Texas Wine Revolution returns as rosé celebration in April

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Texas-grown rosés are being spotlighted at a wine event in the Texas Hill Country on April 2.

Still one of the hottest trending wines, rosé is again the focus of William Chris Vineyards’ upcoming Texas Wine Revolution, an afternoon festival in the Hill Country with all Texas-made wine, food and music.

Rosé wine — a style of wine that gets more color from grape skin contact than white wine but not enough to be considered red wine — is now made by many of the major wineries in the state because of its popularity, and attendees of the April 2 event at William Chris, in Hye, will get to sample all of the best ones from more than 30 wineries.

William Chris Vineyards’ co-owner, Chris Brundrett, decided to move the second annual tasting event to the springtime, rather than summertime, because it’s outdoors at the winery. That’s one of the only things he changed.

“We decided to keep the focus on rosé again and turn this festival into an annual event,” he said. “Long term, we would love to start incorporating other styles of wine, but we want to perfect the process it takes to plan this unique event first.”

In addition to the tastings, the Texas Wine Revolution will also have live music from Uncle Lucius and Ravenna Sun and bites from Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster, Hitchin’ Post Steakhouse, Trudy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant & Bar, Mongers Market + Kitchen and Gillen’s Candies. You’ll be able to sample the food and then purchase your full meal.

Tickets are $50 and will include a souvenir wine glass, food samples, tastings of more than 25 Texas-made rosés, a tote bag that can hold six bottles of wine, and a booklet that explains each of the participating wineries’ rosés. Rosé can be made with a range of grape varietals — many of which are specially suited for the hot Texas climate.

“Rosé is such a wonderful style of wine for our state to grow, produce and pair with Texas cuisine,” Brundrett said.

To buy tickets to the 1 to 5 p.m. event and get more information, visit texaswinerevolution.com.

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