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25th Anniversary GrapeFest - A Wine Experience

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GrapeFest - A Wine Experience - Culinary Artistry, Wine Pairings and Corn Dogs?

GRAPEVINE, TX - August, 2011 - GrapeFest - A Wine Experience - will celebrate its 25th anniversary and the best of Texas wines on September 15, 16, 17 and 18. Everything you need to know is at

GrapeFest provides not only culinary artistry and wine pairings galore, but also the fun of traditional festival foods such as corn dogs, funnel cakes, burgers and steak on a stick. (Who needs to wait for the State Fair of Texas?) There is truly something for every palate at GrapeFest. Don't miss the Crepe Crazy booth - lots of pointing going on since the chefs and sales people are all hearing impaired. The only things you'll hear nearby are exclamations of "Yummy!" as folks dive into either sweet or savory French crepes from Texas' crepe experts.

For the foodies, the Culinary Pavilion presents food and wine experts from around the country who will present informative and entertaining culinary sessions all weekend in the Cotton Belt Depot District. Here's the line-up, and a favorite pairing from Paula Lambert following:

Thursday, September 15
2:00 p.m. - Debbie Gore
3:30 p.m. - Chef Willi Mendoza, Hilton DFW Lakes
4:30 p.m. - Jeff Seigal, Wine Curmudgeon with tips for the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic
5:00 p.m. - Justin Anderson, Anderson Trail
6:30 p.m. - Jeff Glick, Embassy Suites Outdoor World

Friday, September 16
12:30 p.m. - Debbie Gore
2:00 p.m. - Kitchen Kimberley, Southwest Dairy Farmers
3:30 p.m. - Amado Alatorre, Gaylord Texan Resort
5:00 p.m. - Kitchen Kimberley, Southwest Dairy Farmers
6:30 p.m. - Brian Olenjack, Olenjack's Grille

Saturday, September 17
11:00 a.m. - Paula Lambert, Mozzarella Company
12:30 p.m. - Kitchen Kimberley, Southwest Dairy Farmers
2:00 p.m. - John Franke, The Ranch Las Colinas
3:30 p.m. - Kitchen Kimberley, Southwest Dairy Farmers
5:00 p.m. - Hollie Dorethy, Celebrity Chef
6:30 p.m. - Lee Ewing, Culinary At Home

Sunday, September 18
12:30 p.m. - Israel Voirin, Vineyard Steak House
2:00 p.m. - Rodney Dabon, Great Wolf Lodge
3:30 p.m. - Lee Ewing, Culinary At Home

Paula Lambert, owner of the Mozzarella Company, offers one of her favorite food and wine pairings:

I think one of the most delicious wine/cheese pairings is McPherson Sangiovese (from Lubbock) paired with our Montasio Festivo (an aged goat cheese with an ancho chile rind). The Sangiovese is a light red wine with a wonderful fruity flavor that is absolutely perfect with our Montasio Festivo's rich sun-kissed ripe chile rind that complements the mellow cheese.

More great food events:
A gourmet Champagne Brunch will be available in Weem's Alley, next to Grapevine City Hall. This special event commemorates the 25th anniversary of GrapeFest with a buffet of breakfast and brunch items from Main St. Bistro & Bakery plus an assortment of mimosas, champagne and sparkling wines. Cost is $32.50 per person. The brunch will be on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The Texas Wine Tribute event will take place on Saturday, September 17, at the Hilton DFW Lakes. A black-tie gala, The Texas Wine Tribute also features a silent auction benefiting the Grapevine Heritage Foundation and Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association. Tickets are $125 per person. Chef Willi Mendoza from Hilton DFW Lakes created this gourmet experience and chose wine pairings from award-winning Texas wines. Gulf Prawn with Crab and Avocado Aoili, Polenta, and Pear Caramel Torte with Poached Pears, Chocolate Crème Anglaise and Point Reyes Bleu Cheese are just a few of the menu items to whet your appetite!
Indeed, there's a world of food experiences to offer, and everyone can have what pleases their palates most at GrapeFest!

About GrapeFest: GrapeFest- A Wine Experience - will celebrate its 25th anniversary and the best of Texas wines on September 15, 16, 17 and 18. Among many new activities, festival goers will enjoy award-winning wines perfectly paired with culinary treats at the largest wine festival in the Southwest. This year, a special focus on Australian wines and culture livens up the action, while the festival's trademark activities continue: People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic - the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, Culinary Pavilion, GrapeFest Golf Classic, KidZone presented by Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, GrapeFest Tennis Classic, GrapeStomp presented by the Chrysler Group, Champagne Terrace, six stages of live entertainment and much more. GrapeFest is produced by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information, visit

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