Monthly Archives: July 2010

When did Wine Making begin in Texas?

Texas surprisingly has a long history of wine production. The sunny and dry climate of the major wine making regions in the state of Texas has drawn comparison to Portuguese wines. Texas is one of the oldest wine growing states … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Chardonnay Cocktail Sauce

At our Aphrodisiac Cooking Party with the Chef we enjoyed a Messina Hof Chardonnay Cocktail Sauce. It was an accompaniment to delicious Panko breaded and fried Texas gulf coast oysters. Collinsville, Illinois, is the self-proclaimed “Horseradish Capital of the World”. It and … Continue reading

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Ahoy Matey!

Aye – Come on board with the Messina Hof Crew for a dangerous yet delicious Murder Mystery dinner. Come join us on Friday, July 23 at 6:30pm or be prepared to walk to plank!! Wine & Cheese Reception Merrill’s Vineyard … Continue reading

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Join the Family

Join the Family and immediately enjoy the benefits of the VIP Club. Package includes VIP membership, bottle of wine, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Shop in the Retail Center during your stay and receive 20% off all purchases as well as 5% off … Continue reading

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Seared Scallops

The McCarleys shared with us a meal that featured Seared Scallops and Fennel Broth. It was delicious. The scallops were “diver” scallops and were extra tender. Scallops are both fished and ‘farmed’. The bay scallop is much smaller than the sea scallop, less than … Continue reading

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The Basics of Wine

The art of wine making in Texas is a tradition that dates back several centuries. In the 1600’s, in West Texas near modern day El Paso, Spanish monks began growing Mission grapes for the purpose of sacramental wines.  Over two hundred … Continue reading

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Bourguignon sauce

Bourguignon sauce has much too long a name with too many consonants. It reminds me of Gewurztraminer.  People do not order it because they cannot pronounce it.  This sauce has a base of red wine (Messina Hof of course) with … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat and Enjoy Summer Grill Specials

Messina Hof, the fastest growing award winning winery and resort in Texas, is grillin and chillin for the July 2010 month-long event featuring four grill specials at the Vintage House Restaurant. Summer is the perfect time for grilling, but instead … Continue reading

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