Viva Texas Vino

Online Program

October 29, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us online for a fun and flavorful night exploring Texas wine.

Event Details

Celebrate Texas Wine Month and be our guest as certified Sommelier Jessica Dupuy leads a happy hour conversation with winemakers Benjamin Calais and Ron Yates focused on Texas-made French varietals. Discover the characteristics of these wines while learning about the history of the industry in Texas.

Pick up a bottle in advance so you can compare vintages with experts from the comfort of your couch during this online program.

Varieties to look for:

  • White:
    Viognier
    Roussanne
    Picpoul Blanc
  • Red:
    Grenache
    Syrah
    Mourvedre 
    Cinsault
    Carignan

Your Support Matters

Tickets for this event are FREE for Bullock Museum members and $5 for general public. Your ticket purchase directly supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

Help us continue to share the story of Texas through programs like this with a tax-deductible donation.

Enjoy discounts, exclusive programs, and free access to exhibitions year round by becoming a member of the Bullock Museum.

About the Presenters

Jessica Dupuy is a freelance journalist who has covered wine and food for more than a decade. She has written about Texas wine, specifically for Texas Monthly magazine since 2007. Jessica has also covered food trends for various publications throughout her career and is the author of seven books. She is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, an Advanced certificate holder for the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust, and is a Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits through the Society of Wine Educators.

Benjamin Calais is Owner and Winemaker at CALAIS Winery. As a Frenchman with over a decade under his belt in Texas, Benjamin offers a refreshing approach to winemaking. Born and raised in the old world – Calais, France – he undertakes each vintage with resolve: because he insists on using only superior grapes, he limits his production in order to avoid sacrificing quality. As an ardent advocate for production of wines in Texas from 100% Texas grapes, Benjamin participates in various associations dedicated to this cause. His reputation as a collaborator and partner among local wineries along with his vision for promoting Real Texas Wine make him a respected member in the Texas Hill Country winemaking scene. 

Ron Yates owner and president of Spicewood Vineyards and Ron Yates Wines. He oversees day-to-day operations, vineyard management, and works closely with the winemakers. Ron has wine running in his veins. He was raised in Kingsland, Texas just down the road from Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow, Texas, which is owned by his cousins, Ed and Susan Auler. Growing up in close proximity to pioneers of the Texas wine industry made him keenly aware that premium wine can be made in Texas.

Please note: You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream.

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.