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Bending Branch Winery


Sara Potter
March 23, 2022 | Sara Potter

The Derby Extravaganza is back!

After a 2-year hiatus, we are thrilled to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Derby Extravaganza. Join us as we celebrate Dr. Bob and Brenda Young’s Kentucky roots with a fun-filled afternoon at the beautiful Bending Branch Estate with live music, food, wine, hats, horses, and mint juleps.

~In partnership with Frost Bank. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Comfort.~


Ticket includes:

  • Live music from Big Cedar Fever
  • Catered meal from The Bread Box
  • Bourbon balls made locally by Sweet Comfort

Hat parade competition in three categories: Wine Theme, Derby Theme, and Most Fanciful

Best tent competition: Compete for best outfield tent set up and decorations


Ticket prices:

$60 General Admission

$50 for Bending Branch wine club members (Limit 2 club tickets per membership. Check your email for promo code.)

Includes a meal, a drink ticket, and a bourbon ball.


All-inclusive VIP Package (limited):

$1,000 table for 8 — includes admission for 8 people, buffet meal, snacks for the table, 4 drink tickets per person (redeemable for 4 glasses or 1 bottle), special VIP bar, and early entry to the venue at 1:30 p.m. VIP attendees will also receive 20% off additional wine purchases at the event.



Reserved seating options (seating only/admission sold separately)

$160 Table for 8  |  $120 Table for 6  |  $80 Table for 4

You will select a table when you arrive. Reserving a table DOES NOT guarantee shade, as the sun moves throughout the day.


A limited number of tables will be available in the outfield area, first come, first serve. If you do not reserve a table, please bring chairs. (See FAQs below.)


Note: The estate tasting room and Wine Club Lounge will be closed for this special ticketed Derby event. Ursa at Branch on High tasting room will be open noon to 8 p.m. at 704 High Street in downtown Comfort.



What can I bring into the event?

Sunscreen, chairs, tables, pop-up tents, umbrellas, food, water. Tent legs must be staked or weighted down.


What is not allowed at the event?

ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL. Coolers will be checked by security upon entry.

NO PETS at this event, please.

Bending Branch Winery is a non-smoking, non-vaping property.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call the estate tasting room at 830-995-2948 or email info@bendingbranchwinery.com.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Check in will be electronic.


How do I purchase wine club tickets?

The code was sent to members via email on March 23rd. If you are a wine club member and did NOT receive the email, please contact info@bendingbranchwinery.com.

Time Posted: Mar 23, 2022 at 2:27 PM Permalink to The Derby Extravaganza is back! Permalink
Sara Potter
March 7, 2022 | Sara Potter

1840 Blending Experience 2022 Winner Announcement

One of the perks of 1840 Club membership is the opportunity to compete in the 1840 Blending Experience. During January of 2022, 44 teams became the winemaker for a day and participated in the competition. Participants were provided with barrel samples of four wines and the necessary measuring tools to master the perfect blend. This year’s blending wines were:

  • 2019 Charbono, Sierra Foothills
  • 2019 Malbec, Texas High Plains
  • 2019 Sagrantino, Texas High Plains
  • 2019 Tannat, Newsom Vineyards


Co-owner & Winemaker Dr. Bob Young and General Manager Jennifer McInnis Fadel evaluated all of the blends over a two-day period and narrowed down the finalists. On March 5th, they tasted through the final blends live at the Wine Club Lounge and announced the winners. Watch on Facebook Live

The top three winning teams will be receiving an invitation to a very special dinner at the winery.

Congratulations to:

1st place: Wine-Ocologists

2nd place: Saints of the Grape

3rd place: Bender Blenders


An honorable mention goes out to the 4th place team: Coassolo Torinese

Blend breakdowns:

Wine-Ocologists 90% Charbono – 10% Sagrantino

Saints of the Grape 64% Tannat – 36% Charbono

Bender Blenders 60% Tannat – 40% Malbec

We’d like to thank all of the 1840 Club members that came out to participate in this fierce competition, and cheers to the winners!

Time Posted: Mar 7, 2022 at 9:15 AM Permalink to 1840 Blending Experience 2022 Winner Announcement Permalink