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Friday, August 6, 2010

Rambling Rosé Redux

Posted on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 5:32 PM

If you're not doing anything Saturday August 14â??or even if you are but don't feel fully committedâ??let me recommend a pleasant drive in the country (you can even contrive to skirt Willie's favorite haunt on the way there or back) followed by a tasting of refreshing rosé wines in a unique and charming setting. How can you say no to that?

The event in question is Rambling Rosé, a yearly roundup of rosés (and occasionally a few other summer-friendly wines) at Becker Vineyards near Fredericksburg. The afternoon consists of three tasting sessionsâ??at 12, 2 and 4 p.m.â??during which you will taste blind (just like we do for Omniboire) several wines in the company of a panel of expertsâ??all of whom are tasting equally unaware of exactly what's in front of them.

The experts on this occasion are Dr. Richard Becker of the eponymous winery (I love it when I can use that word; redux is equally good); Steven Krueger, Resort Sommelier of the Westin La Cantera; Dr. Russell Kane, Vintage Texas wine blog; and Bonnie Walker and John Griffin of Savor SA. The experts pontificate, as is their wont, but the rest of you are encouraged to pitch in your two bits worth as well. And compatible bites will be served by the chefs of Las Canariasâ??who are the only ones who know ahead of time what the wines are in able to best put together pairings. Come early, relax, stay lateâ?¦Becker's large tasting room will be open as well, so there's no need to confine yourself to a single genre. Go crazyâ??try a Texas viognier, for example.

The cost of the tasting session is $25, and advance reservations are encouraged. To make them, call Culinaria (formerly the New World Wine & Food Festival) at 822-9555, or check them out online at www.nwwff.org.

Willie, Waylon and the boys' one-time favorite haunt? Luckenbach, of course.

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