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August 31, 2022 |

Bending Branch to serve up wine at All American Cup

Dr. Bob Young and Bending Branch Winery are excited to be the official wine sponsor of the inaugural Thomas J Henry All American Cup presented by Tennis Ventures, featuring ten top U.S. men players that will be played at Freeman Coliseum, November 11-13, 2022. 

Tickets will go on sale on to the public September 3 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at AllAmericanTennisCup.com or at www.ticketmaster.com or by using the Ticketmaster App on your mobile device. Individual session ticket prices start at $45. 

“This has been a long time coming, and we all owe a great gratitude to Pat Frost and Frost Bank for spearheading this effort for the past decade to make this happen,” Young said. “Bending Branch Winery has been privileged to play a role in that process. Texas has long needed and deserves to have one of the top annual tournaments since its the second most populated state in the country. This is important to the youth of our state to be able to see leading U.S. tennis players perform in person.”

Additional details from the San Antonio Sports press release: 
The All American Cup will feature two teams consisting of five players. Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, the winningest doubles team in ATP Tour history, will serve as captains and face-off in the three-day team event. The USA West team will be captained by Mike Bryan and led by Taylor Fritz, the number one ranked American. Fritz will be joined by teammates Marcos Giron, Jenson Brooksby, Mackenzie McDonald and Steve Johnson. The USA East team will be captained by Bob Bryan and headed up by former top 10 ATP Tour star, John Isner. Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock, Denis Kudla and J.J. Wolf will join Isner on the USA East team. This year’s inaugural event will be played in San Antonio, Texas, and will alternate years with Austin, Texas. The Tennis Channel will broadcast the All American Cup to over 61 million households throughout the United States. 

San Antonio has a rich tennis history and we’re excited to host this brand-new competition,” said Jenny Carnes, COO, San Antonio Sports. “The All American Cup will offer fans a great opportunity to see top men’s tennis players in action, solidifying Texas as a premier location for the sport.” 

“Bob and I are excited to return to San Antonio and honored to captain the All American Cup. San Antonio is a great tennis town and we have enjoyed playing here over the last 20 years,” said Mike Bryan. “This will be a new experience competing against each other but I know everyone will be battling to win the cup.” The All American Cup will showcase the best of American men’s tennis featuring both singles and doubles matches and help support the work of the Bush ACE Outreach Program. For more information on the All American Cup including VIP packages and the full event schedule please visit www.allamericantenniscup.com. 

The Thomas J Henry All American Cup is presented by Tennis Ventures and proudly sponsored by Frost Bank, H-E-B, United States Professional Tennis Association of Texas, San Antonio Sports, Noisy Trumpet, The PM Group, RS3 Strategic Hospitality, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bending Branch Winery, Heineken, Uomo Sport and Mapei. 

About San Antonio Sports A nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform our community through the power of sport. San Antonio Sports bids on and hosts premier sporting events such as NCAA® championships, which have generated a local economic impact of more than $950 million. San Antonio Sports’ kids programs, including i play! afterschool, annually provide life-changing opportunities for thousands of children. Additionally, San Antonio Sports serves as a catalyst for the development of quality recreational and athletic facilities in our community, including school parks. To learn more, visit SanAntonioSports.org 

About Bush ACE Outreach Program The Program was launched in 2016, at the Bush Tennis Center in Midland, Texas to Advise, Counsel, and Encourage (ACE) area youth by connecting positive role models with elementary-aged children through the sport of tennis. Thanks to partnerships with the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), ACE has provided free in-school programs to over 40,000 elementary-aged children throughout the Permian Basin and free or discounted after-school and summer programs supported by the Bush Tennis Center. In addition to learning the sport of tennis, ACE promotes the core values of sportsmanship, integrity, self-confidence and hard work. New partnerships with the USTA Arthur Ashe National Junior Tennis & Learning program (NJTL), Baylor Tennis, Texas A&M Tennis, TCU Tennis, UTPB Tennis, UT Austin Tennis and UT San Antonio Tennis will allow the 2022-2023 Program goal to reach over 200,000 Texas children.

Pictured above: The All American Team Cup teams

Pictured in photo at top of page: Bending Branch General Manager Jennifer McInnis Fadel with the Bryan Brothers


Time Posted: Aug 31, 2022 at 12:15 PM Permalink to Bending Branch to serve up wine at All American Cup Permalink
Sara Potter
August 9, 2022 | Sara Potter

Dr. Bob Young launched into space

Bending Branch wines are out of this world! A photo of Dr. Bob Young, holding bottles of Picpoul Blanc and Tannat, was launched into space last week. As part of a Tesla referral program, Tesla launched a mosaic composed of pictures of select customers on SpaceX’s lunar orbiter mission with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute of South Korea. The mosaic of Tesla owners was laser etched on glass and will permanently reside in space.

The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral on the evening of August 4, 2022. The Tannat House of Texas is reaching astronomical new heights! These are truly Next World Wines.

Click HERE to see the photo in the mosaic. 

Photo credit: Dayna DeHoyos

#nextworldwines #tannathouseoftexas

Time Posted: Aug 9, 2022 at 1:20 PM Permalink to Dr. Bob Young launched into space Permalink
Sara Potter
June 15, 2022 | Sara Potter

Ursa Tannat earns 99 points at the 2022 California Commercial Wine Competition

The California State Fair has announced the winners of the 2022 California Commercial Wine Competition. The highly anticipated event was held June 1-3 at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

This year, a panel of 44 official judges tasted and evaluated 1,953 California wines from 443 California wineries. The competition, which had been on a 2-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, celebrates the wine growing and wine producing industry in California. It is open only to wines made with fruit grown and produced in the eleven growing regions across the State of California. Wines are evaluated by class, varietal, style, and region based upon the source of the grapes. Total medals awarded were 99 Double Gold, 257 Gold, 878 Silver, and 583 Bronze.

Eleven Ursa Vineyards wines were entered in the competition, three of which earned Best of Class Appellation awards. The star of the show was the 2018 Tannat, Ferrel Ranch, which earned a Double Gold medal, Best of Class Appellation, and a whopping 99 points. 

“We’re thrilled with the results from the California State Fair. I love that all our wines placed, but especially our flagship Tannat with Double Gold, 99 points, AND Best of Appellation El Dorado. It’s an honor to have done so well and in such good company,” said Deborah Elissagaray.

Congratulations to Ursa Winemakers Deborah Elissagaray and Greg Stokes!

Ursa’s results:

2018 Tannat, Ferrel Ranch, El Dorado *

  • Best of Class of Appellation, Double Gold/99 points

2020 Viognier, Hidden Mesa Vineyard, Sierra Foothills *

  • Best of Class of Appellation, Silver/91 points

Major Red, Sierra Foothills *

  • Best of Class of Appellation, Silver/88 points

2018 Mencía, Silvaspoons Vineyards, Alta Mesa

  • Silver/91 points

2018 Souzão, Sierra Foothills

  • Silver/91 points

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ferrel Ranch, El Dorado

  • Silver/88 points

2018 Syrah-Sirah, Sierra Foothills

  • Silver/88 points

2018 Petite Sirah, Sierra Foothills

  • Silver/88 points

2020 Chardonnay, Wilson Vineyard, Clarksburg *

  • Bronze/87 points

2018 Barbera, Lone Meadow Vineyard, Sierra Foothills

  • Bronze/86 points

2018 Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills *

  • Bronze/84 points

Dating back to 1854, the California State Fair Wine Competition is America’s oldest and most prestigious wine event. For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the Best of the Golden State. Visit the Cal Expo website for a full list of winners: FULL LIST

* Available now at Ursa at Branch on High

Time Posted: Jun 15, 2022 at 1:09 PM Permalink to Ursa Tannat earns 99 points at the 2022 California Commercial Wine Competition Permalink
Sara Potter
May 18, 2022 | Sara Potter

Bending Branch Winery goes to Texas A&M University

On May 11, 2022, we had the privilege of spending the evening at Texas A&M University. Hosted by the Department of Horticultural Sciences, Bending Branch Winery was featured during Spirited Learning — a new, collaborative, and interactive experience created to bring awareness to wonderful Texas wines.

Bending Branch Founder and Co-Owner Dr. Bob Young spoke about our winemaking processes, and General Manager Jennifer McInnis Fadel led a wine tasting for the 250 attendees. Bending Branch Enologist and Texas A&M alumna Allison Thomason also attended and assisted with the event. Allison graduated with a degree in Agricultural Systems Management in 2017 and then stayed and received her Master of Science degree in 2018.

The evening began with a very special award presented by Dr. Amit Dhingra, Department of Horticultural Sciences Professor and Department Head. Dr. Bob and Brenda Young were acknowledged for the creation of the Phillip Young Foundation Excellence Award, an endowment in honor of their son Phillip that will provide annual scholarships to underprivileged and minority students interested in working in the Texas wine industry and pursuing degrees in viticulture or enology. The Young family is passionate about this cause and excited to make this investment in the future of Texas wine.

Photos and video by Dayna DeHoyos/Stella Haus Films


Time Posted: May 18, 2022 at 1:54 PM Permalink to Bending Branch Winery goes to Texas A&M University Permalink
Sara Potter
April 11, 2022 | Sara Potter

Outstanding Local Business Award

Dr. Bob and Brenda Young and Bending Branch Winery received an award for Outstanding Business at the 2022 Comfort Chamber of Commerce banquet held on March 31st at Riven Rock Ranch. Dr. Bob did not know that he was receiving this honor, but his team knew in advance. He thought he was attending the banquet with his daughter, Allison, and General Manager Jennifer McInnis Fadel, but several other staff members just happened to show up. It was a complete surprise to him.


This award was given in recognition of countless contributions and support for the local community. Dr. Bob served, including as Chair, for several years on the Comfort Area Foundation to help improve the lives of Comfort residents. Dr. Bob and Brenda give back via events and wines that have a charitable component. Examples include the annual Derby Extravaganza that benefits a local charity (the 2022 recipient will be the Boys & Girls Club of Comfort), and Brenda’s Cuvée wine that raises awareness and funds for Team Fox. The wine has helped raise more than $30,000 for Parkinson’s Research.

Dr. Bob’s unique résumé in medicine, public health, and winemaking positions him and Bending Branch as industry examples in the battle to control COVID-19. His leadership and expertise in public health helped navigate the Bending Branch team of 30+ employees, as well as the Comfort community, during the pandemic. He is proud that the Bending Branch team remained intact during unpredictable times, and it continues to grow.


Time Posted: Apr 11, 2022 at 2:25 PM Permalink to Outstanding Local Business Award Permalink
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
Sara Potter
February 24, 2022 | Sara Potter

Texas Tannat Represents at the Wine Museum of Paris

A Bending Branch Tannat recently made its debut at the Wine Museum of Paris. Located near the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du Vin Paris was born thanks to the will of the members of the Council of The Échansons de France, an association whose goal is the defense and promotion of French wine in the world. The museum’s permanent collection, rich in more than 2,200 objects and property of the Council of The Échansons de France since 1984, pays tribute to all those who have worked to produce world-famous wines. Trades and traditions are evoked, illustrating several thousand years of know-how and the richness of French winemaking heritage.

So, how did a Texas Tannat make it all the way to the Wine Museum of Paris? Bending Branch Co-Owner and Winemaker Dr. Bob Young was inducted into the Renaud Society in 2009. The Renaud Society is a group of medical professionals with an interest in better health and a passion for wine. The Society honors the legacy of Professor Serge Renaud, father of the French Paradox, and supports wine and health research and education, and promotes the sharing of wine and health interests among medical colleagues worldwide. In May of 2019, Dr. Bob attended the International Wine & Health Summit held at UC Davis, where he met Dr. Tedd Goldfinger, Arizona cardiologist and Grand Maître of the Renaud Society. Dr. Bob left some Bending Branch wines with Dr. Goldfinger after the summit, including a 2014 Tannat.


On January 29, 2022, Dr. Goldfinger poured Bending Branch’s 2014 Tannat CM, Newsom Vineyards, at a Fédération Internationale des Confréries Bachiques (International Federation of Wine Brotherhoods) meeting held at the Wine Museum of Paris where it was met with rave reviews. In 2018, this wine earned a score of 90 points in the James Suckling American Wine Revolution and was also awarded a gold medal at the Lone Star International Wine Competition.

We are honored that our wine was represented in Paris and was met with such enthusiasm. We would like to thank Dr. Goldfinger for sharing the great photos and video from this tasting. We would also like to thank Marie Bourdillas from Vignobles Bourdillas for translating the video. Cheers to Texas Tannat on the world stage! Brought to you by the Tannat House of Texas.

Pictured bottom left: Dr. Tedd Goldfinger

Time Posted: Feb 24, 2022 at 1:18 PM Permalink to Texas Tannat Represents at the Wine Museum of Paris Permalink
Sara Potter
February 7, 2022 | Sara Potter

2022 YourSA Readers’ Choice Awards

We are honored to be nominated for Best Winery in the 2022 YourSA San Antonio Express-News Readers' Choice Awards. We can't do this without YOU!

Please take a moment to vote for Bending Branch.


You may vote once per day through February 28th.

Thanks to our loyal fans, Bending Branch has been voted Best Winery for the last six years: 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015. (There was no competition in 2020.)

Let's make it seven years in a row!

Time Posted: Feb 7, 2022 at 8:56 AM Permalink to 2022 YourSA Readers’ Choice Awards Permalink
Sara Potter
December 17, 2021 | Sara Potter

Make your reservation now for the 1840 Blending Experience

Be the winemaker for a day! The 1840 Blending Experience is available to all 1840 and 1840 Custom Case Club members from January 2 through January 31. It’s easy and fun to compete. Here's how:

  • Assemble a team of 2 to 8 1840 Club members. 
  • Choose your date and time, then reserve a table by emailing club@bendingbranchwinery.com or calling the estate tasting room at 830-995-2948.
  • When you arrive for your reservation, you’ll be provided with barrel samples of four wines and the necessary measuring tools.
  • Once you’ve mastered the perfect blend, submit your formula on the official entry form before you leave. (You will not submit a sample of the wine.)

The Bending Branch winemaking team will recreate all the submissions in February, when Owner Dr. Bob Young and General Manager Jennifer McInnis Fadel will judge the entries.

Winners will be announced at the Wine Club Lounge at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. The winning teams will be treated to a very special Winner Dinner in the spring.

All seating is outdoors, by reservation only.

Please note that we may have to reschedule your reservation due to inclement weather.

Don’t wait until the end of the month – reservations are limited!

Looking for teammates?

New for 2022 – If you would like to be placed with other 1840 members to form a team, we are offering group dates on the following weekends:

Saturday, January 8  Noon-2 p.m.
Sunday, January 9  2-4 p.m.
Saturday, January 29  Noon-2 p.m.
Sunday, January 30  2-4 p.m.

Call 830-995-2948 or email club@bendingbranchwinery to reserve your spot on a team!

Blending Experience FAQs

May I enter the competition by myself, or must I have a team?

  • A team can be from 2 to 8 1840 Club members.

May I have more than 8 people on my team?

  • 8 is the maximum team size.

Can a team include non-member guests?

  • All team members must be 1840 Club or 1840 Custom Case Club members. A non-member can sign up today for a one-year 1840 Club membership.

May I bring a non-member along who will not be participating in the Blending Experience?

  • Yes, guests are always welcome to enjoy our standard tasting.

May I be a member of more than one team?

  • Each club member may only participate on one team.

May we have the Blending Experience at the Wine Club Lounge?

  • Yes, the Blending Experience is available by reservation at both the estate tasting room (7 days) and the Wine Club Lounge (Sat-Sun).

What if there are no reservations available when I can attend?

  • Plan ahead! Reservations are limited and end on January 31, 2022.

What if I cannot come to the winery during the month of January? Can you ship the wines to me?

  • All blending entries must be done in person, by reservation, at Bending Branch Winery. No exceptions.

Is there a charge for the Blending Experience?

  • The Blending Experience is complimentary for 1840 Club members. It will be your comp tasting/glass for this visit.
Time Posted: Dec 17, 2021 at 12:28 PM Permalink to Make your reservation now for the 1840 Blending Experience Permalink