2014 Wines & Vines Festival

Written By Katherine White

October 27, 2014

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If you love wine, food and live music, look no further than the 3rd Annual Wines & Vines Festival on November 8 – 9. As the weather starts to cool off, enjoy the atmosphere at McPherson Cellars (1615 Texas Ave.) for this fun event. You won’t want to miss out on the great wine and the Hub City Master Chef Competition. We caught up with Emily Simpson, winery operations manager, to find out more about this one-of-a-kind event.

How did the Annual Wines & Vines Festival get started?
The festival got started in 2012 to help bring awareness to the growing Texas wine industry. Llano Estacado Winery and McPherson Cellars jointly hosted the first Wines & Vines festival, but McPherson Cellars hosted last year’s event on its own and will do the same this year.

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2013 Wines & Vines Festival

McPherson Cellars donates all entrance fee proceeds to Lubbock’s Meals on Wheels in memory of Bob Reed, who was Clinton “Doc” McPherson’s finest friend. Together, they started Llano Estacado Winery in 1976.

In the past we’ve had a chef competition and wine tastings, but this year we’re adding a Texas vendor show and a local brewers tasting and competition.

What makes this festival different from other wine festivals?
The Wines & Vines Festival is a unique event focused on giving back to the community by bringing several of the best wineries from across Texas to one central location. Since the majority of Texas wineries get their grapes from Terry County (Brownfield), we feature many growers in our area. The festival helps bring awareness to the High Plains grape growers, as well as numerous Texas wineries. Our festival pairs Texas wine with live music, local chefs and brewers, food trucks and vendors featuring Texas specialty products to create a truly one-of-a-kind event.

2013 Wines & Vines Festival

2013 Wines & Vines Festival

What do you see for the future of this festival?
We see it getting bigger and bigger as the Texas wine industry grows and more people become aware of the quality of wines being produced in the state. In the future, we hope to have a few big name chefs participate in live cooking demos, a winemaker discussion panel, along with a cheese and wine pairing class. Last year we were able to donate more than $13,000 to Lubbock Meals on Wheels, and we hope in the next few years we can donate more than $20,000.

What is your favorite part of the entire event?
My favorite part of the entire event is the Hub City Master Chef Competition. I enjoy watching the chef’s faces as they’re handed their “mystery box” full of random food items (that all must be used) and prepare an entrée plate for taste and presentation in just 45 minutes. Last year’s mystery box contained a Goodart’s peanut patty. I’m not sure about you, but I would have no idea what to do with that, along with protein, vegetables and a starch, but somehow chefs can always pull it off!

2013 Hub City Chef

2013 Hub City Master Chef Competition

Lastly, I enjoy watching the public get excited about the wines offered in our home state and networking with all the different wineries.

Why should Lubbockites and visitors make plans to attend the Annual Wines & Vines Festival?
This is the only wine festival Lubbock offers, and at the same time you’re helping give back to our community. It’s also a good opportunity for the public to taste Texas wines and become familiar with the different winemaking styles that Texas has to offer. The public also has the opportunity to visit with winery representatives and grape growers to ask any questions they may have.

Whether people are just starting out drinking wine, enjoy drinking wine or don’t enjoy wine at all, this festival has activities to please everyone! Wine, local food trucks and bands, Lubbock home brewers and chefs, along with Texas specialty products in one location, what could be better?

Here are the Fast Facts for this year’s Wines & Vines Festival:

Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 8 from noon – 10 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 9 from 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $20* for one day only (Saturday OR Sunday), $30* for two days (Saturday AND Sunday), $15 per day without wine or beer tasting
*One-day rate includes 10 wine tasting tickets
*Two-day rate includes 20 wine tasting tickets
Saturday includes 10 beer tasting tickets
Includes commemorative wine glass

Each wine tasting ticket may be used for a complimentary tasting of wine (1 oz.), or five tickets can be used for a glass of wine (5 oz.) from your winery of choice. Each beer tasting ticket may be used for a complimentary tasting of beer (2 oz.) from the brewer of your choice.
2014 Participating Wineries:
Bar Z Winery
Bending Branch
Brennan Vineyards
Cap*Rock Winery
Christoval Winery
Hilmy Cellars
La Diosa Cellars
Landon Winery
Lewis Wines
Llano Estacado Winery
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
Lost Draw Cellars
Lost Oak Winery
McPherson Cellars
Pedernales Cellars
Wedding Oak Winery
William-Chris Vineyards

2014 Participating Food Trucks:
Crusty’s
Jody’s BBQ
La Picosita
Pot Belly Slims

Simply Decadent Bakery

Texas Specialty Products:

Ashley Willis Designs
Hope Springs Gourmet Crackers
Paddle Tramps
Pecan Ridge
Wine Country Cottages
For the weekend schedule of food and wine pairings, bands, events and more, click here.
 

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