With so many new faces around the vineyards, we figured we should give a quick run down of our yearly events so that everyone can start planning now!
Black-Eyed Pea Contests
Each year on January 1st, we like to kick off the new year right. We host a huge shindig including a black-eyed pea cook-off contest, as well as a blackeyed pea eating contest! We have tons of contestants cook up their best black-eyed pea creations for the judges to taste. And who are the judges? Anyone who wants to be! All you have to do is register! It comes with a souvenir William Chris Cook-Off apron and the opportunity to taste all the black-eyed pea entries and then vote on them! It is super fun, with live music, wine and dancing. It's the perfect way to start the new year off.
We host this annual dinner under the beauty of the hill country stars (weather permitting). This romantic dinner is full of all the decadent foods you can imagine. Last year, Chef Chozet used aphrodisiacs in every course to get your Valentine's Day (and night *wink wink*) in full swing.
Each spring, we here at William Chris love to host a big concert event. We bring tables out onto the lawn and have a stage framing the vineyard. We have had acts such as Bonnie Bishop, Larry Joe Taylor and Dr. Zog. Each year we like to provide a new and exciting experience with the music paired with a unique dining experience. We have served paella, had several food trucks serving everything from cajun to BBQ and even had a huge crawfish boil! Everyone comes out and eats, drinks and dances the night away.
Every year on April 24th, we get to celebrate our anniversary and show how truly thankful we are to be here and for everyone's loyal support. We host a dinner the weekend closest to our anniversary to celebrate. We have an elegant coursed meal, complete with amazing wines of course! This is the dinner where we bring out wines from both the library and the barrel. Bill and Chris are on hand to talk about how far we have come and where we are going in the future. It is a small dinner, so you have to book early to make your reservations.
Hog and Goat Roast
The last weekend in June, you can epect to see us having a glorious Sunday Funday with all who are present. We host our annual Hog and Goat Roast event. We roast whole goats using the Brundrett family recipe and a couple hogs as well, complete with al the fixin's! We have live music, lawn games and wine. It's a ton of fun for the entire family. It's a great way to kick off the summer.
Grape punch is an event that happens in the middle of harvest season. It is similar to the Grape Stomps most are familiar with, but with a William Chris flair. We host a mini-seminar about the entire process of harvesting and crushing grapes. After the seminar is complete, all participants will then "scrub up" all the way to their shoulders to sanatize themselves. They will then help us punch down our bins of fermenting grapes. It is so much fun! After our guests are finished playing in the grapes, they will then put their purple handprints onto the back of their complimentary William Chris Grape Punch t-shirt! It is a total blast. This event typically takes place the first and second weekends of August on both Saturday and Sunday.
As harvest season draws to a close, we love to hold a dinner to celebrate. Bill and Chris are on hand to talk about the trials and tribulations of that year's harvest. It is a great way to keep up with what wines will be coming out in the future, as well as enjoy an incredible meal prepared by our chef.
Our final event of the year is our Holiday Dinner. We use this dinner as a time to reflect on the past year at William Chris. It is a dinner where everyone is family and we can celebrate the holidays as one. With beautiful holiday decor and scrumptious holiday foods, this dinner is one for the books. It is the perfect gathering before the chaos of late Decmeber kicks in. If you attend this dinner, don't forget to check out the beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the tasting room an pick up a commemorative William Chris Christmas ornament made in the shape of our star logo in Hill Country clay.
Of course we hold many other event throughout the year, such as Hye Supper Club, private tastings and pick-up parties. So keep a look out on our website for tickets to these and all other William Chris events.