Texas Wine Lovers Trail – February 7 to 23

Love is in the air, so come indulge in a little wine and some sweets. We invite you to spend a romantic getaway in the stunning Texas Hill Country, sipping and sampling wine and chocolates at the 37 Hill Country wineries. Cathy’s Sweets has created a box of 6 assorted chocolates that will go perfectly with reds or whites. Enjoy the self-guided tour for one or all 17 days of the Wine Lovers Trail. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online. Tickets include one set of complimentary tastes at each winery and one box of chocolates. Special discounts on wine purchases will also be offered to ticket holders.

During regular winery hours. $35 per person or $60 per couple.

Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo 2009 picked Texas Monthly’s Wine of the Month

Patricia Sharpe, executive editor with Texas Monthly, has just named Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo, 2009, as Wine of the Month for March 2011 in her blog, Eat My Words.

Brian Phillips, beverage director and sommelier at Haddington’s in Austin a fairly new Rustic American Tavern serving upscale pub food and an array of hand-crafted cocktails and specialty beer and wine . . . recently served me a glass of this . . . and I was amazed at its full, rounded flavor as well as its levity. (Almost like a Pinot Noir.) It stood on its own as a great sipping wine. This selection is very different than the other Tempranillos we’ve shared in the past, and it’s worth discovering for yourself.

Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 “Ragin Cajun SHRIMP Fest”

Pairing Texas wines with Texas wild-caught Gulf shrimp is culinary magic! Doing this in Texas Hill County, recently deemed by Wine Enthusiast magazine as one of the Top 10 wine tourism spots in the world, makes it even better. One of our most popular events – Cajun food and good wine! “Ragin Cajun” is the name of the event and the wineries along Highway 290 invite you to join them in celebrating the end of winter. Recognized as the #2 wine destination in America, second only to Napa, the Texas Wine Country wants to celebrate! No ticket to buy – just drive to each of the participating wineries and get your serving of a locally prepared Cajun dish paired with a sample of that winery’s fine wine, plus a “throw bead” necklace (how much more Cajun can we get?)!

Free during regular winery hours until samples are gone. Additional wine tasting fees do apply.

Please visit the website, or call 830-868-2321 for more information.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ at Becker Vineyards – November 8

Those fun folks at Becker Vineyards are dusting off the trebuchet ( a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles – or pumpkins!) in celebration of fall. Live music by Doug Moreland & The Flying Armadillos. Concessions will be available along with wine tasting and pumpkin recipe cooking and sampling.

Noon – launching pumpkins every 30 minutes or so.

Becker Vineyards is 11 miles east on Jenschke Lane off of Hwy 290. Call (830) 644-2681 for more information.

Jazz in January at Chisholm Trail – January 17

Join Chisholm Trail Winery will will play jazz tunes from 12:30 to 3:30PM.  Plenty of wood-fired pizza available. For more information about any of these events, please call the Winery at (830) 990-2675 or email them at chisholmtrail@beecreek.net.

To visit Chisholm Trail Winery at 2367 Usener Road, follow 290 West from Fredericksburg toward Harper 9 miles from Fredericksburg, turn left onto Usener Road.  Follow Usener Road 2.36 miles to Chisholm Trail Winery.