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We may be in the throes of a VERY hot summer, but the wine does not stop. I mean, we do have a/c after all. And given its elevations and the fact that it’s a wine growing region with lower humidity, the evenings tend to be fairly nice in the Texas Hill Country. So pack a picnic and head on out to Texas Wine Country. As always, they have a lot going on. And yes, there’s some yoga involved…

Texas Wine Collective Ice Cream and Wine Pairing

Texas Wine Collective always has the most fun pairing events. July is here and nothing says summer like ice cream. So of course, these fun wine peeps are pairing ice cream and wine together. How could two of these favorite things possibly go that well together? You gotta show up to find out. Ice cream is being scooped Saturday, July 15th during multiple sessions: 11:00, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00pm in their Boardroom.

Advance Reservations are required $45 per person Click here to book!

Yoga & Wine with Vino Vinyasa

Vino Vinyasa, which combines wine education and yoga classes is headed out to Fall Creek Vineyards in Driftwood. Recently, I finally got to say namaste and join one of these classes and so enjoyed.

It was great to actually work for my wine. The class weaves fun wine facts into yoga flows and concludes with a wine tasting. Tickets are $30 and you’re bound to experience some tasty wine. Sunday, July 9th at Fall Creek Vineyards 

Texas Wine Collective Taste of Texas Wine Series: Texas vs Spain

Another good one from the folks at TWC. I love these comparative wine events that they do. This time, they will put three of their Texas wines up against three Spanish wines. I’m thinking there may be some Tempranillo swirled in some glasses. The wines will be paired with Spanish bites. The event takes place Sunday, July 23rd, 2023 with 2 sessions at 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Advanced Tickets Required $55 – Wine Club Members Tickets $50 Click here for tickets.

Becker Vineyards Reserve Library Tasting

One of my favorite tastings ever at Becker Vineyards was their Library Tasting in their beautiful underground barrel cellar. To be sure, Becker is a busy place and short of going when they first open, I always find myself fighting for room. For me, this is the way to enjoy and see what they are all about. Guests begin their experience with a behind the scenes tour of our wine production area that culminates with an exotic and delectable wine and cheese pairing in a fabulous setting. The next iteration is Saturday, July 22 at noon. Tickets are $75 per person.

Lost Draw Cellars + Nice N Easy Brunch

This is such a fun collab between Lost Draw and Nice N’ Easy cocktail bar for an extraordinary brunch experience you won’t want to miss. This scrumptious brunch adventure is guaranteed to titillate your taste buds and leave a lasting impression. The fun kicks off at the stunning new Lost Draw Johnson City location, setting the stage for a splendid day. Delight yourself with a brunch bite crafted to pair perfectly with their outstanding selection of Texas wines. Then you’ll continue your boozy brunch journey at Nice N’ Easy, Johnson City’s renowned cocktail bar. Savor yet another bite of an appetizing brunch offering meticulously matched with invigorating beers and alluring drink concoctions. Witness the fusion of flavors and expertise as Lost Draw and Nice N’ Easy unite to create an unforgettable brunch affair.

Brunch takes place July 23 beginning at 11am and tickets are $75.

Wedding Oak Winery’s Pecan House Grill Wine Pairing

Take advantage of an outstanding opportunity to enjoy the excellent cuisine of Pecan House Grill in San Saba paired with select Wedding Oak wines. This will be an exquisite five course seated dinner and a treat for your taste buds. They’ve even out together special packages that include hotel room and dinner tickets, which is perfect for out-of-town guests. To make reservations, contact 325-372-5300, or [email protected].

Dinner takes place Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM at Pecan House Grill.

Signor Vineyards Make & Take Charcuterie Workshop

Join Signor Vineyards for a unique culinary experience at their Make & Take Charcuterie Workshop! In this hands-on class, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own personalized charcuterie board to take home and enjoy. They will teach you the art of creating a beautiful and delicious charcuterie board. Using locally sourced meats and cheeses, you will learn how to build your own board with a variety of flavors and textures that will delight your taste buds. And yes, there will be a little wine too. 

The workshop takes place Saturday, July 8, 2023 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Tickets are $150 RSVP 

Wedding Oak Wine Train to Burnet

This event sells out so quickly so I’m giving you a heads up on the next one which will take place September 24. There’s also one October and November so plan ahead! I absolutely love the Wedding Oak Wine Train and had an absolute blast when I rode it last summer. Check out my video recap as well as my blog post. Passengers will enjoy a 2-hour train ride from Cedar Park spanning the South San Gabriel River while enjoying an intimate talk and wine tasting with members of the Wedding Oak family. In Burnet, you’re able to spend two hours at the stunning tasting room at Wedding Oak Winery, complete with two-story views, a patio, and a rooftop terrace. Finally, relax and enjoy the ride as the train returns to the Cedar Park Depot in the afternoon.

Ticket Info: https://www.etix.com/ticket/o/6038

Siboney Cellars Domino Day & Pig Roast

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I come from a trash-talking, domino-playing family, so I love this monthly event from Siboney Cellars. The Domino Day and Pig Roast is just what it sounds like and is such a fun time! It takes place on the third Sunday of each month and features a domino tournament, live music, a pig roast, cigars, Cuban coffee, and yes – wine! One of the owners, Miguel Lecuona, is Cuban and he brings much of his background to the winery.

The July event is Sunday, July 23 at 11:30am and tickets are $40 per person.

As always, even if you don’t go to any of the specific events, head on out and enjoy a glass or two while listening to live music. I’ve been amazed at all of the great music everyone has. 

And if you’re planning ahead, next month will be full of harvest events, which are always tons of fun. Included in the harvest fun is Messina Hof Winery’s Annual Harvest Festival that will take place at both its estate and Hill Country locations. Tickets are already on sale for some events. I keep saying I’m going to get out and actually work one of these harvests! See y’all in August!

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