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The most awarded winery in the state of Texas, we invite you to experience Messina Hof soon at both locations: Bryan and Fredericksburg.
The Chocolate Gallery of Bryan, TX is served for Chocolate Night in the Wine Bar!
Wednesdays: 4pm-9pm.
While supplies last.
Papa Paulo Port Bon Bon was served this past week and was a huge hit! Who tried it and LOVED it?
6:30pm ◊ The Gallery at Messina Hof
Call for Reservations: Ext 234
Nov 10: VIP Reception
11am-1pm ◊ Lakeside Room off the Wine Bar ◊ Reservations: Ext 234
Nov 10: Cooking Party with Chef: Holiday with the Chef
2-5pm ◊ Reservations: Ext 234
Nov 10: Marine Corps Birthday Ball
1800hrs ◊  The Gallery ◊ Reservations: Ext 234
Nov 17: TGIWine Sunday
3-5pm ◊ $15 in advance/$20 at the door ◊ The Wine Bar ◊ Reservations Ext 234
Nov 24: Art & Science of Wine: Certificate Course
3-5pm: $25 +tax/gratuity ◊ The Lakeside Room ◊ Reservations: Ext 234
Nov 28: Thanksgiving 
Vintage House Restaurant ◊ 12pm-6pm ◊ Reservations: Ext 234 

Dec 7-8: Texas Bluebonnet Holiday Crystal Wine Trail
Order tickets.  

Dec 8: Cooking Party with Chef
2-5pm ◊ The Gallery at Messina Hof ◊ Call for Reservations: Ext 234

Dec 13: Holiday Murder Mystery Dinner
7:30pm ◊ Messina Hof Hill Country-Fredericksburg Call for Reservations: 830-990-4653 

Dec 14-15: Texas Bluebonnet Holiday Crystal Wine Trail
Order tickets. 

Dec 15: TGIWine Sunday
3-5pm ◊ $15 in advance/$20 at the door
The Wine Bar at Messina Hof
Call for Reservations: Ext 234 

Dec 29: The Art & Science of Wine: Certificate Course
3-5pm ◊ $25 +tax/gratuity
The Lakeside Room at Messina Hof
Call for Reservations: Ext 234

Dec 31 - New Years Eve: Midnight in Paris
The Vintage House Restaurant/The Gallery at Messina Hof
Call for Reservations: Ext 234
Messina Hof Winery & Resort                                 
4545 Old Reliance Road
Bryan, TX USA 77808
Messina Hof Hill Country
9996 Hwy 290 East
Fredericksburg, TX USA 78624
Join the VIP & Wine Club today!
Call 1-800-736-WINE ext 229 for details.
We are getting ready to send out our December Wine Club shipment in early December. Let us know if you'd like to add on any additional wines for the holidays or to give as gifts!

Accepting last-minute reservations while seats last.

Wine Premier Menu

 Nov 9th, 2013

1st course

Passed Hors D'Oeuveres

2nd course

A spring roll wrapper cup of baby greens tossed in a light Asian dressing garnished with toasted almonds, grape tomatoes, fire roasted red bell peppers and cucumbers.

3rd course

Chilled pear soup laced with Chenin Blanc and finished with a cinnamon crème fresh 

4th course
Grilled petit filet of beef topped with a portabella port demi glace served with herbal duchesse potatoes and sautéed haricot verts.

5th course

Trio of desserts


Mini Dutch apple pie

White chocolate mousse in a wonton spoon

Raspberry cheesecake bite

Grape Series: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to as the king of red wine grapes, is one of the most widely-planted grape varieties. While this grape appears in wine-growing regions across the world, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to prefer warmer climates. These warmer climates create softer wines that have dark fruit flavors. Cooler growing conditions result in firm, tannic wines with flavors of red currant and sometimes tobacco or bell pepper.

Depending on where it is grown, Cabernet Sauvignon can have different characteristics. Grapes grown in the Old World wine regions in Europe tend to possess more herbal and floral flavors than fruit flavors. They are often considered to be earthier than New World varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes usually have higher alcohol content but lower acidity and less tannin. 

This full-bodied wine is commonly aged for 15 to 30 months in French or American oak. This aging process adds notes of vanilla to the wine. Today’s Cabernet Sauvignons taste well upon release but benefit from a couple of years of aging in the bottle. The substantial tannins this wine has allow it to age successfully. 

Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect selection for a formal dinner due to its richness and versatility. It pairs best with meaty flavors and dishes that may have some fat content. Grilled, roasted or braised red meats are also great complements to Cabernet Sauvignon. Lamb, a classic pairing with this wine, is a reliable choice. It is best to stay away from most seafood and other light fare.

This wine is a classic and fail-proof choice for any wine drinker. Make sure to try Messina Hof’s award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon soon! We hope you will love it as much as we do.

The Bonarrigo Bulletin

People to Watch

Meet Terry & Kathleen Sullivan

Defining moments in life come from the most unusual circumstances. Kathleen Sullivan had an appointment with her audiologist in the fall of 2006. At that same time she and her husband Terry were transitioning from professions in education to retirement. Terry and Kathleen met at The Ratskeller at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. as students in the early 70s. Kathy was a political science major and Terry was in elementary education. Education was the common profession for both of them. They raised four children – Ryan, Erin, Meghan, and Kevin.

During that visit the audiologist asked them what they liked to do for fun. They told him about visiting wineries. The doctor expressed discomfort and perhaps insecurity of not knowing what to do while tasting wines. They enthusiastically shared with him how after their first winery visit to the Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, VA, they were hooked. They shared with him how to enjoy winery tastings. At that moment Kathy and Terry knew that they could help people discover their own wine journeys by using their teaching skills to help make “wine journeying” approachable.

Touring wineries in Virginia led to touring Finger Lakes Wineries which has now led to international travel. Kathy had always wanted a career as a writer, so this was an opportunity to start a company with Terry, write about their experiences and see where the wine journey would take them.

Through Wine Pleasures, Paul and I met Terry and Kathleen.  As we have traveled and met couples who are on their own wine journeys, we have come to appreciate some common characteristics.

1. They face their challenges head-on. Kathy shared that as they were just getting started, their website was hacked. Son, Kevin fixed it but it was a major set-back. They persevered and overcame.

2. They work together as business partners. Making a profit while supporting the wine industry is not easy and it takes much time, effort and perseverance. Paul and I appreciate this in our own businesses. Couples have to separate the business from the personal relationship. Together they work toward a common goal while not losing site of the love relationship that brought them together.

3. They appreciate the blessings and use the good memories to motivate and encourage themselves. For example, Kathy shared that while in Croatia she forgot to pack hearing aid batteries. She thought that they would be easy to find in an airport or drugstore. Not so. She was very concerned. It is hard to tell a story if you cannot hear what is said. At the first Croatian winery, the owner discovered Kathy’s dilemma. He insisted on driving them to a drugstore in his tiny town. When the drugstore did not have the batteries, he called a friend of his who owned a watch shop. The shop was closed but his friend came and opened his shop to find the battery. The watch shop owner did not have the correct size so he called his son who arrived 10 minutes later with the correct batteries. “This is the kind of thing that creates wonderful relationships with people throughout the world and they will always be remembered.” Their faith was demonstrated by what they did to help.

For Terry it is the people he met along the way. Most of the wine industry people are happy. “Grumpy people are in an extremely small minority.”

4. They appreciate each other and encourage one another. As authors of A Wine Journey published in 2012 and A Wine Tourist’s Guide: Visiting Tasting Rooms published in 2013 they try to write with one voice. Editing is much more important and they have discussions even about comma placement. “Since the autumn of 2006, Kathy and I have visited and written about more than 1,000 wineries…The 1,000th visit was in the Country of Georgia. 995 out of 1,000 winery visits were great.” You can follow their adventures at

Writing has led to winemaking and a winemaking blog: Their gifts of teaching are now used to promote wine tourism.



Best Wishes,

Merrill Bonarrigo

Sunday, Nov 24: 3-5 pm | Host: Paul M Bonarrigo | Call 1-800-736-WINE ext 234

Cooking Party Menu: Nov 10th 2-5pm
Pumpkin bisque finished with roasted pumpkin seeds and crème fresh
Private Reserve Pinot Gris

Spinach salad with a warm apple bacon dressing
Private Reserve Pinot Noir

Maple and mustard glazed pork chop with roast sweet potatoes and wilted Swiss chard with bacon
Private Reserve Shiraz

Pecan caramel bread pudding
Solera Sherry

Call 1-800-736-WINE ext 234 to make Reservations

Tailgate Special Menu


Offered on Aggie Game Days

November 9 vs. Mississippi state
$30.00 per person/$60.00 per couple
(does not include tax, gratuity or wine)
Select an item from each course 

First Course: 

Chefs’ soup du jour
Messina Hof House Salad tossed in our Garlic Merlot Dressing


Second Course:

Balsamic Glazed Salmon over saffron rice pilaf and presented with Chardonnay
sautéed vegetable medley.


Grilled airline breast of chicken with wild mushroom demi-glace served with house mashed potatoes and fresh vegetable of the day.


Bulldog Flat iron steak served with merlot demi and fried onion crisp strings. House mash potatoes and vegetable of the day.



Pecan Caramel Tartlets with a Sherried Caramel Sauce  

Port and bacon brownie Sundae


For more information or to make reservations, call 979-778-9463 ext. 238
4545 Old Reliance Rd., Bryan, Texas 77808



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