Big Reds & Bubbles


The Food & Wine Foundation of Texas put on their 14th Annual Big Reds & Bubbles event at the breathtakingly beautiful, historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin.

“An assortment of recent vintage and non-vintage champagnes and sparklers, affectionately dubbed “Bubbles” prepare palates to sample a complete range of “Big Reds” from all corners of the globe. Savory bites and sweet treats are whipped up on site by nearly two dozen of Austin’s top restaurants…”


With over 100 sparkling and big red wines with bites from over 20 of Austin restaurants, we were a bit overwhelmed!

The bites were delicious!  Ceviche, Lamb loin (Driskill Bar & Grill), Lamb meatballs in a raspberry glaze, Ahi Tuna Tartare (Eddie V’s), decadent chocolates and more.

Highlights from the evening include:

This amazing set of Italian Wines.  I loved every single one of them. It was my first introduction to a Chianti Classico Gran Selezione and it was heavenly! I believe this particular one was sourced from a single vineyard making it an even more unique wine. We were told it can be ordered from Twin Liquors or might be available through the Austin Wine Merchant.
This wine from the Vatan windery is made with the Tinta de Toro grape (an ancient clone of Tempranillo). It has that familiar tempranillo spice without losing a lush silky feel that carries a slightly smokey flavor of bright red fruits–a taste of blackberry & cherry.
Of the few South African wines we tried, the De Toren Fusion V was our favorite; we found it a very elegant wine with a well balanced tannins with interesting notes of tobacco, leather and hint of pepper.
We ended the night with another little jaunt through Italy.  Dapper Husband could not get enough of the Barolo while I happily sipped on the Taurasi.

Chin Chin, Cheers, Good Health! Until next year

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