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Sara Potter
 
June 15, 2021 | Sara Potter

Celebrate Tannat Rosé with an optional summer wine club release and free gift!

June is all about celebrating Rosé with National Rosé Day on June 12th and then International Rosé Day on June 26th. You can drink pink this summer with an optional 6-bottle club release of three different Tannat Rosé wines from Bending Branch Winery and Ursa Vineyards. A $142 retail value – plus $15 summer shipping.

Log in to your wine club account by July 3rd to opt in, and you will receive a pair of Rosé All Day ventilated wine toppers – perfect for enjoying wine outdoors this summer!

Members who opt in will also receive two tickets to attend our Tannat Rosé All Day release party on Saturday, July 17th. Details to come.

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

Bending Branch Winery 2020 Tannat Frizzante Rosé, Texas Hill Country

This sparkling Texas Tannat is fruity, fanciful and fun with notes of strawberry, peach and watermelon. Chill well, pop the top, and enjoy the bubbles!

Bending Branch Winery 2020 Tannat Rosé, Tallent Vineyards

A pastel coral hue with fruity aromas, the 2020 Tannat Rosé delivers refreshing lemon-lime flavors with a delicate raspberry kick in this Texas Hill Country wine.

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!

Receive a pair of Rosé All Day ventilated wine toppers with your Rosé release.

 

Stock up for summer with optional add-ons to your Rosé release.

Ursa Summer Whites (4 bottles): 2 Chardonnay, 2 Viognier

Bending Branch Summer Reds (3 bottles): Mourvédre, Petite Sirah, Texas Tannat

Ursa Summer Reds (4 bottles): Barbera, Major Red, Mencía, Zinfandel


Opt in by July 3rd to receive this club release.

Please verify your shipping or pickup preference. Here’s how:

Log In to your wine club account HERE.

  1. Click on Club List
  2. Click Edit Club
  3. Select the number of Rosé packages you would like
  4. Scroll down to verify your shipping or tasting room pickup preference (Bending Branch Winery, Ursa at Branch on High, or Pearl Farmers Market on Saturday, July 24th)
  5. Verify all info and click Submit

IMPORTANT DATES:

July 3 Opt in to receive optional release
July 6 Credit cards will be processed
July 10 Pickup begins at Bending Branch or Ursa at Branch on High
July 13 Releases will ship from our fulfillment center
July 17 Save the date - Rosé release event

Questions?

Contact us at club@bendingbranchwinery.com or call the tasting room at 830-995-2948.

Thank you for being a member!

Time Posted: Jun 15, 2021 at 12:52 PM
Sara Potter
 
June 4, 2021 | Sara Potter

Bending Branch Wine Retreat at Camp Lucy

We are excited to partner with Camp Lucy to offer our first-ever Wine Retreat at their beautiful property in on Thursday, June 24th. Join the Bending Branch team for a private wine reception, dinner in the vineyard, and an overnight stay.

Nestled on an idyllic ranch in Dripping Springs, Camp Lucy has become the ultimate Hill Country getaway with luxury accommodations, world-class services, and gorgeous venues only minutes from Austin.

Camp Lucy is also home to a vineyard. We are proud to work with owners Kim and Whit Hanks, and the exceptional Camp Lucy team, to produce a single-variety Malbec and a three-variety red wine blend. Camp Lucy’s commitment to excellence mirrors the Bending Branch philosophy, generating an impressive synergy.

Join the Bending Branch team for a private reception, dinner in the vineyard, and an overnight stay on June 24th. Come experience the sophisticated style and warm hospitality Camp Lucy has to offer.

The $155 per-person ticket includes:

  • 5 p.m. Private wine and bites reception at Ian's Chapel Pavilion
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner experience in the Camp Lucy Vineyard
  • Group code for a discounted rate of $199 +tax for your overnight stay on June 24th.*

*The cost of the guest room is not included with this ticket. You will book your room through Camp Lucy online with group code 16357 or call 512-894-4400 to make your reservation. A limited number of luxury suites and cottages are also available at a higher rate.

PURCHASE HERE. Each attendee needs their own ticket for the retreat.

Time Posted: Jun 4, 2021 at 1:43 PM
Sara Potter
 
May 25, 2021 | Sara Potter

Service Updates

We are happy to report that the Bending Branch team is almost 100% vaccinated. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the safety of our customers and staff has been our top priority. It is important that all guests read and understand the following measures we are taking to offer the safest experience possible. We will continue to be open seven days a week and offer call-ahead curbside service.

COVID-19 Guest Advisory

The following applies to all visits:

  • All service is outdoors.
  • Reservations are recommended, but not required.
  • Masks are not required of guests. Our team will be masked.
  • Groups no larger than eight.
  • Health screenings for our team.

Sanitation protocols: In addition to cleaning all surfaces between groups, we’ve implemented the use of UVC and ozone equipment to neutralize viruses and bacteria in restrooms and tasting rooms.

Children: Children are welcome at the Estate Tasting Room, and they count toward your group size. The Wine Club Lounge is 21+ ONLY.

Pets: Well-behaved pets on a leash with up-to-date vaccinations are welcome at the Estate Tasting Room. Pets are NOT currently allowed at the Wine Club Lounge. See our full pet policy here. (link to Visit Estate page)

Inclement weather policy: If you have a reservation, Bending Branch may be forced to cancel it due to inclement weather. We will reschedule your appointment or refund any fees paid.

Liability release: Guests acknowledge the risk of exposure to COVID-19 inherent in patronizing any hospitality venue, and release Bending Branch Winery from all liability.

If you’ve had contact over the past 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please postpone your visit at least 14 days from the time of contact.

Time Posted: May 25, 2021 at 12:59 PM
Sara Potter
 
April 28, 2021 | Sara Potter

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is right around the corner!

Treat the special lady in your life to a wine package from Bending Branch Winery or Ursa Vineyards.

 

Bending Branch Package

Mom will love this 3-bottle package of essential spring wines. She can enjoy a bit of brut for brunch, a glass of pink bubbles in the afternoon, and some refreshing new Mourvèdre with dinner.

Bending Branch Brut

2020 Tannat Frizzante Rosé

2018 Mourvèdre, Desert Willow Vineyards

$88 ― Bending Branch Club discounts apply. PURCHASE PACKAGE

Available at Bending Branch Winery and Ursa at Branch on High, or take advantage of $10 promotional shipping to 30+ states.


Ursa Vineyards Package

Mom will be thrilled with this 4-bottle collection that showcases Ursa's broad range and classic style:

2019 Chardonnay, Wilson Vineyard

2019 Tannat Rosé, Silvaspoons Vineyards

2015 Barbera, Lone Meadow Vineyard

2018 Grenache, Sierra Foothills

$102 ― Ursa Gold Rush Club discounts apply. PURCHASE PACKAGE

Available at Ursa at Branch on High, or take advantage of $10 promotional shipping to 30+ states.


Celebration of Texas Wine & Cheese Event

5 p.m. Friday, May 14th at the Wine Club Lounge

Treat Mom to a special LIVE tasting that pairs wines from the four wineries of Texas Fine Wine with four Texas cheeses selected by Antonelli's Cheese.

Wines from Bending Branch Winery, Duchman Family Winery, Pedernales Cellars and Spicewood Vineyards will be paired with cheeses from Pure Luck Farm & Dairy, River Whey Creamery, Eagle Mountain Farmhouse and Veldhuizen Cheese Shop.

The event will be held outdoors and physically distanced at the Wine Club Lounge. Each guest will receive a souvenir wine glass, an individual box with the four cheeses, meat, fruit and crackers from Antonelli's Cheese, and a 2-ounce pour of each featured wine.

$40 per person via Eventbrite. Seating is limited. PURCHASE TICKETS


 

Merch for Mom

  

Perfect for warmer weather, gift Mom with an insulated stainless steel Swig wine tumbler or water bottle. We also have coffee cups, journals, cooler bags, T-shirts and more. Available at the Bending Branch tasting room.


Bring Mom out for a tasting

Enjoy a self-guided, outdoor tasting of four wines. Souvenir wine glass included with paid tasting. Open for tastings seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m. Click HERE to make a reservation on Tock.

Time Posted: Apr 28, 2021 at 11:35 AM
Sara Potter
 
March 30, 2021 | Sara Potter

WINNER! 2021 YourSA Readers’ Choice Awards

We are #1! We’re incredibly honored to be voted Best Winery again in the San Antonio Express-News YourSA Readers' Choice Awards.

Bending Branch Winery has been voted Best Winery by San Antonio Express-News readers for six years in a row: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021. (There was no competition in 2020.)

We want to thank our club members and loyal customers for making this possible. Your support is valuable to our success now more than ever.

Read: The best wineries just a drive from San Antonio

#YourSA21 #SanAntonio #SupportLocal #OpenLocalWine

Time Posted: Mar 30, 2021 at 10:17 AM
Sara Potter
 
March 15, 2021 | Sara Potter

2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

We are absolutely THRILLED to announce our results from the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition that took place in early March. There were over forty-eight judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluating nearly 5,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries. The awards that Bending Branch Winery and Ursa Vineyards received are an amazing recognition of the hard work of our incredible winemaking teams and wonderful growers.

Pictured: Greg Stokes, Deborah Elissagaray, Dr. Bob Young, Brenda Young, Alison Young

Two great wineries. One amazing team.

Our California brand, Ursa Vineyards, also had impressive results. Nestled in the pastoral foothills of Placerville, California, Ursa was founded in 2001 by husband-and-wife winemaking team, Greg Stokes and Deborah Elissagaray. A mutual interest in Tannat is what brought together Ursa and Bending Branch Winery, when Dr. Bob Young hired Greg as a consultant in 2007. Their professional relationship flourished, and when Bending Branch was founded in 2009, its first wines were made by Bob and Greg at Ursa. The Young family purchased Ursa in 2014, making Greg and Deborah a permanent part of the team. Ursa wines are featured at our tasting room in downtown Comfort, Ursa at Branch on High.

  • DOUBLE GOLD 2017 Merlot, Sierra Foothills
  • DOUBLE GOLD 2017 Petite Sirah, Sierra Foothills
  • GOLD 2019 Tannat Rosé, Silvaspoons Vineyard
  • SILVER 2016 Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills
  • SILVER 2018 Mencía, Silvaspoons Vineyard*
  • SILVER 2017 Syrah-Sirah, Sierra Foothills*
  • SILVER 2017 Tannat, Ferrel Ranch*

* Not yet released.

Virtual Happy Hour

Join the Bending Branch and Ursa teams for a special Drinking Double Gold happy hour on Zoom this Friday, March 19th. Winemaker Greg Stokes will join us to talk about all of these stellar wines. Find the event details and Zoom link on our event page.

Time Posted: Mar 15, 2021 at 9:45 AM
Sara Potter
 
February 23, 2021 | Sara Potter

2021 YourSA Readers’ Choice Awards

We've made it to the voting round of the 2021 YourSA San Antonio Express-News Readers’ Choice Awards.

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

Let's make it six years in a row!

Please take a moment to vote Bending Branch for Best Winery.

Vote here: http://bit.ly/VoteForBBW

You can vote once per day through March 5th. Thank you for your continued support!


Time Posted: Feb 23, 2021 at 9:49 AM
Sara Potter
 
December 10, 2020 | Sara Potter

Holiday Gift Guide

Place your orders by:

December 15th for orders outside of Texas

December 20th for shipping within Texas

 
$10 promotional shipping on holiday packages.
Complimentary shipping on orders totaling 12 bottles or more.
Some items only available at the tasting room.
shop the gift guide here.

 

Best of Herd Top Picks 4-Pack

A great gift A great gift for the Texas wine lover. These are the Top Picks that earned us Best of Herd at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo wine competition.

Includes 2 bottles each of:

  • Top of Class/Gold 2017 Tempranillo, Newsom Vineyards
  • Double Gold 2017 Petite Sirah, Newsom Vineyards

$130. Wine club discounts apply. PURCHASE HERE

Available curbside or take advantage of $10 promotional shipping to 30+ states.


The Holiday Five

Deal extended! Cover all your bases with the Holiday Five mixed bundle:

  • 2018 Vermentino, Carneros
  • 2019 Branch Texas Frizzante Rosé
  • 2019 Tannat Rosé, Tallent Vineyards
  • 2016 Malbec, Newsom Vineyards
  • 2018 Texas Tannat

$100 special. No additional discounts. PURCHASE HERE

Available curbside or take advantage of $10 promotional shipping to 30+ states.


Premium Reds Gift Set

Enjoy two premium bottles of red wine packaged in a wooden Bending Branch gift box.

  • 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyards
  • Chloe Cuvée

Our world-class Cab was awarded Gold/Best in Class Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2020 Lone Star International Wine Competition.

A Bending Branch favorite, this secret family blend is named after Owner and Winemaker Dr. Bob Young’s granddaughter. Its cork is a unique glass stopper.

$125. Wine club discounts apply. PURCHASE HERE

*ONLY AVAILABLE FOR CURBSIDE PICK-UP AT BENDING BRANCH WINERY.*


Bending Branch Brut

Stock up on bubbles for the holidays!

Bending Branch Brut is good for every occasion. Dry with brilliant acidity and creamy mousse, our Méthode Champenoise Brut offers flavors of crisp Golden Delicious apple, Meyer lemon zest, and toasted brioche.

$36 PURCHASE HERE


Virtual gift idea!

Experience a guided wine tasting with one of our wine educators. Our virtual tasting package includes two bottles of each featured wine:

  • Estate Picpoul Blanc, Lost Pirogue VIneyard
  • Petite Sirah, Newsom Vineyards
  • Texas Tannat

The tasting is conducted on Zoom with one of our wine educators and lasts approximately one hour. Click here for details and dates.


Gift cards

Not sure what to get the wine lover in your life? Gift cards always fit.

$25 - $50 - $75 - $100 PURCHASE HERE

At checkout, please specify in your order notes if you prefer a physical or digital gift card.


 

  

  

Merch!

A variety of merchandise is available at the tasting room including coffee mugs, Swig tumblers and water bottles, journals, T-shirts, baseball shirts, hoodies, and plush blankets.

Call 830-995-2948 to place a curbside order, or stop by the tasting room. We're open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m.


 

Want to come out for a tasting during the holidays?

Enjoy a self-guided, outdoor tasting of four wines. Souvenir wine glass included with paid tasting. Open for tastings seven days a week. Click here to make a reservation.


Bending Branch Winery will be CLOSED:

December 16th
December 25th
January 1st


Happy Holidays from Bending Branch Winery!

Time Posted: Dec 10, 2020 at 1:38 PM
Sara Potter
 
November 24, 2020 | Sara Potter

Attention Wine Club Members: Make your reservation now for the December Drive-Thru Release Party.

~Exclusively for Bending Branch Wine Club Members~

All wine club members are invited to attend the December drive-thru pick-up party on Saturday, December 5th or Sunday, December 6th. We are excited to partner with The Bread Box Bakery & Café, San Antonio for this event. In addition to picking up your December release, members will receive a grab-and-go picnic kit for two. The kit includes crusty baguette for two stuffed with serrano ham and Irish butter; cheeses, fruit selection and fresh Bread Box crisps; roasted potato salad with skinny green beans, crunchy kale and mustard vinaigrette; and an intense Valrhona chocolate fudge brownie.

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If you haven't done so already, create a Tock account using the primary email address associated with your club membership to access the party reservations.

What you need to know for the party:

  • For this event, you will enter the property through our truck entrance instead of the main entrance. There will be staff to guide you.
  • Reservation time slots are for 1.5 hours. You may show up at any time during your reserved time slot.
  • This is a drive-thru party. Please stay in your car. Everything is to-go only. No onsite consumption.
  • There will be an opportunity to purchase specials, barrels, and merchandise along the party route. Please plan to charge your account or use a credit card for additional purchases.
  • You will be able to pick up any past releases at the party. You may also place an additional wine order in advance by calling the tasting room at 830-995-2948. We will have it packed and ready for you.
  • Members with reservations will receive a picnic kit for two prepared by The Bread Box. Limit one kit per club membership.
  • Our staff will be masked and following all safety precautions, and we require that you wear a mask when interacting with Bending Branch staff.
  • Due to the nature of this event, it is for MEMBERS ONLY.

Please contact the tasting room at 830-995-2948 for any questions or assistance making reservations. Open noon to 6 p.m. daily.

Follow the event on Facebook.

Time Posted: Nov 24, 2020 at 11:42 AM
Sara Potter
 
November 19, 2020 | Sara Potter

Black Friday Deals On Sale Now!

Get your holiday shopping started with incredible deals you will want to savor and share this season!

$10 promotional shipping on all holiday packages.

Complimentary shipping on case specials and orders totaling 12 bottles or more.

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No additional discounts on holiday packages or case specials.
Offers end December 1st or while supplies last.

$100 Holiday Specials

Tannat Rosé Holiday 6-Pack $100

Six bottles. One great price.

Our 2019 Tannat Rosé harvested from Tallent Vineyards is a great addition to your holiday table. Aromas of dried rose petal and wet slate announce a mouthful of strawberry lemonade, green peach, and juicy gooseberry in this Texas Hill Country Rosé.

Retail $144.


Decadent the Halls 3-Pack $100

Do you love rich and luscious wines?
Then Decadent the Halls with this mixed bundle!

2019 Single Barrel Picpoul Blanc – We age our Picpoul for a short time in Kentucky’s finest bourbon barrels to create a unique flavor profile for our signature white wine.

2017 Old Vine Petite Sirah – A Bending Branch fan favorite. This wine is like drinking velvet.

2016 Tannat RF|EM – A portion of this wine went through regular fermentation (RF) and was pressed when dry. The remainder of the wine underwent extended maceration (EM) for another month. Counterintuitively, the result is smoother texture and slightly lighter color, as the tannin molecules bond into silky chains and pigment drops out.

Retail $140.


Holiday Five $100

Feeling festive? It's five o'clock somewhere.

Cover all your bases with the Holiday Five mixed bundle:

2018 Vermentino, Carneros

2019 Branch Texas Frizzante Rosé

2019 Tannat Rosé, Tallent Vineyards

2016 Malbec, Newsom Vineyards

2018 Texas Tannat

Retail $142.


Ursa Vineyards Case Specials

 

Case special - 2019 Chardonnay, Wilson Vineyard

$200 + free shipping

It's time to stock up on your holiday white wine.

Ursa's 2019 Chardonnay has a lovely balance of acidity and fruit. Bright green apple, pineapple, and honeysuckle lends the palate a refreshing crispness and firm acidity. Savor and share this delicious Chardonnay – or keep it all for yourself!

Retail $288.


 

Case special - 2014 Tannat, Lone Meadow Vineyard

$275 + free shipping

Don't miss out on this great deal!

Ursa's rich 2014 Tannat from the Sierra Foothills has notes of cherries with a dusting of cocoa powder, boysenberry, and baking spices. Quantity is limited.

Silver medal winner – 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Retail $408.

 

Time Posted: Nov 19, 2020 at 1:35 PM