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Debbie Bruce
November 22, 2023 | Weekly News | Debbie Bruce

20231122 Weekly Wine Times: Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sales

Do you still need wine for Thanksgiving Day? We will be open Wednesday from 1:00-5:00 PM for your last-minute purchases. Check out the Thanksgiving packages below for the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving Dinner!


The Bent Oak Family wishes you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  As we take this opportunity to reflect on the past year, we want to let you know how much we appreciate your being a part of the Bent Oak Winery Family!


We will are closing early Wednesday, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and will open Black Friday, per normal tasting room hours (1:00-7:00 PM). Don't forget to get your reservation to ensure you get a table. We will have great deals on wine and merchandise throughout the day and Jim Monk will be playing for us 3:30-6:30.  See Black Friday sales below so you can plan your "Shop Local" strategy around the Bent Oak Winery sales!  Rest up on Thanksgiving Day and come join in the fun on Black Friday!


Don't forget to sign up for Sugar Mamas Cupcake Pairing on December 4th as only a couple of tickets remain!

Important Bent Oak Winery Date(s)


  • November 22nd, Closing Early (5:00 pm) Thanksgiving Eve
  • November 23rd, Closed Thanksgiving
  • November 24th, Black Friday Specials
  • December 2nd, Closing Early (5:00 pm) for Private Event
  • December 4th, Cupcake & Wine Pairing with Sugar Mammas - get tickets below
  • December 16th, Christmas Cookie Swap - get tickets below


  • November 24th (Friday 3:30 - 6:30), Wine Down (Black) Friday with Jim Monk
  • November 26th (Sunday 2:00 - 4:45), Sunday Afternoon with Ella Reid

You can access event details on our Website Calendar.


Join us on Black Friday to celebrate the start of the holiday shopping season by supporting Local!  We have the following specials running throughout the day and our other specials throughout the weekend.  In addition to the wine and merchandise sales, we will be serving up a change of pace from Thanksgiving fare with a sausage and cream cheese dip served with tortilla chips as we watch all the football games.


Come on in to get away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a day of wine!  We have music by Jim Monk and fun activities, too!  


Reservation Time Slot Type Black Friday Specials Sales Price Retail Price
1:00 to 2:15 Red Wine 2018 Vesenillo (port style wine) $17 $34
1:00 to 2:15 White Wine 2020 Members Only Blanc du Bois $14 $28
1:00 to 2:15 Other $2 off Sausage & Cream Cheese Dip and Wine Pairing $10 $12
2:30 to 3:45 Red Wine 2018 CA Cabernet Sauvignon $31 62
2:30 to 3:45 White Wine 2018 Blanc du Bois $14 $28
2:30 to 3:45 Other 25% off Holiday Aerating Pourers $24 $32
4:00 to 5:15 Red Wine 2019 Dolcetto $17.50 $35
4:00 to 5:15 White Wine 2018 Roussanne $16 $32
4:00 to 5:15 Other $5 off 12 Bottles of Texas Christmas Case $267 $452
5:30 to 6:45 Red Wine 2019 Barbera $17 $34
5:30 to 6:45 White Wine 2018 Sauvignon Blanc $17 $34
5:30 to 6:45 Other $2 off Sausage & Cream Cheese Dip and Wine Pairing $10 $12


Friday through Sunday Specials (while supplies last) Sales Price Retail Price
2018 Lone Star Cuvee - only a few bottles left $23 $46
2018 Chardonnay - only a few bottles left $20 $40
2018 TX Viognier - only a few bottles left $12 $24
12 Bottles of Texas Christmas Case $272 $452
20% of all Merchandise (not already on sale)    
$10 Flat Rate Shipping on 3 bottles or less $10 $20+
$15 Flat Rate Shipping on 4 to 6 bottles $15 $30+
$15 Flat Rate Shipping on more than 6 bottles $25 $40+

Spend $200 on Black Friday and we'll send you a $15 gift certificate on Saturday

Sugar Mamas Cupcake Pairing December 4th

Enjoy 5 wonderful pairings of Bent Oak Wine with Sugar Mama's Bakeshop Mini Cupcakes. The Baker and Mr Winemaker will discuss the shared and/or opposing qualities that make each of the pairings perfect.  Be the first to get your tickets for this always-sold out event. Send an email to to get on the waiting list if we sell out ebfore you can get your tickets.

Get Tickets HERE ($35 non-members, $30 members)


Cookie Pairing & Swap December 16th

Bring 2 dozen cookies to swap then enjoy picking out your 2 dozen cookies to take home.  Note:  bring your 2 dozen cookies on paper or plastic plates to place on the table to share.  Also, bring your own container to take home 2 dozen.

Price includes a pairing of cookies (Bent Oak made!) and our awesome wine as well as other light snacks.

Get Tickets HERE ($25 non-members, $20 members)

Book Our Tasting Room for your Holiday Party

It's not too late to book our location for your holiday party or upcoming event!  Enjoy your holiday party in our cozy tasting room where you feel like you are in our home with all the holiday decorations. For parties of less  than 20 people the rental fee is $250 and for parties of 20-50 the rental fee is $400.  Each rental fee secures the location for a total of 3 hours (2 hours for the party with an additional 30 minutes for set up and another 30 minutes for clean up).  Check out our CALENDAR to see if your requested date is available then complete and submit this FORM.

Raffle Ticket for a Holiday Basket

Join us in supporting the Central Texas Food Bank by purchasing a raffle ticket for one of Mrs. Winemaker's famous gift baskets. The raffle winner will be announced on December 13th.

We will split the ticket sales 50/50 with the Central Texas Food Bank

$10 each ticket or 3 tickets for $25 (Do not have to be present to win)

Basket Contents:  4 bottles of wine - The Thanksgiving Family 4 Pack (2021 Riesling TX, 2018 Pinot Noir Reserve, 2019 Viognier CA, and 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon TX) that retails for $192, 2 Stemmed Glasses, and many other goodies put together by Mrs. Winemaker and worth about $350.

Get your electronic tickets online or in the Tasting Room!

Get Tickets HERE until December 10th!

Cedar Park Blue Santa

Bring an upwrapped toy to get your name in the drawing for a 2-bottle package of Texas red and white wines.  The drawing will continue through Sunday, December 10th and the winner will be announced on December 13th. Your name will be added for every toy that you donate.  All donations will go to the Cedar Park Blue Santa program on December 11th.

Wine Barrels for Sale @ $125 each

We have about 8 barrels available for sale at $125 each.  This will be on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please reply to this email for a date & time stamp to get in the purchase queue.  We will contact you when you can pick up your barrel(s).


Are you ready for some football? 

Join us for the weekly NFL You Pick 'Em game.  You select the winners of each game and enter the total score of the Monday Night game.  Get your entry in before the Thursday night game and good luck!  (Note: You can modify the Sunday games until the 1st game starts on Sunday).

Existing Players OR New Players


  • Week 1:  2019 Sangiovese - Kathy Bonardi with 12 correct.
  • Week 2:  2021 Riesling - Gary Gorman with a tiebreaker and 13 correct
  • Week 3:  2019 Wild Eye Red - Janice Lehman with 13 correct.
  • Week 4:  2019 Blanc du Bois - Darren Mock with 14 correct.
  • Week 5:  2019 Tempranillo - Kim Rubin with 11 correct.
  • Week 6:  2019 Roussanne - Kevin Copeland with a tiebreaker and 12 correct.
  • Week 7:  2019 Dolcetto - Jean Gorman with 9 correct
  • Week 8:  2019 Sauvignon Blanc - Nancy Pais with a tiebreaker and 13 correct.
  • Week 9:  2020 Cabernet Sauvignon TX - Nancy Pais with a tiebreaker and 13 correct again!
  • Week 10:  2019 Barbera - Sara Ketcherid and Terry Webb tied with 10 correct and tiebreaker score of 47.  They each get a bottle!
  • Week 11:  2019 Trebbiano - Larry Ketchersid with 13 correct.
  • Week 12:  2019 Petit Verdot - TBD

Houston Rodeo Wine Competition Awards

We didn't win the saddle, but we are very excited with our wines that won 7 awards! The 2024 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition was held Nov. 10-12, 2023, NRG Center. The 21st annual competition featured 2,985 entries from 22 countries. Of the 2,985 entries, the countries with the most entries were the United States, Italy and Chile. In addition, 539 entries came from Texas wineries and the 2024 featured region, Chile, had 161 entries.

Gold Medal:  2020 Dolcetto (Reserve Texas Class Champion)

Silver Medals:  2019 Aglianico, 2019 Chardonnay, 2019 Pinot Noir Reserve, 2021 Riesling, 2021 Viognier TX

Bronze Medal: 2020 Viognier Russian River Valley


Debeneezer's football watching dip (sausage, cream cheese, and other goodies) served with tortilla chips for the massive football (and shopping) weekend!


Specials for Friday through Sunday:

  • $  8 Sausage and cream cheese dip with chips
  • $12 Sausage and cream cheese dip with chips with Wine Pairing
  • $15 Sausage and cream cheese dip with chips with Reserve Wine Pairing


No changes this week!  Check out the packages below to get ready for the holidays.

Tasting Menu:

  • 2021 Riesling TX (bottle retail $28)
  • 2020 Viognier CA (bottle retail $48)  NEW
  • 2018 Pinot Noir Reserve CA (bottle retail $68)
  • 2019 Dolcetto TX (bottle retail $35)
  • 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon TX (bottle retail $48)  NEW


  • $20 Tasting of the 5 wines above


  • $  9.00 2021 Riesling TX (retail $12)
  • $  9.00 2018 Zinfandel CA (retail $12) - Wine of the Month
  • $13.50 2018 Pinot Noir Reserve (retail $18)

Packages:  (each package purchase receives a complimentary bottle of Vesenillo) 

  • $  69 Thanksgiving Zin & Chard PK (retail $110)2019 Zinfandel Reserve CA,  2019 Chardonnay CA
  • $  73 Thanksgiving CA Friends 2 PK (retail $116)2018 Pinot Noir CA,  2020 Viognier CA
  • $120 Thanksgiving Family 4 PK (retail $192)2021 Riesling TX, 2018 Pinot Noir CA,  
    2020 Viognier CA, 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon TX
  • $194 Thanksgiving Love 6 PK (retail $308)2021 Riesling TX, 2018 Pinot Noir CA (2),  
    2020 Viognier CA (2), 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon TX
  • $143 Tasting Fab 5 (retail $227): 2021 Riesling TX, 2020 Viognier CA, 2018 Pinot Noir Reserve CA, 2019 Dolcetto TX, 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon TX

November Wine of the Month:  2018 Zinfandel CA

Bottle $35 (retail $55) 37% discount

3 to 5 Bottles $33 each (retail $55) 40% discount

6 to 8 Bottles $32 each (retail $55) 42% discount

9 to 11 Bottles $31 each (retail $55) 44% discount

Case $363 (retail $660) 45% discount ($30.25 per bottle)

The grapes for our Zinfandel are grown by the skillfully-managed Tombs Creek Vineyard in the mountainous area midway between the town of Geyserville and the Pacific Coast. The high elevation of this vineyard allows intense heat during the day and cool breezes at night, producing maximum development of berry phenolics. We age Tombs Creek Zinfandel in both new and older French Oak barrels, resulting in a wine exhibiting dark cherry, blueberry, and blackberry, with a hint of black pepper on the finish.

Tasting Notes: Intense dark fruit and pepper flavors that hold hints of leather and smoke.

Recommended Food Pairings: Game birds, veal chops, pork chops, spicy red meat dishes.

Recipe of the Month:   Pumpkin Bars



  • 2022 San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2021 San Francisco International Wine Competition


  • 2023 Texas International Wine Competition
  • 2022 San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • 2022 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition
  • 2021 Texas International Wine Competition
  • 2021 Lone Star International Wine Competition


  • 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition


Reservations are recommended to ensure you get a table, but some walk-ins are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Online ordering with contactless curbside pickup remains available. 

  • WED-SAT  1:00-7:00 PM
  • SUN  12:30-5:00 PM

We hope you find this email informative and we look forward to seeing you soon!


The Bent Oak Winery Team


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