Monthly Archives: September 2010

New Products Coming to Messina Hof!

The fall brings crisp weather and new products to the Messina Hof Retail Center. Label lift is the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life, a great way to keep the label and the memory of your favorite Messina … Continue reading

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Murder at the Baths

Toga Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Friday, October 29th, 2010 – 6:30pm Looking for an exciting evening out unlike any other? Experience Murder Mystery Dinners at Messina Hof! Accompany Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Pompey Magnus for a night of mystery … Continue reading

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DeMers Event!

To kick off Go Texan Month in October, Messina Hof Winery & Resort will be hosting an intimate dinner with food writer and author, John DeMers on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Guests will explore fine wines, a stunning meal and engaging … Continue reading

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Mustards

Burning Must is a great name for mustard. Prepared mustards are typically a blend of multiple varieties of mustard seeds with vinegar or wine, salt and various spices. Prepared mustard is the creamy spreadable product we love on our hot dogs. Dry … Continue reading

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Stay at the Villa for the John DeMers Wine Dinner

Stay at The Villa B&B while enjoying a wonderful dinner at the “An Intimate Evening with John DeMers” Wine Dinner on Saturday, September 25th. The reception begins at 6:30 pm with dinner following at 7:00 pm. The renowned Texas food writer … Continue reading

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How do you track your wine notes?

Over the last 33 years, we have tasted many wines. At first I used a tasting journal. Then I tried audio taping remarks so that I could capture my thoughts as well as the thoughts of those around me. Later I tried an … Continue reading

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What are Ice Wines?

Ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does. This allows for a more concentrated grape … Continue reading

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What would you serve with a spicy Thai dish?

A classic pairing with spicy Thai food is Muscat Canelli. The Muscat has a natural peach, apricot flavor that beautifully complements the spicy Thai flavors. Most people recognize the flavor of Muscat from tasting Asti Spumante. Asti Spumante is an Italian sparkling … Continue reading

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What Makes some Wines so Dry?

Dry is an unusual term for a wet beverage. But in fact, it means no sweetness. A dry wine has not residual sugar. The fermentation process converts the grape sugar to alcohol. When the conversion is complete and all the sugar is converted to alcohol, … Continue reading

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How does Grilling & Cooking affect Wine Parings?

It is rarely the type of meat that is paired with wine. It is most often the preparation of the meat that determines the best pairing. Grilled meats typically have a deep smoky character. Wines with a full bodied flavor and a hint … Continue reading

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