When renowned Houston chef Damian Mandola and his wife Trina relocated to the Hill Country a few years back, one of the first things they did was plant Southern Rhone and Italian grape varietals on their acreage near Driftwood. Mandola Estate Winery (13308 FM 150 W., 512/858-1470) is now established, and the Mandolas and co-owners Stanley and Lisa Duchman invite the public to help them celebrate at a grand-opening tour and tasting. Winemaker Mark Penna will be on hand, and the event will include a complementary tour of the facilities, a tasting of up to six Mandola Estate 2004 vintage wines, and the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Damian's cookbooks. Wines will also be available for purchase; 2:30-5:30pm, Saturday, Nov. 18.
The Austin Farmers' Market (Fourth & Guadalupe, www.austinfarmersmarket.org) celebrates four years Downtown with cakes from bakers who sell at the market, a variety of kids activities, a chefs' cooking demo, and live music; 9am-1pm, Saturday, Nov. 18.
Wine lovers will want to check out the first winery and tasting room located in nearby San Marcos at the grand opening of Three Dudes Winery (512/392-5634, www.threedudeswinery.com). The new winery, tasting room, and gift shop were built on the site of an old homestead on the banks of the San Marcos River. Take exit 205 off of I-35 South, and find the winery about three miles east, just off of Highway 80 on Old Martindale Road; noon-6pm, Saturday, Nov. 18.
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