Big Reds and Bubbles

bigredsbubbles2014If you are looking for a fancy, dress-up event to kick off the holidays, The Wine and Food Foundation throw a mean party at the Driskill every year. Some of the best restaurants in town provide tasty bites. And you get to sample dozens of the best red wines and champagne in the world. I love sitting on the porch at the Driskill, sipping on a $200 bottle of wine, looking over downtown Austin and contemplating the coming Christmas season. Cheers, ya’ll.


Get Carried Away

12th Annual Big Reds & Bubbles | Thursday, November 6th | The Driskill Hotel | 6:30pm

Big Reds & Bubbles features a dazzling array of some of the world’s finest champagnes, sparkling wines and “big reds.” One of the most popular Foundation events, over a dozen of Austin’s finest chefs participate, pulling out all culinary stops. Set in the historic Driskill hotel ballroom, guests will enjoy an extraordinary evening complete with live music, and an outstanding charitable raffle.

$20 of each ticket sold is tax-deductible and will be donated directly to our 2014 beneficiaries including Austin Food For Life, Sustainable Food Center, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticultural Fruit Lab, and the Texas Sommelier Association. Read more about these beneficiaries.

Tickets are Now Available

Member Ticket: $100

Members- Only VIP Ticket: SOLD OUT

VIP ticket holders can enjoy exclusive wines, bites by Chef Sonya Cote of Eden East and Chef Nicole Patel of Delysia Chocolatier and lush seating throughout the evening in our Big Reds & Bubbles VIP lounge.

General Admission Ticket: $125





2014 Big Reds & Bubbles’ Wine Provided By:

Alamos Seleccion | Angelo Sassetti | Banfi | Beautiful Vineyards | Bellavista | Bersano | Bodegas Beronia | Bodegas Caro | Bodegas Cruz de Alba | Bodegas Ramón Bilbao | Bogle Winery | Brancaia | The Calling | Cascina Bruni | Cliffhanger | Condado de Haza | David Bruce | De Toren | DMZ | Domaine Baron Rothschild | Donati Family Vineyard | Emiliana Coyam |Enza | Gallo Signature Series |Gary Farrell Winery | Girard Winery | Glenelly | Gloria Ferrer | Goldschmidt Vineyards | Hahn Winery | Laetitia Vineyards | LaMarca | Le XI Terre | Los Vascos | Louis M Martini | Lucien Albrecht | Lucienne Smith | Luigi Bosca | Luigi Righetti | Lungarotti | MacMurray Estate Vineyards | Maschio dei Cavalieri | Mont Marcal | Montesel “Riva dei Fiori” Conegliano | Nadia | Numanthia | Pedernales Cellars | Petra Estate Vineyard | Pol Roger | Rombauer Vineyards | Rotari | Rudi Shultz | Ruinart | Santi | Segura Viudas | Smith & Hook | Sterling Vineyards | Tenuta Rapitala | Terra Valentine | Thelema Mountain Vineyard | Torre Migliori | Twenty Rows| Valdo | Veuve Clicquot | Wattle Creek | William Hill Estate | Zonin

2014 Big Reds & Bubbles’ Restaurants:

aRoma Italian Kitchen | Bess Bistro | Blackbird & Henry | Cafe Josie | Casa Brasil Coffee | Chavez | Con Olio | Delysia Chocolates | Dolce Neve | Driskill Grill + Café 1886 | Due Forni | Eden East + Hillside Farmacy | Finn & Porter | Jack Allen’s Kitchen | Lick Honest Ice Creams | Little Barrel and Brown | Luke River Walk | Max’s Wine Dive | Moonshine | Noble Sandwich | The Bonneville | The Scarlet Rabbit | Truluck’s | VOX Table


Red, Red Wine

The "Good" Condesa
"Not as Good" Condesa

Hi.  My name is Christy and I am a wine racist.  I know there are good whites out there and I have had a few of them.  But I prefer the deep, luscious, velvety reds.  Even in the dead of summer, I might choose a lighter pinot noir but you can bet it will be a red.  I’m not some wine snob that describes wine as scented with the sweet, sweet aroma of orphan’s tears with a hint of unicorn piss.  But I have had enough wine to know what I like.  My all time, price is no object wine is a Brunello.  At around $80+ a bottle I don’t get to drink much of that.  My favorite finds are the ones you can get for around $10 a bottle.   The absolute go to house wine has been the Condesa de Leganza Crianza 2001, from the La Mancha region in Spain.  Light enough for pork and complex enough for spicy foods, this jammy jewel has been served at many a dinner party with rousing success.  Lately I have only been able to find the 2004 which comes in a much spiffier bottle but the wine seems paler in comparison.  Beware the pretty label.  That is pretty much a truism in wine as in life.


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