The Texas Independence Wine Classic begins with its annual meeting and opening party Friday night at the Refugio County Museum.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the party.
The South Texas Historians re-enactors will have five shoot-outs on Saturday and three on Sunday. The shoot-outs will feature Sally Skull, an infamous 1800s woman in Texas and the area, and Gen. Jose de Urrea, the victorious Mexican general in the Battle of Refugio and Goliad.
In addition to the shoot-outs, art exhibitors will be on hand to provide a wide array of art for Classic-goers. The art will be on sale.
Those attending the Classic will be able to sample various wines presented, while enjoying music from bands at the event.
A variety of food will be available from food vendors.
So far, five wineries have committed to be present and showcase their wines for the Classic. A sixth winery may be attending, as well.
Wineries that will be present at the Classic include the Chisholm Trail Winery, Fredericksburg; Lavaca Bluffs Winery, Hackberry; Darcy’s Vineyard, Hallettsville; A Wine of Mine Winery, Aransas Pass; and Texas SouthWind Vineyard and Winery, Refugio.
The Dionisio Winery, Houston, also might be showcasing its wine.
New to the Wine Classic is a homemade wine contest.
Here are the general requirements to enter your homemade wine:
All wines entered must be in a 750 milliliter or equivalent U.S. measure standard wine or champagne bottle and must be filled to within one inch of the closure. Either cork or screw cap closure is acceptable.
Entries will be identified with labels or tags provided by the Competition Committee. Any bottle not correctly labeled or tagged will be rejected unless the owner correctly re-labels or re-tags the wine prior to the commencement of its judging.
Entries are limited to 10 categories and three bottles per category. They must be of different vintages or ingredients. Vintage is defined as the year in which the major ingredient was picked or the concentrate was opened.
To comply with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, there is no entry fee. The costs associated with this competition are covered by monies collected during fundraising events by the Texas Independence Wine Classic.
All first place winners will be judged for “Best of Show” by a panel of three judges selected in consultation by the Head Wine Steward and the Head Judge. The panel may award the runner-up wine(s) to Best of Show an Honorable Mention ribbon.
All entries must be made between 10 and 11 a.m. on the day of the competition. Judging begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.
Once judging begins, no one is allowed in the judging area except personnel authorized by the Head Judge.
Here are the categories that can be entered:
1. Red Grape - Dry
2. Red Grape - Sweet
3. White Grape - Dry
4. White Grape - Sweet
5. Native Grape - Dry
6. Native Grape - Sweet
7. Fruit - Dry
8. Fruit - Sweet
9. Berry - Dry
10. Berry - Sweet
11. Novelty - Dry
12. Novelty - Sweet
13. Rosé - Dry
14. Rosé - Sweet
15. Blended Wine - Dry
16. Blended Wine - Sweet
17. Sparkling Wine
19. Red Wine Dry - Kit
20. White Wine Dry - Kit
21. Sweet/Dessert/Aperitif - Kit
For further information about the contest and categories, contact the following:
firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by the Refugio County Museum. You can also visit the Texas Independence Wine Classic Facebook page.