Write Off The Vine: Texas Wine News: Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, Texas Wine Events

Write Off The Vine: Texas Wine News – Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival Announces Texas Wine Events

Spring is the time to be in Texas. The sun is shining bright in a mile-high Texas sky, purple martins in flight delight the ear and eye, wild flowers paint a spectrum of colors across the friendly Tejas countryside. In April, cool lingering breezes submit refreshing afternoons and delightful evenings. It is definitely time to stop, enjoy life and get a taste of the Texas wine experience.

Note the following Texas wine events at the upcoming Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival in Austin Texas in April 2009 (See below). More information and advance registration is available at: http://www.texaswineandfood.org. Further contact information: 512-249-6300; info@texaswineandfood.org.

Thursday: April 16, 2009

Savor The Hill Country Winery Luncheons
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

There’s no place like the Texas Hill Country in the Spring – and at each of these three wineries, wildflowers run riot creating the perfect backdrop for the vines. Each winery has a unique and special setting in which to enjoy this leisurely multi-course luncheon. Well-known Texas chefs will create delicious dishes paired to Texas wines. Both host and guest winemakers will talk about their wines, and the challenges of being a winemaker in Texas.
Select the event you would like to attend:

Becker Vineyards
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Chefs: Leu Savanh, Melissa Southern, Ross Burtwell Restaurants: August E’s, Cabernet Grill, Rails Revuelle Wineries: Becker Vineyards, Brennan Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards, McPherson Cellars

Fall Creek Vineyards
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Chefs: Brian Luscher, Jamie Gutierrez , Josh Watkins, Kent Rathbun Restaurants: Abacus, III Forks Steakhouse, The Carillon at AT & T Conference Center, The Grape Wineries: Fall Creek Vineyards, Llano Estacado Winery, Peregrine Hill Vineyards & Winery

Stone House Vineyard
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Chefs: Jeff Blank, Rebecca Rather Restaurants: Hudson’s on the Bend, Rather Sweet Bakery Wineries: Flat Creek Estate, Lost Creek Vineyards, Spicewood Vineyards, Stone House Vineyard Winery Principals: Angela Downer Moench, Rick & Madelyn Naber
Friday, April 17, 2009

Where Terroir Meets Tradition
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
AT&T Conference Center & Hotel, Classroom 101  $50.00

Texas has a wealth of cultural and culinary influences: the indigenous Mexican population, the predominantly German pioneers of the mid 1800’s, the Creole and Cajun influences of Southeast Texas, the cowboy cooks, the more recent influx of Asian and African migrants – all have made their mark in this great State. This seminar offers a chance to connect the dots by pairing these distinct cuisines with the wines of Texas.

AT&T Conference Center & Hotel, Classroom 101

Josh Watkins, Paul Petersen

The Carrilon , The Gage Hotel

Alamosa Wine Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Fall Creek Vineyards, Llano Estacado Winery, McPherson Cellars, Messina Hof Winery, Pheasant Ridge Winery, Texas Hills Vineyard

Stars Across Texas
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Long Center for the Performing Arts  $100.00

Enjoy an evening under the stars while you savor the signature dishes of some of Texas’ best known restaurants and taste the showcase wines of festival guest and Texas wineries. This Grand Tasting is considered the premier wine and food event in Austin and, with the move to the terrace of the Long Center, the event promises to enchant and delight. Chill out in the VIP lounge (an add-on ticket for $40) a luxurious refuge with wines and cocktails from Moet Hennessy, and food provided exclusively for VIP patrons by Aquarelle, Parkside, JohnTesar (formerly of the Mansion on Turtle Creek) and Zoot Restaurant.

The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Antonio Vidal, Carlos Capistran , Dave Hermann, David Bull, Efisio Farris, Elmar Prambs, Emmett Fox, George Thomas, Graham Mitchell, Harvey Harris, Jason Dady, Jeff Blank, Jeffrey Balfour, John Brand, John Tesar, John Tesar, Josh Raymer, Josh Watkins, Kent Rathbun, Kevin Williamson, Larry Perdido, Leu Savanh, Lisa Fox, Margarito Machado, Mark Chapman, Mark Dayanandan, Michael Dei Maggi, Octavia Benavides, Paul Petersen, Peter Lindquist, Randy Morgan, Ravi Nage, Robbin Murphy, Stewart Scruggs, Teresa Wilson, Todd Duplechan, Tomme Johnson, Tony Sansalone, Tyson Cole

Frans Hendriks, Tom Pedersen

Pastry Chefs:
Aimee Olson, Christina Hernandez, Tony Sansalone

1886 Café and Bakery at the Driskill Hotel, Aquarelle Restaurant Francais, Arcodoro Houston/Dallas, ASTI Trattoria, August E’s, Carmelo’s Ristorante, Citrus at Hotel Valencia, Dallas Fish Market, Driskill Grill, Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille, Finn and Porter, FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar, Hilton Austin, Hudson’s on the Bend, Imperia, Jaspers Restaurant, Las Canarias Restaurant at La Mansion Del Rio, Maria Maria, Max’s Wine Dive, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Navajo Grill, NoRTH Modern Italian, Ranch 616, Siena Ristorante Toscana, Tèo Italian Coffee and Gelato, Texas Culinary Academy, The Carrilon , The Gage Hotel, The Grill at Leon Springs, The Lodge Restaurant, The Range at Barton House, TRIO, Uchi, Ventana, Zoot

Texas Companies:
Katz Coffee

Austin Hope, Christian Tietje, David Frick, Denise Shurtleff, Domenica Totty, Don Brady, Ed Auler, Ivan Giotenov, John Olney, Josh Baker, Karl Wente, Kent Rosenblum, Kim McPherson, Michael Eckstein, Michael Young, Mike Martini, Mike Westrick, Paul Bonarrigo, Ralf Holdenreid , Russell Smith, Tom Rinaldi, Tommy Oldre

Alexander Valley Vineyards, Amavi Cellars, Beaulieu Vineyard, Becker Vineyards, Calina, Cambria Estate Winery, Carmel Road Winery, Casa Lapostolle, Clayhouse Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, Edna Valley Vineyard, Fall Creek Vineyards, Four Vines Winery, Franciscan Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, Llano Estacado Winery, Long Boat, Louis M Martini Winery, McPherson Cellars, Medusa and Spellbound Wines (Folio Fine Wine Partners), Messina Hof Winery, Newton Vineyards, Pepper Bridge Winery, Provenance Vineyards, Robert Hall Winery, Rosenblum Cellars, Sterling Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Terrazas de los Andes, Texas Hills Vineyard, Treana Winery, Viu Manent, Wente Vineyards, William Hill Estate Winery

Winery Principals:
Diana Goff, Elizabeth Bray, Galen McCorkle, Kent Rosenblum, Ray Goff, Violet Grgich

Winery Spokespersons:
Bill Golden, Mia Morelli

More information and advance registration available at: http://www.texaswineandfood.org/. Contact Information: 512-249-6300; info@texaswineandfood.org.

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