Feel like planning a wine tasting getaway? Forget about flights and expensive hotels. Some of the best wine in the country lies in your own backyard.
Since 1985, the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas (WFFT) has been celebrating the best our state has to offer and this year is no exception. With a number of fantastic events on the horizon, the WFFT is poised to kick off their spring 2015 season in style.
Toast and Roast: March 1st
The fun kicks off in grand scale with Toast and Roast on March 1st, 2015. Taking place at Rancho Cuernavaca, the event is a celebration of wine, food and music. The highlight of the afternoon will be a tasting of every vintage in Texas Monthly’s 2014 Best Wines of Texas list. This is a rare and special opportunity to sample the best wine in the Lone Star State.
With food provided by Chef John Bates of Noble Sandwich and music by bluegrass band Sour Bridges, there’s no better way to celebrate Texas Independence Day than with a couple pours of our state’s best.
Rancho Cuernavaca is located at 1803 N Cuernavaca Dr. Tickets can be purchased here.
30th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction: April 11th
One of the foundation’s most historic events, this year’s auction is going to be one for the ages. To be held at the Austin Four Seasons, this weekend long extravaganza is the highlight of WFFT’s event calendar. This year, the foundation will have one hundred lots of rare and fine wines available for bidding.
The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas will also be honoring famed winemaker Anne Moller-Racke of The Donum Estate. As one of the two biggest wine auctions in the state of Texas, this year’s event is a must attend for any connoisseur.
The Austin Four Seasons is located at 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Tickets can be purchased here.
Other Upcoming Events
Can’t make it to the biggies? The WFFT will be holding a number of public and “members only” events throughout the spring season. These include:
- Educational tastings with sommelier Mark Rashap. Taking place on the second Wednesday of every month, these events are a great way to bone up on your wine knowledge.
- Regular tastings at the Red Room Lounge with renowned experts.
- Various dinners, tastings and events. A full list can be found here.
Partying With a Purpose
But it’s not all fun for the sake of fun. Every event run by Wine and Food Foundation of Texas is held in support of the many incredible grants they provide to the Texas community. Since its inception, the foundation has given over $1.75 million to organizations in need. Last year, the foundation provided grants to Dell Children’s Medical Center, The Sustainable Food Center, Austin Food for Life and the Texas A&M Viticuture and Fruit Lab. Your every drop of enjoyment goes towards a good cause. A win-win situation.
How to Get Involved
Becoming a member of Wine and Food Foundation of Texas is easy. While major events are open to the public, members receive early access and discounted ticket prices. Members also receive a regular newsletter full of entertaining articles designed to keep you connected to the Texas wine scene. And with annual memberships starting at as little as $55, everyone from established experts to wine newbies can get in on the action.
Joining is not only about the perks. It’s about supporting locally made products and the industries that help keep the Texas wine industry one of a kind. Besides, what better way to spend an evening than with good people and an oaky chardonnay, all while supporting fantastic organizations? Be sure to come out to a WFFT event this spring and find out for yourself!
The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas’ main office is located at 2121 E 6th Street, Suite 102 next to Hi Hat Public House. For inquiries, event listings and information about becoming a member, visit winefoodfoundation.org.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
What’s your “go-to” Texas wine?