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Ruth’s Chris’ 20th Anniversary Bash; Bin 555 Wine, Food and More

On January 20, 2013 Lana Duke, owner of the San Antonio locations of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, will host a 20th anniversary celebration at the Concord Plaza location to say thank you to San Antonio for enjoying her sizzling steaks over the past 20 years.

Duke, who was raised in the Canadian foster care system, will include some of San Antonio’s foster children in her celebration. Tickets for the 20th Anniversary Celebration will be $65 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Texas Cavaliers and Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives.

Ruth’s Chris has partnered with Glazer’s, the largest wine and spirits distributor in the state, and will be offering food stations and specialty drinks — along with tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, a live jazz band, and of course the famous New Orleans Second Line will happen as well. All guests will receive a limited edition 20th anniversary medal.

Specialty cocktails will include Patron Margaritas; Ultimate Vodka Classic Martini-Dirty 1888 with blue cheese olives and chilled vodka shots; Classic Manhattan with 20-year-old Tawny Port; Patron XO Café and Stag’s Leap Wine.  The restaurateur also will be making a donation to the Cavaliers & Roy Maas at the end of 2013 for Stag’s Leap sales ($1 for each glass; $2 for each bottle; $4 each magnum.

The celebration will be at the Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger;  4-7 p.m.  $65 per person. Contact Kathleen at 210-821-5051 or  email

Bin 555 hosts an Evening of Food, Wine and Conversation

An Evening of Food, Wine and Conversation with master sommelier Brian Cronin, featuring wines from Murphy-Goode, Arrowood, Hartford Court, Matanzas Creek and Atalon Vineyards.

The event will be Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2012. The reception is 6:30 p.m.; dinner  is at 7 p.m. Cost $55 per person plus tax and an 18-percent gratuity.

BIN 555 Restaurant & Wine Bar is at 555 Bitters Road. For reservations, call 210-496-0555.



Get them while they last — your Wine Trail Season Pass

2013 Wine Trail Season Passes will again be limited to 100 passes only.  Your elite pass gives you an unparalleled wine experience all year.  Singles pass cost $179 and couples passes cost $334.  This includes the discount on all Trails, Kick-off Tastings and your complimentary wine glass per person.

Logo wine glasses
Discount on trails and tastings
Guaranteed trail and tasting tickets
Discounts to other events
32 wineries, 4 trails, 4 tastings

Contact Texas Wine Trails here.

Phone is 872-216-9463.




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Get on the Trail: New Webcasts Showcase Texas Wineries

The Texas Department of Agriculture has launched a new series of web videos highlighting eight Lone Star wine trails.

Winemakers and trail representatives will share travel tips for each trail, as well as specifics about annual trail events, celebrations and what visitors can expect.

“Friendly personalities, beautiful scenery and award-winning wines characterize Texas wine trails,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “We’re excited people all over the world can access the new GO TEXAN WineCasts to uncork the fun,  unique and welcoming experiences of Texas wine country.”

The series began last Tuesday with the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail,  a group of eight wineries scattered from Brenham to Montgomery featuring a unique event for each season, including a Wine & Wildflowers Trail celebrating the trail’s namesake bloom.The videos are posted on a YouTube channel for GO TEXAN wine, and featured on TDA’s Texas wine site,

Subsequent video episodes released weekly will cover these wine trails:

Cross Timbers Wine Trail, stretching north from the Ft. Worth area. These seven wineries are in one of the oldest wine regions in the state.

Dallas Wine Trail, a cluster of four urban wineries. This trail brings the rural winery experience to the heart of Dallas.

Wine Road 290 is a group of nine wineries located near the charming, historic town of Fredericksburg between Austin and San Antonio.

Grapevine Wine Trail, near Grapevine in North Texas, the trail features nine wineries and hosts themed events throughout the year, such as the Murder Mystery Trail and the Valentine Wine Trail.

The Munson Wine Trail, comprises 12 wineries stretching across the northeast corner of Texas, beginning just north of Dallas. They offer a range of events each year, such as barrel tastings and the McKinney Wine & Jazz Festival.

The Texas Wine Trail is located in the heart of Central Texas, this trail is made up of 24 wineries and is the second most popular wine destination in the country, second only to Napa/Sonoma.

Way Out Wineries are between the High Plains and the Texas Hill Country. These eight small-town wineries host five road trips each year, each with a seasonal theme.

Visitors to Texas wine trails also can pick up the Texas Department of Agriculture’s wine passport, which offers rewards, including Texas wine accessories, gourmet winery dinners and group wine tastings, for visiting four or more wineries.

Photo above: Bobby Cottle of Pleasant Hill winery near Brenham uses a wine thief, a sort of large glass straw that pulls wine from a barrel so that winemakers can sample its progress as it is aging.

Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the nation with more than 180 wineries, contributing more than $1.35 billion annually to the state economy. Nearly 1 million travelers visit Texas wineries each year.

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