Notes & Quotes: Holiday Wine Trail, Vintner Dinners, Great Specials

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Texas Hill Country Holiday Wine Trail

Finally, there’s a little chill in the air, and you might already be thinking about the hustle and bustle of holidays — baking, wrapping, fireplaces, and of course, the Texas Hill Country Wineries 2012 Holiday Wine Trail.

From Nov. 30-Dec. 16, vineyards and tasting rooms will be cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun.

The Hill Country wineries invite you to come enjoy the sounds of carols, enjoy the aromas of Christmas treats and bask in front of the fireplace with your favorite glass of cheer.

Take the self-guided tour, visiting each of the 32 Hill Country wineries.  Your $60 ticket gives you the opportunity to collect Christmas ornaments to decorate your individual grapevine wreath and saving on the holiday budget with a 15-percent discount on three-bottle wine purchases from each winery.
Join the participating wineries for just one or all 17 days to experience the Decking of the Cellars. There are a limited number of tickets available and each year is sold out weeks before the trail.

Your $60 ticket includes:

  • One grapevine wreath to be picked up at winery of your choice
  • One ornament from each winery visited
  • 15-percent discount on three-bottle purchases from each winery (winery choice and/or discount may exclude reserves, ports and wines already discounted)
  • You only need one ticket per couple as this trail does not include tastings at wineries

Election Day Sweets

Election Day will soon be here. In the meantime, why not sweeten things up with political party cookies?  These cute donkeys and elephants, from Lily’s Cookies, are $3.50 each. They come in a clear cellophane bag with a bow. Also, the ‘vote’ cookies are $3.25 each in a bag with a bow. Lily’s Cookies is at 2716 McCullough Ave. Phone is 210-832-0886.

Wine and dine at Crumpets’ Vintner Dinner featuring Concha Y Toro Vineyards

Gather with friends and family at Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery’s elegant vintner dinner Friday, Nov. 2. Relax and enjoy, as you uncork some of Concha Y Toro’s Gran Reserva wines.
Chef Francois Maeder will prepare a five-course culinary event in which you can experience a seductive dinner menu while learning how wines complement and enhance the dishes. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. with a fresh Scallop and Salmon Ceviche appetizer paired with a Sauvignon Blanc wine from Concha Y Toro, a premier vineyard in Chile. The second course consists of sautéed shrimp tossed in a light cream garlic sauce and a glass of crisp Chardonnay.
To accompany the Chilean wine list, Maeder prepares an elegant Chilean Empanada and alongside is a Carmenere, a deep red Chilean wine. With the main entrée, a succulent sliced rack of lamb with fresh rosemary and garlic will pair perfectly with a Malbec wine. Dessert will be sorbet with meringue and cabernet sauce paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon.
The cost is $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information and reservations call 210-821-5600. Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery is located at 3920 Harry Wurzbach.

Salsa verde for your Whopper? Whataburger says “si!”

Whataburger is offering a new option all lovers of salsa will appreciate — Salsa Verde, or green chile salsa.

As do Whataburger’s other popular sauce options, it will come in a 0.6 ounce dipping cup. And, of course, you can try it on a Taquito, too.

Sea Island Shrimp House offering ‘Two Can Dine for $17.99’

Sea Island Shrimp House will have a limited-time offer of two customers dining for $17.99, which includes one of several appetizers to share as well as two entrées. This offer will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and go through Dec. 25, at all of San Antonio’s six area locations.

Pick one appetizer to share from the following:

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail – shrimp in cocktail sauce with chopped tomato, onion, avocado and cilantro, served with tortilla chips; Ceviche – poached fish, diced avocado, onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper; Shrimp Cocktail – eight shrimp boiled in seasoning, peeled and deveined, served with cocktail sauce, horseradish and crackers.

Pick two entrées from the following:

Two Fried Fish Fillets – hand cut white fish fillets breaded and fried, served with French fries, hush puppies and coleslaw; Lot ‘O’ Shrimp – Eight hand-breaded wild-caught fried shrimp, served with French fries, hush puppies and coleslaw.

Light House Fish – a seasoned and broiled white fish fillet topped with sautéed jalapeños, onions and tomatoes in olive oil, served with rice, coleslaw and a baguette; and Shrimp Pasta – linguine and shrimp in a creamy white sauce with garlic butter, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, served with a toasted baguette.

“This is a great value for two people to enjoy Sea Island’s fresh, premium seafood, while not breaking the bank to dine out at a locally-owned and operated restaurant in San Antonio,” said Barclay Anthony, CEO of Sea Island.

For more information, visit the website here.

McDonald’s celebrates the grand reopening of Austin Highway restaurant

McDonald’s is celebrating the grand reopening of newly remodeled restaurant on Austin Highway. The public is invited to attend and enjoy and fun for the whole family, menu specials, listen to live music, take a picture with Ronald McDonald.
There will be menu specials throughout the week to celebrate the grand reopening of the restaurant. The festivities, in fact, have already begun. Here is the rest of this week’s schedule at the McDonald’s, at 1450 Austin Highway:
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Quarter Pounder Buy One Get One ‘Free’
Thursday, Oct. 18 – Breakfast, $2 Egg McMuffin, Lunch 2- 6 piece nuggets $2
Friday, Oct. 19 – $2 Filet ‘O Fish


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2 Responses to “Notes & Quotes: Holiday Wine Trail, Vintner Dinners, Great Specials”

  1. Cecil Flentge says:

    I wish all the best for the Micky D’s on Austin Highway. Austin Highway was the site of the first McDonald’s in San Antonio, though a few hundred yards away.
    As for the salsa verde, “what a burger” that will make!