Thanksgiving is all about the pie, am I right? Okay, there’s dinner, too; but really the turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and rolls are really just a means to a sweet and satisfying end: pie. If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a favorite pie that absolutely must be on the table at Thanksgiving. But when you’re busy making all those pies (or thawing them, picking them up from the bakery, or whatever else you need to do it to get them on your table and in your stomach), it’s hard to come up with just the right way to pair them.
Happy Virginia Wine Month! Yes, October is Texas’s wine month but the month also belongs to Virginia. You know what’s funny? While I’m a Texan through and through, I did live in Virginia for 4 years, so I kind of like that the two states share a wine month. In fact, Virginia is where I really started exploring wine. I got it in my head one day to check out a polo tournament and wine festival being held in The Plains. I have no idea why this sounded like fun- I wasn’t a huge fan of wine and I knew nothing about polo, but I went. And tried all kinds of wine from dozens of wineries. There was strawberry wine, chocolate wine, pepper wine (hottest thing ever!), viognier, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and many others. I enjoyed quite a few of them and my eyes were officially opened to the wonderful world of wine. I also watched polo for the first time, which was pretty fun even though I had no clue what was happening.
Texas is considered a bit of an upstart in some wine circles, but the history of winemaking and grape growing goes back to 1662 when the first vineyard in North America was established by Franciscan priests. The industry developed over the centuries until today, when there are 8 AVAs in Texas with 4,000 acres of vineyards and over 400 wineries. The AVAs exist throughout Texas in various landscapes, including desert, hill country, and plains. As a result, Texas vineyards are able to support a large variety of grapes.
Fall is seriously the best season! The weather is cooler, so it’s more fun to spend some time outside, and there are tons of wine festivals! This past weekend was my birthday weekend (and The Sugar Vine’s anniversary!!!), so the boyfriend and I headed north for the Montgomery Wine and Music Fest. It was fun to wander around, sip wine, and shop while listening to music. It was a warm day but the festival had a great atmosphere and we had a really nice time. To get you in on the fall spirit, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best fall wine festivals around Texas!
The 4th of July is right around the corner, which means it’s time to pull out your stars and stripes, do some grilling, spend time with friends and family, set off fireworks, and be grateful for the many freedoms we have. Many people spend the 4th of July outside- at parades, picnics, parties, camping- and I have the perfect dessert for any 4th of July celebration: chocolate chip cookie sandwiches!