March 25, 2011

Wedding Chic Texas Winery!

A Winery Wedding, deep in the heart of Texas' wine country - what could be more romantic, unique, memorable, timeless and romantic! From the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast, from the Panhandle's high plains to the vineyards of North and West Texas, choose your Lone Star Winery Wedding country. Texas has some 170 wineries and these are a few of our favorites!

A Maine House Mosaic


Located between the heart of Hill Country and the High Plains of West Texas,
Brennan Vineyards invites a picturesque escape into
 Texas history on your wedding day.
The spacious Austin House Events Center with Patio and Outdoor Fireplace,
provides the setting for celebrating this all-important day.

  Cross Timbers Winery claims the renovated Brock Family farmhouse
that is recognized as one of the oldest structures in Grapevine.
A reconstructed, two-level Barn, air conditioned and
heated for comfort, is ready for celebrations.
 A picturesque Gazebo overlooking the grounds is ideal for ceremonies.

Delaney Vineyards is conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth.
 You can celebrate your wedding at a winery
reminiscent of an 18th century French chateau.
 The gracious Grand Barrel Room is adjacent to the Tank Room.
A covered patio, the Crush Pad with its vineyard views,
 adjoins the Grand Barrel Room.

Fruited Wine Spritzers
1/2 cup Fruit Wine (Red Raspberry, Blueberry, Peach, Cranberry or Apple)
1/2 cup Sparkling Water
3-4 Ice Cubes
Fresh Fruit for Garnish

Put all ingredients int a glass or shaker and mix vigorously. Pour into wine glasses and garnish with fresh fruit, if desired.

Cocktail Shrimp Shooters
12 large cocktail shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 T. horseradish
1/4 cup Heirloom Tomato or Jalapeño Pepper Wine
Salt and Pepper to taste
Thinly sliced lemon pieces for garnish

Mix all ingredients but the shrimp to form a cocktail sauce. Place a large dollop of the sauce in each of 12 shot glasses. Hang a large shrimp over the edge of each glass, and garnish with lemon slices if desired.

Texas Spicy Chili
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large red onions, chopped
3 tbsp chopped jalapeño peppers with seeds
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 ½ lbs ground beef (90/10)
1 tbsp flour
¼ cup chili powder
2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 can diced tomatoes, in juice
1 cup Jalapeño Pepper Cooking Wine
2 15-oz cans kidney beans, drained
1 14-oz can beef broth

Garnishesl: Sour cream
Grated cheddar cheese
Chopped green onions
Chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until brown. Add jalapeños and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add beef; sauté until brown, breaking up as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Add flour, chili powder, cumin, salt and paprika, then mix in tomatoes with juice, LaBelle Jalapeño Pepper Cooking Wine, beans, and broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until chili thickens, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes. Garnish with toppings like sour cream, grated cheese, green onions, and cilantro.

"A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short."
 ~Andre Maurois

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