Mar 052009
 

Write Off the Vine – Texas Wine News: March 5, 2009

Barrels Across Texas

Mission: Barrels Across Texas is an inaugural fundraising event bringing together our local art and wine communities. Artists in various media were invited to donate their time and talents to transform a wine barrel into a one-of-kind artwork. The barrels are being showcased at different venues in and around Austin to promote the Festival, taking place April 16-19, 2009. The barrels will be auctioned off live at an event after the Festival, on April 30th. Proceeds will benefit the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, Dell Children’s Hospital, and the Capital Area Food Bank.

More info at: http://www.barrelsacrosstexas.com/

Texas Wine Tours to benefit the American Red Cross of Central Texas – $280 (ebay)

Support the American Red Cross of Central Texas by
participating in our online ebay auction!

Enjoy 2 long wine tours, including lunch and basic wine tasting fees through the heart of Texas Wine Country with Texas Wine Tours!  Texas Wine Tours…….the PREMIERE way to visit Texas Wineries and enjoy Texas Wines in style and luxury! Visit Hill Country Wineries in a limousine coach with the luxury of a limousine.

Get ready for a fun-filled day in the Texas Hill Country sampling liquid treasures crafted by passionate vintners. Discover several premier wineries aboard the Texas Wine Tours limousine coach with a friendly guide and thoughtfully arranged itinerary. Reserve a place on our limousine coach with pick-ups at most area lodging, or schedule a departure from your front door for a private group outing coordinated by a wine country insider.

Please click on the following link to bid on this item and see the rest of our great listings: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/512centexredcross (only four days left)

Free Messina Hof Winery Private Tour and Tasting for Twenty Giveaway Offer
 
Qualify to win a Free Private Tour and Tasting at Messina Hof Winery and Resort, Compliments of Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo by answering the following questions:
 
1. Have you been to Messina Hof Winery and Resort? Yes ____; No ____.
2. What types of wine events do you like? _____________________
3. Age _____ years; Male or Female ______
4. Where do you buy your wines? _______________________
5. List your favorite three grape varieties.
6. List your favorite three wine brands.
7. How many bottles per month do you buy? ______  Approx. cost per bottle ______.
 
Tour and Tasting Description:
The Private Tour and Tasting for 20 people:  Invite 20 of your favorite friends, family, or business associates to a day in Texas Wine Country.  Enjoy the award winning wines of Messina Hof during a private tour tasting paired with fruit and cheeses.  Messina Hof is located in the center of the state the same distance from Houston and Austin as Napa is from San Fransisco.  It is like a trip to Europe without crossing the Atlantic!
 
How to Enter:
List your answers by number in the reply comment field at the bottom of the blog post at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=596. Deadline for response is Friday, March 13, 2009. Winners of the Messina Hof Tour and Tasting will be selected by a drawing from list of people that successfully respond to all questions. The winner contacted by VintageTexas using the email address used in the reply. Names will be withheld and used only with permission.

Also see: Dinner Celebrating the Texas Bounty from Our Own Backyard: Caves, Prairies, and Messina Hof Resort and Winery (Wine and Cheeses from the Lone Star State) – Event: Saturday, March 7, 2009: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=596

Texas Wineries? Yer Darn Tootin’

From the blog Boots in the Oven: “If you ain’t from ’round here, you might not know that Texas is a major producer of grapes. Wine grapes! Within just a few hours of Austin sit lots of adorable boutique wineries, some of them turning out products that are not just drinkable, but actually tasty.”

I guess that shouldn’t surprise me. I grew up a couple hours’ drive from vineyards in Missouri. If Missouri can do wine, why not Texas?

More comments at: http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/03/texas-wineries-yer-darn-tootin.html

How the American Southwest Wine Region Works
by Eleanor Duse

What comes to mind when you think of the American Southwest? Old movie images of cowboys. Arid desert. Green mountain slopes. Sprawling cities with friendly, laid-back populations. Whatever you think of, you’re prob­ably right: the American Southwest is incredibly diverse.

For the purposes of wine, the American Southwest region consists of six states: New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Colora­do, Oklahoma and Texas. (That’s according to the Southwest Wine Competition, held every year in Taos, NM [source: Toast of Taos].) That means the region encompasses immense geographic variety. You can find bamboo forest and rocky cliffs in the same national park in Texas, so just imagine what you’ll find in six large Western states [source: Big Bend National Park]:

More info at: http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/food-facts/wine/american-southwest-wine-region.htm

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