The hustle of the holiday season is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay home. Several Hill Country wineries are offering events to tempt your taste buds.
Jazz at Chisholm Trail
Chisholm Trail Winery, 2367 Usener Road, Fredericksburg, is offering two events in January. On Jan. 14, the winery will hold its annual Jazz in January event. The George Eychner Quartet will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Listen to the smooth jazz while having some wine and lunch from the winery’s restaurant, the Oval Oven, featuring wood-fired gourmet pizza.
On Jan. 21, Chisholm Trail will be part of the Wine Road 290 Port and Pairings Event. Complimentary samples of Bourbon Orange Pecan Pie from the Fredericksburg Pie Company will be paired with the winery’s Port-style dessert wine, Almagres. The Oval Oven will also be open during normal winery hours.
Winery U at Dry Comal Creek
The fourth annual Winery U at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, 1741 Herbelin Road, New Braunfels, begins Jan. 14.
Sessions are held once a month on Saturday mornings, with each class focusing on a different aspect of wine “in as non-pretentious a way as allowed by law,” says instructor David King, who holds the Certified Specialist of Wine certificate from the Society of Wine Educators. “We keep it fun and entertaining, because when you come right down to it, wine should be fun and entertaining. I talk for a while, and then we taste wine. Or in the case of the Food and Wine Pairings class, I talk very little and we eat and drink at lot.”
Here’s the lineup for the 2012 classes, subject to the water rising in the Dry Comal Creek:
- Jan. 14: Introduction to Wine
- Feb. 11: Texas Wines
- March 13: Decoding the Wine Label
- April 7: Growing Grapes and Making Wine
- May 19: Wines of France
- June 9: The Black Spanish Grape
- July 21: Sensory Evaluation
- Aug. 18: Wines of Spain and Italy
- Sept. 15: Sauvignon Blanc
- Oct. 20: Food and Wine Pairings
- Nov. 10: Wines of the Southern Hemisphere
- Dec. 8: Cabernet Sauvignon
Classes are $30 each, or $25 if four or more are purchased at once. For information and registration, click here.
Hill Top hosts Becker dinner
Hill Top Cafe, 10661 U.S. Highway 87, Fredericksburg, is hosting Richard and Bunny Becker at a dinner featuring a collection of Becker Vineyards wines from the Tallent vineyard and from Mason County. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. Jan. 29.
Reception wines include the 2011 Provençal and 2010 Reserve Grenache, followed by a first course of Moroccan Red Lentil and Lamb Bessara with the 2010 Raven. Winter Salad with Bartlett Pears, Prosciutto and Fresh Texas Goat Cheese will be paired with the 2010 Albariño, followed by Steamed Gulf Prawns with Sweet Ginger, Curry and Scallions and the 2011 Pinot Grigio. Braised Texas Dry-aged Beef Short Ribs in Puff Pastry with Winter Vegetables and the 2009 Raven will be served before a dessert of El Rey Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Chantilly Cream and Becker Vineyards’ 2010 Vintage Port.
The cost is $75 a person plus tax and tip. Call 830-997-8922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.