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Debbie Bruce
November 29, 2023 | Weekly News | Debbie Bruce

20231129 Weekly Wine Times

Important Bent Oak Winery Date(s)


  • December 2nd, Closing Early (5:00 pm) for Private Event
  • December 2nd, Offsite at Leander Old Town Christmas Festival
  • December 4th, Cupcake & Wine Pairing with Sugar Mammas - SOLD OUT!
  • December 9th, Private Event 7:30-9:30
  • December 16th, Ugly Sweater Contest 1:00-5:00 (Closing Early)
  • December 16th, Christmas Cookie Swap - get tickets below
  • December 24th, Christmas Eve open 12:30-5:00
  • December 31st, New Year's Eve open 12:30-5:00



  • December 1st (Friday 3:30 - 6:30), Wine Down Friday with Heath Ham
  • December 8th (Friday 3:30 - 6:30), Wine Down Friday with Trevor Helt
  • December 10th (Sunday 2:00 - 4:45), Smooth Sax Sunday with Rodney Howell
  • December 15th (Friday 3:30 - 6:30), Wine Down Friday with Jim Monk
  • December 22nd (Friday 3:30 - 6:30), Wine Down Friday with Shelley Mier
  • December 29th (Friday 3:30 - 6:30), Wine Down Friday with Sid Grimes
  • December 31st (Sunday 2:00 - 4:45), Sunday Afternoon with Ella Reid

You can access event details on our Website Calendar.

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.

Donation:  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.   Bent Oak Winery was proud to be mentioned on KXAN TV for our earlier donation to the Central Texas Food Bank.

Net proceeds to go to 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!

Donation:  Cedar Park Blue Santa - Unwrapped Toy

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.

Donation:  Wounded Warrior Project

A special thank you to those who donated to the Wounded Warrior Project during the Sip-n-Shop.  Bent Oak Winery matched your donation and then some to this worthy organization.


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 - Heather Danis with a tiebreaker and 14 correct
  • Week 13:  2019 Chardonnay - TBD


This week the team is pulled in many directions for onsite and offsite events so we are keeping it simple with bread to dip in olive oil infused with dipping spices.  Who doesn't want wine, bread, and olive oil infused with dipping spices?


Specials for Friday through Sunday:

  • $  8 Bread & Olive Oil infused with Dipping Spices
  • $12 Bread & Olive Oil infused with Dipping Spices
  • $15 Bread & Olive Oil infused with Dipping Spices with Reserve Wine Pairing


No changes this week except to the Wine of the Month beginning Friday!  Also, this is the last week to get the packages below.

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 through Thursday
  • $  9.00 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon TX (retail $12) - Wine of the Month starting Friday
  • $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

December Wine of the Month:  2020 Cabernet Sauvignon TX

Bottle $30 (retail $48) 37% discount

Case $320 (retail $576) 45% discount ($26.67 per bottle)

Cabernet Sauvignon is a challenging grape to grow in Texas, however, the Texas High Plains exhibits cool enough evenings during the growing year to support proper ripening.  We source our Cabernet Sauvignon from from the Texas High Plains to and produce a wine with distinct black fruit, plum, white pepper, a hint of spice and well integrated oak.  While this Cabernet Sauvignon is a pleasure to drink now, it will age gracefully for years.

Tasting Notes: Beautiful bouquet of dark fruit with a hint of spice.  Cassis and black cherry with a soft pepper and tannin finish.

Recommended Food Pairings: Ribeye steak, barbeque beef ribs, pot roast, rich, dense pasta with deep marinara, and fantastically with an Arturo Fuente, sun-dried wrapper cigar.

Recipe of the Month:   Beef Bourguignon

Awards: Note yet!


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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