For months now I’ve been meaning to visit the Dallas Museum of Art exhibit, The Mourners. They’re statues from a medieval tomb, representing a procession of mourners from the funeral of John the Fearless from the court of Burgundy. From the posters and such I thought they were life size, but actually they’re more like a foot tall. Gorgeous, though.
The detail is amazing. They’re made of alabaster, there are 40 of them in the exhibit, and I don’t think any two of them are exactly alike.
Anyway, this is their last week in town and TXU (that’s my electric company, for you out-of-towners) sent me a free pass for museum entry and the parking garage, so clearly it was a sign. I called up Vikki & Rosemary, and off we went. After admiring the mourners we strolled through other sections of the museum—I had to visit my favorite painting, Seaside Cemetery. Not the most cheerful picture, but beautiful. Looking at it you can almost feel the chill of the wind and the spray from the surf crashing against the wall. (No pics available, sorry.)
After that we decided to visit a local winery or two. There are, I believe, four within the Dallas city limits. We called one, found out they weren’t technically open but would set up a tasting for us anyway, and scooted off to lunch to give them time to do just that. We went here:
For a selection of good old-fashioned diner fare, a selection of “meat and three” plates:
Then we followed Lee the GPS guy to Inwood Estates Winery. Now, our normal winery visits involve drives through the countryside to a remote location. This one?
It’s in an industrial park not far from the county jail. Go figure. It’s prettier on the inside:
And we had a lovely time sampling their award-winning wines.
Next we called another local winery to see if they were open. The man on the phone said “Yes, we are.” then proceeded to say bunch of other stuff I could not begin to understand. But we drove the three miles across downtown anyway, to the area known as “Deep Ellum” and found this place:
Which was also prettier on the inside.
The winemaker, Benjamin Calais, was perfectly easy to understand in person, and perfectly charming, as well. (The French accent didn’t hurt at all.) Not only did he tell us many interesting things about wine, he was very helpful suggesting pairings for our Day of Cooking. His wines are all named after local streets—only the names are in French. (Everything sounds better in French, right?)
Having gathered two more stamps for our Texas Wine Passports we briefly considered going for a third, but opted for Starbucks instead. Another day, another adventure. And tomorrow? Adventure beckons again. Stay tuned!