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Griffin to Go: Get Your Pink On


This coming Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year.

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Think pink on Saturday.

That’s when Culinaria presents Rambling Rosé at Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall.

During the two panels, set for 1 and 3 p.m., a roomful of wine lovers get together to discuss one of the most maligned yet resilient wines produced.

When the event began more than 10 years ago, rosé was not taken seriously by too many American wine writers, at least the pompous overgrown boys who drink only Cabernet no matter what the temperature is outside. Back then, pink wine was also thought to be white Zinfandel, that cloyingly sweet concoction that tastes more like soda than wine.

We would ask the audience how many people drank rosé, which is dry, not sweet, and very few outside of the panelists answered yes.

But something funny happened on the way to the winery. Year after year, the number of people who drank rosé began to grow. The number of wineries in America making serious pink wine took off. Wine shops began devoting more shelf space to these beauties, and sales increased steadily.

Rosé comes in many shades of pink.

Rosé comes in many shades of pink.

Most importantly, people began to realize how enjoyable a dry rosé can be. It’s the perfect summer wine, fresh and refreshing, youthful and vibrant. It’s great with a whole array of foods or just by itself. And that may be why it’s now my go-to style of wine for the 10 months of the year when the thermometer shows a bit of red.

Plus, they’re often affordable, though Chateau d’Esclans from Provence makes a rosé that sells for more than $100 a bottle.

So, come join us to learn more about all of the styles, flavors and colors that can be considered a rosé. Winery owner Richard Becker, sommelier Steven Kreuger, Bonnie Walker and I will all be part of the panel, which has also included winemakers, wine educators and rosé aficionados. We’ll taste a number of pink wines from around the world along with food from chef John Brand of the upcoming Hotel Emma at the Pearl.

The price is $25, which includes the wines, the food and some summer fun at Becker Vineyards. For tickets, click here.

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Vines, Grapes, Harvest and Press: It’s Time at Becker Vineyards


Becker vineyards harvester cropped 2014

STONEWALL:  The rumbling of diesel engines is heard in an otherwise quiet, pastoral setting of vines and ripe bunches of grapes.  A blue Braud harvester rolls down a row of grapevines, shaking green grapes off as it goes along.  Yellow picking bins on a flatbed trailer pulled by a John Deere tractor are being filled with the ripe fruit and brought to the winery for processing.

Becker grape harvester 2014 croppedThe 2014 harvest has begun for Becker Vineyards.

This week, Sauvignon Blanc grapes were being harvested in the vineyard in front of the winery.

This past Saturday, grape growers Cap and Diane Holland harvested their Chardonnay grapes from their vineyard located between Bronte and Miles, outside of San Angelo, making them the first of Becker Vineyards contract growers to harvest grapes.

“This will be our 18th grape harvest, “ said Bunny Becker, co-proprietor with her husband Dr. Richard Becker. “Harvest is an exciting time of the year for us.”

The Beckers planted their vineyard in 1992 with the first harvest taking place in 1995.  They began selling wine to the public when they opened their winery tasting room in May of 1996.  Along with the vineyard at Stonewall, they own another vineyard at Ballinger and a third one in Mason. Becker Vineyards also purchases fruit from grape growers.

“We have the largest amount of contracts on Texas-grown grapes in the state,” said Bret Perrenoud, general manager, dumping a bin of grapes into the destemmer-crusher with a forklift.

The winery crush pad is a bee hive of activity. The destemmer-crusher is… destemming and crushing. The white grape varietals are then going – via hoses and pumps – to the press to separate the juice from the skins. The air is aromatic with the scent of fresh, ripe fruit. The juice will then head for a stainless steel tank to be inoculated with yeast.  If it is to be a dry white, the fermenting juice will then go to White Oak barrels and finish fermentation there.  If it is to be off-dry (sweeter-style wines), it will stay in stainless steel.

Winemaker Jonathan Leahy is looking forward to the harvest and said, “It’s been a cooler than normal summer. We have phenolic ripeness without the spiking of sugars. This will make full bodied, well developed and more complex wines.”

“We are all looking forward to the end results,” said Richard Becker, with a smile.

Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg, 3 miles west of Stonewall, off U.S. Hwy 290 at Jenschke Lane.

Photographs, article courtesy Nichole Bendele, Becker Vineyards

 

And, let the grape stomps begin!

Grape Stomp t-shirtAugust is the month for stomping grapes, one of the Texas Hill Country’s favorite, crowd-pleasing times.  Becker Vineyards’ Grape Stomp is Aug. 23-24 and Aug. 30-31.

Here are more fun places to get your feet into some ripe, fresh fruit. Check out the wineries’ websites for hours and directions.

  • August 2-3 & 9-10 at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
  • August 8-10, 15-17 & 22-24 at Pedernales Cellars
  • August 9 at Texas Legato
  • August 9-10 & 16-17 at William Chris Vineyards
  • August 16 at Westcave Cellars Winery
  • August 16-17 & 23-24 at Texas Hills Vineyard
  • August 16 & 23 at Fall Creek Vineyards
  • August 30 at Messina Hof Hill Country
  • August 30 & September 6 at Chisholm Trail Winery

 

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Becker Provençal Rosé Wins Double Gold at SF Int’l Competiton


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.:  In its 34th year, the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition was held June 20th thru 22nd at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco.

After more than 4,500 wines from around the world were judges, the results have been announced.  Becker Vineyards won Best Rosé, Double Gold Medal 95 points with the 2013 Becker Vineyards Provençal (Mourvedre), Tallent Vineyard.

Becker Vineyards 2013 Provencal croppedRichard and Bunny Becker, proprietors of Becker Vineyards, own three vineyards but also purchase grapes from several grape growers, including the Mourvedre grapes from Drew and Laura Tallent of Tallent Vineyards, Mason, Texas.  The Mourvedre grapes were fermented into wine by Jonathan Leahy, winemaker, and Rachel Fanning, oenologist, and the winery team.  There was limited skin contact with the juice, creating a pale salmon color.  It was also fermented completely dry.

The Beckers were inspired to make a dry rosé after a trip to the Provence region of France.  “We were at an outdoor café in Tavel sipping on a dry rosé.  It was so delightful.  I told Richard, ‘I wish we could make a dry rose’ and he said, ‘I’ll make you one.’  And, although we’ve been making this wine for several years, it is a limited production.”

She also added, “It is also a food-friendly wine.  It pairs well with deli meats and is a great bottle to bring on a picnic or to sip on a hot, Texas day.”

Four silvers and six bronze medals were also awarded to the following Becker Vineyards wines:

Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Culinaria;  Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc Bingham Vineyards; Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Barbera-Merlot; Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Raven (75% Malbec, 25% Petit Verdot); Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2013 Prairie Rotie (Rhone-style blend); Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Claret; Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyard Reserve; and Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Fleur Sauvage (and off-dry white wine blend).

Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg, off US Hwy 290 at Jenschke Lane.  Business hours are Monday thru Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m.

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Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival This Weekend!


Lavender, a good addition to a summery herb blend. (Photo courtesy Becker Vineyards)

Lavender, a good addition to a summery herb blend. (Photo courtesy Becker Vineyards)

STONEWALL – Plowed red earth contrasts with long rows of purple-blue flowers under the brilliant Texas sun.  A lavender-fragranced breeze blows gently over the winery’s limestone veranda.

It is time again for Becker Vineyards to host its annual Lavender Festival, May 3 and 4.

This is the 16th year for this event and it will feature speakers and vendors promoting lavender education as well as herb-related products.  There will also be gardening tips, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and luncheons.

Business hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.  The event is complimentary; parking is $5.

On Saturday and Sunday there will also be Lavender Luncheons  catered by Alfred’s of Austin.  Saturday is sold out but there is availability on Sunday.  Both luncheons begin at 12:30 a.m. and are $75 plus tax, per person.  Reservations required, purchase on-line here or by calling the vineyards at 830-644-2681 x 230.

Becker Vineyards will also have concessions (Clear River Pecan, Primat Catering, and Stout Pizza).  There will also be more than vendors selling lavender products, gardening related items, and unique gifts.

Chris Perrenoud is the Lavender Manager for Becker Vineyards.  She creates and produces various lavender products which will be for sale to the public during the festival.  She makes beautiful lavender sachets, scented wands, lavender bundles, soaps, potpourris, lotions and more.

For more information please visit www.beckervineyards.com or 830-644-2681.

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Spring Warm-up: Openings, Events, Tastings, Fun


Rosario's new Panela cheese, grilled and topped with two salsas.

Rosario’s new queso Panela, grilled and topped with two salsas.

Three much-anticipated restaurants open soon.

First, Rosario’s, at 3715 San Pedro Ave., will open Monday (March 31) for lunch and dinner. Enjoy the dishes and drinks you love at the downtown Rosario’s on Alamo Street, plus some new items. We sampled some favorites and the new grilled panela cheese with two salsas, seviche, a Rosario’s burger (complete with chalupa inside and some real good fries) and more at a soft opening Thursday night.

Hot Joy, opening at the former location of China Latina, will open April 3. The restaurant is at 1014 S. Alamo St.

Aldaco’s Dominion will also be opening in April, but toward the end of the month.

Conger’s Smoke Shack food truck announced they will move to a brick-and-mortar location. This will be at 3714 Broadway. A skip and a jump near the Pearl, and across the street from the Witte Museum. Will they still be setting up shop at Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market?  No, says Heather Hunter, but they will be there this coming Saturday for one last round of great barbecue.  Chela’s Tacos, which has been there the past couple of weeks, will be taking over that post.

Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel

St. Anthony Hotel garden.

St. Anthony Hotel garden.

Join The St. Anthony Hotel Monday (March 31) to celebrate the Grand Reopening of the historic Travis Park. The vibrant greens of spring and the new visions and plans for Travis Park will be honored for a full day.  At 9:30 a.m. the hotel participates with Southwest Airlines President and CEO Gary Kelly and other contributors to restore the park and invite you to join them.

This will be followed in the evening (6 p.m.) by farm-fresh foods crafted by  St. Anthony chef, Mike Mata, paired with wines from Becker Vineyards, and the soft sounds of Brent Watkins’ live jazz for Twilight on the Plaza.

Crawfish at Lüke

Celebrate crawfish season in true style this Sunday (March 30) at Lüke San Antonio downtown. From  3 p.m to 6 p.m at the restaurant at 125 E. Houston St., it will be not just lots of crawfish crawfish1but also savory sides such as crawfish boil potato salad, boiled “corn in a cup,” and Poteet strawberry shortcake for dessert. St. Arnold Brewery will be the featured beer for washing down those crawfish.

The event is all you can eat and drink, for $48 per person.  Call them at (210) 227-5853. See their event page at  https://www.facebook.com/events/776505119029244/?context=create&source=49

 

King and Queen Anchovy Poker Run

Michael Westheimer and Elaine Wolffe have a party planned and you’re invited. Saturday, April 5, is the King and Queen Anchovy Poker Run.

Poker handHere are the attractions: Five restaurants, five bites, five drinks and (most important) five cards.

The best hands will win prizes, including tickets to Cornyation and gift certificates to the participating restaurants: Bite, The Monterey, The Brooklynite, Cured and Minnie’s.

The fun starts at  1 p.m. at Bite. The cost is $50; chefs are donating their hospitality so proceeds go to support Fiesta Cornyation.

Check out the Facebook page here and make reservations soon.  https://www.facebook.com/events/474137272715017/

Baby grapesSummer events coming up at Becker Vineyards

The new outdoor pavillion is open now at Becker Vineyards, in the Texas Hill Country. The pavillion oversees the lavender field, plus new outdoor restroom facilities are available, too. Don’t forget the winery’s 16th annual Lavender Festival, with lavender luncheons, vendors selling lavender and gardening-related items, lavender cooking demos and more. Plus there will be, of course, wine tastings. The event is May 3 and 4. Go to their website here for more information.

April means Hornitos tequila at La Fogata

Aldaco MargaritaLa Fogata knows tequila — and mixes no fewer than 300 gallons of their tequila concoctions each week. La Fogata features monthly tequila tastings to allow its guests to explore different tequila flavors and enjoy special cocktails crafted by their experienced bar staff.

April’s featured tequila is Hornitos. On Saturday, April 19,  before you head to your table, stop by the tequila tasting table to learn more about Hornitos tequila. The free tasting table will feature the tequila served both straight up and mixed in margaritas. The tasting table will be open on La Fogata’s main patio from 6-8 p.m. La Fogata is at 2427 Vance Jackson Road.

If you can’t make the tequila tasting, don’t worry:  La Fogata is featuring Hornitos throughout the month of April, so you have the opportunity to try the tequila by ordering it in your favorite drink at La Fogata.

 

 

 

 

 

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Becker Vineyards, Hill Top Café Present Wine Dinner


Hill Top Neon SignThe Hill Top Café and Becker Vinyards will be presenting a vintner’s dinner on Jan. 26, The four-course meal kicks off with a wine reception beginning at 5 p.m.  Johnny and Brenda Nicholas, Hill Top Café proprietors, and Nichole Bendele, Becker Vineyards, will be present to meet and greet guests.

The dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity.  Seating is limited. Please make reservations at the Hill Top Café by calling 830-997-8922 or contact them through their website www.hilltopcafe.com.

Directions:  Hill Top Café is located 10 miles north of Fredericksburg on U.S. Hwy 87, the road to Mason.

Brenda Nicholas – who is also the culinary director – and chef Marvin Hobson, created the  menu (see below) around the Becker Vineyards wines:

wine bottleWhile Becker Vineyards owns three different vineyards, they also purchase additional grapes from several grape growers.  Three of the five wines being served at the vintner dinner – the Provencal (rosé made with mourvedre), Prairie Rotie (a Rhone-style blend of mourvedre, grenache, and syrah), and Raven (malbec and petit verdot blend) – are made with grapes grown by Drew and Laura Tallent of Tallent Vineyards in Mason, and some from grapes grown at the Becker’s vineyard in Stonewall.  The albarino and zinfandel is grown at the Becker’s Mason Vineyard, formerly the Peter’s Prairie Vineyard owned by Beverly Cartwright.

Reception:  Becker Vineyards Provencal Tallent Vineyard 2012

First Course:  Braised Oxtail Soup with Parsnips, Kale and Potato Dumplings paired with Becker Vineyards Albarino Peter’s Prairie Vineyard 2012

Second Course:  Locally Grown Roasted Rainbow and Golden Beets with Native Spiced Pecans, Texas Chevre and Hearts of Palm in a Prickly Pear Cactus Vinaigrette paired with Becker Vineyards Prairie Rotie 2012

Third Course: Mixed Entrée Menard County Lamb Ravioli seared in Browned Butter, topped with Truffle Cream Sauce and Toasted Pistachio Crumbles paired with Becker Vineyards Raven 2012 (75% Malbec, 25% Petit Verdot)

Gulf Ling Cod Filet baked in Papillote with Wasabi Beurre Blanc, Julienned Winter Vegetables and Peppered Sesame Oil Glaze paired with Becker Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

Fourth Course:  Port Poached Winter Pear Slices layered with Crispy Pancetta Ham, shaved Spanish Manchego Cheese and Lemon Quince Jam paired with Becker Vineyards Vintage Port 2012.

 

 

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Coming Up: Food Bank’s Harvest of Hope, Boiler House, More


Harvest of Hope,  Sept. 15

Hosted at the Westin La Cantera Resort, Harvest of Hope is a tasting event that benefits the San Antonio Food Bank. September is Hunger Action Month, and you can check out many ways to help those who are in need of food for themselves and families. Click here.

At Harvest of Hope, guests are invited to sample signature dishes prepared by San Antonio’s finest chefs, restaurants, hotels and catering companies, while listening to live music and bidding on fabulous silent auction items.

To purchase tickets for $100 or to sponsor a table, please contact Jennifer Carter, special events coordinator, at (210) 431-8309 or jcarter@safoodbank.org.

One Lucky Duck sign

One Lucky Duck Juice Bar and Takeaway Now Open at Pearl

The first franchise of One Lucky Duck Juice Bar and Takeaway outside of New York City has opened in San Antonio. One Lucky Duck offers fresh and premade juices, shakes, and salads, in addition to various other chef-driven menu items from Pure Food and Wine in NYC.

Some of the healthful, delicious options at One Lucky Duck include vegan cookies and macaroons, granola, and nut bars, as well as to three- and five-day cleansing options. Stop by and explore the newest addition to the Pearl culinary scene. Hours are 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday. They are at 303 Pearl Parkway. 210-223-DUCK (3825).

Be There: Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden Fall Preview Wine Event

wine bottleBoiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is introducing fall and seasonal wines with a Fall Wine Preview Event. On Sept. 9, come and taste 20 wines including reds, whites and bubbles, from the Discoveries and Selections portfolio specifically blended for Lasco Enterprises, the parent company of Boiler House.

Featured wines include Guard Shack Zinfandel, Retrospect Cabernet and Meritage and Max and Jacques Pinot Noir.

Chef Jeff White will pair the wines with Texas-Ranch style tapas highlighting the restaurant’s signature breads and spreads as well as gourmet sliders including Green Chili Pork with green goddess slaw; Prime Rib with horseradish crème fraiche; and BBQ Short Rib with house-made pickles and lemon aioli. 210.354.4644

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is at 312 Pearl Parkway. To come to this Sunday, Sept. 8 event, 2-6 p.m, is $45 per person, not including tax or tip.

Reserve your seat by calling the Boiler House directly at 210.354.4644.

Kevin Sousa, Pittsburgh restaurateur

Kevin Sousa, Pittsburgh restaurateur

 

The Granary ‘Cue & Brew at Pearl, Kevin Sousa — Guest Chef Collaborative Dinner

The Granary ‘Cue & Brew at the Pearl announces their next Guest Chef Collaborative dinner. The dinner, Monday, Sept. 9, will be star James Beard nominee and chef, Kevin Sousa from Pittsburgh, Penn. Sousa’s restaurants include Salt of the Earth, Union Pig & Chicken and Station Street Hot Dogs.

Seatings will be available at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Cost is $69 per person. Beer & wine pairings are extra. Look forward to seven “innovative” courses. Check The Granary website here for more information, and to make reservations on Open Table.

 

FratellosOpen now: Fratello’s on Broadway

This Italian deli also make pizzas, salads, panini, antipasti, soups and more.  An Italian Market offers “fresh baked breads, cookies and pastries, as well as an assortment of gelatos.  Fratello’s will offer imported Italian pastas, San Marzano tomatoes, olive oils and vinegars. Check out the website at www.fratellosdeli.com. 210-444-0253.

 

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Griffin to Go: Think and Drink Pink


Rosé comes in many shades of pink.

Rosé comes in many shades of pink.

This past Saturday brought Culinaria’s annual Rambling Rosé to Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, and for at least one day, it was all about pink.

And that’s just fine with me.

Steven Krueger unveils a bottle of rosé.

Steven Krueger unveils a bottle of rosé.

For the past nine years or so, Bonnie Walker and I have been part of the panel along with vineyard owner Richard Becker, sommelier Steven Krueger from the Westin La Cantera and selected friends of dry rosé, including wine merchant Woody De Luna, to talk about the appeal of this special style of wine while we sampled a half-dozen fine examples with two large groups of interested tasters.

Nine years ago, it seemed as if we were all speaking in some sort of vacuum. The audience was made up largely of people who only drank either red or white wine, and nothing but, and they weren’t about to change.

In the last three or four years, however, people have become more open. A good number of people in the audience now freely admit that dry rosé is part of their regular wine-drinking diet. It might be once a month or only when the temperature is over 100 degrees, which it was on Saturday. But the message that this wine is perfect for Texas is getting out.

Rosé is now the style of wine I drink most. I love the fact that you can ice it down and refresh yourself with its youthful essence. Plus, it’s a perfect food wine, whether you want a wine to go with beef fajitas with a spritz of lime or shrimp off the grill. Krueger made a good argument for having rosé with your Thanksgiving meal because it goes with so much of the meal.

You find more rosés of all price ranges, styles and even colors in the market these days, and they’re coming from all corners of the wine-growing world. Plus, they’re made with grapes as varied as Pinot Noir, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The audience enjoys sampling the wines.

The audience enjoys sampling the wines.

On Saturday, we tasted several dry Old World styles from France and from Texas with bright acid, good minerality, vibrancy and an elegance that was quite pleasing. We also tasted several New World styles with lively fruit flavors and the occasional touch of residual sugar.

The lineup featured several from France, including the 2012 Le Poussin Rosé from the Languedoc-Roussillon and the 2012 Balandran Les Mugues Rosé from Costières-de-Nîmes. The 2012 Alexander Vineyards Rosé was from Bordeaux, and it was made by Claude Alexander, who is opening a tasting room next week along the 290 wine trail that stretches from Johnson City to Fredericksburg; his other wines include a Champagne and a German Riesling, with more, including Texas wines, to come in the future.

Also in the Old World style was the host’s contribution, the 2012 Becker Vineyards Provençal from Tallent Vineyard in the Texas High Plains.

New World-style rosés included the 2012 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc from the Brugioni Vineyard on California’s Sonoma Coast and the 2012 I’M Deep Rosé from Napa Valley.

All are available for about $12-$15 a bottle, and all found fans among both audiences and the panelists. In the case of the wines we sampled, the Old World-style rosés were marked by a more copperish pink, or saumon color, as the French call it, while the two New World-style had more red in them.

A "Deep" Rose

A “Deep” Rosé

It was great to hear the comments from the audience about what pleased them or whether they enjoyed a certain wine by itself or with the duck confit that chef John Brand had served. One gentleman, whom I recognized from having attended in years past, made the astute observation that the quality of all the wines has increased greatly overall. In fact, he enjoyed all six of the wines poured. High praise, indeed, and it’s also a clue as to why rosés have become more popular. After all, who doesn’t like a good bottle of wine at a reasonable price?

Another sign that some sort of cultural tide has been forded? In two panel discussions, the dreaded words “white Zinfandel” were not mentioned a single time, even in a derogatory manner. Rosé has reclaimed its position in the wine world.

If you haven’t tried any lately, what are you waiting for?

Culinaria’s next event, Restaurant Week, begins this Saturday and runs through Aug. 24. Click here for details.

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Becker Wines Win 7 Awards in San Francisco; More News


Becker winesBecker Vineyards won seven awards in the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition, including a double gold medal for the Becker Vineyards 2011 Claret.

While the entire list of winners has not yet been released, Richard Becker, owner of the pioneering winery and vineyards in Stonewall, said he received word recently from the competition about the winning Becker wines.  These include:

Double Gold Medal Becker Vineyards 2011 Claret
Gold Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Cabernet-Syrah Reserve
Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Tempranillo Reserve, Bingham
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Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2011 Raven
Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Dry Riesling, Ballinger Vineyard
Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Reserve
Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Chenin Blanc

Also: at the Concours d’ Vin, Lyon, France, the 2012 Becker Vineyards Viognier won a silver medal.

New Releases

2012 Becker Vineyards Prairie Rotie, Rhone-style blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, and Syrah.
2012 Becker Vineyards Albarino, grown at the vineyard in Mason
2011 Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Canada Family)

chiliIndependence Day Chili Cook-off

Chili lovers, head for the annual Independence Day Chili Cook-off benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. That will be Thursday, July 4th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Chili Cook-off schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. Chili Cooks’ Meeting; 11 a.m. Public Chili Sampling Begins ($5 for 10 samples); 11:30 a.m. Salsa Judging Begins; 2 p.m. Chili Judging Begins.  CASI rules can be downloaded at www.chili.org. Chili Cooks’/Salsa Registration Contact:  Alan Dean 512-567-2835.  Registration Fee:  $20 Chili/$10 Salsa.

And: Brian Mullin will play music from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  There will also be a Chili Dog Concession (benefiting the charity as well) and of course wine tasting of Beckers’ award-winning wines!

Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg off US Hwy 290 at Jenschke Lane.  (Physical Address:  464 Becker Farms Road)

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Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival Is in April


The Blanco Lavender Festival is June 10-12.

Lavender season is coming soon in the Texas Hill Country .

Becker Vineyards hosts its 15th Annual Lavender Festival, April 27 and 28.

This favorite spring-season Hill Country event will feature speakers and vendors promoting lavender cooking education as well as herb-related products.  There will also be gardening tips, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, and lavender luncheons.  Business hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.  The event is complimentary; parking is $5.

The event will offer plenty to eat, with  Stout Pizza and Clear River Pecan Company.  Choose gift items from more than 36 vendors selling lavender products, gardening related items and more.

The popular Lavender Luncheons will be cater on Saturday by Rails, A Café at The Depot in Kerrville.  The Sunday luncheon caterer is Alfred’s Catering, in Austin.

For menus to the Lavender Luncheons on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, go Becker Vineyard’s news and events page, and click under the events on the calender.

Both luncheons begin at 12:30 p.m. and are $65 plus tax, per person.  Reservations required; purchase those on-line at Becker Vineyards or call or 830-644-2681 x 230.

LavenderCulinary students from the Art Institute of San Antonio will conduct some of the lavender cooking demonstrations as will local chefs. (Note: Speaker presentations and cooking demonstrations are subject to change.)

Chris Perrenoud, lavender manager, creates and produces various lavender products which will be for sale to the public during the festival.  She makes beautiful lavender sachets, scented wands, lavender bundles, soaps, potpourris, lotions and more.

More information will be available over the next few weeks leading up to the festival.  Visit Becker Vineyards for more information on the upcoming Lavender Festival or call 830-644-2681 x 302.

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