Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Villa B&B

Susan and David were celebrating their 24th anniversary and their children decided to treat them to a night stay at the Villa B&B at Messina Hof. They’ve stayed at the Villa before and were looking forward to returning. Arriving on a … Continue reading

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Wine and Chocolates, A Culinary Love Affair

Valentine’s Day may be over but pairing wine and chocolate is timeless.  On Sunday February 27th, The Wine Bar at Messina Hof will be holding its monthly Wine Appreciation Class, “Wine and Chocolates, A Culinary Love Affair.” The cost is $19.95 … Continue reading

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Home from Portugal!

Paul and I have so many memories, photos and stories to tell!  Portugal is a land of history, of tradition, of family heritage.  But new directions are on their horizon.  During the ten days we visited, we tasted Rose’ Ports, … Continue reading

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What Makes an Event Exciting?

Great news + great friends and family + joy + thanksgiving equals excitement. Saturdays announcement about Messina Hof’s Hill Country Winery project was exciting! Family, friends, VIP’s, Cork Club members, media from Fredricksburg, Bryan, College Station and Houston joined us to guess … Continue reading

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Cooking Parties with the Chef

Paul and I love to cook together in the kitchen. That is why we enjoy so much the Cooking Parties with the Chef. Last week was no exception. Chef Dwight treated us to Bisque, Chowder, Sweet Potato Boudin Stuffed Chicken, … Continue reading

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Italian Week at Our House

This week is Italian Week at our house. Paul and I worked together in the kitchen most of the afternoon Sunday preparing lasagna, buffalo meatballs and fresh baked french bread. The lasagna was simple. I prepared the meat sauce using … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Food Products

These make great gifts for every wine lover in your life. Each Messina Hof food product has been developed by the Messina Hof culinary team, using our wine in the recipe to create a one-of-a-kind taste you can only get at … Continue reading

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Scale of Sweetness in Wines

Wines vary in sweetness from totally dry which is less than 0% sugar, to extremely sweet wines which can exceed 10% sweetness. It is very difficult to determine by reading most wine labels as to the sweetness level. This is one reason … Continue reading

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Tour of the Vinho Verde

January 30, 2011 Our second day of the tour of Vinho Verde started at Paco de Calheiros.  The sun was bright, the breeze gentle and filled with perfume of Camelias from the largest Camellia tree we have ever seen. The beautifully … Continue reading

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Vertical vs. Horizontal Wine Tasting

Okay, no groaning – this isn’t a geometry lesson! Every wine lover should learn these two terms and how they relate to wine: vertical tasting & horizontal tasting.  A vertical tasting comprises of wines made of the same varietal from the … Continue reading

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