Wine Tourism Hospitality is the most fun when guests are WOW-ed and cannot wait to return. Good friend (and “adopted son”), Randy Lemmons, shared his birthday celebration with us at Messina Hof. Family and friends joined him at the Villa at Messina Hof for a night of wine and food. Randy’s wife, Yvonne, worked with our Designer Events staff and Paul V. to plan a surprise birthday private tasting in our Cellar Room featuring Merrill’s Vineyard Semillon, Star of Texas Merlot, Star of Cabernet Sauvignon, Paulo 2006, and barrel tastings of two Merlots. Each wine was sampled with smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and locally produced shallot-porcini cheeses. Then, she won Randy’s heart with a “Randy Lemmon Day” proclamation from the city of Houston. Great job, Yvonne!
Dinner followed at the Vintage House at Messina Hof where Chef Mia Holsapple prepared a special menu paired with more Messina Hof wines. For the appetizers, Chef Mia created canapés of prosciutto and melon with a fresh in house made herbed yogurt cheese spread on Bavarian rye bread as well as basil and olive oil grilled chicken salad profiteroles.