Refugio County Museum will host wine tasting festival in March

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Feb. 24, 2011 at 9 a.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2011 at 8:24 p.m.

REFUGIO - What do the Battle of Refugio and wine tasting have in common?

Both are events the county wants to commemorate in March through the town's first ever Texas Independence Wine Classic.

"We wanted to do something to commemorate (the Battle of Refugio) and we want to try and promote the two wineries we have here," said Bart Wales, director of the Refugio County Museum. "Maybe we can convince a couple more wineries to come to this area."

The museum, historic commission, the Braman Winery and Texas South Wind Vineyard and Winery in Refugio, decided a festival about the town's newest businesses and the town's place in Texas history was a given, Wales said.

The festival is over two days, March 12-13, and will mark the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Refugio. The battle took place March 11-16 in 1836, Wales said.

As part of the wine classic's kick off, there will be a dedication of a monument built in 1937 at Kings Park in downtown. The monument had never been dedicated, Wales said.

"It's a step in the right direction," said Rachel Elizondo, with a sales representative in South Texas for Braman Winery.

Combining the town's history while promoting the developing wine culture in Refugio is a good deal, she said.

Aside from the two Refugio wineries, there also will be three other wineries from across the state. In addition, food booths, several fine arts booths and live music will be available.

"I think it's a great opportunity to showcase both our wineries," she said. "It's something that's never been done in the area."

Braman Winery will be taking a range of wines for different palates to the festival, she added.

"We want to be the beginning of a South Texas wine trail," Elizondo said.



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