"...Ed and Susan Auler were instrumental in starting the original Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival in 1986. Most years since, they've helped start the festival by offering a delightful lunch prepared by Texas's top chefs with matching wine from our best vineyards...."
"...Spicewood Vineyards has long been one of our favorite Texas wineries, producing a Sauvignon Blanc that is consistently one of the best in the U.S. Beginning with a dream in 1987, owners Ed and Madeleine Manigold mortgaged their future to create Spicewood Vineyards..."
"...Local legend John Arthur Martinez will provide the entertainment; $50 per person.Saturday, Sept. 1610:30am-12:30pm: Be at Fall Creek Vineyards (www.fcv.com) when Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather of Fredericksburg "Cooks up a Storm," demonstrating the preparation of some Hill Country favorites that will be served with Texas wines..."
"...Deep in the heart of the Fall Creek Vineyards is a set of massive wooden doors. They're obviously far older than the rest of the structure, and they bear a small brass plaque that reads, "Original Stable Doors, Louis Pasteur Hospital, Paris, France." There's also a quote from Pasteur, the 19th century scientist who discovered the nature of fermentation: "Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages."..."
"...Fall Creek Vineyards has long been one of the most successful and well-respected wineries in Texas. In the Eighties, founders Ed and Susan Auler set out to establish the Texas Hill Country as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) and wound up helping to put Austin on the national culinary map in the process...."
"...At the Fall Creek Vineyards (www.fcv.com) Saturday Spook-tacular, enjoy a tasting of six Fall Creek and Twin Springs wines in souvenir glasses, tours, live music, a pumpkin decorating contest with prizes for adults and kids, and a gourmet picnic (by reservation only). $18 per person; make reservations at 325/379-5361..."
"...Celebrate Texas Wine Month at the weekly wine tastings held every Thursday at Whole Foods Gateway (Gateway Center, 345-5003). Wine maven April Lowe has scheduled: Becker Vineyards on October 15; an Oktoberfest party with German food, music, and wine on Tuesday, October 20; Fall Creek Vineyards for October 22; and a Halloween Bash with wine and costumes for October 29......"
"...In the 1880s a strand of the disease decimated the wine industry in Southern California. More recently, it has wiped out thousands of acres of vineyards in California since 1990...."
"...Ed and Madeline Manigold operate one of our favorite vineyards in Texas. They are warm, honest, and modest people with good land and the ability to take its fruit and make excellent wine..."
"...She's just been assigned to write The Oxford Companion to Wine's American edition, and she was here to taste and learn. While at Fall Creek Vineyards, Jay Knepp of the Salt Lick Vineyard was delivering his new harvest of Tempranillo..."
"...• Fall Creek Vineyards Labor Day Gourmet Getaway Celebrate Fall Creek's 30th anniversary with a casual lunch on the vineyard patio ($17.50), or take a guided tour of the 100-foot Fall Creek Falls with rancher/winemaker Ed Auler, complete with a gourmet picnic lunch ($42.50). RSVP by phone..."
"...Meet some of Central Texas' most talented artisans along the Texas Hill Country Art and Wine Trail this weekend. Stop along the way to taste wines at Fall Creek Vineyards, Lost Creek Vineyards, and Spicewood Vineyards..."
"...Central Texas grape growers spent early July checking the sugar concentration in their fruit, and many folks began harvesting white grapes in mid-July. Moderate weather during most of the growing season and evenly spaced spring rains followed by consistent but not overwhelming June heat should deliver a good yield at most Hill Country vineyards..."
"...Becker Vineyards Jenschke Lane, 1.8 miles south of Hwy. 290 W., Fredericksburg, 830/644-2681 Don't miss: Claret, Viognier, Provence..."
"...Traditionally, one of the primary solutions to the image problem has been for wineries to band together in geographical groups and offer events with wine, food, and prizes for folks visiting on the weekend. Susan Auler, co-owner of Fall Creek Vineyards with her husband Ed, was there in the early days..."
"...The two largest wineries in the area are Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow and Becker Vineyards in Stonewall. Both are 60-90 minutes from town and each makes a remarkably high percentage of top-notch wine..."
"...Though the weather this year was somewhat less than congenial for growing grapes, all the Hill Country vintners we contacted were very optimistic about their respective harvests. Becker Vineyards general manager Jim Brown reported a "better-than-expected" quantity of the temperamental viogner grapes, which is great news to those of us who enjoy that varietal..."
"...Twenty years ago, the bucolic rolling hills southwest of Austin were dotted with ranches, a well-known family barbecue operation, and a lone vineyard. These days, the Driftwood area is bustling with new housing developments, busy wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms, in addition to event venues and three culinary hot spots..."
"...Traveling to the wineries too daunting for you? During the next few weeks, you'll have the chance to try lots of Texas wines without ever going to the vineyards. One of the best will be at Grape Vine Market (7938 Great Northern Blvd., 323-5900) on Saturday, Oct..."