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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
Sara Potter
 
October 22, 2020 | Sara Potter

We are now open for outdoor tastings by appointment!

The Bending Branch team is excited to welcome wine lovers back for tastings by appointment seven days a week on our shaded deck and patio starting this Saturday, October 24th. We will offer a self-guided tasting of four wines for $20. Paid tastings include a souvenir wine glass. 

All tasting experiences are seated and self-guided.
This casual, self-guided tasting is designed to minimize contact and encourage tasting wines at your own pace. You will pick up your wine tasting set from the tasting room, and take it back to the table you selected upon your arrival.
 
The four wines will be served in individual carafes for self-service with a single-use menu that will guide you through the wines. Guests are welcome to purchase additional glasses or bottles after their tasting. Maximum group size is six including children.

We are currently accepting reservations through Tock.
Reservations are for 1 hour and 15 minutes. We're implementing hard-stops between reservations to conduct sanitation protocols.

Safety is our top priority.
We are taking extraordinary precautions to sanitize and maintain physical distance. We have adapted our experience to exceed CDC guidelines.

It is very important to read the Bending Branch Winery COVID-19 Guest Advisory before your visit.


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Attention Wine Club Members:

If you want to enjoy your complimentary tasting or glass at the estate tasting room, you still need to make a reservation for a tasting. Upon arrival, you can choose the tasting flight or opt for a complimentary glass of wine.

If you haven't done so already, create a Tock account using the primary email address associated with your club membership. You must be logged in to Tock when making reservations in order to receive your complimentary benefits and access to experiences at the Wine Club Lounge.

Just a reminder that Wine Club Lounge experiences are only available on Saturdays and Sundays, and you can now enjoy a tasting there as well. Member(s) receive complimentary tastings or glasses of wine and complimentary tastings for up to two guests.


If you have questions or need help making a reservation, please contact the tasting room at 830-995-2948. We can't wait to see you!

Time Posted: Oct 22, 2020 at 12:36 PM
Sara Potter
 
October 14, 2020 | Sara Potter

BEST OF HERD TEXAS WINERY

Bending Branch Winery was awarded BEST OF HERD TEXAS WINERY at the 12th Annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition held on October 5-7, 2020. The competition featured over 1,000 wines from across the United States and around the world. 

  • Best of Herd Texas Winery  Bending Branch Winery
  • Double Gold  2017 Petite Sirah, Newsom Vineyards (coming soon!)
  • Top of Class / Gold  2017 Tempranillo, Newsom Vineyards
  • Gold  2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyards
  • Gold  2017 Malbec, Newsom Vineyards (coming soon!)
  • Gold  2017 Tannat CM, Tallent Vineyards

Best of Herd is awarded to the Texas winery which has the greatest percentage of wines receiving the highest number of awards within their total number of entries.

Wineries selected as Top 14 Champion Wines including Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, Best of Herd, Top All Around Winery, Best of Show, Top of Class and Double Gold will be featured during the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Virtual Super Auction scheduled for November 9-15, 2020. The auction funds support the Show’s goals of benefiting the youth of Texas. To date, over $223 million has been committed to educate the youth of Texas. This year, more than 21,275 Texas students have been educationally impacted. Proceeds from the Wine Events benefit the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Fund with a portion for the advancement of viticulture.

The Champion winning wines will also be showcased in the Wine Cellar, sponsored by H-E-B, on the rodeo grounds during the 72nd Annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo to be held February 11-28, 2021. The H-E-B Wine Department is committed to supporting the competition and will feature the Champion wines in their San Antonio stores throughout the month of February 2021. Champion wines will also be recognized in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo local media publications and website.

Want to purchase the Double Gold 2017 Petite Sirah before it's released? The Best of Herd Top Picks 4-pack includes two bottles each of 2017 Petite Sirah and 2017 Tempranillo. Cheers!

See a full list of winners here.

Time Posted: Oct 14, 2020 at 1:04 PM
Sara Potter
 
October 2, 2020 | Sara Potter

October is Texas Wine Month!

We are excited to invite our wine club members back to an all-new experience at our Wine Club Lounge this month!
 
We are taking reservations now through Tock for outdoor experiences on Saturdays and Sundays. 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 at this time, please.

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

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.


RESERVATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Go to https://www.exploretock.com/signup.
  2. If you haven't done so already, 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.
Time Posted: Oct 2, 2020 at 8:05 AM
Sara Potter
 
September 17, 2020 | Sara Potter

Virtual Tasting Offerings

Experience a virtual guided wine tasting with one of our wine educators during this time of social distancing. 

Enjoy a virtual tasting at home

The At-Home package contains six bottles of wine; three to taste during your appointment, and three to savor later. Package includes:

  • Estate Picpoul Blanc, Lost Pirogue Vineyards (2 bottles)
  • Petite Sirah, Newsom Vineyards (2 bottles)
  • Texas Tannat (2 bottles)

To select an appointment online, visit our Virtual Tastings page.

Interested in a customized offering for a larger event? Contact us at info@bendingbranchwinery.com.


Enjoy a virtual tasting with your team

Looking for a fun team-building event for your organization?

Want to spike engagement in your next virtual meeting?

We have corporate virtual tasting packages ready for your next event, or we can customize an offering to meet your needs.

Signature Tasting Package (2 bottles)

Taste Bending Branch's signature grape varieties in our Picpoul Blanc and Texas Tannat. Experience the value of comparative wine tasting, appreciate body and balance, and get comfortable with wine vocabulary. The tasting culminates in a trivia challenge with prizes.

1840 Premiere Experience (3 bottles)

Enjoy three premium Bending Branch wines, personally guided by Owner and Winemaker Dr. Robert Young, along with members of our team. Understand the winemaker's style and objectives, appreciate the commitment to quality, and discover the vibrant world of food and wine.

Contact us at info@bendingbranchwinery.com for pricing on corporate virtual tastings.


What people are saying:

"Our virtual wine tasting was a success! When I arrived at the office today, I had many emails stating what a success last night's event was."  –Corporate Tasting Customer

"We had a wonderful time and the wine was excellent. I also shared the remaining wine with a few friends over dinner last night. It was the highlight of my week!"  –Signature Tasting Participant

"We not only loved the Tannat, Petite Sirah, and Picpoul Blanc, in that order, we also appreciate Dr. Bob for his commitment to whatever he does."  –1840 Premiere Experience Participant

Contact us for more information on virtual tastings at info@bendingbranchwinery.com.

 

 

Time Posted: Sep 17, 2020 at 11:48 AM
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
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