The difficulty in reforming procrastinators is that happenstance often rewards laggards (Poky Little Puppy, anyone?). The tardy benefactors this week are those of you who’ve yet to vote in our 2008 Best of SA Readers’ Poll (ballot page 15, and online at Your footdragging means that you can consider the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Go Texan Wine & Food Tasting event for the Best Food & Wine Festival category. Texas’s premiere wine producers, including Fall Creek, Becker, and Water 2 Wine, will flaunt their wares March 3 at the St. Anthony, alongside Texas beef and shrimp dishes prepared by Diana Barrios Treviño and Cesar Gallegos.

“We’re trying to form a lot of alliances and connections” between producers, distributers, retailers, and restaurants,” says PR liaison Lisa O’Neill — which will no doubt happen during the afternoon’s Trade Tasting. As Current wine critic Ron Bechtol noted in his Winter Flavor article about local wine lists (available online at, a great Texas cab, i.e., can be a rare restaurant beast. Your job is to help build consumer demand by attending the evening’s public tasting, 6-9 p.m. At $40 it’s a bargain. (512) 327-7555 or for tickets.

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