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5 Ways to Celebrate Texas Wine Month

By Robin Barr Sussman

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10.03.17

October is Texas Wine Month, celebrating the small local wineries dotting the lone star state from Houston to Fredericksburg, Austin and points north. Here are ways to support our state’s wine industry, donate to Harvey relief, and maybe take a little road trip.

Cocoa & Cardamom (5000 Westheimer Rd., Ste. 602, 281.501.3567) teams up with Houston based Nice Winery for a chocolate and wine pairing October 20, 6:30PM-8PM ($55). Taste through six pairings while learning about the intricacies of producing hand crafted wine and chocolate. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated toward hurricane Harvey flood relief.

Duchman Family Winery (13308 Farm to Market 150, 512.858.1470, Driftwood) and Texas Fine Wine will host the Texas Wine Month kick-off dinner on October 20, 7PM, at the winery right outside of Austin. The five-course tapas dinner will be served with top Texas wines. The Duchman family is from Houston.

Solero Winery (330 TC Jester Blvd., 713.705.8675) will host The Wine Society of Texas on October 7, 6PM, to introduce Valley Mills Vineyards to Houston. Valley Mills will pour nine Texas wines including the 2014 Tempranillo and 2016 rosé, which both took home silver at the 2017 San Francisco International Competition. Ten dollars from the ticket price ($30) will be donated to Houston Helping Hands for Harvey relief.

Texas Wine School (2301 Portsmouth St., 713.828.7767) is hosting a Texas Fine Wine tasting on October 25. The evening includes a 30-minute overview of the Texas wine industry following a tasting of 20 different Texas wines from 6PM-8:30PM.

Texas Wine Month Passport gives Houstonians a chance to explore the Texas wine trail while contributing to the Harvey relief fund. Each passport grants tastings and bites at 48 wineries including Becker, Duchman, William Chris and more, October 1-31. Tickets $40, $70 per couple.

Texas Reds & Whites (407 Red River St., 737.703.5540, Austin), the only tasting room featuring strictly Texas wines, will host a free educational session and tasting October 21, 2PM-4PM. The “Like This? Try That!” session suggests Texas wine based on wines people are most familiar with.