designer polos Languedoc region has great potential

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It isn’t hard to find Olivier Dauga in a crowd. Amid the suit coats, ties, and polo shirts, he’s the dude with the wild shirt, bluejeans, colorful glasses and a pair of shoes that leaves one speechless. Modest, he’s not. Self confident and knowledgeable, he is.

Talk about a shoe fetish. Dauga owns so many 62 pair, he admits he reserves one suitcase just for them when he travels.

When he’s not shopping for shoes, Dauga is advising about 20 French clients how to make wine. As a consultant, he often comes to a failing operation, analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the terroir and puts the producer on track with new wines. These wines are usually reasonably priced and satisfy wine enthusiasts with a sense of adventure. A former rugby player, Dauga is competitive and usually gets his way or loses a client.

His company has been known as Val d’Orbieu, but the day we tasted his wines, it was announced that he had merged with a competitor and the company would be called Vinadeis. Collectively, they manage 2,000 wine growers in Bordeaux, Languedoc Roussillon, Corbieres, Minervois and other regions of southern France.

As mentioned in last week’s column, the Portuguese are most well known for their production of high quality red and white Port dessert wines. However, the Portuguese have produced red, white and ros table wines for centuries.

Most of wines were mediocre until the mid 1990s when an infusion of.

(Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr)

As a lot, they are well balanced and not overly extracted with moderate alcohol levels and little oak flavors.

Here are several red wines we liked in the tasting:

Chateau de Jonquieres Cuvee Eole 2012. ($22). A blend of grenace and syrah, this wine from Corbieres has rich, extracted dark berry fruit flavors, a good dose of licorice and sweet tannins.

Domaine Cazelles Verdier Les Pierres Qui Chantent 2013 ($22). This had very broad flavors from a Minervois blend of syrah,
designer polos Languedoc region has great potential
Grenache, mourvedre and carignan. It had ripe notes of blackberry and plum fruit with a hint of spice and easy tannins.

Pinot grigios are popular because of their abundant fruit flavors and a ripe profile that can include some residual sugar. Often dominated by a peach or apricot character, these wines make refreshing aperitifs and can be matched with grilled chicken, salads, fruit and a variety of other simple.

(Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr)

Chateau Les Combes Merlot 2012 ($35). This merlot comes from the Saint Emilion region of Bordeaux. Made entirely from merlot, the full bodied wine explodes with beautiful black fruit flavors and hints of chocolate and sweet vanillin oak.

Chateau Vieille Dynastie LaLande de Pomerol 2012 ($38). This satellite region offers some of the best deals in Bordeaux, although sometimes it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. We liked this blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. There are serious tannins, but generous flavors, herbal notes and good balance.

Wine picks:

J. Lohr Estates Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($35). This reasonably priced, effusive cab has extracted and ripe plum flavors with a dose of dark chocolate and a velvet texture. It is juicy and new World in style.

Tascante Buonora 2013 ($20). We loved this expressive and unique Sicilian wine made with carricante grapes. It’s bright acidity, floral nose and clean, mineral and citrus notes make it a great match for seafood.

Fulcrum Landy Vineyard Petite Sirah 2012 ($45). The producer of some terrific Anderson Valley pinot noirs has applied his talents to the debut vintage of a Russian River Valley petite sirah. Not always appreciated because of its tannic nature, petite sirah is a serious wine. In Fulcrum’s hands, it’s also a friendly petite sirah with varietal blackberry flavors and a hint of licorice.

Franciscan Estate Cuvee Sauvage 2013 ($40). We have raved about this unique chardonnay year after year. Using wild yeasts (“sauvage”), a winemaker never knows what he’ll get. But in this case the winemaker manages to get a rich, expressive wine with lemon and apple notes with toasty oak.

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2013 ($40). Mondavi shows that sauvignon blanc doesn’t have to be a simple, insipid white wine. Its fume blanc, blended with 11 percent semillon, is a contrast between crisp acidity and silkiness very nice.

Rodney Strong Vineyards Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc 2014 ($17). Aromatic and tasty, this northern Sonoma sauvignon blanc has copious peach and pineapple flavors.

Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2014 ($25). The only white wine in the Cliff Lede portfolio, this sauvignon blanc is worthy of the money. With an expressive, floral nose, it maintains a balance of opulent citrus and grapefruit flavors with crisp acidity. A great summer aperitif or a good match to citrus based dishes.

Raptor Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2014 ($20). Richly textured, this Oregon pinot gris has oodles of pear and peach flavors with a hint of lime and mineral.

Murphy Goode Snake Eyes Zinfandel 2012 ($35). You won’t find a more juicy zinfandel to accompany those smoked ribs or grilled hamburgers. Perfect for the grilling season because of the jammy flavors, this zinfandel is packed with lively raspberry, blackberry fruit.
designer polos Languedoc region has great potential

designer polos Lawyer with Texas Panhandle ties brings religious texts to the public

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Lewis’ “Narnia” books and a piece of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

It takes just one Texan: Mark Lanier.

“I wanted to be a preacher,” said the graduate of Lubbock’s Mackenzie Junior High and Coronado High School, head of the Lanier Law Firm and creator of the Lanier Theological Library next to his house in northwest Houston.

But after earning a degree in biblical languages at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., in 1981, Lanier took the advice of a Lubbock preacher that “I should be a lawyer and still teach or preach on the side, and then I could always do it because I wanted to and not because I have to.”

He’s handled his law career and his spiritual work in a big way.

A judge reduced that $9 billion courtroom verdict against the Takeda and Eli Lilly drug firms substantially, but it’s likely to remain in the many millions. That 2014 case is only one of many Lanier and his firm have won since his first big one, a $473 million verdict in 1993 for a small oil company over a big oil firm. One of his firm’s attorneys who has contributed to the success is former Amarillo resident Kevin Parker, whose daughter Amy has worked on the library website.

“I still practice law so I can preach and teach without charging for it,” Lanier said. “It’s just turned out to be a remunerative enough career that I can also build libraries.”

Lanier is 54, but could pass for 34. Relaxing in his library office in an upholstered wingback chair, the multimillionaire appeared more at home in a red Lacoste polo shirt, jeans and Toms shoes with no socks than in his trial lawyer suit and tie. Draped over the back of the chair was an afghan his grandmother had knitted. He said the library resulted from his need for a place to research lessons for his weekly Sunday school class at Champion Forest Baptist Church. He had floated the idea with his wife, Becky, also an attorney and a Lubbock native.

He recalled going to his pastor and saying, “I can’t talk my wife into this. If I build this, you’d use it, wouldn’t you? And he says, ‘Sure, I think a lot of people would.'”

So in 2010, the research facility opened, a 17,000 square foot building based on architectural features at Oxford University.

To design the stone and wood library, Lanier started by calling his son, then teaching at the 900 year old British institution, on a Tuesday and asking if he could fly over for a Friday Oxford tour. “I want you to figure out the seven prettiest libraries in Oxford, and I need to see them,” he told his son. “So he shows me the libraries. I’ve got pictures of him standing on a chair holding tape measures.”

Lanier flew back Saturday so he could prepare for his Houston Sunday school class. “We started building on Monday,” he recalled.

“We’ve got 17 seminaries and grad schools that use this as a principal research library,” he said.

The library has about 85,000 books and 20,000 journals. Lewis, artwork from Lewis’ “Narnia” book series, two copies of the original 1611 King James Bible and a rare fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

“It’s the oldest copy of Amos in the world today,” Lanier said. “It dates from the time of Christ. I’d like to say I’ve got ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one,’ you know, the Shema out of Deuteronomy. No, mine is, ‘Your wife will be a prostitute in the city and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword.’ But hey, it’s in the Bible.”

Similar fragments have sold for up to $1.5 million.

Lanier’s property also includes the Stone Chapel, a 275 seat building with 2 foot thick walls and colorful ceiling art reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel. in Cappadocia, modern day Turkey. A miniature train circles part of the 35 acres, and just outside the library are a full size copy of TARDIS, the police box in which Doctor Who travels in the British TV science fiction series, made from specs from the show, plus a killer robot replica.

For two decades, Lanier has hosted Christmas parties with live entertainment by celebrities from Bon Jovi to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. He appeared in the film “Puncture,” starring Chris Evans and based on one of his court victories. He gets Christian performer Phil Keaggy to do music for his Sunday school presentations. He’s on first name terms with the host of Fox Business’ “Varney Co.”

The Texas Tech law school includes the Mark and Becky Lanier Professional Development Center thanks to a $6 million donation.

But his first loves are his family and faith. He spends hours on his Sunday class, which started with a focus on biblical literacy and has covered church history and Old and New Testament surveys.

In 2014, he published “Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith,” and he’s working on more books, including one tentatively called “Atheism on Trial” and a comparison of the teachings of Paul in light of modern science and knowledge.

He’s spent a year putting together a sensible reorganization of the Bible.

“You read through the Bible in a year, you don’t even meet Jesus until mid October,” he explained.

Lanier’s idea is to focus on the books of John, Acts and Revelation and to include footnotes that guide the reader to the rest of scripture that supports those writings. He hopes to publish the reordered scripture in 2017.
designer polos Lawyer with Texas Panhandle ties brings religious texts to the public