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It’s the season for sipping wine, and this week’s events prove it. From a rose tasting and wine glass class to a sip-and-shop pairing bubbly with Parisian perfumes, wine takes center stage. It’s also the 100th birthday of an iconic Napa winemaker, and a local gourmet grocer will celebrate with a free tasting of his wines at all store locations. Finally, end the holiday weekend with a pop-up brunch and a tasty, musical event.

Wednesday, May 24

Rosé All Day at 3 Vino
The Roanoke wine bar and bottle shop will pour rosés all day during this “drink pink” wine tasting. The $25 price includes five tastings of rosé along with a cheese board. Visit anytime from 3:30-8 pm.

Thursday, May 25

National Wine Day Riedel Glass Tasting at Hotel Vin
The downtown Grapevine hotel will host a wine education class that will highlight the importance of wine glasses. Participants will taste four wines, each served in varietal-specific glassware by Riedel. Sip and see how wine glasses can affect the wine tasting experience. The tasting is $35, or pay $100 to take home the whole Riedel wine glass set. (Prices do not include tax or a small service fee.) The tasting will run from 6-7:30 pm, and check-in begins at 5:30 pm.

Champagne Showers Bring May Flowers at The Kimpton Harper
The downtown hotel will host a perfumed pop-up in partnership with luxury Parisian fragrance house, Diptyque. Guests can sip bubbly and floral-themed cocktails paired with light bites while perusing the perfumery’s latest products, including their newest scent of the season. The event is complimentary with an RSVP to jvielhauer@pivothotels and will run from 6-8 pm at Refinery 714, the hotel’s 24th floor bar.

Friday, May 26

John Wayne Day in the Fort Worth Stockyards
Celebrate the Duke’s birthday with coffee and cocktails at John Wayne: An American Experience in the Fort Worth Stockyards. From 9 am-3 pm, the museum dedicated to the iconic actor will share complimentary cookies and samples of Gold Handle Coffee, named for the gold-handled coffee mugs Wayne would give the cast and crew of his movies. Or visit starting at 4 pm for a ticketed private party that comes with cocktails made with Duke Spirits, bandana embroidery, hat branding, and appearances by members of the Wayne family, including his children. Tickets are $41.95 and the event will run from 4 – 7 pm.

Saturday, May 27

Grgich Hills Wine Tasting at Central Market
The gourmet grocer will celebrate the 100th birthday of Mike Grgich, the legendary California winemaker who established Grgich Hills Estate and is recognized for putting Napa Valley on the wine world’s map back in the 1970s. Visit starting at 12 noon for a complimentary tasting featuring Grgich’s wines, including a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chardonnay, and a Sauvignon Blanc. The tasting will be available at all Central Market stores.

Sunday, May 28

Gnocchi Dokie Pop-up Brunch at Rancho Loma Vineyards
Following a pasta-making class there on Thursday, Gnocchi Dokie chef Ryan Fussell will return to the Near Southside winery to serve a special brunch. The menu will include Mama Kat's Honey & Buttermilk Biscuits, Piccata-Lox Devlied Eggs, Red Velvet Ricotta Gnocchi n Creme, Brunch Lasagna, Sunrise Sausage & Polenta. All items will be served a la carte, and the brunch will take place from 1-4 pm. Secure a reservation here.

Cowtown Unplugged at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel
The Omni Fort Worth is offering an incentive to book a Memorial Day weekend staycation: the Cowtown Unplugged singer-songwriter concert and foodie event. A VIP-package dinner before headliner Cory Morrow takes the stage will feature coffee and peach smoked buffalo brisket, honey habanero glazed pork spare ribs with cheddar blue grits, and Texas spiced chicken with smoked gouda mac and cheese. All packages include a Texas-themed breakfast buffet the next morning, including made-to-order breakfast skillets with brisket and green chili pulled pork. Packages start at $299 per couple and can be booked here.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

9 DFW companies clock in among Forbes' best employers in Texas for 2023

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Dallas-Fort Worth continues to prove it's home to some of the best businesses in the state. Two local employers in fact - Texas Oncology and Fidelity Investments - have moved into highly coveted top-10 spots on Forbes' 2023 list of "America’s Best Employers By State".

The prestigious list is a collaboration between Forbes and Statista to survey the satisfaction levels of tens of thousands of workers employed by national companies.

Dallas-based Texas Oncology - the largest cancer treatment and research providers in the state - earned a rank of No. 6. Forbes says there are more than 4,700 workers employed by the oncology network.

On its career website, nurse leader Nicole Forkner, BSN, RN, OCN said Texas Oncology has been her "home away from home" for nearly two decades.

"So many of our patients have left a lasting memory with me. Not only are we healing their heart, mind, and soul, but they are healing ours too," Forkner said. "The guidance we have received from our amazing Texas Oncology leadership team has led us through hurricanes, ice storms, new initiatives, software changes, and the COVID-19 pandemic."

Fidelity Investments made major gains in 2023. Though the company might be based in Boston, Massachusetts, its big presence in Westlake (coupled with a great work environment and advancement opportunities) propels it to the top year after year. The financial services corporation climbed to No. 9 in Texas this year, after ranking No. 22 in Forbes' 2022 list. There are about 61,000 people employed by Fidelity, according to the report.

Forbes explains that those on the list "aren’t the best large or midsize employers nationally, but a deeper look at which companies are closer-to-home options for every American worker."

Forbes and Statista determined their rankings by surveying 70,000 Americans working at employers in the U.S. with at least 500 employees each. The final list features 1,392 highly recommended employers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 270 employers ranked highly in multiple states.

Here are the 30 best large employers in Texas, as determined by Forbes and Statista:

Dallas-Fort Worth:

  • No. 6 – Texas Oncology, based in Dallas
  • No. 9 – Fidelity Investments (based in Boston; major corporate hub in Westlake)
  • No. 14 – Capital One (based in Richmond, Virginia; major corporate hub in Plano)
  • No. 17 – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas
  • No. 22 – Southwest Airlines, based in Dallas
  • No. 24 – Texas Health Resources, based in Arlington
  • No. 25 – General Motors (based in Detroit, Michigan; major assembly hub in Arlington)
  • No. 27 – City of Plano
  • No. 28 – Toyota North America, based in Plano


  • No. 3 – Google (based in Mountain View, California; major corporate hub in Austin)
  • No. 13 – Apple (based in Cupertino, California; major corporate hub in Austin)

San Antonio:

  • No. 2 – H-E-B (based in San Antonio; more than 300 stores in Texas)
  • No. 26 – University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Houston area:

  • No. 1 – NASA (based in Washington, D.C.; Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake)
  • No. 4 – Houston Community College
  • No. 5 – Houston Methodist
  • No. 6 – Texas Children's Hospital
  • No. 18 – National Oilwell Varco
  • No. 19 – Bechtel (based in Reston, Virginia; major corporate hub in Houston)

Throughout Texas:

  • No. 8 – Salesforce (based in San Francisco, California; offices in Austin and Dallas)
  • No. 10 – IKEA (based in Sweden; five stores in Texas)
  • No. 11 – Costco (based in Issaquah, Washington; 38 stores in Texas)
  • No. 15 – Cardinal Health (based in Dublin, Ohio; 23 locations in Texas)
  • No. 16 – Microsoft (based in Redmond, Washington; offices in Austin, Dallas, Friendswood, Frisco, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands)
  • No. 20 – Leidos (based in Reston, Virginia; locations in San Antonio, Houston, and Webster)
  • No. 21 – Cisco Systems (based in San Jose, California; offices in Austin, Dallas, Irving, Richardson, Houston, Laredo, and San Antonio)
  • No. 23 – IBM (based in Armonk, New York; offices in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Frisco)
  • No. 29 – Nike (based in Beaverton, Oregon; 26 locations in Texas)
  • No. 30 – Charles Schwab (based in San Francisco, California; 25 locations in Texas)

Award-winning Mexican restaurant hits the jackpot at new Denton location

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A DFW restaurant that's earned national acclaim has opened in Denton: El Rincón del Maiz, previously of Garland, is now located at 1431 E. McKinney St. in Denton where it's winning over locals with its Tex-Mex classics and vegan dishes.

Now in a small center east of Denton Square, the family-owned restaurant from husband-and-wife Carlos Guillez and Michell Torres, and their son Gerardo Guillen, first opened in a former Sonic Drive-In November 2021.

They quickly drew praise including making a 2022 list by Bon Appétit of the Best New Restaurants in America (which strangely identified them as "the Saporito family"), as well as winning the 2023 CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant.

"We were so encouraged," Carlos says. "We'd decided to open because my wife was such a good chef that everybody would tell her, 'You need to open a restaurant.'"

But they discovered that the majority of their clientele were coming from outside Garland.

"Pretty much all of our customers were from areas north of Dallas, and some were driving 30 to 45 minutes," Gerardo says. "People kept saying, 'You need to move north.'"

They almost ended up in McKinney but negotiations were taking too long, and then the Denton spot opened. It's only a half mile from the Square, and has enviable proximity to TWU, UNT, the Denton County courthouse, and the Denton sheriff's office, all representing a built-in audience for their award-winning food.

Their recipes come from south Mexico including dishes like panucho — refried tortillas topped with black beans, choice of protein, coleslaw, and red onion; and enomoladas — corn tortillas with chicken, mole, red onion, and sesame seed.

A longtime home cook, Torres is also vegan. When she crafted the standard Mexican menu, she created an entire vegan menu, as well, using plant-based items like jackfruit and cauliflower to substitute for meat items, served on eye-catching tinted tortillas in flavors such as cilantro, beet, chipotle, and chocolate.

Since moving to Denton, they've added new dishes such as vegan pozole; vegan menudo made with mushroom; and vegan huevos con chorizo, featuring scrambled tofu, a vegan version of chorizo, and black beans, with choice of fried plantains or spicy potatoes.

These days, they're reveling in packed crowds on weekends, and they still haven't even gotten their liquor license yet (it's pending).

And here's one sweet irony: "We've seen customers from Garland coming to Denton," Gerardo says.