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Posts published in June 2011

Yepez Vineyard brings wine making to Beach City-Weekly Concerts & Tastings a special treat

By Gilbert Hoffman, BHD Press
On a long, sparse stretch of highway FM2354 through Beach City, a pleasant surprise is in store for the public, when they discover Yepez Vineyard. On 20 acres of land, David Yepez and wife Lena have established not only Chamber’s County’s only vineyard, but also an entertainment venue that is truly a gem.
Every summer evening in June, July and August, you can enjoy music from the Curry brothers, while you also try the varieties of wine that David and his family are producing from grapes grown on the property, and from other Texas grape growers.
David started the first planting of grapes in 2005, a choice of Blanc de Bois and Black Spanish grapes. These are varieties that have shown to grow well in the coastal areas of Texas, he said.

Blanc Du Bois is a yellow/gold grape that can be made into a charming Alsace style dry wine with a slight Muscat aroma. Black Spanish grapes are a traditional dark red grape, excellent for making Port wine.
In addition to growing and making wine, and selling it at retail at their location in Beach City, they also offer the Vineyard as a location for special venues such as family and company picnics, private and public wine tastings, private and public winery events, live music, corporate meetings, engagement parties, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, baby and wedding showers, and other special events.
And if you want to participate in the wine making process, there will be a “Grape Stomp Fest” from 12-6 pm on Sunday, October 29th. (Weather permitting).
Over the winter, from October to May, the Public Tasting Room is available on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 5, and on Sunday from 2 to 6. In the summer months, June to September, the hours are longer, Friday and Saturday 12 to 6. Also in the summer months of June, July and August, summer concerts on the patio are for public and family enjoyment. You are invited to bring a picnic and a lawn chair, and have a good time.
David says that this year they are expanding into growing olives, and will be producing olive oil in the future as well.