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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Labor Day Weekend Wine Events and Festivals

In addition to individual winery events, special festivities are taking place including harvest celebrations. For more information about each event go to the designated website. Enjoy spending time with others who enjoy wine!

Peach Gazpacho for Labor Day Weekend or Any Warm Day!

Peach season is here and J Vineyards & Winery has a wonderful recipe for peach gazpacho. This chilled gazpacho may be just perfect for this Labor Day weekend and any warm day.

Base Camp for Winery Exploration

The Fredericksburg area of Texas is a wine tourism destination. There are enough wineries to visit and taste wines that you need more than a day or even a weekend. You can easily spend a week in the region. To fully encounter the wine tourism experience, spend your nights at a winery. Messina Hof Winery […]

A Cold Soup for a Hot Summer Day: Strawberry Watermelon Soup

Below is the recipe for Strawberry Watermelon Soup. It appears to be an easy recipe to make and would make a wonderful cold soup for a hot day.

Texas Foods with Messina Hof

Kathy and I spent a wonderful week in Texas. Four days were spent with Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo at both their Messina Hof Winery locations in Bryan and Fredericksburg. In addition to fantastic wines, we ate wonderful meals. We have many fond memories of the wine, food and friends. It was a great experience to […]

After Grape Harvest Activities at Messina Hof

Immediately after the harvest activity concluded at Messina Hof Winery & Resort, the people who harvested were directed from the vineyard back to the winery for the Big Kahuna contest, annual grape stomp and a wine tasting.

Private Wine Tasting of Barrel and Tank Wines at Messina Hof

While spending the weekend at Messina Hof Winery & Resort as guests of the Bonarrigos, we were offered a private tour with Merrill and Paul.

Mushroom Ragu Recipe from Messina Hof Winery & Resort

Yesterday as a part of the 37th Harvest Festival at Messina Hof we attended a Wine and Food Pairing event. One of the foods prepared was Mushroom Ragu.

Wine and Food Pairing Session Showcases Easy Tips

While visiting Messina Hof Winery & Resort in Bryan, Texas, we attended a wine and food pairing class presented by Melba Allen-Buillard and Karen Bonarrigo. Karen pointed out that there are no perfect rules for pairing wine and food. The old suggestion of matching red wine with red meats and white wine with white meats […]

Pre-Harvest Instruction Session at Messina Hoff

Each year at Messina Hof Winery & Resort in Bryan, Texas near Texas A & M, the winery offers the opportunity for wine lovers to engage in a harvest of the grapes. This morning after breakfast participants went to the event room located over the Messina Hof’s Vintage House Restaurant to receive instructions on how to harvest grapes.

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