Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the best wine West Texas has to offer! The Celebrate Texas Wine Award Dinner, presented by FiberMax, will be held Thursday, March 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. Tickets are still available until March 21 at the Lubbock Chamber and online at Lubbockchamber.com
For the last four years the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce has held the Celebrate Texas Wine Award Dinner to honor the recipient of the Doc McPherson Award. This year’s recipient is Vice President and Executive Winemaker for Llano Estacado Wineries, Greg Bruni.
Bruni is a third generation winemaker from the Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California. As an established California Winemaker, Bruni designed and supervised the construction of two Central Coast Wineries; the Arciero Winery in Paso Robles, CA and the Byington Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Bruni moved to Texas in 1993 to begin his journey at Llano Estacado Winery. 2019 will mark his 45th vintage as a Winemaker, 25 of which were spent in Texas.
In conjuction with honoring Bruni, the dinner will feature seven winery sponsors and will offer ample opportunities to taste award winning wines made from grapes grown in the High Plains AVA, our very own backyard. The event will begin with exceptional wine paired with appetizers, along with live entertainment from musician Landon Scoggins. Wine makers and grape growers will be available to answer questions and visit about our local wine industry. The Top Tier Catering Chef will prepare a dinner specifically crafted to compliment the wine served at each table.
Following the dinner and award presentation, you will have the chance to visit each winery table along with meeting the wine makers and growers. Samples of amazing confections created especially for the wine being served by each winery will be available. Each table will feature a different dessert and wine pairing. Your taste buds will delight as you learn more about the grapes from our region and why we are seeing so many award winning wines coming from our wineries on the South Plains.