Locals, visitors anticipate Taste of Terry County
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:46 AM
Wine lovers near and far can get a Taste of Terry County this weekend as the Brownfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its second vineyard festival to pay tribute to one of our community’s fastest growing industries.
Organizers are putting final touches on the growing event and even challenged Lubbock sportscaster Pete Christy to one of his well-known “I Beat Pete” face-offs to promote the event.
Chamber board members competed with a three-man team from Lubbock’s News Channel 11 in several fun events Monday, with the segment set to air Wednesday during the nightly news.
Chamber president Buzz Timmons and director Lorena Valencia also were interviewed for an informative segment about the Taste of Terry County event.
The weekend celebration will pay tribute to the county’s most rapidly-growing industry, but with its coordinators anticipating more than a few out-of-town visitors, will be far from limited to local promotions.
Anchoring the festival again this year will be Texas Custom Wine Works’ crushing facility on the city’s southwest side.
The state-of-the-art facility celebrated its grand opening at last year’s event with a ribbon cutting.
Another ribbon cutting will be held at TCWW at this year’s event, to celebrate the opening of their tasting room and retail outlet.
The festival will contain no shortage of local wines or reminders that Terry County produces more grapes than the rest of the Lone Star State combined.
More and more acres are being planted to wine grape vines every year in Terry County with more than 500 new acres this year alone.
A tour of several local vineyards will see bus loads of people around the county.
Stops on the tour will include Bingham Family Vineyards, Reddy Vineyards, Lost Draw Vineyards and Castano Prado Vineyards.
Admission for the tours is $15 for adults and $5 for children.
Visitors will meet at the American Legion building, 800 Seagraves Rd., which will host dozens of food and wine vendors.
Area businesses involved include Caprock Winery, McPherson Cellars, Llano Estacado Winery and The Wine Nest, among others.
Crump Valley Winery from Sulpher Springs also will be on hand and other wineries have expressed interest in participating.
Otto’s Granary will supply specially made chocolates to sample along with appropriate wines.
The Vineyard Expo will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the American Legion Hall.
Although still in the planning stages, activities will include barefoot-grape-stomping opportunities and a plethora of information about the burgeoning wine grape industry in Terry county.
That Saturday evening, the celebration will conclude with a Texas food-and-wine event to be held in the Terry County Senior Community Center, 1201 Tahoka Hwy.
The event will include samplings of Lone Star specialties and a variety of locally-produced vinos.
Musical group The Local Nobody’s will provide entertainment for the evening event.
Admission for the 7 p.m. food and wine event is $35 per person.
A charity auction will raise funds for local groups, beginning at 8:30 p.m.
The event is becoming one of the Chamber of Commerce’s most popular happenings as people around the area are becoming more aware of Terry County’s significance in the Texas wine industry.
Terry County produces more than 80 percent of the wine grapes grown in all of Texas and there currently are more than 30 vineyards inside the county, which is growing a reputation as the “Napa Valley” of Lone Star State.