Waxahachie Journal Food and Wines
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.
Ste. Genevieve Winery is located about 27 miles east of Fort Stockton. It is the largest winery in Texas and the 24th to 26th largest winery in the United States. Outside of California, one winery in Washington which is larger is Ste. Michelle Wine Estates who has multiple wineries in their portfolio including Columbia Crest.
Ste. Genevieve used to offer tours at the winery but since it is isolated and largely a commercial business with no romantic feel, which a lot of people associate with a winery, tours were stopped. After that it was decided there was no need to even have a sign outside with their name. If you pass the very large three story building driving down I-10, you would think it was just another business, perhaps a plant of some kind. But behind those doors is where 600,000 cases of wine are produced a year. (website: http://www.stegenwines.com)
The fall brings so many possibilities for Texas wine and food. Everything from Halloween candy, caramel apples and popcorn balls to Thanksgiving at Grandma's.Thanksgiving is a perfect time to explore Texas food and wine pairings. The first wines that come to mind are any number of fabulous Texas Viogniers. Becker Vineyards Viognier, with hints of oak would be a natural choice for smoked turkey.
Ah, holiday dinners... what is your tradition? Ham, turkey, prime rib, or maybe goose? And what about all those delicious goodies to nibble throughout the season? What are the perfect Texas wine pairings?
Throughout Texas wine country, there are special wines sold only during the holidays, best enjoyed on a chilly evening by a warm fire. Sunset Winery in Burleson has a sweet red Texas wine available only through the winery. Five dollars of every purchase of Sunset's Santa Wine goes to Harvest House, a local charity providing food, clothing, financial assistance and other services to people in need. The wine is great when served warm with spices as a mulled wine. Another treat only available during the Holiday season is Tehuacana Creek Vineyards' Glögg. It's a sweet red Texas wine with cinnamon, ginger, raisins a touch of brandy, best drunk warm in a mug and perfect with Inga's gingerbread cookies.
For the perfect Holiday dinner, start with Zin Valle's Sparkling Brut as an aperitif. No matter what the dish, Texas white wine lovers will enjoy any one of Texas' great Viogniers - Brennan, Red Caboose, McPherson Cellars and others, while Texas red wine fans might want to treat themselves to a special Texas Tempranillo such as Inwood Estates' Cornelious.