We’re halfway through the year! I can’t believe it! Seems like it was just New Year’s Day when I had the dreaded ‘rona. Well just like every other month, things are still happening in Texas Wine Country. And since I’m so overdue for a trip out there, I think I’m going to head out that way myself. Here’s what’s happening now.
Fall Creek Vineyards Annual Cowboy Festival and Dinner
Fall Creek Vineyards Will Host its Second Annual Cowboy Festival and Cowboy Dinner! Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy with them at their Driftwood location with a cowboy-style dinner, courtesy of Cowboy Cook, Curtis “Curly” Harris, who will be cooking up an authentic menu of the early years of the cattle drives in the 1800’s.
Where: Fall Creek Vineyards, 18059A FM 1826 Driftwood, Texas 78619
When: 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2022
What: The evening starts with Curly providing a short history of the chuckwagon and cowboy cooking while guests enjoy a welcome glass of wine paired with an appetizer of black bean hummus on a tostada chip. Dinner will be served at 6:30 featuring a true cowboy menu:
- Chile Verde, pork loin with tomatillos and green chiles
- Whistle Berry Beans, an original chuckwagon recipe
- Cabbage Slaw with creamy dressing
- Cheesy Cornbread
- Cobbler for Dessert
Price: Tickets are $70 or $65 for Wine Club Members
Wedding Oak Wine Train to Burnet
Something I’ve always wanted to do is a wine train experience. Enjoy the Wedding Oak Winery train as they take you on a wine-fueled adventure to their winery in Burnet, Texas. Passengers will enjoy a two-hour train ride from Cedar Park, Texas spanning the South San Gabriel River while enjoying an intimate talk and a wine tasting flight with members of the Wedding Oak Winery staff. Passengers will disembark in Burnet, where food and wine are available for purchase during a two-hour reception at the stunning Wedding Oak Winery tasting room featuring two-story views, a shaded patio, and a rooftop terrace overlooking the courthouse square. Relax and enjoy the ride as the train returns to their Cedar Park Depot in the afternoon.
Where: Cedar Park Depot, 401 E. Whitestone, C-100, Cedar Park, TX
When: Sunday, July 24, 2022. The train departs t 10:00 a.m. and returns at 4:00 p.m.
Price: Tickets are $70. Want a specific seat, want to sit with another group, or need help booking?
Southold Farm + Cellar Prologue Tasting Series
Join Southold Farm + Cellar for their “Prologue” tasting which is being featured throughout the month. The experience features a tasting 4 wines paired with a set of 4-5 composed dishes.
Think, a beautiful spread of plates made from locally sourced ingredients, and the “prologue” of what is being crafted for their Sunset Suppers, which I’ve previously covered. The experience is 60-90 minutes and held outdoors on their patio (weather permitting). Tickets are $60 per person.
Frosé All Day at Signor Vineyards to Benefit the Fire Department
Join Signor Vineyards as they let Frosé save the day. On Saturday, July 30 all Frosé proceeds will benefit the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department.
And given this heat, isn’t that worth raising a glass to?
Messina Hof Harvest Festival
While it’s not until next month, you don’t want to wait until then. Messina Hof’s 45th Annual Harvest Festival at the winery in Bryan is on deck every weekend in August. Tickets are selling quick with some likely already sold out, but there is still availabilty for their Daytime Harvest Festivals, Moonlit Harvest Festivals, and Outdoor Gourmet BBQ for you to enjoy!
In September, the harvest party moves to their Fredericksburg location complete with grape picking and stomping. I’ve done grape stomping with them in the past and its always a lot of fu
Texas Wine Collective Tasting Series
I’ve previously shared some of the unique tastings that the Texas Wine Collective puts on, including their ‘Taste of Tex’s Wines serious. This time around, they will put three of their Texas wines up against three Spanish wines. The wines will be paired with Spanish bites. There are two different sessions to take advantage of – one at 12:30pm and one at 2:30pm. Advance tickets required and are $55.
Next month its all about harvest, so be sure to keep an eye out for harvest festivals and events all over the place. It’s always a great time.