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The New World Wine and Food Festival, now with 10 years under its ample belt, has switched seasons on us. Formerly in November it is, as of this year, being mounted May 12-16. An alliance has been forged with the Valero Texas Open taking place, as are many festival events, at the posh new JW Marriott. Burgers, BBQ, Beer & Texas Spirits on May 13 is one such event. The cost is $35, and for a mere $20 more you are invited to mosey over to the Valero Texas music Pavilion where Robert Earl Keen will be holding forth for a clutch of golfers.

Winemaker Dinners have always been a festival mainstay. Two of the best bets, IMHO, are as follows: Pavil Restaurant & Bar with chef Scott Cohen and Continuum; The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills with Chef Jason Dady and the wines of  California’s White Oak. All of these dinners take place on May 13, and prices vary by restaurant, which you must call directly to make reservations.

On Saturday, May 15, at 3pm, Mastering Wine Aromas and “The Aroma Wheel of Fortune” sounds like an especially good opportunity to stick your schnoz into some interesting wines with expert guidance to help you evaluate (and develop) your reactions. It takes place at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, and the cost is $35. For a complete schedule and reservations, call the NWWFF at (210)822-9555, or go online at — Ron Bechtol

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