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26TH ANNUAL GRAPEFEST® – A WINE EXPERIENCE

Published: 9/16/2012

Largest Wine Festival in the Southwest Concludes with People's Choice Award Winning Wines, GrapeStomp Champions and More

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Leigh Lyons
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 26TH ANNUAL GRAPEFEST® - A WINE EXPERIENCE

Largest Wine Festival in the Southwest Concludes with People's Choice Award Winning Wines, GrapeStomp Champions and More

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS - (September 16, 2012) - Throngs of visitors celebrated the 26th Annual GrapeFest - A Wine Experience, the largest wine festival in the Southwest, in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine September 13, 14, 15 and 16. As part of the four-day festival, the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, had the largest participation from Texas wineries in the festival's history.

The award winners of the 2012 People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic are: Chardonnay
1st: Messina Hof Winery and Resort, Bryan, TX, Private Reserve Chardonnay, 2011
2nd: Texas Hills Vineyard, Johnson City, TX, Chardonnay, 2010
3rd: Delaney Vineyards, Grapevine, TX, Chardonnay, 2010

White Varietals, All others (<1.5%)
1st: Messina Hof Winery and Resort, Bryan, TX, Father & Son Riesling, 2011
2nd: Landon Winery, McKinney, TX, Viognier, 2011
3rd: Becker Vineyards, Stonewall, TX, Viognier, 2011

White Proprietary Blends
1st: Brennan Vineyards, Commanche, TX, Austin Street Three White Chicks, 2010
2nd: Homestead Winery, Ivanhoe, TX, Desert Rose, 2011
3rd: Llano Estacado Winery, Lubbock, TX, Viviana, 2009

White Varietals, Sweet (>1.5%)
1st: Landon Winery, McKinney, TX, Yellow Rose, NV
2nd: Messina Hof Winery and Resort, Bryan, TX, Hill Country Angel Late Harvest Riesling, 2011
3rd: Duchman Family Winery, Driftwood, TX, Orange Muscat, 2009

Blush/Rosé
1st: CrossRoads Winery, Frisco, TX, My Cheeky Bastard, NV
2nd: LightCatcher Winery, Fort Worth, TX, Texas Kiss Merlot Rosé, 2010
3rd: Salado Creek Winery & Vineyard, Salado

Sweet Blush, NV Cabernet Sauvignon
1st: Texas Hills Vineyard, Johnson City, TX, Kick Butt Cab Newsom Vineyard, 2008
2nd: LightCatcher Winery, Fort Worth, TX, 10pt Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007
3rd: Llano Estacado Winery, Lubbock, TX, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010

Merlot
1st: Messina Hof Winery and Resort, Bryan, TX, Private Reserve Merlot, 2009
2nd: Haak Vineyards and Winery, Santa Fe, TX, Purple Porpoise, NV
3rd: Sunset Winery, Burleson, TX, Moon Glow Merlot, 2005 Red Varietals,

All others (<1.5%)
1st: Lost Oak Winery, Burleson, TX, Syrah, 2010
2nd: Brennan Vineyards, Comanche, TX, Dark Horse, 2010
3rd: Enoch's Stomp Vineyard & Winery, Harleton, TX, Norton, 2009

Red Proprietary Blends
1st: Bluff Dale Vineyards, Bluff Dale, TX, Paragon, NV
2nd: Llano Estacado Winery, Lubbock, TX, Viviano, 2008
3rd: CALAIS Winery, Dallas, TX, Cuvee du Canton, 2010

Red Varietals, Sweet (>1.5%)
1st: Homestead Winery, Ivanhoe, TX, Chocolate Rose, 2011
2nd: La Buena Vida Vineyards, Grapevine, TX, Redheaded Stepchild Sangria, NV
3rd: Bluff Dale Vineyards, Bluff Dale, TX, Nexus, NV

"The 26th Annual GrapeFest was a huge success," said Mark Terpening, Festival Co-Chair. "Throughout the festival, folks from all over North Texas, the Southwest and the nation, along with many international guests, enjoyed a truly spectacular event. All of the events including the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the Vintners' Auction Classic and the Texas Wine Tribute were well-attended." "GrapeFest is the perfect opportunity for many of the Texas wineries to showcase their wines and this year proved to be a very successful event for them," added Sonya Terpening, Festival Co-Chair. "In addition, the high quality of the artistic offerings at this fine festival was another element that patrons could enjoy."

Other events at the four-day festival included the Vintners' Auction Classic with the guest favorite Bubbles & Baubles event; GrapeStomp: the Texas Wine Tribute; the Culinary Pavilion; the Champagne Terrace; the Champagne Cork Shoot-Off; five stages of live entertainment throughout the festival and so much more!

The ever-popular GrapeStomp returned to the delight of festival-goers! Teams of two participated in stomping 18 pounds of grapes. The winners received the coveted Purple Foot Award, as well as a glass foot sculpture of the winners own feet by Grapevine's Vetro Glassblowing Studio. This year's winning team was Grape Expectations team featuring Cody Cheek and Abbey Soto, both of Cedar Hill, TX, stomping a total of 46¼ ounces of juice.

The 2012 Mayoral GrapeStomp featured mayors and/or city representatives from Carrollton, Colleyville, Combine, Coppell, Euless, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Irving, Keller, Pantego, Southlake, Trophy Club, Watuaga, and Westlake. Special guests at the Mayoral GrapeStomp included representatives from Grapevine's Sister Cities of Parras de la Fuente, Mexico and West Lothian, Scotland. The winners of the Most Juice Stomped Award were the team from West Lothian Scotland with 30.75 ounces of stomped juice. Some of the local team winners included City of Coppell with the Funniest Costume Award and the City of Carrollton with the Most Enthusiastic Award.

In addition, the 26th Annual GrapeFest welcomed Peter Magic, a nationally recognized carnival game winner who has spent years honing his gaming skills while working with his father at the Michigan State Fair. He has spent years playing games at carnivals across the United States and winning prizes to donate to children in need. Peter won more than 40 stuffed animals at the 26th Annual GrapeFest. The prizes were presented to representatives from The Family Place, the largest family violence service provider in the Dallas area reaching out to thousands of victims of family violence each year.

In 2013, the 27th Annual GrapeFest will occur September 12, 13, 14 and 15. Final festival attendance numbers will be available by end of business Wednesday, September 19. Contact Leigh Lyons at LLyons@GrapevineTexasUSA.com or call 817-410-3195. For more information, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest. ###

 

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