Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards – This Weekend

Celebrate grape harvest with lots of ‘stomp me, crush me, make me wine’ action at Becker Vineyards’ Grape Stomp this Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 28 from noon until 6:00 p.m. at the winery at Jenschke Lane off Hwy 290 near Stonewall. Pull off your shoes, climb into the barrel, and celebrate the industry’s original method of grape separation. Admission is free, so bring your feet and prepare to get dirty – or, purchase a glass of wine and enjoy watching the fun! More grape-stomping action returns next weekend at the winery, September 3-4. For information, call 830-644-2681 or visit www.beckervineyards.com.

Fredericksburg’s Weinstrasse “Holiday Celebration & Shopping Extravaganza” – December 07

Enjoy holiday shopping and great specials while visiting three great wineries! Participating wineries are Inwood Estates, 4.0 Cellars and Mendelbaum Cellars. Ticket includes three wine and food pairings at each of the three wineries, a crystal souvenir bordeaux wine glass and a special take home holiday gift! There will be live entertainment at each winery and complimentary shuttle service will be provided by Inwood Estates. Tickets available online.

Noon to 3 pm. $35 per person. Call (830) 997-2304 for more information.

Harvest Wine Trail – August 12-14

glass of becker wineThe hills are alive with the sound of “salute!”.

August brings about the festivities of harvest at our beautiful Texas Hill Country wineries. The annual self-guided trail takes place the second and third weekend of the month. The participating wineries sprinkled throughout the Hill Country debut exciting new wines providing insight into their winemaker’s visions. Please visit www.texaswinetrail.com for maps and other information.

“An Elegant Afternoon” Ladies Style Show, Saturday Aug 6

Join Chisholm Trail Winery in Fredericksburg,Texas, on Saturday, August 6th for “An Elegant Afternoon” Ladies Style show featuring the women’s fashion designs of the JR Collection of Fredericksburg.  The clothing styles will be available for purchase in sizes small to 3X with many items one size fits all.  Parklane Jewelry will also be pairing perfect accent pieces for the clothing.  Piano tunes by Rob Mahoney will enhance the afternoon.  And, of course, enjoy the great wines and delicious wood-fired gourmet pizza attheir winery!
If you are interested in being a model for this event, please email  chisholmtrail@beecreek.net

Chisholm Trail Winery is at 2367 Usener Road, west of Fredericksburg off of US Highway 290.  Call 830-990-2675 or 877-990-2675 for details

Spring Barrel Tasting at Pedernales Cellars – 5/11

A special chance to get a preview of next year’s vintages at this wine trail event.  Book your tickets with www.txwinetrail.com  in order to sip directly from the barrel at Pedernales Cellars.  You will be able to reserve your own exclusive time slot, and to talk one on one about wine and winemaking in the cellar where it happens.  Pedernales Cellars is at 2916 Upper Albert Road in Stonewall.  Call (830) 644-2037 for details.

Grape Creek Vineyards wins big at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Results are in from the year’s first round of competitions, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, with Grape Creek Vineyards garnering eight medals. Chosen to receive silver medals were the 2009 Muscat, Port, 2008 Bellissimo and 2008 Cab/Syrah. Bronze medals went to the winery’s 2008 Mosaic, 2009 Cabernet Blanc, 2009 Cuvee Blanc and 2008 Cabernet Trois. Congratulations!

Wine Road 290 “Vino al Pastor” – June 21

Nine wineries, making up the Texas Wine Road 290 wine trail, in cooperation with the Texas Pork Producers Association invite you to participate in a Saturday event. Each winery will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present VINO AL PASTOR. Vino al Pastor literally means wine & “Shepherd style” meat. Tacos al pastor, is a Mexican dish adoption of a spit-grilled meat, usually pork, served on a taco. Each restaurant will prepare a recipe using pork shoulder meat, usually marinated with a blend of different spices and herbs, and some “summertime” grilling presentation. When you visit the winery during the trail day of the event you will enjoy a wine especially paired with the PORK recipe served using PORK shoulder meat. You will also receive a copy of the recipe enjoyed at the winery.

The wineries along Highway 290 from one mile east of Johnson City to nine miles west of Fredericksburg make up one of the most successful wine travel destinations in the U.S., second only to NAPA. Each of the wineries offer their normal tasting and the PORK pairing taste will not cost any extra.

Wineries participating are Becker Vineyards, Bell Mountain Winery Tasting Room, Chisholm Trail Winery, Fredericksburg Winery, Grape Creek Vineyard, Lost Creek Winery Tasting Room, Texas Hills Vineyard, Torre di Pietra Vineyards, and Woodrose Winery. Wineries recommend that you plan to spend the evening locally (maybe a B&B) and enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants. Some of the participating restaurants are August E’s, Cotton Gin (Cabernet Grill), Navajo Grill, Silver Creek Restaurant & Bier Garten, and Silver K Cafe, with more to be named later.

Come and enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country as you tour some of the finest wineries in Texas, tasting some of Texas best wines while enjoying the Hill Country’s finest restaurants’ creations.

Come and Stomp It! at William Chris Vineyards – September 5

Mark the 5th of September on your calander for the first annual grape stomp at William Chris Vineyards, 10352 US Highway 290 East, Hye, Texas.

The festivities and stomping will start at 10 am and the stomping will be held every hour up through 4 pm. During the day we will also be holding an I Love Lucy and Ethel look-a-like contest with the winner receiving a set of William Chris wine glasses.

There will also be live music by Stan Gillespie starting at noon till 4 pm.

RSVP info@williamchriswines.com or 830-998-7654 with number of attendees and t-shirt sizes.