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November 2nd, 2010
Three Dudes Winery conducts food drive and more

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Three Dudes Winery is conducting a food drive until Nov. 21, featuring a Texas State Appreciation Week all this week.

STAFF REPORT

Three Dudes Winery, 125 Old Martindale Road, is currently featuring two special offers to entice customers both old and new.

This week is the award-winning winery’s Texas State Appreciation Week. Patrons bringing in a Texas State ID will receive 10 percent off all wine and merchandise through Saturday.

Also, through Nov. 21 the winery is sponsoring a food drive for the Hays County Food Bank. Patrons who bring canned items for donation will receive free tastings.

Three Dudes Winery really does have three “dudes” who decided to produce wines made from 100 percent Texas grapes. Ron Pontiff, Jeff Felderhoff and Terry Alford started the local winery in 2005. They create between 800 and 100 cases of premium Texas wines per year.

“We believe that beer is for working and wine is for having fun”, said co-founder Felderhoff. “When we can … we crush, ferment, and press our own grapes picked fresh from the vineyards of the Texas High Plains.”

The challenge of staying with only Texas grown grapes can be daunting. Occasionally, the winery uses purchased juice in addition to its own grapes or fermented bulk wines from other Texas wineries to create unique blended Texas wines.

Three Dudes Winery was recently featured at the Gruene Wine and Music Festival in October. Said Jessie Wiens, director of operations at Three Dudes, “We did very well at the Gruene Wine Festival. That is our favorite festival to show our wines at since it is so close to home, and we always see a lot of our Three Dudes customers out there.”

With the turn of the cold weather, chili and barbecue are often the meals of choice in the fall. The “dudes” have suggestions for wines that match well with cold weather fare.

“A Merlot or other soft red would go well with meat dishes such as chili or barbecue,” said Wiens. “We have a Texas Red that is full-bodied but has a sweetness to it, and we serve this with spicier versions of these same meat dishes.”

Wiens also has a few suggestions for the holiday turkey meal.

“A dryer white wine would normally be served with turkey or chicken,” Wiens said. “We list our Chenin Blanc as going well with seafood, fish and chicken dishes. We also have a Texas White which is a sweet crisp wine that we serve with Cajun food such as jambalaya and crawfish.”

The tasting room at Three Dudes Winery is open daily from noon-6 p.m. Visitors may be greeted by the winery dog, a Brittany Spaniel whose registered name is “Three Dudes Fideaux” but who goes by the name “Deuce.”

One of the “dudes” is usually at the winery to answer questions on the weekends and will be glad to explain the Texas High Plains Appellation and why this area of the Texas panhandle grows what they consider to be the perfect grape.

The winery’s picturesque setting along the San Marcos River also is available for weddings, parties and special occasions. For more information, call the winery at (512) 392-5634.

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Three Dudes Winery has a setting for weddings.

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The winery also has a spot for parties and special occasions.

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