Flavor File: Wine Events and Chef-Driven Dinners

click to enlarge The Granary's Tim Rattray. - Courtesy
The Granary's Tim Rattray.

Winos with a love for all things PBS can get their tickets to this ear's San Antonio Food & Wine Festival, a series of three events slated for September.

The festivities kick off on Friday, September 11 from 7:30 to 10 p.m., with a black tie event that pairs a silent auction with high quality wines and food prepared by St. Anthony Hotel's executive chef for $200 a person.

A Champagne Brunch follows on Sunday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with all the bubbles and sparkling wines you could possible want for $100 per person. (and tunes from the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, to boot).

The festival ends on September 27 with the Fine Wine & Cuisine Tasting at the Pearl Stable, where area restaurants will pair bites with wines from around the globe for $100 per plate. Get your tickets at sawinefest.com.

The celebration of all things wine continues at The Granary 'Cue & Brew (602 Avenue A, 228-0124) on September 21 at 6:30 p.m. as brothers Tim and Alex Rattray host a Robert Craig Wine Dinner.

The evening celebrates the Napa Valley winery with a Rosé reception, a five-course dinner with a total of eight featured wines, for $120. Seating is limited, so email [email protected] to nab a spot.

You'll get a chance to sample Bending Branch Winery's lineup at the San Antonio Food & Wine Festival, but if you want to savor seriously esoteric vinos, the winery will release a rare batch on September 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the estate (142 Lindner Branch Trail, Comfort). Try the Zentner Vineyards Souzão, Silvaspoons Vineyards Souzão, 2012 Zentner Vineyards Charbono and Petite Sirah Port, along with a paired tasting menu.

Finally, Jason Dady (Two Bros. BBQ Market, Shuck Shack, etc.) is getting ready to host a week's worth of dinners with chef friends from around the state. Texas Chefs Week dinners will be held at Tre Enoteca (555 W. Bitters Rd., 210-496-0555) at $65 per person.

The theme changes nightly with different takes on Italian regional fare and includes Chef Terrence Gallivan and Chef Seth Siegel-Gardner of The Pass and Provisions; Matt McAllister of FT33 and Filament in Dallas, Omar Flores of Casa Rubia in Dallas; Nicholas Yanes of Juniper in Austin; and Jorge Hernandez, of Qui in Austin.

Reservations are going fast (the Lodge-themed night with Stefan Bowers, Robbie Nowlin and friends is already sold out), so don't sleep.

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