In addition to five Texas wineries providing tasting and selling their fine wines, a homemade wine competition ensued, as well.
Here are the winners of that competition: red wine, sweet favorite, First in Class, Doris Mills of Port Lavaca; red wine, mustang, First in Class, Rhonda Kusak of Yoakum; red wine, mustang, Second in Class, Jerry Stratmann of Refugio; novelty, sweet blackberry, First in Class, Doris Mills of Port Lavaca.
“I think it’s a great event. I will come back,” said John Sheffel, of Victoria, and who was enjoying the music.
Morgan Bellows, who is studying to be a sommelier (professional wine taster) said the wine festival was the best yet and will continue to grow.
An assortment of food also was available. The caterer was the Lost Cajun Restaurant in Victoria, but other tables featured delicious treats like chocolate covered strawberries.
A couple of bands provided country music and blues for the pleasure of festival goers.
And historical re-enactors staged shoot-outs including the infamous Sally Skull killing her husband (several times) and Mexican Gen. Jose Urrea leading an attack on the Refugio Texans during the Texas Independence struggle.
Fine art and jewelry also were on sale.
Organizer Lori Bellows praised the festival. She said it offered fun and entertainment while promoting Refugio and area wineries.