The Hill Country’s William Chris Vineyards started the Texas Wine Revolution a couple years ago as a way to showcase the wines that our state does best — wines like the insanely consumed rosé.
Though rosé isn’t the only wine Texas winemakers excel at, it has become the only wine served at the tasting event, returning for the third year on April 22. Spotlighting more than 25 Texas wineries and their completely Texas-grown rosé, the Texas Wine Revolution will also have live music, good food, educational seminars, picnic areas and more on the gorgeous grounds of the Horseshoe Bay Resort.
More than 40 rosés will be featured. You’ll drink pink courtesy of Texas wineries like Lewis Wines, whose elegant 2016 Parr Mourvèdre Rosé smells like just-picked strawberries mixed with sweet cream, and Fall Creek Vineyards, which harvests Hill Country-grown grenache grapes just to make the juicy Grenache Rosé 2017 with blasts of apricot and tangerine.
Austin’s sommelier-made rosé, Dandy, will also be on offer. Local sommelier Rae Wilson began producing vintages of Dandy Rosé in 2014 using Texas grapes because our state, she said, is the perfect place to both make and drink the light and refreshing wine.
"‘You guys should be swimming in rosé,’" she said she would tell winemakers at their forums and yearly meetings, before Texas rosé — and a subsequent festival entirely devoted to the wine — became an annual tradition. As an early proponent for rosé, she was a featured speaker at the inaugural Texas Wine Revolution in 2016.
Want to drink your wine from a can? Sway Rosé, the canned wine project from William Chris Vineyards’ Chris Brundrett and Lost Draw Cellars’ Andrew Sides, will also be available for sipping at the tasting event.MORE: A new Texas rosé comes in a can so you can drink it just about anywhere
Get your $50 tickets now. They include up to 47 tastings of of rosé wines, a sample of Texas cuisine from each participating food vendor, a six-bottle wine tote, a keepsake crystal wine glass, a mini booklet where you can provide your tasting notes, and other fun swag items and perks, according to a news release.
The Texas Wine Revolution is produced by a nonprofit of the same name with the goal of spreading awareness about Texas wines. This year’s event was moved from William Chris Vineyards’ scenic Hill Country location to the larger Horseshoe Bay Resort to accommodate more thirsty consumers and to "elevate the overall festival experience," Kate Shelley, festival organizer and founding board member of the nonprofit, said in the release.
"It is incredibly exciting to see the growth, demand, and love for Texas-grown wine following the first two years of our festival," she said.
The Texas Wine Revolution runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on April 22 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort, at 200 Hi Cir N., Horseshoe Bay. For more information, visit texaswinerevolution.com.
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