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!
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.
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.
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!
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Check out our blog post on grilling and pairing ideas for these wines.
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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!
“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 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.
Rosemary-infused lamb chops over mesquite coals coax exotic fragrances of warm mint, pie cherries, and pipe tobacco from the 2016 Petite Sirah.
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.
“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.
“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.
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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.
We hope you will be able to join us and provide feedback after your visit. Your support means the world to us!
Dr. Bob Young and the Bending Branch Winery team
P.S. Not a wine club member? You can join here.
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:
VERIFY SHIPPING OR PICKUP:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being a member!
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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:
Deadline to order May 13 | Curbside pickup at winery May 16-17
$85 (Club pricing: $68 1840/$72.25 Branch)
Deadline to order May 20 | Curbside pickup at winery May 23-24
$45 (Club pricing: $36 1840/$38.25 Branch)
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.
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.
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.
Impress Mom with a 3-pack of premium Bending Branch wines:
2014 Estate Cuvée
2014 Tannat EM
$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!
Cover all your bases with a 6-bottle sampler from Ursa Vineyards, our winery in the Sierra Foothills:
2018 Tannat Rosé
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.
Our 2020 Fiesta medals have arrived! Fiesta San Antonio is a tradition that many would be celebrating right now with numerous parties, events, and parades, but the festivities have been moved to November because of COVID-19. Despite this, many Fiesta diehards are still celebrating at home this April. #FiestaAtHome
Fiesta originated in 1891 with a Battle of Flowers parade to salute the heroes of the Alamo and battle of San Jacinto. Fiesta has taken place every year except for 1918 during World War I, and 1942 through 1945 during the Second World War.
This is Bending Branch Winery’s third year to create a Fiesta medal, and all proceeds go to a local charity. As in 2019, this year’s recipient will be the Boys & Girls Club of Comfort. Their mission is to empower all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as responsible, caring, and productive citizens.
Fiesta medals are $10 each and available online or for curbside pick-up at Bending Branch Winery and Ursa at Branch on High. Shipping is available. Get yours today, and help support the mission of this important local nonprofit organization. ¡Viva Fiesta!
Dr. Bob Young presents a check to Chastity Valdes, Branch Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Comfort from 2019 Fiesta medal sales.