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
Join the Bending Branch team on Facebook Live as we announce the winners of the 1840 Blending Experience! Grab your favorite bottle of Bending Branch and join us at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6th.
There are a total of 51 entries that will go through a first round of judging over two days the first week of March.
Owner Dr. Bob Young and General Manager Jennifer McInnis will evaluate the top 8 blends live and announce the winners.
Winning teams will be treated to a special wine dinner at Bending Branch Winery on Saturday, May 22nd, catered by our friends at The Bread Box.
Was your blend the winner? We can’t wait to find out!
Follow the event on Facebook.
2020 was a year like no other. It was complicated and demanding, and it forced us to be innovative throughout the year – sometimes from one hour to the next. It was exhausting and rewarding all at once, and we are stronger because of it.
We could not have done it without you. The support from our wine club members and extended Bending Branch family and fans sustained us through the last year. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
Thank you for stocking up on Bending Branch and Ursa wines. Thank you for sending wine to your friends and families. Thank you for referring friends. Thank you for hosting corporate team-building virtual tastings. Thank you for attending our Friday happy hours on Zoom. Thank you for picking up curbside or at Pearl Farmers Market. Thank you for participating in drive-thru pickup parties. Thank you for visiting and supporting our new reservation experiences. Thank you for supporting local businesses. Thank you for making this journey with us.
It is a new year, and we are most proud that we survived the challenges of last year with our team intact. And what an amazing team we have.
We are optimistic, excited even, about 2021. There is light at the end of the tunnel as vaccines begin to roll out. We are eager to introduce new vintages and new wines, like our 2018 Estate Souzão, and we are hopeful to see many of you in person as the year progresses.
We look forward to raising a glass with you soon. Stay safe and healthy!
Jennifer McInnis Fadel, General Manager
Bob, Brenda, and Alison Young
And the entire team at Bending Branch Winery
One of the year’s most highly anticipated weekends is now a whole month long!
The 1840 Club Blending Party is now the Blending Experience, and it’s available to all 1840 and 1840 Custom Case Club members by reservation from January 2 through January 31, 2021. It’s easy and fun.
Don’t wait until the end of the month - reservations are limited! And remember, COVID-19 mitigation measures are in effect, so all seating is outdoors, by reservation only. Read our Service Advisory.
The Bending Branch winemaking team will recreate all submissions in February, when owner and winemaker Dr. Bob Young, and General Manager Jennifer McInnis will judge the entries. Winners will be announced at a virtual live celebration on Zoom at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 6. Winning teams will enjoy a creative Winner Dinner experience, to be determined at a later date depending on pandemic protocols.
May I enter the competition by myself, or must I have a team?
A team must be from 2 to 8 members.
May I have more than 8 people on my team?
Eight is the maximum team size.
Can a team include non-member guests?
All Blending Experience participants must be 1840 Club or 1840 Custom Case Club members. No exceptions. A non-member can join the club today for a minimum of one year membership and participate.
May I be a member of more than one team?
Each club member may only participate once, on a single team.
May we have the Blending Experience at the members lounge?
Yes, the Blending Experience is available by reservation at both the estate tasting room and the members lounge.
What if there are no reservations available when I can attend?
Plan ahead! Reservations are limited and end on January 31, 2021.
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 and 1840 Custom Case Club members. The Blending Experience is the member’s complimentary tasting/glass for this visit.
Do I have to be present at the virtual live celebration to win?
Entries will be judged in a blind tasting, and winners need not be present to win. But you won’t want to miss the celebration 4 P.M., Saturday, March 6, 2021, on Zoom.
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!
We are missing you. Typically, we see so many of you regularly to exchange hugs and stay up to date on what you’re up to. We are cooking up some ways to stay in touch virtually until we can all squeeze each other tight again. Please continue to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and read our blog, as we are frequently updating.
Members of our tasting room team are available to deliver orders of $100 or more to Comfort, Center Point, Boerne, Fair Oaks, and Kerrville.
Call the tasting room to place an order — 830-995-2948. We will schedule a delivery time, process the order, and add a 20% gratuity that will go to the team members fulfilling and delivering the orders.
You will recieve a call when one person from our team arrives to let you know we are delivering to your porch. The team member will return to their vehicle and wait to visibly confirm receipt — laws are laws and wine is alcohol. We’ll mark the order as picked up.
No touch is necessary — only a wave to say howdy and virtual hugs for now.
Thank you for supporting Bending Branch Winery during this stressful time.
Jennifer McInnis Fadel
Dear Bending Branch Winery Club Members,
For efficiency and safety for all concerned, we will cover the cost of shipping for the entire April wine release to all members. Even if you typically pick up your club, we will ship it. Even if you live in Comfort – we will ship it.
It is absolutely imperative that you log in to your account to make sure we have your correct shipping address. All wine selections, address changes, and credit card updates must be completed by March 26th. If you normally ship to a business address, please make sure we should still ship to that address. We want you to get your wine!
***The deadline to make changes is March 26th.***
Many people are asking the same question: is it safe to receive and handle a shipment?
The WHO and CDC have stated that the likelihood of catching the COVID-19 virus by touching cardboard or other another shipping container is low. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS FROM UPS
When will my credit card be charged?
Credit cards will still be processed on Saturday, March 28th.
When will I get my wine?
Your April wines will be shipped from our fulfillment center on March 31st. As always, an adult must be present to sign for the package.
What else do I need to know?
The April 5th release party has been cancelled, and we have updated our tasting room hours and service. Until further notice, Bending Branch Winery estate tasting room will be closed for tastings. However, we will be open for curbside service from noon to 5 p.m. March 19-22 for call-ahead and online orders.
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Enjoy the wines in your April release in good health, knowing that we will be together again as soon as we can.
Jennifer McInnis Fadel
The health and wellbeing of our family, employees, and customers are paramount. As of this week, these are the updated measures we are taking:
We are so thankful to our incredible team, who has been working every day – even on their days off – to ensure we are doing everything we can to help #flattenthecurve and #slowthespread to buy our local medical facilities the time that they need to prepare as best as possible for what’s to come.
Owner and Winemaker Dr. Bob Young’s history of experience in public health medicine and epidemiology during his time a physician is an incredible resource in guiding us. Our management team also consists of our General Manager, Jennifer McInnis Fadel, who has a more than a decade of experience in multimedia and breaking news; and our Direct to Consumer Manager, Jennifer Cernosek, who oversaw the wellbeing of children and staff at a summer sleepaway camp for about seven years. There is a depth of knowledge within the rest of our versatile team. With them and our partnership with Dayna De Hoyos, Stellahaus Film, we plan to continue updating you through our blog, videos, and social media to continue to maintain the incredible sense of community that makes Bending Branch Winery special. Stay tuned for some innovative experiences we are planning.
Curbside pickup is available at Bending Branch Winery and Ursa at Branch on High.
UPDATED PROTOCAL: Out of concern for staff and customers, wine will be delivered curbside from a safe distance rather than placing in vehicles.
Customers can order online and select "Pickup" as shown below.
Call-ahead orders can be placed as well at 830-995-2948.
We are offering a call-ahead order option. Please call 830-995-3394 to place your order.
Once you've placed an order, simply call us when you're nearby. Someone from our team will bring the wine out to your vehicle.
Dear friends of Bending Branch Winery,
Many of you have supported us for years. So, you understand the priorities that Owner and Winemaker Dr. Bob Young places on medicine, health, and community.
As we face the COVID-19 coronavirus national emergency, we have taken precautions to safeguard our team, our customers, and our Comfort-area community. We want to share some of the proactive measures we have put in place this week.
If you are planning to visit, you will see heightened sanitation measures, social distancing, and service on our open-air patios and deck. Additionally, we are offering call-ahead orders that will be available for curbside pick up. The tasting room number is 830-995-2948.
Bending Branch Winery estate will be open regular business hours this weekend. The Members Lounge will be closed so that our team can concentrate on these measures.
The Pearl Farmers Market has been canceled through March 22. Bending Branch has also canceled all tours and events in March and April.
We will reevaluate additional precautions in the coming days and weeks. Please follow our social media and check our blog for updates.
Pearl Farmers Market
Pearl Farmers Market has been canceled through March 22 based on San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s recommendation to limit large gatherings to no more than 500 people, effective Friday. The city also is asking that all events with more than 250 people be canceled.
April 5: BBW Wine Club Release will not be a traditional pick up party. We are working on more details and will provide updates.
April 11: Easter Egg Hunt has been canceled and refunds have been issued.
April 16: The Bordeaux River Cruise has been canceled by Ama Waterways.
April 25: King William Fair has been postponed. As of now, Fiesta has been moved to November 5-15.
Thanks you for your support and understanding.
Jennifer McInnis Fadel
Bending Branch Winery