May 25, 2009 - Austin Wine Festival
     The Texas Hill Country wine region is the “#2 Fastest Growing Wine Destination” in the nation.  So it’s no wonder that even thunderstorms couldn’t keep the crowds away from this
year’s Austin Wine Festival at The Domain.
   We dropped by on Saturday the 23rd for the VIP & Media Hour during the opening festivities, and ran into Sterling Affairs head maestro Larry Kille, who was heading up the culinary offerings in the VIP tent.  He plied us with an awesome maple-glazed quail and fork-tender beef tenterloin, both served with crispy roasted carrots and a cheese-tinged polenta.  We finished off our snack with his S’mores parfait - which paired nicely with the Haak Vineyards Blanc du Bois that we sampled.
    Around the festival grounds, more than 30 Texas wineries - plus several from out of state - were setting up shop, along with dozens of area restaurants and food purveyors.  The Austin Wine Festival is a winery owned festival, and the “only direct to consumer sales festival” - meaning festival guests can buy wine by the glass, bottle and case.  Plus the festival boasts a great line-up of live music, seminars, and guest chef demonstrations.