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Sara Potter
 
August 12, 2020 | Sara Potter

Upcoming Virtual Happy Hour Schedule

Join the Bending Branch team on Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. CDT every Friday for Virtual Happy Hour. We are featuring wines from our Weekly Wine Pack for the next few weeks.


August 14th – Texas Hill Country Tannat

This week we are drinking our 2016 Tannat CM harvested from Tallent Vineyards.

Drew Tallent farms 65 acres of grapes near Mason, and this rich, fruity Tannat made with Cryo-Maceration expresses its distinctive terroir. This wine was awarded Double Gold/Class Champion/Texas Class Champion at the 2020 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! wine competition.


August 21st – Old Vine Petite Sirah

This week we are drinking our 2016 Old Vine Petite Sirah.

A Bending Branch fan favorite, Old Vine Petite Sirah is one of the few wines we’ve made in every vintage since 2008. The grapes are harvested from vines planted in 1972 at Shell Creek Vineyards near Paso Robles, California. Shell Creek is a family operation renowned in the wine world for its Petite Sirah. The 2016 vintage was awarded a Gold medal and 90 Points at the 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition. 


August 28th – Spotlight on Newsom Vineyards

This week we are drinking wines harvested from Newsom Vineyards in the Texas High Plains.

The Newsom family has been dedicated to growing high quality wine grapes for more than 30 years. Several Bending Branch favorites are made from their exceptional High Plains fruit, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, and Tannat. 

2017 Tempranillo is included in the Weekly Wine Pack promotion.


If you don’t have the wines we’re featuring each week, just open whatever you have. So, get your glasses ready, and we’ll see you on Zoom at 4 p.m. every Friday. We look forward to seeing your faces!

How to join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85094045954

Follow our Events page for all upcoming virtual tasting events.

 

Time Posted: Aug 12, 2020 at 9:12 AM
Jennifer McInnis Fadel
 
August 4, 2020 | Jennifer McInnis Fadel

Harvest 2020 Update

Harvest update from Jennifer McInnis Fadel, Bending Branch Winery General Manager:

We are getting more fruit this year than in the past from the Texas Hill Country, with harvest getting underway July 27th with Tannat from our estate vineyard, Lost Pirogue Vineyard. All of our Picpoul Blanc this year will come from the estate vineyard.

We also had a great Malbec harvest from Cherokee Rose Vineyard in Comfort at the end of July. We are about to release the first Malbec Reserve from that vineyard.

I am very excited about the quality of our fruit this year – its intensity and concentration is really exceptional. We will get some fruit from the Texas High Plains; overall, the fruit will come from smaller lots from multiple vineyards.

Given harvest will be made up of smaller lots, we will not use the flash détente technology as much this year, and instead will focus on small-batch, whole-berry fermentation and Cryo-maceration. We will use this opportunity to make more reserve and special selection wines.

Regarding COVID-19, we will maintain our health and safety protocols as we shift more of our activities to the winery. We will continue practicing social distancing, mandating face coverings, and using UV-C wands on surfaces and UV-C lamps in the restrooms. Additionally, the ozone machine is run weekly in the production facility, and we have installed smaller units in the tasting rooms.

Tannat harvest at Lost Pirogue Vineyard, 7/27/20. Thank you to Stella Haus Films for the beautiful images!

Time Posted: Aug 4, 2020 at 1:15 PM
Sara Potter
 
July 21, 2020 | Sara Potter

Upcoming Virtual Happy Hour Schedule

Join the Bending Branch team on Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. CDT every Friday for Virtual Happy Hour. We are featuring wines from our Texas Grilling 6-Pack for the next few weeks.

 

July 24th – Texas Hill Country Tannat Rosé

This week we are drinking our 2019 Tannat Rosé harvested from Tallent Vineyards near Mason. Aromas of dried rose petal and wet slate announce a mouthful of strawberry lemonade, green peach, and juicy gooseberry in this Texas Hill Country Tannat Rosé.

 

July 31st – Texas High Plains Malbec

This week we are drinking our 2016 Malbec grown at Newsom Vineyards near Plains, Texas. Subtle smoke, vanilla, and dried berries form the signature of this elegant wine.

 

August 7th – Texas Hill Country Picpoul Blanc

This week we are drinking our 2019 Estate Picpoul Blanc harvested from Lost Pirogue Vineyard in Center Point. Floral aromas mingle with green melon, minerals, pear, and delicate pineapple in this Texas Hill Country Picpoul.

 

If you don’t have the wines we’re featuring each week, just open whatever you have. So, get your glasses ready, and we’ll see you on Zoom at 4 p.m. every Friday. We look forward to seeing your faces!

How to join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85094045954

Check out our blog post on grilling and pairing ideas for these wines.

Follow our Events page for all upcoming virtual tasting events.

Time Posted: Jul 21, 2020 at 12:33 PM
Sara Potter
 
July 15, 2020 | Sara Potter

July is National Grilling Month.

July is all about backyard barbecues and time spent with family and friends enjoying good wines and delicious foods from the grill. For a limited time, try our Texas Grilling 6-Pack. This package of Texas wines will pair well with anything that comes off your grill this summer.

We are all cooking at home a lot more these days, so read on for some great grilling and pairing suggestions for each wine in the 6-Pack. Happy grilling!


2019 Estate Picpoul Blanc, Lost Pirogue Vineyard

“The 2019 Estate Picpoul Blanc is a compelling iteration of this spring-summer sipper with aromas of white flowers, pear, and honeydew melon. It’s polished and balanced. While the doctor (Bob Young) generally prescribes a rib eye with his Tannat, when summer heat calls for a Picpoul, he recommends a shrimp pairing.”

Check out the shrimp and oregano wrap recipe in The Vintner Project's Texas Wine & Grill Guide.


2019 Tannat Rosé, Tallent Vineyards

2019 Tannat Rosé harvested from Tallent Vineyards near Mason is a culinary chameleon, equally delicious with prosciutto, aged goat cheese, and butter-toasted walnuts or tarragon-grilled chicken with sour oranges.


2016 Petite Sirah, Newsom Vineyards

Rosemary-infused lamb chops over mesquite coals coax exotic fragrances of warm mint, pie cherries, and pipe tobacco from the 2016 Petite Sirah.


2016 Malbec, Newsom Vineyards

Our 2016 Malbec is a great choice for steaks and roasts, but its intense berry flavors, firm tannins and bright acidity give it valuable versatility. This elegant wine would be a fine complement to herb-roasted chicken, mesquite-grilled swordfish, or a richly-marbled pork chop.


2017 Tempranillo, Newsom Vineyards

“As the mercury heats up and summer grilling season gets underway, tacos of Mexican-marinated chicken thighs elevate the 2017 Tempranillo, Newsom Vineyards, to the next level.”

Read more about Tempranillo and grilling in this article from Forbes.

Our Tempranillo was also featured in "6 Texas wines to drink now" from the Houston Chronicle.


2017 Texas Tannat

“Bending Branch Winery in Comfort has been a pioneer in producing Tannat-based wines using sustainable practices and innovative fermentation techniques. Firm tannins, good acidity and rich dark fruit laced with cocoa and herbal notes make the 2017 Texas Tannat a good match for beef ribs and hickory-smoked brisket.”

Read more about Texas wines to drink with barbecue in this story from The Dallas Morning News.

#TXwine   #TexasFineWines   #UncorkTexasWines   #SipAndStaySafeTX   #NextWorldWines

 

Time Posted: Jul 15, 2020 at 11:10 AM
Sara Potter
 
June 25, 2020 | Sara Potter

Our New Experience Awaits You

UPDATE AS OF JUNE 26th:

Per Governor Abbott's Executive Order No. GA-28, our Wine Club Lounge is closed. Bending Branch Winery and Ursa at Branch on High tasting rooms remain open for curbside and delivery service. Establishments receiving 51% of sales from alcohol must close their doors but are permitted to remain open for take-out and delivery.

Dear Club Members,

Thank you for your membership and for your patience. The past few months have been challenging, and we are grateful for the incredible support from our members. We have enjoyed visiting with many of you on Zoom, but we have missed seeing you in person. We are excited to invite you to an all-new experience at our Wine Club Lounge.
 
We are now offering new outdoor experiences by appointment, Thursday through Sunday. Service will be hosted at the Wine Club Lounge and offers shaded seating on the patio, under new cabanas, or tables adjacent to the vineyard. Wine Club Members and guests who are 21+ will enjoy wine by the glass or bottle. Tastings are not available at this time. No pets, please.

Please note: We are taking extraordinary precautions to sanitize and maintain physical distance. If you have any questions about how we have adapted our experience to exceed CDC health regulations, please read the Bending Branch Winery COVID-19 Guest Advisory here.

Reservations are for 1 hour and 15 minutes. We're implementing hard-stops between reservations so we are able to implement rigorous sanitation protocols.

RESERVATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Go to https://www.exploretock.com/signup.
  2. Create an account using the primary email address associated with your club membership.
  3. At the top of Tock, search for Bending Branch Winery.
  4. Select your desired experience. If reservations are full, you may join the waitlist.

We hope you will be able to join us and provide feedback after your visit. Your support means the world to us!

Sincerely,

Dr. Bob Young and the Bending Branch Winery team

P.S. Not a wine club member? You can join here.

 

Time Posted: Jun 25, 2020 at 9:23 AM
Sara Potter
 
June 24, 2020 | Sara Potter

Attention Members: Celebrate Tannat Rosé All Day with an optional summer wine club release and free gift!

Summer is here! Celebrate Tannat Rosé All Day with an optional wine club release and free gift.

Drink pink and stay cool this summer with an optional 6-bottle club release of three different Tannat Rosé wines from Bending Branch Winery and Ursa Vineyards.

Log in to your wine club account by July 12th to opt in. The first 300 club members who opt in will receive a pair of Rosé All Day ventilated wine toppers – perfect for enjoying wine outdoors this summer!

A $142 retail value – plus half-price $15 summer shipping.*

1840 & Gold Rush Club pricing $113.60  |  Branch Club pricing $120.70

Thank you for your membership during these challenging times. Your support means the world to us!

*To protect the integrity of your wine during summer months, ship orders are packed in insulated packaging with frozen ice bricks.

Enjoy two bottles each of these three unique Tannat Rosé wines.

Bending Branch Winery 2019 Branch Texas Frizzante Rosé, Texas Hill Country
This sparkling Texas Tannat is a fruity and fanciful crowd-pleaser with notes of strawberry and citrus zest. Chill well, pop the top, and enjoy the bubbles!

Bending Branch Winery 2019 Tannat Rosé, Tallent Vineyards
Aromas of dried rose petal and wet slate announce a mouthful of strawberry lemonade, green peach, and juicy gooseberry in this wine harvested from Tallent Vineyards in the Texas Hill Country.

Ursa Vineyards 2019 Tannat Rosé, Silvaspoons Vineyards
Delicate orange peel and rose petal on the nose, followed by apricot and dry minerality reminiscent of Provence in this wine sourced from Silvaspoons Vineyards in the Alta Mesa AVA.

Protect your wine while sipping outdoors!
The first 300 members who opt in will receive a pair of Rosé All Day ventilated wine toppers. ($16 value)

Opt in by July 12th to receive this club release.
Please verify your shipping or pickup preference. Here’s how:

  1. Log In to your wine club account here
  2. Click on Club List
  3. Click Edit Club
  4. Select the number of Rosé packages you would like
  5. Scroll down to verify your shipping or tasting room pickup preference for Bending Branch Winery or Ursa at Branch on High (Pearl Farmers Market is not a pickup option at this time)
  6. Verify all info and click Submit

VERIFY SHIPPING OR PICKUP:

IMPORTANT DATES:
July 12 Opt in to receive optional Rosé club release
July 17 Credit cards will be processed
July 18 Pickup begins at Bending Branch or Ursa at Branch on High
July 20 Releases will ship from our fulfillment center this week

Questions? Contact us at club@bendingbranchwinery.com.

Thank you for being a member!

Time Posted: Jun 24, 2020 at 7:35 AM
Sara Potter
 
June 4, 2020 | Sara Potter

June Virtual Happy Hour Schedule

Join the Bending Branch team on Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. CDT every Friday for Virtual Happy Hour. Here’s our schedule for June.

June 5th – Bubbles!

This week we’re featuring the perfect wine to toast your June celebrations: Bending Branch Brut


June 12th – Tannat Rosé All Day

June 13th is National Rosé Day! We will feature three very different Tannat Rosé wines: Branch Texas Frizzante Rosé, and new releases Bending Branch 2019 Tannat Rosé, and 2019 Ursa Tannat Rosé

Special guests: Ursa Winemakers Deborah Elissagaray and Greg Stokes will join us from California and tell us all about the new release 2019 Ursa Tannat Rosé. Ursa wines are available at Ursa at Branch on High in Downtown Comfort.


June 19th – Cheers to Dad!

Father's Day is June 21st, so we're featuring the wines from our Father's Day Premium Red Package: Double Barrel Tannat, Tannat RF|EM, and Old Vine Petite Sirah


June 26th – Poolside Favorites

What is your favorite poolside wine? You can't go wrong with any of the wines from our Summer Surprise Six-Pack!


If you don’t have the wines we’re featuring each week, just open whatever you have. So, get your glasses ready, and we’ll see you on Zoom at 4 p.m. every Friday.

How to join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85094045954

We look forward to seeing your faces!

Time Posted: Jun 4, 2020 at 1:01 PM
Sara Potter
 
June 2, 2020 | Sara Potter

Pearl Farmers Market Resumes on Saturdays in June

We are excited to be back at the Pearl Farmers Market starting this Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the month of June, Pearl will have the Market on Saturdays only and transition to opening Saturdays and Sundays in July.

The Pearl is moving the location of the Market for the month of June to ensure that there is space for physical distancing, and to create a safe environment for vendors and customers. The new location will be in the parking lot behind Green Vegetarian at the intersection of Emma Koehler and Karnes. Bending Branch Winery will be in the breezeway near the parking lot.

At this time, we are not able to sell beverages for immediate consumption. That means no tastings or glasses for sale, but you can pick up a bottle or two of your favorite Texas wine to take home and enjoy. Please note we will only be accepting credit cards for payment at the Market (no cash at this time).

On our bottle menu for June is:

We will have a limited number of grab-and-go packages available as well. For at least the next two weekends, we will feature a trio package of 2016 vintage wines from Newsom Vineyards: Tempranillo, Malbec, and Petite Sirah.

In addition, you can now place an order through our website and choose Pearl as a pick-up location. Orders must be placed by noon on the Friday before the Market.

Please see the Pearl’s COVID-19 response and Farmers Market Pledge below. We look forward to seeing you there!

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Pearl supports all its partners and the decisions they make on when and how to reopen their businesses. To ensure that our community remains as safe as possible, we’ve asked all business partners to commit to operating in accordance with city and state mandates. For more information visit: atpearl.com/covid19.

FARMERS MARKET PLEDGE

VENDORS

  • Vendors will wear masks
  • Make hand sanitizer/hand washing stations available to employees and guests
  • Vendors will handle all products; guests are asked to point to product and avoid touching
  • Post the Pearl Pledge in high traffic areas to remind everyone of best hygiene practices

GUESTS

  • Please approach Farmers Market like you would a grocery store:
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain at least six feet distance from individuals not in your household
  • While shopping, refrain from consuming food and drink
  • Wash or sanitize hands upon entering the market area and between vendor interactions
  • For the time being, leave furry friend(s) at home

#SipAndStaySafeTX

 

 

Time Posted: Jun 2, 2020 at 1:21 PM
Sara Potter
 
May 8, 2020 | Sara Potter

May Curbside Pick-up Specials

During this time of social distancing, great food and wine are especially appreciated. Each weekend in May, Bending Branch will feature a unique wine-and-food care package, partnering with our friends at The Bread Box, San Antonio. Each package includes Bending Branch wine, plus foods designed to feed the body and nurture the soul.

PRE-ORDER & PICK-UP ONLY. Receive your order on the designated days using contactless curbside pick-up at the Bending Branch tasting room from noon to 5 p.m.

Please order by 6 p.m. on the deadline day for each special. Wine Club discounts apply! Click here to see our weekly curbside specials:

 

Curbside Chicken Pot Pie, May 16-17

Deadline to order May 13 | Curbside pickup at winery May 16-17

A bottle each of 2018 Vermentino and 2016 Mourvèdre, plus a 9” deep-dish chicken pot pie for 4 to 6 people, prepared by The Bread Box. Defrost, heat, and eat.

$85 (Club pricing: $68 1840/$72.25 Branch)

 

Curbside American Apple Pie, May 23-24

Deadline to order May 20 | Curbside pickup at winery May 23-24

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a bottle of Branch Texas White, plus a 9” deep-dish fresh apple pie prepared by The Bread Box.

$45 (Club pricing: $36 1840/$38.25 Branch)

 

Curbside Shepherd’s Pie, May 30-31

Deadline to order May 27 | Curbside pickup at winery May 30-31

A bottle each of 2017 Texas Tannat® and Thinkers Blend, plus a 9” deep-dish southwest beef Shepherd's Pie for 4 to 6 people, and 6 Parker House rolls prepared by The Bread Box. Defrost, heat, and eat.

$80 (Club pricing: $64 1840/$68 Branch)

 

Reminder: The Bending Branch tasting room is open for curbside service only at this time, seven days a week from noon to 5 p.m. Order online or call ahead to 830-995-2948 to place your order.

Time Posted: May 8, 2020 at 11:23 AM
Sara Potter
 
May 4, 2020 | Sara Potter

Mother's Day is May 10th.

Mother's Day is right around the corner. Join the Bending Branch team for Virtual Happy Hour: Cheers to Mom! this Friday on Zoom. Treat the special lady in your life to a wine package from Bending Branch Winery or Ursa Vineyards.

Get it three easy ways:
1. Curbside pick-up
2. Complimentary UPS shipping to 30+ states
3. Weekend delivery by a tasting room team member

Some restrictions apply. See each package for details.

 

Mother's Day Brunch Curbside Special

This delicious package includes a blueberry streusel sour cream loaf made by The Bread Box, a dozen free-range eggs, and 2 bottles Branch Texas Frizzante Rosé.

ONLY available for curbside pick-up May 9-10 at Bending Branch Winery.

$65 (Club discounts apply.)
PRE-ORDER by May 6 and specify Pickup at Bending Branch at checkout.

 

Bending Branch Premium Red Package

Impress Mom with a 3-pack of premium Bending Branch wines:

2014 Estate Cuvée
2014 Tannat EM
2016 Malbec

$115 ($149 retail, no additional discounts) order
Available for curbside pick-up at Bending Branch Winery, local delivery (50 mile radius), or complimentary shipping via UPS.

Bonus gift: Choose curbside or local delivery by our staff, and we'll add 4 chocolate truffles from Sweet Comfort!

 

Mom's Ursa Sampler

Cover all your bases with a 6-bottle sampler from Ursa Vineyards, our winery in the Sierra Foothills:

2018 Viognier
2018 Tannat Rosé
2014 Barbera
2014 Syrah-Sirah
2014 Tannat
2016 Zinfandel

$125 ($165 retail, no additional discounts) order
Available for curbside pick-up at Ursa at Branch on High, local delivery (50 mile radius), or complimentary shipping via UPS.

 

Cheers to Mom Happy Hour Package

Say "Cheers to Mom" during our Bending Branch Virtual Happy Hour on Friday, May 8th. Enjoy four wines with the Bending Branch team - 2018 Vermentino, 2019 Frizzante Rosé, 2017 Double Barrel Tannat, and 2014 Brenda's Cuvée.

$100 ($120 retail, no additional discounts) order
Available for curbside pick-up at Bending Branch Winery, local delivery (50 mile radius), or complimentary shipping via UPS.

Follow the Virtual Happy Hour: Cheers to Mom! event on Facebook.

Time Posted: May 4, 2020 at 11:50 AM