th DIAVOLO Dallas City Performance Hall March 27th - 28th

THEATRE IDES OF MARCH: MURDER MYSTERY Messina Hof Winery March 14th MEDEA Kalita Humphrey’s Through March 29th THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES Kalita Humphrey’s Through March 29th NEWSIES Winspear Opera House April 29th - May 10th ANNIE Winspear Opera House June 23rd - July 5th

FOOD WINE & CHOCOLATE TASTING Messina Hof Winery 1st Wednesday of the Month WINE & CHEESE Messina Hof Winery 2nd Wednesday of the Month

DISNEY ON ICE: FROZEN American Airlines Center March 25th - 29th GREENFEST Town Square March 28th EASTER IN THE PARK Town Square March 28th

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KIDS TARGET FIRST SATURDAYS Nasher Sculpture Center First Saturdays FARMHOUSE ON THE GRAPEVINE PRAIRIE Nash Farm March 7th OLATE RESCUE DOGS Irving Arts Center March 11th TALES AT TWILIGHT Nash Farm March 14th THE DARK CRYSTAL Palace Theater March 20th

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Grapevine Train April 10th - 19th SHERLOCK HOLMES Perot Museum Through May 10th NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON Winspear Opera House June 15th

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The Oscar Watch Party beat the ice again in 2015 at il Calabrese in Southlake, TX! The party which benefited the Muller Film & Television Education Foundation included Magnus Ladue performing Art Tatum Transcriptions, a red carpet for photos and interviewing, wine from Messina Hof and Vodka from Cinco, appetizers from il Calabrese and even a live painting!


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By Rich Romero

With a slew of exciting new exhibits, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science promises the next season at its museum to be one of excitement, wonder and discovery. Already a hit with audiences this past January was the 2theXtreme: Math Alive! exhibit that provided an insight into the endless uses on the subject, many of which were appealing to younger audiences exploring the museum. While the touring exhibit entertained guests in Dallas, Math Alive! used the examples of math in video games, sports , music, fashion and many other daily forms of modern entertainment. As Dallas says goodbye to Math Alive! the museum ensures that guests will continue to be thoroughly entertained throughout the remainder of the season. Eugene McDermott, CEO of the Perot Museum, said that aside from the look at how math shapes the world today, the museum will offer “a travel back in time to celebrate a masterful detective whose scientific methods still inspire us.” The detective that McDermott speaks of is none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary hero, Sherlock Holmes. From February 15 to May 10, 2015, the Perot Museum will be the host to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.


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According to museum releases, the exhibit will transport visitors to Victorian London to collect clues and use the interactive methods applied by Holmes in order to solve a “murder” based in the theme of the exhibit. Not only will guests put their deductive methods to the test, but the exhibit will also have lots for them to look at in wonder. According to the museum, Holmes will feature “a dazzling array of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props and costumes.” Admission to the exhibit requires a surcharge, aside from general admission. The surcharge for museum Members to experience Holmes is $8 for adults, $7 for youth and seniors, and $6 for children. Non-members will pay up front for the museum and exhibit. This price comes out to $27 for adults ages 18-64, $23 for youth and seniors, and $20 for children ages 2-11. The museum also plans to feature several 3D films that will educate and entertain audiences on the Galapagos Islands, robotics, tornadoes, and deep-sea expeditions. For information on these events, prices and more, visit


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The “feel” of the AP Art Show that opened Jan. 26 in the Carroll Senior High School Art Annex Gallery was one of “individualism and expression.” It was apparent that freedom was given to these Advanced Placement students to express their creative sides without limitations of subject matter. What made this art show impactful and interesting were the feelings and interpretations that some of the art students expressed and shared about their “concentration,” which ran through all of their artwork. For Serina Taluja, her concentration was “happiness.” Her artwork symbolized meditation, goal setting, projecting understanding, love, and knowledge. To her, it meant literally being “one with the universe.” Her artwork surely speaks of that; it is contemplative and thoughtful. Morgan Franklin’s concentration was “identity.” She felt that the “inner energy on so many different levels” is what drives her artwork in this exhibition. Her work in oil pastels left no doubt that she is on the right track. “Energy” was Abby Detrich’s concentration, and she showed a very interesting display of hand-done artwork, along with a digital treatment that was displayed over a little ocean of VHS tape. The tape was taken out of its box, which left one wondering just what video, home movie, or data was forever disengaged from being viewed and admired, other than in the inert condition it now was displayed. It makes one think how we could be the product of all of the photos, videos, and images taken over time in different formats of data preservation. The iPhone and all camera phones have created an endless universe of photos and selfies. Seeing the broken VHS tape is a reminder of the images that are lost in long forgotten formats.

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VISUAL ARTS In addition to conventional artwork in different media, the art show also included photography. Duc Tran displayed some photography that bordered on the macabre but with an elegant flare for aesthetics. His photography is based on self-portraits, and he has a good understanding of light, composition, and atmosphere. Duc’s photography is to be admired as an art form that also incorporates an eye for technical savvy. The concentration of Ciara Smith was “synesthesia,” which is when the stimulation of one sense triggers a response in another sense. For example, you see a picture of the ocean and imagine that you can smell salt water. This art show was an experience of leveling the different art forms and “stressing emotion through expression,” as Sarah Banks said. I was taken aback by artwork that seemed, in many ways, more mature in nature because of this self-examination. For any spectator, it was difficult to know what one appreciated more: the art or the artists’ thoughts. For me, it was a combination of both. 


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“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” 


– Frank Lloyd Wright

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Force of Necessity A PE X-A RT L E AGU E A N D T H E C I T Y of Southlake have been talking about an “Arts Center” for quite some time, since 2007-2008 in fact. What a wonderful idea! In order for the idea to become a reality a few questions come to mind. Who will pay for it? Where will it be? What style will it be in? How will it sustain itself once completed? A more useful question to ask ourselves first comes from the mother of all invention.

Photo by Marco Caselli Nirmal

Necessity. What do we need?

Park), a stadium to quench our thirst for dragon fire, an award winning public school system (that lacks a strings program), subdivisions of homes that have almost filled the ranch and farmland that was here 40 years ago, a nature center with miles of trails to hike and photograph, plenty of restaurants, shopping, a wonderful 6-lane parking lot on 1709, and more shopping. We also have an amazing location, minutes from DFW Airport, the geographical center of North America, which is great for those who want to escape from here: you can travel to any part of the globe very quickly from Southlake and then return back to our comfortable bubble.

Well, what do we have in our city already? We have a Town Square (shopping, offices, residences, a movie theater and hotel), three brand new grocery stores within a block of each other, a classic church (White’s Chapel United Methodist), one of the largest ‘nondenominational’ churches in the south (Gateway), a hospital if we get sick (Forest

Why is it though that more and more people, adults and youth, want to escape from here? Why do some of us seem more excited about where we are traveling, than where we live? Why is it (and has been for years) that some kids don’t claim to be where they are actually from when asked? Are they acting out a scene from The Model Millionaire (Oscar Wilde)? southlake ARTS

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Welcome Home.

Welcome to Carillon. Carillon, a master planned community in Southlake is now accessible from Carroll Avenue and Lake Carillon Lane. This new entrance winds around beautiful Lake Carillon into the heart of the neighborhood. Come stroll through 68 acres of parks and greenbelts, relax at the lake, or view the many sculptures and gardens throughout Carillon. Tour the Village District and its French Renaissance style Villas, or unique architecture Estate Homes in the Chateaux District.

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Force of Necessity The answer is that a cultural destination is needed. We need an environment to exhibit and appreciate the performing and visual arts in a structure that is designed by a world class architect surrounded by nature. We need a place for families to go to do more than shop and eat. A place to spend time with nature and each other. We need a creative environment that is the primary attraction and not an afterthought to accompany retail and office space.

Our creative environment this month comes The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) from Renzo Piano, the Pritzker prize-winning proposed a solution. Three wooden cubes, architect who brought the world the Nasher one placed on a 45-degree angle, with a Sculpture Center in Dallas, The Renzo Piano striped larch (wood) exterior. Pavilion in Ft. Worth, the Shard in London, the New York Times building in NYC, Maison Larch was used by Stradivarius and other Hermes in Tokyo and many more. luthiers in the 17th century. RPBW used panels of this wood to create an auditorium that will This is Auditorium Del Parco located in L’Aquila, resonate like a giant musical instrument. The Italy. The city was struck by an earthquake in cube exteriors are clad in 25-centimeter wide, 2009 that destroyed the city’s auditorium. 4-centimeter thick larch tiles. The tiles are protected with special treatment aiming to guarantee correct aging due to a homogenous oxidation process.

Sketch courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop Architects

So let’s look as a community at some of the world’s most wonderful creative environments and ask ourselves, “What do we need?”


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Sketch courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop Architects


Instead of one big box, this structure is broken up into three interconnected volumes. There is a central volume, which contains the actual auditorium, and the two service volumes: the public service area and the performers’ service area. The angle of the largest cube provides rake seating for 238 people, and the outdoor area facing the auditorium can be fitted with seating, making it possible for about 500 people to attend open-air performances, or view the performance inside projected onto screens around the cube.


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The 238­-seat auditorium has a stage that can hold around 40 musicians. Two stepped seating areas facing each other accommodate the audience; the larger has 190 seats in front of the orchestra, and the smaller has 48 seats behind it. The angle of the seats ensures the best possible listening and viewing conditions. The walls’ raw wood surfaces are hung with a series of acoustic panels orientated towards the audience to reflect sound inside the auditorium. The panels, also made of wood but with a high ­quality finish, “soar” in space, in some cases superimposed on the vertical walls but always

remaining detached from them, and in other cases floating in space, hanging from above. What is especially relevant to us here in Southlake and the Metroplex is the size and scope of Auditorium Del Parco. By having a smaller auditorium we can create a more intimate and privileged experience. Why would we build something to seat thousands of people when there is the Winspear or Bass Hall 20 minutes away? We are a small and special town, we should have a small and special auditorium surrounded by beautiful landscaping.

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ARTIST, TEACHER, MOTHER-OF-FOUR CHANNELS PASSIONS INTO LINE OF EXCLUSIVE PAINT PRODUCTS In the world of do-it-yourselfers taking on home renovation projects as hobbies and passions, many rely on both experts and their peers to help identify products and techniques throughout the process. No one knows this better than Annie Omar, who has lived and breathed painting her entire life. An artist and teacher by trade, Annie started Maison Blanche Paint Company after identifying the need for a higher-quality “no-prep” paint product in the marketplace. Growing up as the daughter of two artists, Annie was never far from a paintbrush and can of paint – two things that would keep her busy for hours. After a stint in the corporate world, she soon found herself pulled back into the direction of art and was determined to find a way making a living doing what she loved. Annie opened up a paint store and began

teaching classes to paint contractors who traveled from all across the country to learn her techniques. Eventually the Maison Blanche Paint Company was formed, producing and retailing over a dozen different products in hundreds of retailers across North America. “Stepping into the world of paint production, for me, was about as easy of a transition as I could’ve imagined,” says Annie. “The experiences I had from my teaching studio, Dallas Faux Finishing, led me on a quest to create a line of paint that would eliminate the hassle of restoring furniture, while still giving it a professional, upscale finish.” The magic of Maison Blanche’s flagship product, its no-prep vintage furniture paint, is a formula that allows adhesion to almost any

surface. Once applied, the paint dries to a soft velvety finish and is extremely low in organic volatile compounds, making it a green and eco-friendly alternative to traditional oil-based paints so often used on furniture. The paint also maintains little to no odor, allowing you to create your masterpiece in your garage or home, without worrying about toxins and foul smells in the air during the refinishing. Other products in the Maison Blanche portfolio include vintage outdoor point, lime paint, waxes, antiquing dust, and much more. Annie’s Southern Louisiana heritage is also very visible in the color schemes you’ll find across the product lines. Unique colors such as “Coffee Bean,” “Creole Orange,” “Saint Anne” and “Bayou Blue” are all reflections of her Cajun and French Creole heritage. southlake ARTS

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Maison Blanche featured products include: LA CHAUX FRENCH LIME PAINT Traditional Lime Paint made of pure, European Lime, mixed with natural pigments. Result is an eco-friendly, zero-VOC paint product made with minimally processed natural ingredients making it great for painting walls and furniture. It is also highly alkaline, so it’s naturally resistant to fungus and mold as well as being anti-bacterial, which is ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and children’s rooms. More textural than chalk-based paints. GLITTERATI SPARKLE VARNISH MBPC’s Glit terati Sparkle Varnish is a water-based, clear matte varnish that contains real flakes of glitter. Glitterati can be used to enhance and protect any surface that has been painted with water-based paint. Make a whole wall shimmer or add a twinkle to painted furnishings. Glitterati provides a veil of sparkle to walls and craft projects while affording the protection of a varnish at the same time.

ANNIE’S RESERVE Annie’s Reserve Antique Glazes is an exclusive line developed by artist and founder Annie Omar. The special colors are from her own private collection of color recipes that she developed over many years as a decorative painter. The water-based tinted gel glazes dry to a satin finish. Annie’s Reserve can be used on furniture and walls to create an aged appearance, as well as accent ornate details on furniture and mouldings. Annie’s Reserve Antique Glaze is also suitable for use directly on top of furnished and stained wood. LE DIRT Maison Blanche’s Le Dirt Antiquing Dust is a special detail that gives your painted finish an authentic, unique look. This powder aids in polishing wax topcoats to a subtle sheen and settles into crevices. Similar to an old salvaged piece of furniture that has been sitting in a dusty attic, Le Dirt gives off a look that appears almost

as if a fine layer of dust has settled into the nooks and crannies. Use Le Dirt in conjunction with other Maison Blanche products to create an authentic, delicately aged finish. ABOUT MAISON BLANCHE PAINT COMPANY The result of years of experience and hard work from mother-of-four Annie Omar, Maison Blanche has established itself as one of the leading no prep paint products on the market. Their products, available in nearly 30 states across the nation and in Canada, are sold in hundreds of boutique retailers that act as partners and educators for the brand. The Maison Blanche portfolio includes Vintage Furniture Paint, Vintage Outdoor Paint, La Chaux French Lime Paint, Antique Wax, Lime Wax, Organza, Varnish, Glitterati Sparkle Varnish, Translucide Glaze, Annie’s Reserve, Glacage, Le Dirt, Le Craque, and Le Masque. For more information, please visit


On February 13th ‘The Burger Shack’ on the north side of 1709 had a capacity crowd for Vinyl Revue. If you’ve parked on 1709 and glanced north towards Bicentennial park you’ve seen the Burger Shack. It is the only establishment in Southlake with art work on it’s exterior (a patriotic mural) and it’s also the only restaurant in Southlake that offers kids a place to perform original music live for their friends, families and fans. The only other establishment to show original live music in Southlake is the Starwood club, a private event space. Both the Starwood and the Burger Shack are owned by Southlake Resident Tom Stephen. Tom and the Burger Shack should be commended for their contribution to our area’s culture (and also for their breakfast that begins serving at 7am)!

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Stevie Wonder

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX Sunday, March 22, 2015 8pm If you had to count the most influential composers and artists of the 20th century, you’d have to have Stevie Wonder in the top 10. Lucky for us he is still alive and touring! Stevland Morris is a man of cultural significance. He has recorded over 30 top ten hits and received over 22 Grammys, and vested significant humanitarian efforts for Africa and the blind. If you watched the Grammys this year, you saw a tribute to him. For those that might be unfamiliar with Stevie Wonder’s music, here is a list of records worth downloading to your iThing or Android. Introduce the kids to Stevie Wonder and catch him at the AAC while you still can!


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CLASSIC STEVIE WONDER PERIOD (1972-1976) Songs In The Key Of Life A double album that has been sampled (borrowed by rappers) numerous times and of which he played the majority of the instruments, quite a feat in 1976, two decades before auto-tune Talking Book (Superstition, originally written for Jeff Beck and covered by Texan Stevie Ray Vaughn) Innervisions (Higher Ground, covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the 90s) MOTOWN PERIOD (1968-1969) My Cherie Amour For Once In My Life


“HAM FOR SHARING� is a great sandwich to start off spring. To start we use a delicious tavern ham sliced paper thin. It rests comfortably on a bed of freshly sliced iceberg lettuce and thinly cut red onion. On top, a newly sliced California avocado and vine-ripened tomato. All this is wrapped in soft buttery American cheese and placed on soft marble rye bread. What makes this ham sandwich so special is the dressing and the seasoning. Sweet and spicy honey Sriracha mustard and a generous covering of black pepper. A great balance between the meat, vegetables, dressing, bread, and seasoning bring this sandwich all together with a refreshing spring-like quality that will brighten your day.

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An award winning Texan wine, locally. MESSINA HOF

Paulo International Messina Hof has moved into our neighborhood and brought their Paulo line with them! The Messina Hof Paulo line is their highest tier of wine and features only the finest wines they produce from nearly 40 years of winemaking. The Paulo varietals are not produced in consecutive vintages and feature only the best possible fruit of a particular year. They are meticulously handcrafted from vine to bottle by father and son winemakers Paul V. Bonarrigo and Paul M. Bonarrigo. Paulo bottlings number less than 3000 bottles per vintage with some bottlings under 1500 total bottles. The Paulo wines are all dry red varieties and are only offered for purchase at the three Messina Hof wineries (Bryan, TX / Fredericksburg, TX / Grapevine, TX) or through the Messina Hof Wine Club. There are several outstanding wines over at the hotel converted winery, the first that we recommend is the Paulo International blend. The handcrafted Paulo International is a rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc done in a Bordeaux style. It is aged in fine European oak for one year and then a second year in American oak. The Paulo International is 100% Texas fruit sourced from the Rea Gae Vineyards, Young Vineyards, and Smotherman Vineyards in the Texas High Plains. The wine is dark and rich with warm vanilla and berry flavors. The Paulo International has won Gold Medals at the Taste Guild International and Lone Star International Wine Competitions, Grapefest’s People’s Choice Tasting Classic, Best of Texas and was a Champion at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.


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