Dine with Winemakers, Owners and Growers at Texas Wine Science Fair October 25th

By on October 8, 2013 Texas Wine News

Dine with Winemakers, Owners and Growers  at Texas Hill Country Wine Benefit Dinner

Hosted by Flat Creek Estate, 24912 Singleton Bend East, Marble Falls

WHEN: Friday, October 25, 2013

TICKETS: click here

The wine industry in Texas is growing exponentially.  Texas wine consumers and supporters are a big reason for the growth the industry has seen.  We have partnered with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab to continue education, awareness and growth.   All proceeds from these events will be donated directly to AgriLife. $125/person, seating is limited and will sell out.

Dinner 7pm

Course 1
Fungi Tapa
Wild Mushroom Duxelle, Texas Goat Cheese, White Truffle Oil and Fried Leeks
on wood-fired crust
Paired with 2012 Viognier

Course 2
Seared Fig Salad with Cambozola Black Label Cheese
Sauteed Black Mission Figs, Cambozola Black Label Cheese, Grilled Focaccia, Baby Greens, Toasted Walnuts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Paired with 2011 Pinot Blanc

Course 3
Green Spiced Texas Quail
Duck Dirty Rice Stuffing, Roasted Tomato Coulis, Wood Fired Asparagus, Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Paired with 2011 Super Texan

Course 4
Chocolate Tort
Raspberry Coulis, Pistachio Biscotti

Paired with Port

About Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture & Fruit Lab

Originally opened in 2007 as the Texas Pierce’s Disease Research and Extension Program laboratory, the 3,200-square-foot facility is located near the Gillespie County Airport. The facility, which now has been renamed the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab, will provide additional education, outreach and research related to statewide fruit production, said Dr. Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service director.

Jim Kamas, AgriLife Extension pomology and viticulture specialist, and Texas Pierce’s Disease Program outreach coordinator. said research and education efforts of the original facility focused primarily on how Pierce’s disease, a disease affecting the production of wine grapes, is transmitted from location to location, and how to best detect and control it. The lab also supported off-site experiments seeking to mitigate losses from cotton root rot.  “We will still contribute significant time and effort to these problems in a commodity that has an annual economic impact to the state of more than $1 billion, as well as other issues regarding viticulture,” Kamas said. “But the new, expanded purpose of the facility will also encompass issues and research related to the production and improvement of many other fruits grown in the Texas Hill Country and throughout the state.”

Currently the A&M AgriLife team has less than 40% of the budget needed to operate and maintain projects in 2014.  Through Grower Field Days, Consumer Education Seminars and Benefit Dinners, all hosted by THCW member wineries, we hope to raise the remaining $120,000 needed for the lab to continue with the progress they have made.

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