I’m a little late this month. The end of May was fast and furious with graduation for Thing 1 and all that entails, getting Thing 2 across the end of the year finish line with parties, art festivals and the like, a family reunion/crawfish boil, and a family vacation to Boston and Cape Cod. And oh yeah, there may have been some lawyering in there as well. But whew, it’s all in the rear view mirror! So better late than never, here is the June Texas wine roundup.
Father’s Day Hog & Goat Roast at William Chris
William Chris is toasting and roasting to Dad on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19th) for their annual Hog & Goat Roast. The event consists of a day of delicious food, great wine, and family fun! There will be plenty of activities such as corn hole, a petting zoo, and a scavenger hunt for the kids. Plus, a new and exciting activity of laser skeet shooting! Live music will be playing under the Oak Grove by the Emily Herring Band. And of course, there will be a Dad-approved menu that includes their famous roasted goat and hog, plus all the fixins!
I seriously need to take Mr. Corkscrew to this! My carnivore partner in crime would be in meat heaven. Tickets are $50 and the event starts at 11:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.
Wine & Food Exploration at Nice Winery with Women of Wine Charities
It’s been a while since I’ve visited Houston’s own urban winery, but I’m certainly overdue for a visit. I’ve always enjoyed their award-winning wines, but even more, I love their giving and charitable spirit. So how perfect that the are teaming up with one of my favorite charities – Women of Wine Charities (“WOW”). WOW is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that holds several wine-related events and educational programs each year to benefit the Houston Area Women’s Center, which serves thousands of women, children and families each year escaping domestic violence, sexual assault or sex trafficking. Their upcoming Wine & Food Exploration event will feature a guided tasting of 6 of Nice Winery’s award-winning wines paired with 6 curated bites. The event takes place Wednesday, June 15, 5:30-7pm at Nice Winery’s wine and culinary education center. Tickets are $65 for members and $80 for non-members.
Signor Vineyards Progressive Wine Dinner
Signor Vineyards is having a Progressive Dinner that looks to be a delicious outing at their estate in the Hill Country. Diners will enjoy five courses in all, each presented in its own lovely spot on the property. The evening will begin in The Grove and then a stroll through the vineyards with small bites before progressing to the Harvest Room for a multi-course dinner. Featured at the Grove will be Gougere Bites with Orobianco Devils Backbone Blue Cheese paired with a bubbles cocktail. The first course in the Harvest Room will feature Hamachi Crudo with Pickled Peach, Jalapeno, Yuzu Shallots and Orange Oil served with Blanc de Blanc. And it just gets better from there! There are two opportunities to take advantage of the event – Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 at 7pm both days. Tickets are $175 for Members and $185 Non-Members.
Southold Farm + Cellar Sunset Supper
Southold Farm + Cellar’s Sunset Supper is quite the fine dining experience. An intimate, ever-changing 8 course dinner that is all-inclusive with one seating starting at 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from May through July. A seasonal, purveyor-driven, and ever-changing menu will be featured that celebrates the land, the labor and the craft. Four courses will be paired with four wines. Think hamachi crudo, yellowfin, and heirloom poussin. Yum! The experiences is $150 per person and regular or vegetarian options are available.
Texas Hill Country Wineries Summer Winemaker Dinner
The Texas Hill Country Wineries Summer Winemaker Dinner is a must attend event that will be held at Tillie’s at Camp Lucy. The event pairs dinner (I spied some shrimp and grits as well as a cowboy ribeye!) from award-winning Chef Andy Knudson with wines from 6 Texas Hill Country Wineries members. Guests will dine family-style amongst owners, winemakers and special representatives from Ab Astris, Lewis Wines, Ron Yates, Duchman Family Estates, Kuhlman Cellars and Bending Branch Winery for one-of-a-kind experience. Dinner is Monday, June 27 at 6pm. Tickets are $225 and are limited, so be sure to scoop yours up soon!
In addition to these featured events, most of the wineries feature live music on the weekends, so there is no shortage of things to do.
Texas Wine Spotlight – Bending Branch Frizzante Rosé of Tannat
I’ve had the Bending Branch Frizzante Rosé of Tannat on a few occasions now and it is such a fun and tasty bubbly. I find that it appeals to both sparkling wine fans as well as those who aren’t as fond (yea, still don’t get that!) given its slightly sparkling, Frizzante style. To be sure, it’s unusual to find Tannat in a rosé style, let alone a sparkling version. But this just screams summer with its fruit forward, easy-drinking style. But make no mistake, it isn’t just porch wine as it will be right at home with a number of foods including grilled chicken. This one was part of my “Yes Way Texas Rosé” lineup, so be sure to check out what other pink wines that need to be in your glass. You can pick this one up at Central Market or order directly from the winery.
Now get out there and drink Texas wine!