Austinites gathered for unique celebration of 100 % local wine and 100% local brew at the backyard of the Domain while listening to over 10 musicians and bands. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Austin Wine and Music Festival went to a CNN Hero of the Year Nominee, Dan Wallrath and the Operation Finally Home Organization, an organization that provides custom-made, mortgage-free homes to wounded and disabled veterans.
Visitors were poured award-winning Texas wines from throughout the state at 25 plus winery tents. Connoisseurs were able to savor taste including Mediterranean style wines from Driftwood Estate Winery, “Super Texan” sangiovese from Flat Creek Estate in Marble Falls, and from the largest premium winery in the state of Texas Llano Estacado Winery from Lubbock.
Others were Landon Winery from McKinney, TX who has produced many international winning wines, and Red Caboose Winery from Meridian, TX with their green philosophy, the only winery to refrigerate and chill with geothermal. Dry Comal Creek Vineyards from New Braunfels featured their unique taste that no other Texas wineries endeavor to make French Colombard, White-Black Spanish, and Black Spanish.
Locally-made artisan beers were featured in the Brew Garden. Real Ale Brewing Company from Blanco, Texas had their Full Moon Pale Rye Ale; “a distinctive pale ale with a touch of rye malt” and Rio Blanco Pale Ale “a classic style accented with Czech Saaz hops”, while Firemans #4 showcased their Blonde Ale.
The local refreshments were topped by entertainment by Texas bands. Rhinestones played their unique and colorful blend of classic folk and roots music with rich harmonies and melodies reminiscent of the early days of rock and roll. Kimberly dazzled audience with her powerful commanding vocal ability, her charming southern drawl, and her witty humor on stage.
Audience listened to Uncle Lucious’ honest interpretation on the essential elements of blues, rhythm, and country.
By Monica Pena
Austin Times Staff