Happy New Year y’all. Yes, I know it’s February now, but since I took off January from my roundup, I figured better late than never. Plus, January was a bit of a shit show with all sorts of f*ckery as it relates to #LawyerLife (like should I just escape and retire now?!) and tennis and basketball for Thing 1 and Thing 2. I also just needed to get my life together (a little) and my head in the right place. Thankfully, the life and head are a little better, which means it’s time to see what’s going on in Texas Wine Country.

Messina Hof Valentine’s Dinner at the Vintage House

Wine and dine your Valentine at Messina Hof’s Vintage House Restaurant. Be treated to Old-World hospitality, smooth Texas wine, and delicious Vineyard Cuisine. A three-course menu was created especially for this night to entice, delight, and satisfy. Dinner takes place February 14, from 4-8pm. Reserve here.

Becker Vineyards Valentine’s Dinner

A wonderful way to treat your Valentine!  Begin with the reception of wine and charcuterie, followed by a fabulous multi-course meal expertly crafted by their Estate Winery Chef, Jean-Claude Belak. I saw something about oysters with caviar pearls. Yum! Dinner will be paired with  wines selected by winemaker, Jonathan Leahy.

You get two shots at dinner. Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, with welcome reception at 6:30 PM in the Oval Bar, with dinner to follow at 7:00 PM in the Lavender Haus Events Hall. Tickets are $150 per person.

Hang out for the weekend and enjoy their Merlot & Chocolate tasting on either February 10 or 11.

Carter Creek Vine & Dine Experience

If you can’t make their V-day dinner on February 14, they’ve got another incredible opportunity for you to experience love in the Hill Country! Their unique Vine & Dine dinner pairing includes a welcome toast, a gourmet five-course meal, and a custom wine pairing curated by our culinary and wine teams. Dinner takes place Saturday, February 17 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $120.

THCW Wine Lovers Celebration Passport Event

Tickets are now on sale for the Texas Hill Country Wineries Wine Lovers Celebration passport event. From January 29th through February 23rd, ticket holders will be able to experience 40+ unique Texas Hill Country Wineries on this self-guided tour centering around Valentine’s Day. A list and map of participating wineries can be found on the booking page.

Passport holders will have 25 days to visit up to four wineries per day. Over 40 wineries are participating, and guests will receive a full complimentary tasting, plus a 15% discount on three of more bottles purchased. Tickets are $100 for a pair, or $65 for an individual ticket. With the average tasting fee around $15, each passport ticket has a value of over $750.

In support of Texas wine, $5 of each ticket sold goes directly to the Texas Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship Fund. Over the years $55,500 has been awarded to 47 Texas students working towards a degree in Viticulture, Enology and Hospitality.

Kuhlman Cellars Cellar Preview Wine Tasting

Kuhlman Cellars has introduced a really neat cellar tasting experience for a limited time. Visitors can taste wines from various vintages and at various stages to check out how they’re doing in barrel. There are even opportunities to do an add-on comparative tasting with the winemaker or even do their regular food and wine experience, which I’m a big fan of. The tasting takes place Thursday or Friday, February 8 and 9 at 11:30AM or 1:30PM in the Production Cellar. Tickets are $30 per person.

Taste of Texas: Mac & Cheese for the WIN(E)

How delicious is this event? There’s something deeply soul-satisfying about digging into a bowl of creamy mac and cheese. Let’s face it—cheese and pasta are just better together. The only way to make this combo better? Pairing three of the best Mac and Cheese Recipes with 6 of Texas Wine Collective Wines! The yum happens Sun, Feb 25, 2024 with sessions at 12:30 and 2:30. Tickets are $55.

Hye Meadow Love and Libations Scavenger Hunt

The Hye Medow scavenger hunt sounds fun, not to mention thirst-quenching. Love and Libations is a hops to harvest adventure, that will take participants from Hye Meadow to some of the most attractive libations throughout Hye and Johnson City! Stops include: Covington Cellars, Bingham Family Vineyards, Farm House Vineyards, Reck’em Right Brewing Company, and Crowson. The object is to answer questions about each place and to receive a “treasure” in return.  When all your “treasure” is collected you will return to Hye Meadow to show your treasure and earn a chance to get even more rewards! And if you get hungry, stop by Proof and Cooper. Plus, check out Wrenwood Ranch for all your lodging needs! Tickets are $25.

And as a heads up, Texas, the Hill Country in particular, will be center stage for the upcoming April total solar eclipse. Many of the wineries are pulling out all the stops. I’ll share some events next month, but it’s probably a good idea to start planning sooner, rather than later.

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