In December of 2013, Bingham Family Vineyards completed their purchase of Pheasant Ridge Winery. They announced the original Pheasant Ridge founder and winegrower, Bobby Cox, would be involved heavily in the winery. By the title of winegrower, he would be responsible for making wine but also for the growth of the Pheasant Ridge vineyard.
I asked Bobby Cox on the status of the progress of the winery. Bobby said they are still getting the winery in shape for how the Binghams want it to be presented to visitors. They will definitely be making wine there this year and are planning on making some fabulous wine then and in the future. A decision still needs to be made on the current wine inventory and what to do in the interim before the wine they are making this year is ready for sale.
Around 3 years ago we tried to expand our business in Dallas only to get our permits refused by City of Dallas (I won't get into the details). Following that episode (and a little soul searching), I decided I wanted to relocate our winery to the Texas Hill Country . Our new winery isn't quite ready but it is time for us to close our Dallas winery at the end of this month, namely this June 28th.
I am extremely thankful for the support the past 7 years , we sold all of the wines that we made year after year. I met lots of wonderful people, many that have become good friends of mine and really had a great time running this winery (by myself) for 7 years.
Whistling Duck Winery is located in Weimar and is owned by John and Kari Cooke along with Stan and Mary Beth Johnson. The connection between all is John and Mary Beth are siblings. The winery had a soft opening on February 28, 2014 and April 26 will be their grand opening.
In traveling the back roads of the Weimar area, we eventually found Whistling Duck Winery. Walking up to the winery we noticed the vineyard with some concrete sidewalks. Hmm, there’s a story there. Also on the front porch with many tables was a musician playing live music.
When we entered the winery, the tasting room was already full so instead of trying to squeeze in someplace, we looked around the room at the gift shop and other items. The gift shop has wine accessories, jellies, jams, sauces, and clothing. People were soon finishing up their visit and we had a spot at the tasting bar.
Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc, will be hosting their 30th Annual Wine & Roses Festival at the winery in Bryan on April 26, 2014. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.
The annual event celebrates the budding of the vines and the blooming of the roses-incorporating local vendors, food trucks, artisans, wine pairing and art events, grape stomping competitions, and live music. Local businesses and organizations will also take part in a Celebrity Grape Stomp activity, followed by City of Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski's proclamation of Messina Hof Day, presented by Council member Art Hughes.