Northeast Tarrant

Grapevine creates limited edition 2015 Christmas ornament

Delaney Vineyards & Winery ornament.
Delaney Vineyards & Winery ornament. Photo courtesy of

The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau has released the 2015 Limited Edition Christmas ornament featuring Delaney Vineyards & Winery.

A limited quantity of the 2014 Grapevine Farmers Market Limited Edition ornament is also available for purchase.

Each ornament is $12.

These ornaments may be purchased at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 636 South Main Street, during normal business hours.

This year, Delaney Vineyards is celebrating more than 20 years in the wine business. Jerry Delaney remains founder and sole owner of two operational vineyards and production wineries in Texas. The winery is located in Grapevine and the main vineyard is in Lamesa, a small town 60 miles south of Lubbock.

The Grapevine winery was completed in 1996, three years after the vineyard was planted. The first bottling production was in the summer of 1997. The Grapevine facility contains 10 acres of Cynthiana grapes. The Cynthiana grape remains the best southern-bred hybrid vine to grow in the Metroplex for a number of reasons, the owner said. It thrives in the hard clay soil, or "red rock," found in the area. It also responds well to high humidity and hot summers.

Annually, wine and history aficionados gather in the spring at Delaney Vineyards for a special ritual. On April 11, they came for the 23nd Annual Blessing of the Vines and its companion, the New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail.

It was a daylong toast to the good life.

Visitors took part in a long procession, led by a mariachi band, that wound its way to the far end of the vineyard where everyone experienced a centuries-old European blessing performed by a priest to ensure a bountiful harvest, savory grapes and robust wine.

The Rev. Ken Robinson from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster said his mission that he has participated in for years is always twofold: to offer a tailor-made vine blessing adapted from the church’s Book of Blessings and to offer a special blessing for the new wines.

“I use the harvest blessing and make the changes necessary to bless the fields and vines,” the priest from the Fort Worth Diocese said, noting that the Book of Blessings can be adapted to “the blessing of just about everything.”

“We perform the blessing as a social outreach,” Robinson said, who added that he plans to perform the annual blessing “from now until the Lord returns.”

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367