November 6, 2020

And the Show Continues during the Pandemic

The Montgomery Wine and Music Festival kicks off this weekend in our area but not in the town of Montgomery. The Festival has morphed from a Festival in historic downtown Montgomery to a driving tour in our area going to eight different locations being four wineries, three breweries, and one distillery. Purchase your ticket online at www.MontgomeryWineFest.com for $50.00 per adult. Go to your first place on the trail to pick up your wine glass and wrist band along with your Passport. Wineries include Bernhardt Winery, Blue Epiphany Winery, H Winery and West Sandy Creek Winery. Breweries include B-52 Brewing, Cycler’s Brewery, and Southern Star Brewery. Bartlett’s Distillery is the sole distillery on the run. You are allowed up to four locations on Saturday and the remaining four on Sunday. At each location, your Passport will be stamped. At the eighth location, your fully stamped Passport will be entered into a contest with prizes to be awarded. This sounds like a good weekend for a ROAD TRIP!
Upcoming Wine Events
The weather has been awesome paired with local wine events. Before that next major chill arrives, try these local wine events:
• Every Saturday – Messina Hof hosted a cellar tour and tasting at 6:30 pm. Taste wines straight from the tanks and barrels. ($25)
• November 7th – Bernhardt Winery hosts Kevin Lamar in concert from 2 – 5 along with the Houston Hill Country Artisan Market from noon to 6.
• November 8th – Bernhardt Winery hosts ESCAPE, a tribute to Journey
• November 8th – Whitley vineyards hosts Conrad Olson in Concert.
• November 15th – Bernhardt Winery hosts Double Vision, in a tribute to JOURNEY
• November 22nd – Messina Hof Winery in Bryan hosts cooking classes with wine centered on a three course meal. This course focuses on “traditional holiday foods” and costs $69.95 plus tax and 20% gratuity. For more information call: (979) 778-4963 ext. 234
• November 22nd – Bernhardt Winery features a tribute to Garth Brooks featuring Roping the wind.
• November 29th – Bernhardt Winery features a tribute to the Eagles with Already Gone.
• December 6th – Bernhardt Winery hosts The Fab Five.
• First two weekend in December – Holiday Crystal Wine Trail along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail
• December 12th – Winter Solstice Celebration at Bernhardt Winery including a Winter solstice Artisan Market on the winery grounds
Plan ahead on your winery visits since such visits are restricted as to capacity. Make Reservations ahead of time to ensure your visit. Lastly, remember to drink responsibility. Always have a designated driver!
Thanksgiving Wines
Next week’s columns will feature a bevy of Texas wines to pair with your Thanksgiving Feast. Email me at rsaikowski@comcast.net your hardest wine pairing for Thanksgiving.

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