Texas Independence Wine Classic in Refugio

Texas Independence Wine Classic in Refugio The annual Texas Independence Wine Classic is a family-friendly event and will be held in celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of Refugio.

2014 DATES: MARCH 15th (Saturday) & 16th (Sunday)! Admission: $15.00 includes wine glass & tasting tickets Wine tasting fees: TBD by each winery Homemade Wine Competition: Awards to be given for Best wines

Mission: It is the mission of the Texas Independence Wine Classic to promote Texas heritage through the enjoyment of wine and support of local businesses.

01/29/2016

Just want everyone know how great it has been to hold this event. However last year out fifth was the last. If we decide on the future to continue we will let you know

03/21/2015

Don't forget the Wine Fest today and tomorrow

03/07/2015

PRESALE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT
refugiocountyfair.com, best from computer, sometimes
ipad or iphone do not work. PRESALE TICKETS ALSO
TO BE AVAILABLE AT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND
REFUGIO COUNTY MUSEUM.

03/07/2015

MUSIC AT WINE FEST - SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - 1PM TO 3PM
ROBERT CHARLES MEZA - 3:30PM TO 5:PM

03/07/2015

MUSIC AT WINE FEST - SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015
BEN FARIAS TRIO - 12am to 3:30pm
TAINTED HEART BAND - 4PM TO 8PM

Texas Independence Wine Classic in Refugio
02/17/2015

Texas Independence Wine Classic in Refugio

Profile Pictures
02/17/2015

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02/12/2015

Profile Pictures

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02/12/2015

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Texas Independence Wine Classic in Refugio
02/12/2015

Texas Independence Wine Classic in Refugio

03/14/2014

Hope to see you tomorrow at our Wine Fest opening at
11a.m.

03/14/2014

Shootout schedule--Sat, March 15, 2014
1) Sally Scull and John Doyle 12:25pm - Front porch of House
2) Argument of Col. Ward and Capt. Amon King 1:15 pm- Tent
3) Gen. Urea & Soldados capture Col. Ward and Edward Perry
2:30pm Trees by Tent
4) Trial with Judge Rea and Sally Scull 3:30pm Tent
5) Execution of Col. Ward, Edward Perry and Col. Fannin
4:00 pm - Trees by Tent

Shootout schedule--Sun, March 16, 2014
1) Gen. Urea and Soldados capture Col. Ward and Edward Perry
1:30 pm - Trees by Tent
2) Execution of Col. Ward, Edward Perry and Col. Fannin
2:15 pm - Trees by Tent
3) Sally Scull and Christoff Harsdoff shootout, Sally dies,
3:10 pm - Front porch of House

Chisholm Trail Winery will be joining our 4th Annual Wine Festival March 15 & 16, 2014!!!
03/01/2014

Chisholm Trail Winery will be joining our 4th Annual Wine Festival March 15 & 16, 2014!!!

Chisholm Trail Winery
03/01/2014

Chisholm Trail Winery

Untitled Album
02/21/2014

Untitled Album

01/26/2014

We are gearing up for the festival! Stay tuned for updates on bands, wineries and venders!! Cheers! 🍷🍷🍷

05/07/2013

Dates have been set for the 2014 Wine Classic!!!
Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th!
Mark your calendars!

Another great year!
03/18/2013

Another great year!

Winery Photos
03/18/2013

Winery Photos

03/11/2013

Beautiful day to close out another Texas Independence Wine Classic! Thanks to all who came out and supported the Texas Wineries and artisans!

03/10/2013

Live Music is starting!!! Sounds great!

A Wine of Mine Winery. Great wines!!! Come and see for yourself!
03/09/2013

A Wine of Mine Winery. Great wines!!! Come and see for yourself!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Homemade Wine Contest winners. Best of Show: Mustang Grape - Mike McGuill.Runner Up: Red Blend - ...
03/09/2013

CONGRATULATIONS to the Homemade Wine Contest winners.
Best of Show: Mustang Grape - Mike McGuill.
Runner Up: Red Blend - Rick Doak.
Third: Cabernet - Rick Doak.
First in Kit Class - Green Apple Riesling - Rachel Christopher.

03/09/2013

Homemade wine contest winners are about to be announced!

Come bid on a silent auction item at The Texas Independence Wine Classic!
03/09/2013

Come bid on a silent auction item at The Texas Independence Wine Classic!

Refugio Independence Wine Classic in Refugio!
03/09/2013

Refugio Independence Wine Classic in Refugio!

03/01/2013

8 days until the Texas Independence Wine Classic in Refugio! Get excited, because we are!!!
Please, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Another great year!
02/10/2013

Another great year!

02/10/2013

HOMEMADE WINE GUIDELINES: (also posted under General Information in the About section.)

SECTION I General.
1. All wines entered MUST be in a 750ml or equivalent US measure standard wine or champagne bottle and must be filled to within 1 inch of the closure. Either cork or screw cap closure is acceptable.
2. Entries will be identified with labels or tags provided by the Competition Committee. Any bottle not correctly labeled or tagged will be rejected unless the owner correctly re-labels or re-tags the wine prior to the commencement of its judging.
3. Entries are limited to ten categories and three (3) bottles per category. They must be of different vintages or ingredients. Vintage is defined as the year in which the major ingredient was picked or the concentrate was opened.
4. To comply with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, there is no entry fee. The costs associated with this competition are covered by monies collected during fund-raising events by the Texas Independence Wine Classic.
5. All first place winners will be judged for "Best of Show" by a panel of three (3) judges selected in consultation by the Head Wine Steward and the Head Judge. The panel may award the runner-up wine(s) to Best of Show an Honorable Mention ribbon.
6. All entries must be made between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. on the day of the competition. Judging begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.
7. Once judging begins, no one is allowed in the judging area except personnel authorized by the Head Judge.

SECTION II Categories.
1. Red Grape - Dry
2. Red Grape - Sweet
3. White Grape - Dry
4. White Grape - Sweet
5. Native Grape - Dry
6. Native Grape - Sweet
7. Fruit - Dry
8. Fruit - Sweet
9. Berry - Dry
10. Berry - Sweet
11. Novelty - Dry
12. Novelty - Sweet
13. Rosé - Dry
14. Rosé - Sweet
15. Blended Wine - Dry
16. Blended Wine - Sweet
17. Sparkling Wine
18. Dessert/Aperitif
19. Red Wine Dry - Kit
20. White Wine Dry - Kit
21. Sweet/Dessert/Aperitif - Kit

SECTION III Category Descriptions.
1. Red Grape - Dry: Dry category for wines made from red grapes. Wines blended from two or more red grapes, including native grapes, may be entered in this category.
2. Red Grape - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from red grapes. Wines blended from two or more red grapes, including native grapes, may be entered in this category.
3. White Grape - Dry: Dry category for wines made from white grapes Wines blended from two or more white grapes, including native grapes, may be entered in this category.
4. White Grape - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from white grapes. Wines blended from two or more white grapes, including native grapes, may be entered in this category.
5. Native Grape - Dry: Dry category for wines made from grape species native to North America, and their seedlings, without any Vitis vinifera parentage, whether harvested from a wild or cultivated vine. Hybrid varieties produced by man, regardless of parentage, are not considered native. Native grape wines may not be blended with non-native grape ingredients and entered in this category.
*Wines entered in this category may not be simultaneously entered into Red Grape or White Grape categories.
6. Native Grape - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from grape species native to North America, and their seedlings, without any Vitis vinifera parentage, whether harvested from a wild or cultivated vine. Hybrid varieties produced by man, regardless of parentage, are not considered native. Native grape wines may not be blended with non-native grape ingredients and entered in this category.
*Wines entered in this category may not be simultaneously entered into Red Grape or White Grape categories.
7. Fruit Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines made from fruit. Wines blended from two or more fruits may be entered in this category.
8. Fruit Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from fruit. Wines blended from two or more fruits may be entered in this category.
9. Berry Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines made from berries. Wines blended from two or more berries may be entered in this category.
10. Berry Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from berries. Wines blended from two or more berries may be entered in this category.
11. Novelty Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines made from ingredients other than grapes, fruit, or berries. Wines blended from two or more of those ingredients may be entered in this category.
*Novelty ingredients may be vegetables, grains, seeds, flowers, spices, leaves, barks, roots, sap, and honey wines (meads).
12. Novelty Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from ingredients other than grapes, fruit, or berries. Wines blended from two or more of those ingredients may be entered in this category.
*Novelty ingredients may be vegetables, grains, seeds, flowers, spices, leaves, barks, roots, sap, and honey wines (meads).
13. Rosé Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines made from grapes, fruit, or berries. Wines blended from two or more grapes, fruit, or berry fruits or a combination of any of these may be entered in this category.
*The qualifying attribute of this wine is the color.
14. Rosé Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from grapes, fruit, or berries. Wines blended from two or more grapes, fruit, or berry fruits or a combination of any of these may be entered in this category.
*The qualifying attribute of this wine is the color.
15. Blended Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines blended from wines of different categories, such as grape and non-grape, except sparkling.
*The entry form and the bottle label must specify the percentages of a main ingredient and blend ingredient(s).
16. Blended Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines blended from wines of different categories, such as grape and non-grape, except sparkling.
*The entry form and the bottle label must specify the percentages of a main ingredient and blend ingredient(s).
17. Sparkling Wine - Dry or Sweet: Category is for sparkling wines made from wines of any of the above categories. The entry form and the bottle label must specify whether the wine is dry or sweet. The wine must be in a champagne bottle with a wired closure. The winemaker is responsible for providing chilling for the wine. This category will not be opened for judging until just prior to the Best of Show judging.
18. Dessert/AperitifCategory for still wines of 14% alcohol by volume or greater, made from any wines from the above categories. Any sweet wine in excess of specific gravity 1.025, unless sparkling, and with 14% alcohol by volume or higher, must be entered in this category. Each entry will be judged according to its winemaker's expression of style. The entry form and the bottle label must specify whether the wine is dry or sweet - e.g., "Vermouth, Dry" or "Peach, Sweet".
19. Red Wine Dry - Kit: Dry category for red wines, either grape, non-grape or blend, made from a manufactured kit. Wines blended from two or more batches, with at least one being from a kit, resulting in a red or rose must be entered in this category.
20. White Wine Dry - Kit: Dry category for white wines, either grape, non-grape or blend, made from a manufactured kit. Wines blended from two or more batches, with at least one being from a kit, resulting in a white or blush must be entered in this category.
21. Sweet/Dessert/Aperitif - Kit: Category for sweet wines of any color and alcohol content, and wines labeled in a style appropriate for a sweet dessert or aperitif, made in whole or part from a manufactured kit. Sweet table wines should be labeled as type/varietal wine and "sweet", such as "Tuscan Red Sweet" or "White Merlot Sweet", while dessert and aperitifs should be labeled to clearly denote the style, such as "Blackberry-Chocolate Port".
*Proper labeling is the sole responsibility of the entrant.

SECTION IV Expansion of Categories.
1. At the option of the Head Steward, in consultation with the Head Judge, in categories in which there are at least five (5) entries of a particular kind, such wines may be moved into a separate judging category for the present competition only.
2. Separate ribbons will be awarded for the separate category.

SECTION V Awards.
1. Judges are not obligated to award a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place ribbon if in their judgment there are no entries worthy of that position.
2. In case of ties, duplicate ribbons will be awarded, except that there can be only one award for "Best of Show - Grape Wine", "Best of Show - Non-Grape Wine" and "Best of Show - Kit Wine." In non-kit wine, blended wines will be considered for the Best of Show award that accurately describes the declared majority component(s) of the blend.

SECTION VI Erroneous Classification.
1. It is the responsibility of the winemaker to correctly classify his/her wine!
2. Errors in classification discovered by the Head Steward when bottles are being opened and before judging begins will be reported to the Registrar for resolution and possible reclassification.
3. After judging begins, any wine discovered to have been entered by its winemaker into an incorrect category will be judged against the category entered and suffer style penalties.
4. After judging begins, any wine discovered to have been entered by competition personnel into an incorrect category will be moved to and judged against the proper category without penalty.

02/08/2013

Come one, come all!
The Classic is sponsoring a HOMEMADE wine contest again this year!!!
Contest will be on Saturday, March 9th! ALL are encouraged to enter!!!

Drop off: 10:00am - 11:00 am
Judging begins at 11:30 am
Winners will be announced as soon as judging is complete!

Message us with any questions!
See you there!
CHEERS!

Winery Photos
01/30/2013

Winery Photos

2012
01/30/2013

2012

Texas Independence Wine Classic in Refugio's cover photo
01/30/2013

Texas Independence Wine Classic in Refugio's cover photo

Article about the 2012 Classic!
01/29/2013
Refugio serves wine with swig of history

Article about the 2012 Classic!

REFUGIO - As Sheila Craven approached an oversized white tent at the Texas Independence Wine Classic, she was approached by a Western-adorned, sharp-tongued Sally Skull.

Mark your calendar! You don't want to miss The Texas Independence Wine Classic this year!!!
01/29/2013

Mark your calendar! You don't want to miss The Texas Independence Wine Classic this year!!!

01/25/2013

Looking forward to the Wine Festival in March!!!!

03/15/2011

We had a great turnout at the first annual TIWC in Refugio. Thanks to all the vendors, entertainers, and supporters who contributed to our success! See y'all next year. Dates will be posted soon!

Address

102 W West St (Highway 77 & West Street)
Refugio, TX
78377

General information

HOMEMADE WINE GUIDELINES: SECTION I General. 1. All wines entered MUST be in a 750ml or equivalent US measure standard wine or champagne bottle and must be filled to within 1 inch of the closure. Either cork or screw cap closure is acceptable. 2. Entries will be identified with labels or tags provided by the Competition Committee. Any bottle not correctly labeled or tagged will be rejected unless the owner correctly re-labels or re-tags the wine prior to the commencement of its judging. 3. Entries are limited to ten categories and three (3) bottles per category. They must be of different vintages or ingredients. Vintage is defined as the year in which the major ingredient was picked or the concentrate was opened. 4. To comply with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, there is no entry fee. The costs associated with this competition are covered by monies collected during fund-raising events by the Texas Independence Wine Classic. 5. All first place winners will be judged for "Best of Show" by a panel of three (3) judges selected in consultation by the Head Wine Steward and the Head Judge. The panel may award the runner-up wine(s) to Best of Show an Honorable Mention ribbon. 6. All entries must be made between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. on the day of the competition. Judging begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. 7. Once judging begins, no one is allowed in the judging area except personnel authorized by the Head Judge. SECTION II Categories. 1. Red Grape - Dry 2. Red Grape - Sweet 3. White Grape - Dry 4. White Grape - Sweet 5. Native Grape - Dry 6. Native Grape - Sweet 7. Fruit - Dry 8. Fruit - Sweet 9. Berry - Dry 10. Berry - Sweet 11. Novelty - Dry 12. Novelty - Sweet 13. Rosé - Dry 14. Rosé - Sweet 15. Blended Wine - Dry 16. Blended Wine - Sweet 17. Sparkling Wine 18. Dessert/Aperitif 19. Red Wine Dry - Kit 20. White Wine Dry - Kit 21. Sweet/Dessert/Aperitif - Kit SECTION III Category Descriptions. 1. Red Grape - Dry: Dry category for wines made from red grapes. Wines blended from two or more red grapes, including native grapes, may be entered in this category. 2. Red Grape - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from red grapes. Wines blended from two or more red grapes, including native grapes, may be entered in this category. 3. White Grape - Dry: Dry category for wines made from white grapes Wines blended from two or more white grapes, including native grapes, may be entered in this category. 4. White Grape - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from white grapes. Wines blended from two or more white grapes, including native grapes, may be entered in this category. 5. Native Grape - Dry: Dry category for wines made from grape species native to North America, and their seedlings, without any Vitis vinifera parentage, whether harvested from a wild or cultivated vine. Hybrid varieties produced by man, regardless of parentage, are not considered native. Native grape wines may not be blended with non-native grape ingredients and entered in this category. *Wines entered in this category may not be simultaneously entered into Red Grape or White Grape categories. 6. Native Grape - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from grape species native to North America, and their seedlings, without any Vitis vinifera parentage, whether harvested from a wild or cultivated vine. Hybrid varieties produced by man, regardless of parentage, are not considered native. Native grape wines may not be blended with non-native grape ingredients and entered in this category. *Wines entered in this category may not be simultaneously entered into Red Grape or White Grape categories. 7. Fruit Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines made from fruit. Wines blended from two or more fruits may be entered in this category. 8. Fruit Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from fruit. Wines blended from two or more fruits may be entered in this category. 9. Berry Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines made from berries. Wines blended from two or more berries may be entered in this category. 10. Berry Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from berries. Wines blended from two or more berries may be entered in this category. 11. Novelty Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines made from ingredients other than grapes, fruit, or berries. Wines blended from two or more of those ingredients may be entered in this category. *Novelty ingredients may be vegetables, grains, seeds, flowers, spices, leaves, barks, roots, sap, and honey wines (meads). 12. Novelty Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from ingredients other than grapes, fruit, or berries. Wines blended from two or more of those ingredients may be entered in this category. *Novelty ingredients may be vegetables, grains, seeds, flowers, spices, leaves, barks, roots, sap, and honey wines (meads). 13. Rosé Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines made from grapes, fruit, or berries. Wines blended from two or more grapes, fruit, or berry fruits or a combination of any of these may be entered in this category. *The qualifying attribute of this wine is the color. 14. Rosé Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines made from grapes, fruit, or berries. Wines blended from two or more grapes, fruit, or berry fruits or a combination of any of these may be entered in this category. *The qualifying attribute of this wine is the color. 15. Blended Wine - Dry: Dry category for wines blended from wines of different categories, such as grape and non-grape, except sparkling. *The entry form and the bottle label must specify the percentages of a main ingredient and blend ingredient(s). 16. Blended Wine - Sweet: Sweet category for wines blended from wines of different categories, such as grape and non-grape, except sparkling. *The entry form and the bottle label must specify the percentages of a main ingredient and blend ingredient(s). 17. Sparkling Wine - Dry or Sweet: Category is for sparkling wines made from wines of any of the above categories. The entry form and the bottle label must specify whether the wine is dry or sweet. The wine must be in a champagne bottle with a wired closure. The winemaker is responsible for providing chilling for the wine. This category will not be opened for judging until just prior to the Best of Show judging. 18. Dessert/AperitifCategory for still wines of 14% alcohol by volume or greater, made from any wines from the above categories. Any sweet wine in excess of specific gravity 1.025, unless sparkling, and with 14% alcohol by volume or higher, must be entered in this category. Each entry will be judged according to its winemaker's expression of style. The entry form and the bottle label must specify whether the wine is dry or sweet - e.g., "Vermouth, Dry" or "Peach, Sweet". 19. Red Wine Dry - Kit: Dry category for red wines, either grape, non-grape or blend, made from a manufactured kit. Wines blended from two or more batches, with at least one being from a kit, resulting in a red or rose must be entered in this category. 20. White Wine Dry - Kit: Dry category for white wines, either grape, non-grape or blend, made from a manufactured kit. Wines blended from two or more batches, with at least one being from a kit, resulting in a white or blush must be entered in this category. 21. Sweet/Dessert/Aperitif - Kit: Category for sweet wines of any color and alcohol content, and wines labeled in a style appropriate for a sweet dessert or aperitif, made in whole or part from a manufactured kit. Sweet table wines should be labeled as type/varietal wine and "sweet", such as "Tuscan Red Sweet" or "White Merlot Sweet", while dessert and aperitifs should be labeled to clearly denote the style, such as "Blackberry-Chocolate Port". *Proper labeling is the sole responsibility of the entrant. SECTION IV Expansion of Categories. 1. At the option of the Head Steward, in consultation with the Head Judge, in categories in which there are at least five (5) entries of a particular kind, such wines may be moved into a separate judging category for the present competition only. 2. Separate ribbons will be awarded for the separate category. SECTION V Awards. 1. Judges are not obligated to award a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place ribbon if in their judgment there are no entries worthy of that position. 2. In case of ties, duplicate ribbons will be awarded, except that there can be only one award for "Best of Show - Grape Wine", "Best of Show - Non-Grape Wine" and "Best of Show - Kit Wine." In non-kit wine, blended wines will be considered for the Best of Show award that accurately describes the declared majority component(s) of the blend. SECTION VI Erroneous Classification. 1. It is the responsibility of the winemaker to correctly classify his/her wine! 2. Errors in classification discovered by the Head Steward when bottles are being opened and before judging begins will be reported to the Registrar for resolution and possible reclassification. 3. After judging begins, any wine discovered to have been entered by its winemaker into an incorrect category will be judged against the category entered and suffer style penalties. 4. After judging begins, any wine discovered to have been entered by competition personnel into an incorrect category will be moved to and judged against the proper category without penalty.

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