Black Eyed Pea Cook Off – January 1

If eaten on the first day of the year, a dish of black eyed peas is a New Year’s tradition thought to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year.

Join the festivities at Torre di Pietra 10 miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas, on US Hwy 290 for a Southern-style cookoff and Jam Session. Call 830-644-2829 for more information.

Wine and Wildflower Trail at Grape Creek Vineyards – 4/1-2 & 8-9

Grape Creek VineyardsSpring is a time of renewal. It’s a time to enjoy and take in nature and it’s fruits…to see the beautiful Wildflowers and the blooming grape vines in the Hill Country of Texas, and to taste the wonderful Texas wines produced from those grapes.

REFRESH & REPLENISH YOUR SPIRIT by enjoying a glass of your favorite Grape Creek wine on our outdoor patios while taking in the beauty of Spring in the “Tuscany In Texas” Hill Country at Grape Creek.

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They will have wine tastings in both tasting rooms, Cellar and Barrel Tasting Tours, fare from their Italian Picnic Market, Wine Club pick-ups, and Live Music on the patios. April 2nd and 3rd will feature Callie Smith and April 9th and 10th features Lonnie Lett.

For the Texas Hill Country Wineries trail ticket holders, visit Grape Creek for a mouthwatering treat of summer sausage with their private label jalapeno mustard wonderfully paired with their Cabernet Trois and Cabernet Blanc. Trail ticket holders will also receive a 15% discount on all 3 bottle purchases.

Grape Creek Vineyards is at 10587 Highway 290 East.

Port and Stilton Tasting at Becker Vineyards Today and Tomorrow

glass of becker wineTaste port and stilton blue cheese, also try port shots at Becker Vineyards, Highway 290 East of Fredericksburg. Sample caramel, shoot some port and chase it with chocolate. This tasting is complimentary. Hours are Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday noon – 6:00pm.

Chisholm Trail’s 11th Birthday – June 2

Chisholm Trail Winery‘s biggest celebration of the year with bagpipes from noon to 2, birthday cake and pinata at 1pm, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and live music in the tasting room featuring Thomas Michael Riley from 2 to 5 PM.  Great wines and wood-fired pizza served all day. Chisholm Trail Winery is at 2367 Usener Road, 9 miles west of Fredericksburg on US Highway 290. Call 830-990-2675 for details.

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.

Oval Oven Restaurant opens at Chisholm Trail Winery

Chisolm Trail Winery opens Oval Oven Gourmet Pizza restaurant
Chisholm Trail Winery is pleased to announce that their new restaurant, The Oval Oven, is now open every Fri, Sat, and Sun from 12-6, featuring wood-fired Gourmet Pizza!

The wood-fired brick oven sears your pizza at 800 degrees for a unique crisp, golden brown crust.   Freshly made dough, house-made and local cheeses, and the freshest, premium ingredients all combine to make this a gourmet pizza experience you won’t soon forget!

On March 19, Chef Mike of The Oval Oven Restaurant at Chisholm Trail Winery will prepare a delicious pasta dish for sampling, as art of the Wine Road 290 “Vino and Pasta” event.

Chisholm Trail Winery is 9 miles West of Fredericksburg, Texas, at 2367 Usener Road.  Call 877.990.2675 for more information.

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.

3rd Annual Bluebonnets, bluegrass and BBQ – April 6-7

Join Becker Vineyards for the 3rd Annual Bluebonnets, Bluegrass, and BBQ! Robert Becker, brother of Dr. Richard Becker, proprietor, will bring his Bluegrass band Woodstreet Bloodhounds back to the winery, Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. both days. There is no cover charge for the music. Barbeque concessions will be Smokin’ Willies Smoked Meats, of Dripping Springs, TX, and West End Pizza with BBQ Pizza, of Fredericksburg, TX. They will begin serving food from Noon until out.

An additional new event will be the Sunday Pig Roast-off beginning at 12 Noon until out. Teams will compete for Peoples’ Choice Awards. Wild Texas Hogs will sponsor the event. For those interested in participating as an individual cook or team of cooks, the fee is $50 per person. Contact 830-644-2681 x 311 or kjbothum@gmail.com.

Becker Vineyards has also won two awards from the American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC), Boca Raton, FL: Double Gold with the 2012 Viognier and Silver with the 2011 Cabernet-Syrah Reserve. Choosing to recognize wineries that grow their grapes in American soil, the AFWC personally invites each participant to be judged by our stellar panel of Sommeliers, Restaurateurs, Wine Educators, Wine Buyers, and Wine Writers. Medals earned are well deserved and reflects a wine of excellence.

Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg, 3 miles west of Stonewall, off US Hwy 290 at Jenschke Lane. For more information contact: 830-644-2681

Kiolbasa and Cabernet at Grape Creek Vineyards – September 8

Enjoy a complimentary food and wine pairing by Grape Creek Vineyards, 10587 East US Highway 290,  and Cabernet Grill for this Wine Road 290 event!  This will be a fun day to visit the winery and sample a delicious Kiolbassa culinary delight courtesy of the Cabernet Grill and some great Grape Creek Cabernet. Live Music on the patio as well! The winery is open from 10am-6pm. Kiolbassa will be available from 11am-3pm or until the food runs out. Also, be sure to join them for a complete wine tasting and one of their Cellar and Barrel Tasting tours.

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!