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Festival a success
by Tim Delaney
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Historical characters at the third Refugio Wine Classic and Festival on Saturday, March 9, were, from left, Sally Skull played by Teri Harris of Corpus Christi and Col. William Ward played by Erich Bauch of Corpus Christi.
Historical characters at the third Refugio Wine Classic and Festival on Saturday, March 9, were, from left, Sally Skull played by Teri Harris of Corpus Christi and Col. William Ward played by Erich Bauch of Corpus Christi.
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The South Texas Historians portray people who helped shape history. The re-enactor group, mainly from Corpus Christi, participated in the third annual Texas Independence Wine Classic on Saturday, March 9, in Refugio. From left are Terri Harris playing Sally Skull, Joel Smith playing Empresario James Power, Bob Yeager playing Col. James Fannin, Charlie Perrone playing Judge William Rey, Ralph Nelson playing Dr. James Grant, Erich Bauch playing Col. William Ward, Douglas Crumly playing Edward Perry, Lt. Col. John S. Buckley playing Col. Alfred M. Hobby and Kenneth "Patt" Patterson playing Gen. Sam Houston.
The South Texas Historians portray people who helped shape history. The re-enactor group, mainly from Corpus Christi, participated in the third annual Texas Independence Wine Classic on Saturday, March 9, in Refugio. From left are Terri Harris playing Sally Skull, Joel Smith playing Empresario James Power, Bob Yeager playing Col. James Fannin, Charlie Perrone playing Judge William Rey, Ralph Nelson playing Dr. James Grant, Erich Bauch playing Col. William Ward, Douglas Crumly playing Edward Perry, Lt. Col. John S. Buckley playing Col. Alfred M. Hobby and Kenneth "Patt" Patterson playing Gen. Sam Houston.
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Refugio County singing group, from left, Justin Fierova, Kasie Fierova and Sarah Lopez perform at the third annual Texas Independene Wine Classic on Satruday, March 9.
Refugio County singing group, from left, Justin Fierova, Kasie Fierova and Sarah Lopez perform at the third annual Texas Independene Wine Classic on Satruday, March 9.
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REFUGIO – The third annual Texas Independence Wine Classic, celebrating 177 years since Texas Independence, was a success although less attended, according to Bart Wales, co-chair of the event.

Wales said attendance last year was estimated at 700, but this year’s attendance was estimated at 450.

“Last year, people complained about not having free wine tasting,” Wales said.

To accommodate that desire, festival goers who wanted to taste wines this year were able to do so with a $20 admission. The fee included six tickets for wine tasting and a wine glass.

Wales said many people thought the $20 was admission for the entire event, but it was only for wine tasting. He also said the Oyster Fest was going on in nearby Fulton, and that may have pulled some people from the Wine Classic.

“It looks like we did make a little more this year,” he said.

But all the bills have not been paid and tabulations are not complete.

“Probably be around $2,000 (profit),” Wales said.

“It was a little slower this year than last year, but then we expected it to be slower in the third year. It takes up to five years to really take off,” he said.

Four wineries and vineyards were represented at the event including Texas South Wind Winery and Vineyard owned by David and Regina Staggs.

Similar to the other wineries represented, David Staggs said his winnery, located just north of Refugio County in Goliad County on U.S. Highway 183, uses Black Spanish grapes also known as Lenoir. The couple also uses white grapes: Blanc Du Bois.

“We’ve lived out there 11 years. The winery is going on its fourth year,” David said.

Also represented at the event was the Lavaca Bluffs Vineyard and Winery in Lolita. The establishment is owned by Doug and Beth Reed.

And the Wine of Mine Winery in Aransas Pass was represented. Owner Al Sproessig was on hand to offer up tasting of his various wines.

Also, Darcy’s Vineyard was represented. The vineyard owned by Darcy Warren is located in Hallettsville.

Entertainment was provided by a Ballet Folklorico and various bands. A variety of artisans also provided shopping during the event.

And an assortment of food was offered by Amira Concession, owned by Salim Daou of Richmond Va., among other food vendors.
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