Apr 212009
 

A Grand Affair of Wine and Food Awaits You…..This Week in the Houston Area 

Are you ready for some festivity, fun and frivolity? Join wine and food aficionados from Houston and Southeast Texas this week, April 22 – 26, 2009, as more than 100 world-class wineries and chefs showcase their talents at winemaker lunches, vintner dinners, wine seminars, The Grand Tasting, the Sienna Sip & Stroll and the around the world Bistro Brunch. You are welcome to enjoy five unforgettable days of celebration. The Grand Wine & Food Affair is so joyously over the top, you will swear you never had so much fun!

2009 Grand Wine and Food Affair Event details are provided online at:
www.thegrandwineandfoodaffair.com/events.php

I particularly want to highlight two Texas wine events that VintageTexas has been asked to participate:

The Grand Tasting; includes my personal “Texas Pick Six”
Friday, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm; Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, Texas 77478
Attire: After Five Cocktail, Sports Jacket for Men

The Grand Tasting is the hottest ticket in town! This event is a showcase of fine dining and exquisite wines from around the world. The Grand Tasting will feature wines from around the world and delicious tastings from forty award-winning chefs. Meet celebrated New York Chef Laurent Tourondel of BLT Restaurant fame and Robin Miller, New York Times bestselling author and beloved Food Network star of “Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller.”

At this event I was asked to host a “Pick Six” table and will pour and discuss six of my favorite world-class Texas wines for event attendees that provide. Come experience the wines of Texas future. My fave six wines will include:

Texas Hill Vineyards Roussanne 2007
Brennan Vineyard 2008 Viognier
Becker Vineyards 2007 Prairie Rotie – Martin’s Vineyard
Sandstone Cellars III 2006
Llano Estacado Viviano 2005
San Martino Winery 2005 Tempranillo

More details and tickets at:
www.thegrandwineandfoodaffair.com/events/tasting.php?id=63

Sienna Sip & Stroll
Saturday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sienna Sip & Stroll
The Sienna Sip & Stroll, at Sienna Plantation

This event will feature over 40 wineries and a restaurant showcase with culinary delights displayed at 40 tasting tables.  During the Sienna Sip & Stroll, guests may enjoy a host of activities including cooking demonstrations with award-winning chefs.  Mark Towns Flamenco Jazz band will provide great music on your stroll. Sienna Plantation – One Waters Lake – Missouri City

Saturday, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm Pinot Gringos – Texas Grown, Texas Savored
At Sienna Plantation, this panel will pour, present and discuss a selection of fine wines from Texas wineries. The tasting will highlight new grape varieties that exploit regional differences in Texas climate and mineral-rich soils, and conventional varietals that have found particular micro-climates and conditions to excel in Texas.  I will moderate the panel presentation. The panel will involve presentations by representatives from wineries around the state of Texas including: Kiepersol Estates (Tyler), McPherson Cellars (Lubbock) and Messina Hof (Bryan) and Alamosa Wine Cellars (Bend). Eight Texas wines will be poured and discussed, including:

McPherson Cellars 2007 Viognier
McPherson Cellars 2006 Sangiovese
Alamosa Cellars Scissortail (Mediterranean white blend)
Alamosa Cellars Palette (a Rhone style red blend)
Kiepersol Estates 2006 Kiepersol Syrah
Kiepersol Estates 2008 Vit (a white blend)
Messina Hof 2007 Merrill’s Vineyard Riesling
Messina Hof 2003 Paulo Port

Limited Seating: Purchase tickets at:
https://www.thegrandwineandfoodaffair.com/events.php

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