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Sara Potter
 
June 2, 2020 | Sara Potter

Pearl Farmers Market Resumes on Saturdays in June

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.

Please see the Pearl’s COVID-19 response and Farmers Market Pledge below. We look forward to seeing you there!

COVID-19 RESPONSE

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

VENDORS

  • Vendors will wear masks
  • Make hand sanitizer/hand washing stations available to employees and guests
  • Vendors will handle all products; guests are asked to point to product and avoid touching
  • Post the Pearl Pledge in high traffic areas to remind everyone of best hygiene practices

GUESTS

  • Please approach Farmers Market like you would a grocery store:
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain at least six feet distance from individuals not in your household
  • While shopping, refrain from consuming food and drink
  • Wash or sanitize hands upon entering the market area and between vendor interactions
  • For the time being, leave furry friend(s) at home

#SipAndStaySafeTX

 

 

Time Posted: Jun 2, 2020 at 1:21 PM
Sara Potter
 
May 8, 2020 | Sara Potter

May Curbside Pick-up Specials

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:

 

Curbside Chicken Pot Pie, May 16-17

Deadline to order May 13 | Curbside pickup at winery May 16-17

A bottle each of 2018 Vermentino and 2016 Mourvèdre, plus a 9” deep-dish chicken pot pie for 4 to 6 people, prepared by The Bread Box. Defrost, heat, and eat.

$85 (Club pricing: $68 1840/$72.25 Branch)

 

Curbside American Apple Pie, May 23-24

Deadline to order May 20 | Curbside pickup at winery May 23-24

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a bottle of Branch Texas White, plus a 9” deep-dish fresh apple pie prepared by The Bread Box.

$45 (Club pricing: $36 1840/$38.25 Branch)

 

Curbside Shepherd’s Pie, May 30-31

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.

Time Posted: May 8, 2020 at 11:23 AM
Sara Potter
 
May 4, 2020 | Sara Potter

Mother's Day is May 10th.

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.

 

Mother's Day Brunch Curbside Special

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.

 

Bending Branch Premium Red Package

Impress Mom with a 3-pack of premium Bending Branch wines:

2014 Estate Cuvée
2014 Tannat EM
2016 Malbec

$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!

 

Mom's Ursa Sampler

Cover all your bases with a 6-bottle sampler from Ursa Vineyards, our winery in the Sierra Foothills:

2018 Viognier
2018 Tannat Rosé
2014 Barbera
2014 Syrah-Sirah
2014 Tannat
2016 Zinfandel

$125 ($165 retail, no additional discounts) order
Available for curbside pick-up at Ursa at Branch on High, local delivery (50 mile radius), or complimentary shipping via UPS.

 

Cheers to Mom Happy Hour Package

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.

$100 ($120 retail, no additional discounts) order
Available for curbside pick-up at Bending Branch Winery, local delivery (50 mile radius), or complimentary shipping via UPS.

Follow the Virtual Happy Hour: Cheers to Mom! event on Facebook.

Time Posted: May 4, 2020 at 11:50 AM
Sara Potter
 
April 24, 2020 | Sara Potter

Fiesta medals are here!

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.

Time Posted: Apr 24, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Sara Potter
 
April 14, 2020 | Sara Potter

VIDEO: April Update from Dr. Bob

It’s been nearly a month since COVID-19 changed our lives and our operations here at Bending Branch Winery. A pandemic of this magnitude is like nothing in our lifetime.

We remain diligent in increasing our precautionary measures for the safety of our employees, members, and customers. We’re using our ozone machine to sanitize work areas. Production continues with ample distance and limiting the number of our people in work areas. We’ve ordered protective masks for our team to wear, and we will use face shields and gloves when bottling resumes. We will also be using UV surface sterilizers with safety glasses throughout our operations.

Our tasting rooms remain closed except for touchless curbside pick-up, which has been expanded to 7 days a week. You can also order online and have wine shipped directly to you in 30+ states.

We urge all of you to continue to be diligent in social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks if you have to leave your house. These are necessary measures to slow the spread.

Stay safe, and thank you all for supporting Bending Branch Winery.

Time Posted: Apr 14, 2020 at 12:27 PM
Sara Potter
 
April 13, 2020 | Sara Potter

April Delivery Special

Through the end of April, take advantage of wine delivery by our tasting room team and receive a bottle of Thinkers Red Blend ($20 value) or Thinkers Blanc ($15 value) for only $1.

How does it work?

  • Deliveries are scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Delivery area within a 50-mile radius of Comfort
  • Minimum $100 order
  • $20 flat gratuity fee added to all orders

This offer applies to all new orders of Bending Branch and Ursa wines.

Please call 830-995-2948 to place your order and arrange delivery.

Bending Branch Winery and Ursa at Branch on High are now open seven days a week for curbside service from noon to 5 p.m.

Time Posted: Apr 13, 2020 at 8:26 AM
Sara Potter
 
April 1, 2020 | Sara Potter

April Virtual Happy Hour Schedule

Join the Bending Branch team on Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday in April for Virtual Happy Hour. Let's reconnect during this time of social distancing!

How to join: https://zoom.us/j/915590130
You may need to download the Zoom app on your device. Please try logging in around 3:45 p.m. if you have not used Zoom before.

April 3 – Virtual Wine Club Release Happy Hour

We will celebrate the April wine club release virtually, since we can't be together.
Bending Branch team members will feature the new release wines from the April club:

  • 2018 Vermentino, Carneros (Bill Fore)
  • 2019 Estate Picpoul Blanc, Lost Pirogue Vineyard (Jennifer McInnis)
  • 2016 Charbono, Zentner Vineyard (Jennifer Cernosek)
  • 2014 Tannat EM, Bella Collina Vineyards (Dr. Bob Young)

Not a wine club member? Don't have these wines? That's OK ... just open whatever you have! After all, this is all about being with our friends at this time of social distancing.

 

April 10 – Good FRIzzante Happy Hour

This week we will celebrate bubbles and feature one of our favorites for spring: Branch Texas Frizzante Rosé. Click here to follow the Facebook event.

 

April 17 – Malbec World Day Virtual Happy Hour

April 17th is Malbec World Day, so we will feature 2016 Malbec, Newsom Vineyards. Click here to follow the Facebook event.

 

April 24 – Fiesta Flavors Virtual Happy Hour

We'll feature 2017 Texas Tannat and 2016 Tempranillo during this Fiesta-themed happy hour. Click here to follow the Facebook event.


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!

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2020 at 12:22 PM
Sara Potter
 
March 31, 2020 | Sara Potter

April Curbside Pick-up Specials

During this time of social distancing, great food and wine are especially appreciated. Each weekend in April, Bending Branch will feature a unique wine-and-food care package, partnering with our friends at The Bread Box, San Antonio. Each package includes two bottles of Bending Branch wine, plus foods designed to feed the body and nurture the soul.

PRE-ORDER & PICK-UP ONLY. Consider shopping for an isolated neighbor, too. Receive your order on the designated days using touchless curbside pickup 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:

 

Bending Branch Basics, April 4-5

Deadline to order April 2 | Curbside pickup at winery April 4-5

A bottle each of Thinkers Blend and Thinkers Blanc, a dozen free-range organic eggs, and a loaf of fresh sourdough bread from The Bread Box.

$40 ($32 1840 Members/$34 Branch Members)

 

Easter Weekend Brunch, April 10-11

Deadline to order April 8 | Curbside pickup at winery April 10-11 (closed Easter Sunday, April 12)

Two bottles of Bending Branch Frizzante Rosé, a dozen free-range organic eggs, and a dozen fresh hot cross buns from The Bread Box.

$55 ($44 1840 Members/$46.75 Branch Members)

 

Comfort in a Pie, April 18-19

Deadline to order April 15 | Curbside pickup at winery April 18-19

A bottle each of 2017 Texas Tannat and 2016 Petite Sirah, Newsom Vineyards, plus a 9”, deep-dish, beef pot pie for four to six people, prepared by The Bread Box. Defrost, heat, and eat. And drink.

$90 ($72 1840 Members/$76.50 Branch Members)

 

Fiesta Flavors, April 25-26

Deadline to order April 22 | Curbside pickup at winery April 25-26

One bottle each of 2017 Texas Tannat and 2016 Tempranillo, Newsom Vineyards, plus, in honor of Fiesta San Antonio, savory picadillo for four (frozen) with fresh flour tortillas from The Bread Box.

$80 ($64 1840 Members/$68 Branch Members)

 

Reminder: The Bending Branch tasting room is open for curbside delivery only at this time, Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Order online or call ahead to 830-995-2948 to place your order.

Time Posted: Mar 31, 2020 at 11:49 AM
Sara Potter
 
February 10, 2020 | Sara Potter

Need bubbles for Valentine’s Day?

Perfect for a romantic evening with your sweetheart ...

We recently released Bending Branch Brut, and our fans are raving about it. Dry, with brilliant acidity and creamy mousse, this spectacular sparkling wine exhibits flavors of crisp Golden Delicious apple, Meyer lemon zest, and toasted brioche.

What is Méthode Champenoise?

It is a time-honored French method of making sparkling wine in which it undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle. This laborious, artisanal method results in the highest caliber of sparkling wines.

Available now in the estate tasting room, Ursa at Branch on High, and online. $36/bottle

Click here to purchase Bending Branch Brut.

 

Time Posted: Feb 10, 2020 at 2:39 PM
Sara Potter
 
December 10, 2019 | Sara Potter

Bending Branch Winery wins first-ever Texas sustainable winegrowing competition

Left: Winemaker Greg Stokes; Center: Laura & Drew Tallent, Dr. Bob Young, Kathryn Cook, Tallent Vineyard Manager; Right: Tannat from Tallent Vineyards, Mason TX

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and Botanical Research Institute of Texas recently announced the winners from the 2020 FWSSR / BRIT™ Texas Sustainable Winegrowing Competition. Top honors were awarded to Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Texas, in combination with Tallent Vineyards of Mason, Texas. Nice Winery in Houston, Texas won the Grand Reserve Champion award in combination with Alta Mira Vineyards of Anderson, Texas.

The top winning wineries were awarded for their sustainable practices in the vineyard and other areas of operation in addition to the wines they submitted to a blind tasting. - Bending Branch 2018 Tannat Rosé, Texas Hill Country

The inaugural wine competition of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo established a unique approach to a Texas wine competition by recognizing both the winery/winemaker and grape grower. Working with BRIT, wineries entered the competition by submitting written applications highlighting their sustainable practices, alongside their Texas wines for evaluation.

Subscribing to sustainable practices in a Texas vineyard presents many challenges. Nonetheless, Texas wineries embrace the quality results of sustainable practices and continue improving their programs. Applicants outlined their efforts boosting sustainability across five areas: vineyard management, winemaking, employee practices, customer service and social responsibility.

Texas wines submitted by applicants were judged by a panel of experienced wine professionals. The entries represented 12 different grape varieties plus wines blended from multiple grapes. The wide range of grape varieties demonstrates the diversity of Texas vineyards.

“Recognizing the collaborative efforts of grape growers and winemakers spurs innovation,” said Stock Show President and General Manager Brad Barnes. “The sustainability effort benefits our environment and consumers get to enjoy award-winning Texas wines. We’re excited to play a role in the future of this growing industry.”

BRITS’s President and Executive Director Dr. Ed Schneider echoed the excitement. “This is a first for Texas wine competitions and we are most pleased with the results,” said Dr. Schneider. “Texas wine organizations are as passionate about their sustainable practices as they are about making great bottles of Texas wine.”

The 2020 FWSSR / BRIT™ Texas Sustainable Winegrowing Competition winners included:

• Grand Champion – Bending Branch Winery / Tallent Vineyards

• Reserve Grand Champion – Nice Winery / Alta Mira Vineyards

• Gold Medal – Lost Draw Cellars / Moonlight Vineyards, Roussanne 2018

• Gold Medal – Kiepersol Winery/Estate Vineyards, Texas Syrah 2015

• Silver Medal – Bingham Family Vineyards/Estate Vineyards, Dugout 2017

• Bronze Medal – Chateau Wright/Estate Vineyards, Heraldic Red 2017

• Bronze Medal – Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard/Estate Vineyards, Montepulciano 2015

During BRIT’s Vine to Table awards dinner and fundraising event on January 15, 2020, Bending Branch Winery and Nice winery will be presented their champion awards. Tickets can be purchased to the Dickies Arena event here.

Visitors to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo can enjoy a selection of Bending Branch wines at Vine-2-Wine’s Sip & Shop event on January 29, 4-8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

Read more:

Dallas Morning News

Dallas Innovates (D Magazine)

Texas Wine Lover

Fort Worth Business Press

 

Time Posted: Dec 10, 2019 at 8:12 AM