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April 20th, 2015

William Chris Wines & Welfare Cafe’ 5/14/15

Who: William Chris Wines & Welfare Café
When: May 14th at 7:00 pm
Where: The Goat Barn in Welfare Texas
What: Tasting 6 wines with paired small bites
The story – not the whole story
Bill Blackmon holds 30 years of winegrowing experience in Texas, having planted and managed several of the state’s earliest and finest vineyards in both the High Plains and the Hill Country. Beginning in the late 1970’s, after graduating from Texas Tech with a degree in agriculture and economics, Bill worked with some of the early wineries in the Lubbock area. In the following decade he planted and managed vineyards in the High Plains, including the Hunter Family Vineyard, a holding that Bill has brought into the William Chris portfolio. In the 1990’s he moved to the Fredericksburg area to plant some of the first and longest running vineyards in the Hill Country, including a William Chris estate vineyard in Willow City, Granite Hill Vineyards.
Chris Brundrett has established a career in the Hill Country as one of the state’s fastest rising young winegrowers. While earning a horticulture degree from Texas A&M, Chris spent time in the Hill Country, acquiring experience in the winery and the vineyard. He then quickly proceeded to take on head winemaking responsibilities for several wine labels, managing vineyard properties in both the Hill Country and the High Plains. In 2010, he planted the Brundrett Family Estate vineyard with his father Bruce in San Angelo, which will produce winegrapes exclusively for William Chris.
Bill and Chris, focusing on a shared winemaking philosophy. As the word ‘winegrowers’ implies, Bill and Chris agree that great wines are not made but grown.
Welfare Texas is nestled in the Joshua Creek Valley that lies between Boerne and Comfort in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, within 30 minutes of Bandera, Fredericksburg, Sisterdale and San Antonio. Just off Interstate 10 the lovely winding country lane that is the Waring Welfare Road gradually takes you back in time. Your mind slows down as you make each bend in the road and take in the beauty of the pastoral landscape, the little farming community of Welfare still has to offer. The Welfare Café under the direction of Gabriele McCormick was been preparing German inspired creations for the last 16 years. Before it was popular, the focus had been on sustainable and healthy food. The mission is to sustainably accommodate our guests with our innovative flair, while always trying to stay in the forefront of taste profiles and presentation and sharing our knowledge of history of the area.
To hold your place, make a reservation: call 830.537.3700 – seating limited to 40 – $35pp