Whoo! Your girl is tired! After a week in Anguilla (Happy Anniversary to Mr. Corkscrew) followed by a week in Portugal (after being home for a mere 24 hours) followed by all the Thanksgiving stuff, including a road trip to Austin and all the Christmas decorating, I’ve hardly had time to catch my breath. Oh and lawyer life is straight crazy with the Inflation Reduction Act and trying to get my arms around all the clean energy provisions which fall squarely within my area of responsibility. So yes, I’m late with my December Texas wine roundup and there were so many great events the first weekend of December that I missed. But better late than never! And if I can get all the lawyering done, I hope to get out there for a couple of days myself this month. If you’ve never been, do know that wine country is magical during the holidays. So even if you don’t go for any of the special events, it’s great to just visit the tasting rooms and cozy up to a fire pit or two. So what’s going on?
Johnson City Lights Spectacular
Its crazy that I didn’t even know about the Johnson City, Texas, Lights Spectacular. With over a million lights, the city has been dubbed the twinkliest town in the Hill Country. So bright is the display that NASA reported seeing it from the International Space Station! How cool is that?!
The display is centered around downtown Johnson City by the historic Blanco County courthouse. And what a great way to visit some of the local tasting rooms in town (hello Farmhouse, Pebble Rock, Crownson and more!) which I literally just wrote about in my “Johnson City Centric View of the Hill Country” article. The display goes through January 8 and fingers crossed I can steal away for a couple of days with the kiddos.
Kerrville Hills Tasting with the Winemaker
Enjoy an elevated, slow wine tasting experience of premium Texas wines lead by award-winning winemaker (and one of our rockstars!) John Rivenburgh—owner of Kerrville Hills Winery and the Hill at Hye. John will guide guests through a tasting of 5 or more of his 100% Texas wines. The interactive tasting will feature with opportunities for questions and discussion of the winemaking process, philosophy, grape growing and the future of Texas wine. Tastings take place Saturday, December 17 at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, or 4:00pm. Tickets are $50 per person.
Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo Tasting Room Takeover
Join Pedernales Cellars to explore one of the varietals that they shine at – Tempranillo! Join them for an exclusive Retrospective Tasting of some of their 100% Texas Tempranillos. This tasting includes a vertical of Library Tempranillos starting from 2015 to their current new release, the 2019 Tempranillo Reserve with chocolate pairings. The tasting takes place on Sunday, December 11 and tickets are $45.
Burnet’s Christmas on the Square with Wedding Oak Winery
Join Wedding Oak Winery and the city of Burnet for Christmas on the Square. On Saturday, December 10, 2022 there’s wine, music, shopping, and fun in the Wedding Oak Burnet Tasting Room!! A spectacular Christmas celebration in downtown Burnet that includes a bicycle giveaway, snow slide and snow play area, live holiday entertainment, over 125 vendors, a parade, and a visit from Santa!
Texas Hill Country Wineries Christmas Passport Event
Tickets are now on sale for Texas Hill Country Wineries Christmas Wine Affair passport event. Tickets include a complimentary wine tasting and a 15% discount on 3+ bottle purchases at each of the 40 participating wineries in the beautiful Hill Country.
The event begins on November 28th and runs through December 23rd, with 26 days to visit up to four wineries per day. Tickets are $65 individually, or two for $100. With the average tasting fee around $20, each passport ticket has a value of over $1,000 if you got to them all!
Lewis Wines December Pizza Party with Bakery Joju
Who doesn’t love pizza? Join Lewis Wines for a lovely evening with Joju Bakery, sipping on some fine Texas wine and eating wood fire pizzas. And if the weather is right, they may get the bonfire going. If you aren’t familiar with Joju Bakery, Josh and Julie Raymer run their bakery out of Fredericksburg where they mill their own flour from regional grains sourced from Barton Springs Mill. They create incredible baked (or wood fired) goods with seasonal and local ingredients. Tickets are $25 which includes one glass of Lewis Wines as well as your first pizza.
Yoga + Wine at Fall Creek Vineyards
Get your zen on while enjoying the vineyards and sipping on Texas wine. Vino Vinyasa is back in Driftwood at Fall Creek Vineyards for yoga and wine. Vino Vinyasa classes bring together vinyasa-based yoga and fun wine facts through creative yoga poses. Each educational yoga class ends with a comparative wine tasting, inviting you to mindfully taste what’s in your glass while applying what you learned through the pose
Tickets are $30 and the vent takes place Sunday, December 11, 11:00-12:30pm.
Duchman Family Winery Holiday Wine Dinner
Join owners, Stan and Lisa Duchman, and Winemaker, Dave Reilly for a special Holiday Dinner paired with their favorite Duchman Wines. Dinner is five courses (including dessert) and features some Duchman classic wines such as Roussanne and Aglianico, among others. And the menu…oysters and ribeye and quail, oh my!
Dinner is December 10 at 6pm with tickets at $95
Hilmy Cellars Winemakers Dinner at Hill Country Herb Garden
This is the first of two Wine Dinners where Hilmy Cellars is partnering with local establishments. This dinner is being hosted at Hill Country Herb Garden in Fredericksburg and will feature a perfectly paired 5 course dinner featuring Hilmy Wines! As part of the dinner, they will be releasing 2 new wines, as well as a sneak peak of their 2021 Port that still has 3 years to go in barrel! Tickets are limited, so be sure to make your reservation today.
Dinner takes place on Saturday, December 17 at 6pm. Tickets are $150.
Carter Creek New Year’s Eve Party
Join Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa as they ring in the New Year! Enjoy delicious food, drinks, live music and dancing as they say farewell to 2022 and welcome 2023! Buffet or a la carte food options are available as well as all you can drink wristbands. In addition to live music and dancing, Photobooth, Fire Pit & Sparklers will also be available. The fun takes place Saturday, December 31st from 5:30pm-12:30am. Ticket info available here.
William Chris Vineyards Black-Eyed Pea Cook-Off
Think you have what it takes to compete for the title of WCV Black-Eyed Pea Champion? Then join the winery for their annual New Year’s Day tradition – the William Chris Vineyards Black-Eyed Pea Cook-Off!! Not only is there glory on the line, but there are cash and wine prizes in it for those that place in the top 3 spots, with the Grand Prize set at $500 and a case of William Chris wine. Entry fee is $75.
Or, if you want to join in on the fun without cooking, general admission tickets are available for $50 and allow you to sample & judge the entries and help pick the Black-Eyed Pea Cook-Off winners!