Monday, March 5, 2012

Bending Branch Winery - Come & Taste It!

Each third Thursday of the year except in January, The Grapevine in Gruene will feature a Come & Taste It event – monthly tastings that allow guests to meet and learn from Texas winemakers in person. Come & Taste It events offer an incredible opportunity to meet some of Texas’ best winemakers without travelling all over the state.

The featured winery for March, Bending Branch Winery, will be joining us on Thursday, March 15th from 5-8 p.m. Recently featured on Texas Monthly Blog, Eat My Words, Bending Branch Winery has gotten the attention of quite a few wine connoisseurs despite its small production and distribution.

After many tasting trips to Napa Valley, Sonoma, France and Tuscany to name a few, Owner and Head Winemaker, Robert W. Young MD, completed a Viticulture and Winemaking course through The Atlanta Wine School. Eventually, Young went on to pursue his Winemaker Certificate from UC Davis, one of the prominent winemaking universities in the country. Eventually, Young left his medical practice and suburban home in Atlanta to pursue this passion for winemaking with his family on the small 14 acre vineyard in Comfort, TX.

Another integral piece to Bending Branch Winery is John Rivenburgh, Vice President of Operations. A graduate of Texas Tech’s highly respected professional Viticulture management program, Rivenburgh assists Young in the day-to-day operations of growing and winemaking.

One of the many impressive tidbits about Bending Branch Winery is their bold decision to bring two French grapes to Texas, the Tannat and the Picpoul. The Tannat is a red wine grape usually found in the Basque-influenced regions of France and is noted for its high tannin levels and raspberry fruit. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Picpoul is a dry French grape known for its citrusy taste. Neither of these grapes has ever been grown in Texas before.

This small winery is certainly a unique one, so be sure not to miss out on your chance to meet the winemakers next Thursday. The event will include live music, wine pairings and multiple giveaways including a tour for six at Bending Branch Winery.

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