The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (aka WFFT), a membership nonprofit that uses its passion for wine and food to better the health and well-being of its community by hosting public wine and food events, has announced its initial event schedule for 2017. Featured events include the third annual Toast & Roast (Feb. 26), a rustic sip and stroll celebrating and supporting Texas’ growing wine industry and the 32nd annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction, set for April 8 at the JW Marriott Austin.
Presented in association with Texas Monthly, Toast & Roast will take place on Sunday,February 26 at the Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood, TX. At the event, the WFFTwill announce the 2016 Texas Wine of the Year — as selected by Texas Monthly wine editor Jessica Dupuy — and guests will choose their favorite wine from the magazine’s Top Texas Wines of 2016 list as part of the “Fan Favorite” contest, while enjoying music from Austin-based traditional country musician, Bob Appel. Along with a sip and stroll tasting of the best Texas wines, guests will snack on bites from local chefs Bryan Gillenwater of Bryans on 290, Sebastien Caillabet of Lox, Box & Barrel, John Bates of Noble Sandwich, Billy Caruso of Hudson’s on the Bend and Annabelle Turner of Vox Table. For full details and to purchase tickets, visit this location. Photos from the 2016 Toast & Roast celebration can be viewed here.
Showcasing wines from around the world, the 32nd anniversary of the WFFT‘s popularRare & Fine Wine Auction will take place on Saturday, April 8 at the JW Marriott Austin. As one of the nation’s largest auctions of its kind, the signature event will draw more than 400 wine connoisseurs eager to bid on exclusive lots of rare and fine wines. This year’s auction will honor renowned winemaker Chuck Wagner of California’s Caymus Vineyards.
Following a sparkling auction lot preview reception featuring Wagner personally pouring selections of Caymus’ award winning wines, guests will enjoy a four-course dinner accompanied by wines presented by a team of Austin’s best sommeliers. As always, the highlight of the evening is the electrifying live auction where spirited bidders compete for rare and fine wines as well as other luxury packages, all in support of The Rare & Fine Wine Auction’s 2017 beneficiary, Urban Roots. View photos from the 2016 auction at this location.
To kick off Auction Weekend, the legendary Franklin Barbecue will fire up its smokers exclusively for The Wine & Food Foundation on April 6. Attendees will enjoy some of the finest brisket, ribs and sausage in the land along with BBQ-loving wines presented by Napa Valley’s Salvestrin Winery.