“We might just blow it off, the calculations, and just drive,” said Bistro Vatel chef-owner Damien Watel, who’s in Mexico this week with Gore Design Completion’s Jerry Gore for the four-day, thousand-mile Del Golfo Al Pacifico road rally from Veracruz to Acapulco, with a scenic stop in Cuernavaca.

On the street in SA this week: The Current’s Winter ’08 Flavor, our free keepsake dining guide, featuring stories on Texas olives, the Way Out Wineries, and navigating local wine lists, plus almost 200 restaurant listings. This edition’s especially collectible because it contains all of the medal winners from KLRN’s 2008 San Antonio Wine Competition. Pick it up wherever you get the Current, or in the wine aisle at H-E-B. You can also sample the gold-medal winners (which includes Texans Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Cabernet Franc and Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve) at the 14th Annual Wine Opener Friday Night, swill bubbly Sunday morning against a jazz backdrop at the 11th Annual Champagne Brunch, or overindulge Sunday evening at the 28th Annual Fine Wine and Cuisine Tasting, where local culinary luminaries will dish it with hundreds of domestic and imported wines. Info and tix at

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