From The High Plains Wine Growers Association:
The first ever High Plains Winegrowers Wine & Music Festival will be held at the Mallet Event Center in Levelland on June 14 & 15. The Wine & Music Festival includes wine tastings, a trade show, wine appreciation classes, Texas Country Music, and more.
Attendees will enjoy tasting Texas wines from Texas Wineries as well as a Go-Texan food court promoting Texas grown and Texas made foods. In addition to fine Texas wines and foods there will be an IBCA sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off with $5,000 in cash prizes to be awarded; categories include ribs, chicken and brisket and a jackpot category: beans.
The trade show will be held in the Expo Hall of the Mallet Event Center. The expo hall will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free to the public. The Expo features vendors from ag machinery, vineyard supplies, wine making equipment, to men's and women's fashions, landscaping and patio ideas, and much more. There is truly something for everyone.
Wine appreciation classes will be held on Saturday June 15. The first class, WINE 101, is a great introductory wine course that focuses on terms and concepts, wine making, sensory components in wine and proper wine evaluation. The second class, TEXAS vs THE WORLD TASTING, is a head-to-head varietal comparison of wines made in Texas, by Texas grown fruit compared to that same varietal in a wine from another world-class growing area. This tasting is intended to be relaxed, social and fun; and a great way to experience the great wines being made in Texas. Both classes are taught by Executive Sommelier and GUSTO Tastings founder Daniel Kelada. Cost: $12 per session or $20 for both. (Typically these cost $50/person)
Entertainment at the event includes an incredible lineup of Texas Country artists. Friday night gets started at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment from Mark McKinney and is headlined by "The Outlaw" Charlie Robison. Mickey & The Motor Cars and William Clark Green will heat up Saturday night with performances from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30-60 – please see highplainswinegrowers.org for information and ticket purchases.