Uncork Some Excitement and Fond Memories at GrapeFest 2014

By Mark Brownstein, 7:33 pm on

GrapeFest 2014Aging well is important, especially when it comes to wine. The 28th Annual GrapeFest in Grapevine showcases some of the finest vintages in Texas and the world, with connoisseurs and amateurs flocking to sip their way around town. The family-friendly event will be held September 11-14 in historic downtown Grapevine, and it is fun for all ages.

Seniors can enjoy the largest wine festival in the Southwest in a variety of ways, from food and wine pairings to entertainment and even grape stomping! Why Grapevine? It is the headquarters of the Texas wine industry and was named for the Mustang grapes that grew wild when settlers first came to the area in 1844. Today Texas is home to 300 wineries including many in Grapevine.

wine tasting The People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic is the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the U.S. It’s a chance to sample more than 140 Texas varietals from 44 Texas wineries, over eleven sessions. Winners are announced on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $23 and advance purchase is a must.

The GrapeStomp Competition on Sunday, Sept. 14 is fun to watch, or even participate in. Which team will stomp the most juice of out 18 pounds of grapes in two minutes and walk away with the “Purple Foot” award (a beautiful glass-blown foot from the Vetro Glassblowing Studio in Grapevine)? There’s even a Senior GrapeStomp at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12. Grandkids 13 and under can stomp in a special area. How about a Champagne Cork Shoot-off? You’ll find it at GrapeFest too.

A black-tie Gala, the Celebrate Texas Wine Tribute on Sept. 6, pairs premier Texas wines with a 4-course dinner. A “Tall in Texas” Award is bestowed on an individual Texas winery that excels in promoting Texas wines.

Shop for some fine sips at the International Wine Pavilion. Here you can find wines from Grapevine, other Texas cities, and Grapevine’s sister wine cities in Italy and other countries. There is also a separate Washington State Wine Pavilion that showcases such Pacific Northwest wineries as Daven Lore, Windy Point Vineyards and Elevation Cellars.

If your senior is more of a sports spectator, there are two not-to-be missed events: The GrapeFest Tennis Classic (Sept. 12-14) and the GrapeFest Golf Classic on the Friday prior to GrapeFest (Sept. 5). At Nash Farm, car aficionados can check out the ItalianCarFest.

The Palate Pleasers at The Palace event, held in the historic Palace Theatre, will make you hungry for a variety of food and wine pairings. View chef demonstrations, ice carving and food pairing classes. The Draft Beer Pavilion offers samples of special craft brews. You’ll also find festival foods (from turkey legs to funnel cakes), crafters and artisans along Grapevine Marketplace.

GrapeFest will feature six live entertainment stages with headliners including Johnny Lee, Dale Watson and David Cook. Plus a Carnival, LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center Fun Build and Midway that grandkids will love!

GrapeFest tickets include discounts for seniors over 62 and children, depending on the event. For more information and schedules, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest or call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-457-6338.

You can rely on Homecare Assistance of Fort Worth caregivers to provide fun outings like GrapeFest for the seniors in your life, as well as a vast array of in home care options. We plan an itinerary that matches your senior’s interests and physical limitations, so that their experience is an exceptional one.

 

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