By Leigh Lyons, Director of Communications, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
Toast four days of family-friendly fun at the 32nd Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, September 13, 14, 15 and 16. Sample your way through a variety of delicious taste sensations with special emphasis on wines from Texas and Old-World Wines revisited with wineries from North Coast California and the Rioja Region of Spain. For more information, visit www.GrapeFest.com.
GrapeFest is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Favorite GrapeFest events include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, sponsored by Audi Grapevine, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; the Texas Wine Tribute; GrapeStomp, sponsored by Tom Thumb/Albertson’s; Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort; the Champagne Terrace; KidsWorld; the GrapeFest Golf Classic; the GrapeFest Tennis Classic; ItalianCarFest™, sponsored by Boardwalk Auto Group; live entertainment and much more!
Savor the flavors of more than 150 Texas varietals from 39 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic. Limited tickets are available for each of the 11 sessions. Guests vote for their favorites and the winners of the competition will be announced on Sunday, September 16. Tickets are $23 in advance or $25 at the festival. Guests must be 21 and over to enter.
ALL NEW FOR 2018: More than 50 teams of steak aficionados will participate in the GrapeFest Steak Cookoff on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. Bring your best recipe and register now to take part in this fun event. Cost is $150 per team. Proceeds benefit Grapevine Shield Foundation. Register now at www.steakcookoffs.com or www.GrapeFest.com.
GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Grapevine is home to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and Texas’ premier Urban Wine Trail. Texas is home to more than 300 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards producing nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year.
Sample wines from wineries from North Coast California in the Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort. The guest wineries at GrapeFest are from Mendocino County and Anderson Valley. Visiting North Coast California wineries are Seebass Vineyards and Family Wines, Testa Vineyards, Parducci Wine Cellars, Handley Cellars, Brutocao Cellars, Pennyroyal Farm, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards and Barra of Mendocino.
One of the most unique wine tasting options available in the Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience will be Coro, a signature blend, individually crafted from 100 percent Mendocino County, California grapes. Coro must lead with 40-70 percent Zinfandel and may be blended with up to nine named varietals, honoring the “Old Italian” field blends of Mendocino. Once certified, each Coro wine is bottled in a uniform bottle, label and marked with the Coro seal.
In the Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience, festival-goers can also sample wines from visiting wineries from the Rioja Region of Spain. Guest wineries from Rioja are Dominio de Berzal, David Moreno, Martinez Alesanco, Campo Viejo and more.
Put your feet to the test at the annual GrapeStomp competition, sponsored by Tom Thumb/ Albertson’s. Teams of two crush approximately 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes. If your team stomps the most juice, you just might qualify for the Grand Champion StompOff on Sunday, with the winners being awarded the coveted “Purple Foot” award. Entry fee is $5 per person. A free special stomping area is also available for kids 12 and under.
Dance the night away at the 32nd Annual GrapeFest. The Grapevine Mills Main Stage, the Thryv Gazebo Stage and the Palace Theatre Stage will feature live entertainment throughout the festival. Featured performers include Jo Dee Messina; Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles; Le Freak; Gary P. Nunn; Justin Johnson and the TCU Steel Drum Band.
The 32nd Annual GrapeFest, A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, will open on Thursday, September 13 at 10 a.m. Admission is free to everyone all day Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday. Hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 62+ and children 6-12. Weekend pass pins are available for $18 and souvenir pins are $23. Admission is free for children five and under. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapeFest.com.