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December 6, 2023 | Monthly Newsletter | Debbie Bruce

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Important Bent Oak Winery Date(s)


  • December 9th, Day 1 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 9th, Private Event 7:30-9:30
  • December 10th, Day 2 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 13th, Day 3 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 14th, Day 4 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 15th, Day 5 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 16th, Day 6 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 16th, Ugly Sweater Contest 1:00-5:00 (Closing Early)
  • December 16th, Christmas Cookie Swap - get tickets below
  • December 17th, Day 7 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 20th, Day 8 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 21th, Day 9 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 22th, Day 10 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 23rd, Day 11 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 24th, Day 12 of 12 Days of Bent Oak Christmas
  • December 24th, Christmas Eve open 12:30-5:00
  • December 31st, New Year's Eve open 12:30-5:00



  • 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)

Donation:  Raffle Ticket for a Holiday Basket

Date extended to December 17th

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 20th.   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 17th!

Donation:  Cedar Park Blue Santa - Unwrapped Toy

Last week to drop off your toys!

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.


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 - Debbie Bruce with a tiebreaker and 10 correct
  • Week 14:  2018 Vesenillo - TBD


Bryan is back this week with one of his favorite recipes:  Tuscan Soup.  The soup is a light cream broth with sausage, potatoes, and kale.  Yum!


Specials for Friday through Sunday:

  • $  8 Tuscan Soup
  • $12 Tuscan Soup with Wine Pairing
  • $15 Tuscan Soup with Reserve Wine Pairing


Everything changed this week except the Wine of the Month for December.

Tasting Menu (family favorites):

  • 2019 Sauvignon Blanc TX (bottle retail $34) - one of our favorites from our Lake County CA trip
  • 2019 Chardonnay CA (bottle retail $42) - Audrey
  • 2019 Sangiovese TX (bottle retail $39) - Debbie
  • 2019 Tempranillo TX (bottle retail $44) - Marilee
  • 2019 Zinfandel Reserve CA (bottle retail $68) - John


  • $20 Tasting of the 5 wines above


  • $  9.00 2019 Chardonnay CA (retail $12)
  • $  9.00 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon TX (retail $12) - Wine of the Month
  • $13.50 2019 Zinfandel Reserve (retail $18)


  • $  67 Dreaming of a White Christmas (retail $104)2019 Roussanne TX, 2019 Sauvignon Blanc TX, 2019 Viognier TX
  • $133 We Three Kings... (retail $204)2018 Pinot Noir CA,  2019 Cabernet Sauvignon CA, 2019 Zinfandel Reserve
  • $143 Tasting Fab 5 (retail $227): 2019 Sauvignon Blanc TX, 2019 Chardonnay CA, 2019 Sangiovese TX, 2019 Tempranillo TX, 2019 Zinfandel Reserve
  • $276 12 Texas Bottles of Christmas (retail $460)
    • On the first day: a 2019 Blanc du Bois in a Bent Oak Winery tree
    • On the second day: a 2019 Dolcetto
    • On the third day: a 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
    • On the fourth day: a 2019 Sangiovese
    • On the fifth day: a 2019 Viognier
    • On the sixth day: a 2019 Tempranillo
    • On the seventh day: a 2021 Riesling
    • On the eighth day: a 2019 Petit Verdot
    • On the ninth day: a 2019 Trebbiano
    • On the tenth day: a 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
    • On the eleventh day: a 2019 Roussanne
    • On the twelfth day: a 2019 Aglianico

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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