Fall Creek Vineyards Releases New Label…..MISSION San Antonio de Valero, Honors The Alamo Restoration

Fall Creek Vineyards (Tow, Texas) has just released two new wines under the label, MISSION San Antonio de Valero, to heighten awareness of the much needed restoration of ”The Alamo”  and to help in this fund raising effort.  The 2007 MISSION Sauvignon Blanc and 2006 MISSION Cabernet Sauvignon have been bottled for this new release, which bears a picture of The Alamo on the label.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these wines will go to the preservation and maintenance of the Alamo in accordance with the mission of the Daughters of the Republic, who, in their own words, will….“preserve the Alamo as a sacred memorial to the heroes who sacrificed themselves on the hallowed ground.”

Fall Creek Vineyards Owners, Susan and Ed Auler, are both native Texans, with roots that run deep, and are honored to be able to aid the restoration efforts in this noble cause.  Ed Auler is a fifth generation Texan, who has worked diligently to continue to improve the landscape of Texas both inherently and economically while preserving the heritage for which we Texans are so proud.

 Look for these two wines at your favorite wine retailers and on restaurant  wine lists throughout the state.  These wines are a permanent part of the Fall Creek Vineyards portfolio of outstanding and value-oriented wines and they will offer continuous support for one of our state’s treasures, The Alamo.

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Additionally, a BENEFIT DINNER will be hosted by Fall Creek Vineyards at The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills in San Antonio, at 6:30 the evening of Thursday, November 20th.  Chef and owner Jason Dady will prepare a delectable 5-course seated dinner.  Proceeds will benefit Alamo preservation efforts.  The cost is $70 and seating is limited.  To reserve your place, contact The Lodge at 210-349-8466 or online at www.thelodgerestaurant.com

Mission San Antonio de Valero
Celebrating the Alamo and the Daughters of the Republic

Reception – Chef Jason Dady’s Assorted Hors’ de Oeuvres
SAVVY Fall Martini

1st Course – Fall Squash Bisque with Citrus Inspirations, Mission 2007 Sauvignon Blanc

2nd Course – Duck Confit Ravioli with Sweet Corn, Italian Parsley and Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs, Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay

3rd Course – Pan Roasted Salmon with Fall Ragout, Baby Spinach and Brown Butter Emulsion, 2007 Fall Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc

4th Course – Cast Iron Seared Beef Tenderloin with Mousseline Potato, Baby Carrot and Wild Mushroom “Brodo”, Mission 2007Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert – White Chocolate and Cherry Cheesecake with Candied Texas Nuts and Shortbread Cookie, Fall Creek Vineyards Muscat Canelli

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Award-winning Fall Creek Vineyards is open to the public seven days a week all year long, except for major holidays.  Please see the calendar of events for monthly offerings to the public: 

For more information or to book a private function, call the winery and tasting room, 325/379-5361. www.fcv.com

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Remember the Alamo

The Mexican constitution of 1824 gave the people of Texas rights similar to those enjoyed at the time by the citizens of the United States. But beginning in 1829, there were four Mexican revolutions in six years and each successive government attempted to increase the control over Texas and her people. One Mexican law enacted in 1830 forbade additional American settlers — only Europeans and Mexicans were to be allowed.

Delegates representing the 13 settlements in Texas met at San Felipe, the headquarters of Austin’s colony, in November of 1835 to draw up a list of grievances against the Mexicans and formed a provisional government. They expressed for a final time the Texan’s willingness to remain as a part of Mexico as long as the freedoms outlined in the Constitution of 1824 were honored. To call attention to Santa Anna’s breach of faith and to serve as the flag for people who wanted their rights honored, a variation of the Mexican flag was made which became quite popular in Texas. The official coat-of-arms was removed from the center of the Mexican flag and replaced with the date of 1824 to call attention to the constitution. It was this banner which flew from the walls of the Alamo.

For 13 days, fewer than 200 Texans held off the army of over 5,000 Mexican soldiers. Francisco Ruiz, the alcalde of San Antonio, an eye-witness to the last day of the battle recorded: “The Mexican army charged and was twice repulsed by the deadly fire of Travis’ artillery, which resembled a constant thunder. At the third charge, the Toluca battalion commenced to scale the walls and suffered severely. Out of 830 men (in this one battalion) only 130 were left alive… The gallantry of the few Texans who defended the Alamo was really wondered at by the Mexican Army. Even the generals were astonished at their vigorous resistance and how dearly victory was bought.”

The Alamo fell on March 6th, 1836. In addition to the 182 Texans who died, approximately 1500 of the best Mexican soldiers were killed and another 500 seriously wounded. The Texans in the Alamo were fighting to protect the rights outlined in the Mexican constitution of 1824, and never knew that Texas had declared its independence 4 days earlier.

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