Posted on 29 April 2014.
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Posted on 04 January 2014.
Others will include “Do we really have to guess what this is?”, “Can I really grow winemaking grapes in Houston?” and “Will there be wine tasting once you quit talking?”
In the grand tradition of Winery U, every question will get some kind of answer as part of the longest-running wine education program in the Texas Hill Country. The program, which is entering its sixth year, has a new lineup for 2014 that includes four all-new classes and revisions to old favorites.
The classes, 12 in all, are held on Saturdays at the winery, which is located just outside New Braunfels. Winery U is led by David King, who holds a Certified Specialist of Wine certificate from the Society for Wine Educators.
The new sessions for 2014 are:
“Wine on a Budget,” tips and tricks for finding the best bottles at unlikely locations, from the neighborhood convenience store to the big-box retailer. Scheduled for February.
“Bottle Shock,” a twist on the famous Judgment of Paris wine tasting that shocked the world in 1976, retold in the movie “Bottle Shock.” Scheduled for May.
“Wine and Cheese,” a guide to some of the world’s notable cheeses and ways to pair them with wines from around the corner and around the globe. Scheduled for October.
“Port, Sherry and other Fortified Wines” a look into the tradition-laden universe of fortified wines from Spain and Portugal. Scheduled for November.
Registration is available online at drycomalcreek.com/winery-u-wine.html, or by visiting the Dry Comal Creek Vineyards tasting room at 1741 Herbelin Road. Classes are $30 per person per class, or $25 per person per class if bought for four or more at once. All sessions include discussion and wine tastings, as well as a class handout and other educational materials.
Here is the complete schedule for 2014:
Jan. 11: Introduction to Wine
Feb. 8: Wine on a Budget
March 8: Texas Wines
April 12: Sensory Evaluation
May 10: Bottle Shock
June 14: Food and Wine
July 12: Growing Grapes and Making Wine
Aug. 16: The Black Spanish Grape
Sept. 11: Sparkling Wines
Oct. 13: Wine and Cheese
Nov. 8: Port, Sherry and Other Fortified Wines
Dec. 13: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Posted on 07 January 2012.
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:
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.
Posted on 08 September 2010.
A flavorful white wine, Sauvignon Blanc can taste many different ways depending how the grapes were grown and how the wine was made.
For more information and to taste samples of this wine, come to Winery U at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards & Winery this Saturday. Participants will receive course materials, additional informational materials, a Winery U diploma, and possible surprises. Preregistration is required and the class is limited to 30 participants. www.drycomalcreek.com
Saturday (Sept. 11), 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $30 ($25 if registered for all 4 classes in the series)
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery
1741 Herbelin Road, New Braunfels
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Posted on 26 September 2009.
It’s crab-picking time again at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards. The annual Crab Pick Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the vineyards in New Braunfels. They’ll provide the mallets, crackers, picks and bibs, and more importantly, the three-pound Dungeness crab flown in fresh from the Pacific Northwest. A full menu of side dishes and accompaniments also will be served.
The meal will be paired with Dry Comal Creek Vineyards Texas-style wines.
Purchase your reserved seats online, but do it soon — only 60 seats are available and this event always sells out. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $85 per person or $160 per couple, plus tax.
To reserve seats online, get more information and directions to the winery, go to www.drycomalcreek.com.
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Posted on 11 June 2009.
To that end, it has produced a six-video series featuring some of the state’s winemakers and vineyard owners discussing grape varieties and wine styles. The series can be found at gotexanwine.org or at the GO TEXAN YouTube channel (click here).
In the introduction, Susan Auler of Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow discusses the growth and history of the Texas wine industry with Tanji Patton.
In the second clip, Pat Brennan of Brennan Vineyards in Comanche details the rise of viognier (vee-ohn-yay) as one of the white grapes proving especially suited to Texas soils. Viognier displays peach, apricot, honey and citrus characteristics, and it can be paired with a variety of foods.
Kim McPherson of McPherson Vineyards in Lubbock talks about the success Texas winemakers have had with sangiovese in the third installment. This light-bodied Italian varietal goes well with pork, spicy fish dishes and cheeses.
Jim Johnson of Alamosa Wine Cellars in Bend discusses the Spanish varietal tempranillo, which loves hot climates like those found across Texas. In the fourth video, he talks about pairing the hearty red wine with leg of lamb.
Franklin Houser of Dry Comal Creek in New Braunfels showcases Black Spanish in the fifth piece. This varietal is proving to be resistant to disease, heat and humidity, making it an appealing option for grape growers and winemakers alike.
In the final video, Merrill Bonarrigo of Messina Hof in Bryan discusses port-style wines and other dessert wines that Texas is producing.
These videos are great introductions. Now, take that information and apply it to your tastings.
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