Celebrate the 2008 Texas Grape Harvest
There are many events and festivals that will be held around the state of Texas leading up to and following October – Texas Wine Month. Celebrate the 2008 Texas grape harvest that appears to be one of the best in the past several years.
Thru Sept. 14: Grapefest, Grapevine. Festival includes a grape stomp, carnival midway, You be the judge tasting and kids’ activities. Biggest selection of Texas wines. www.grapevinetexasusa.com; 800-457-6338.
Sept. 12-13: CapRock Winery Harvest and Grape Stomp. www.caprockwinery.com; 806–863–2704.
Sept. 13: Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival, Dripping Springs. A showcase of Texas winemakers, authors, live music, art sales and cooking demonstrations. www.drippingwithtaste.org.
Oct. 1-31: Texas Wine Month. Festivities at wineries around the state and retail locations statewide include grape stomps, dinners and tasting celebrations….Go Texan! www.gotexanwine.org; 866-489-9463.
Oct. 1-31: Texas Wine Month Wine Trail, Hill Country. Texas Hill Country wineries offer a variety of events and tastings. www.texaswinetrail.com; 866-621-9463.
Oct. 10-12: Gruene Music & Wine Fest, Gruene. Annual festival presents wine with live music and the Great Guitar Auction. www.gruenehall.com; 830-629-5077.
Oct. 18: South Shore Dockside Food & Wine Festival, League City. Event features a celebrity grape stomp, art exhibits, and luxury and classic car shows. www.southshorefestival.com; 281-338-7339.
Oct. 18: Shrimp & Wine Festival, Wichita Falls. Shrimp BBQ plus a glass of Texas wine. www.downtownproud.com; 940-322-4525.
Oct. 25: Food & Wine Fest, Fredericksburg. Highlights include a grape toss. Also enjoy music, an auction and art. www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com; 866-839-3378.
Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Wine Tasting Festival, Round Top. Sample Texas wines, shopping and dining in a great part of Texas. www.roundtop.org; 979-249-4042.
Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Texas Fall Fest & Wine Auction, Horseshoe Bay. Tasting that features many Texas winemakers, wine-and-food-pairing seminar, cooking demonstrations and a wine auction. www.txwines.org or www.hsbresort.com; 877-611-0112.
Nov. 4-9: New World Wine & Food Festival, San Antonio. Includes family activities, winemaker dinners and wine tastings. See www.nwwff.org; 210-822-9555.
Nov. 13-15: Wine Premiere and Reception at Messina Hof Winery and Resort, tastings, food and wine pairing. www.messinahof.com; 800-736-9463.
Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 19-21: Hill Country Holiday Wine Trail. Sample Hill Country wines – kick back and relax. www.texaswinetrail.com; 866-621-9463.
Wine classes at Messina Hof – 3 p.m. Sept. 28 (wines of Italy), Oct. 26 (Germany), Nov. 30 France) and Dec. 28 (Spain). www.messinahof.com; 979-778-9463.
Music and wine at Haak Vineyards and Winery – Performances on Sunday nights featuring top bands and Haak wines. www.haakwine.com; 409-925-1401.