Access pass holders can expect to be provided a souvenir wine glass at the door with 5 tickets for tasting and 1 food ticket. The Access pass also includes live music from 1-7 p.m. We are featuring four wineries, Braman Winery, Texas Southwind Vineyard & Winery, Darcy’s Vineyard, and Lavaca Bluffs. Our guests will be allowed to use their tasting tickets at any wine vendor of their choice. They will also be able to purchase wine directly from the vendor by the glass, bottle, or case. Although wine is our focus the Horned Toad Beer Garden will have a selection of beer for purchase for non wine drinkers.
The chamber is pleased to welcome Cardinal Special Occasions; Alvin, Texas to serve our guests with a one-of-a-kind menu. A few of the menus items will include bacon wrapped chicken skewers with sweet chili glaze, coconut shrimp with pineapple ginger jam, and more. Additionally, guests may purchase a wine tasting tray to compliment their wine for $4 that includes four fresh cheese selections, assorted Carr’s Water Crackers, and an assortment of fresh fruit.
Live music will be performed by the Mark Odom Band. Mark is an award winning guitarist and veteran singer. He loves playing guitar and singing. Music has played a huge part of his upbringing, and his original song "That's The Way I Was Raised", says it all. Mark is a former winner of the San Antonio Guitar Wars competition, in which he won an Eddie Van Halen custom Peavey Wolfgang guitar. Mark attended both Kenedy & Karnes City High school and graduated from Karnes City, Texas.
Jordan Minor is a central figure on the Texas music scene. He was recently nominated 2013 Lonestar Music Awards in the Best Emerging Artist category. In his live performances he routinely demonstrates his unique ability to alternate between thoughtful interpretations of country standards that make the old songs sound new and well-crafted original tunes that, though often containing elements found in traditional music. Jordan grew up in Cedar Park with New Braunfels his current home. You can often find him playing at Gruene Hall, Texas Oldest Dance Hall.
The Kenedy Chamber of Commerce has branded the event with a logo design by Gunner Cantu. The additional marketing has been instrumental in the promotion of the event. “Gunner is a delight to work with. He really puts some thought to the concept he is creating and makes sure that the brand sends the right message” says Christina Benavides, event chairperson. Gunner has also created a face book page for the event, “Kenedy Grapewine Classic.” Social media has increased promotion as well. The logo created by Gunner will be features on items to purchase including can coolers, cork screws, wine totes, and the inaugural event T-shirt.
The Kenedy Chamber is doing its due diligence in keeping our guests safe. Security measures will be enforced including parking attendants, and two security officers. Additionally only attendees ages 21 and over will be able to attend with no exceptions. San Antonio Yellow Cab service will be on site starting at 3 p.m. to provide a ride home to our guests. A six passenger van will be available for a $2.55 per mile cab fare within a 10 mile radius to their destination.
“The feedback we are receiving is very positive. When considering this we wanted to provide our community something that had never been seen before. We want to start small and do it right! Our hopes are to have all our guests come together to taste, learn about the wines served and the wineries serving them, and enjoy great food & fellowship while listening to great music. We want them to leave with a sense of having a great relaxing time while celebrating the wine heritage so vibrant in Texas and our surrounding areas.”
~ Christina Benavides, Kenedy Chamber of Commerce Board Member/Event Chairperson.