GRAPEVINE — Wine shouldn’t be rushed, and neither should wine aficionados.So although its a month away, the 28th Annual GrapeFest should already be on the minds and tastebuds of fans of the grape.The festival will be held Sept. 11-14 in Historic Downtown Grapevine. Tickets are on sale now.A Wine Experience will kick off festival week with the Texas Wine Tribute, a black-tie gala and one of the most prestigious annual Texas wine Industry events. The tribute features the presentation of the annual “Tall in Texas” award, bestowed to a Texas winery in recognition of the winery’s leadership role in the dedication to, support of and promotion of the Texas Wine Industry. The recipient is Becker Vineyards and Richard and Bunny Becker from Stonewall.For 20 years, the Beckers’ approach to winemaking has been to produce premium wines and to share their winemaking knowledge with others within the industry, Grapevine city officials said. Known for taking a classically French approach to winemaking, Becker Vineyards ensures that during the winemaking process, all the necessary steps are taken to produce the highest-level premium product possible. Becker Vineyards is credited with being one of the earliest proponents of premium Texas wines.Becker Vineyards has long been a strong supporter of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, joining the organization just after the Beckers began producing wine. Becker Vineyards one of the largest wineries in Texas, as well as one of the largest contractors of Texas grapes and fruits. “Throughout the industry, the Beckers are known as one of the strongest mentors for up-and-coming wineries,” Katy Jane Seaton, high plains grape grower and former executive director of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, said in a news release. “For the past 20 years, they have continually hosted a variety of mentoring and training sessions on a variety of topics including Pierce’s Disease, winery marketing and other areas that are vital to the success of the industry. Their dedication to and strong tradition of working with wineries across the state has had a direct impact on the bottom line and premium varietals of the Texas Wine Industry.”The “Tall in Texas” award pays homage to wineries that stand out as mentors and promoters in leading the education and growth of the Texas wine Industry. An industry panel consisting of academics and Texas wine leaders selects the recipient of the award. Proceeds from the Texas Wine Tribute benefit Metroport Meals On Wheels and the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. The Texas Wine Tribute reception and auction begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Grand Hall, 636 S. Main St. Tickets are $125 per person.For information about the wine tribute or GrapeFest, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367