#ArtTasting103 at Plate & Bottle

#ArtTasting103 is a unique installment of Wine and Art hosted annually by Branwar Wines Distributing Co. Guests enjoyed great music, Delicious bites from Chef Vicky and and robust wines from Chief Operations Officer of Bran war Wines, Warren Luckett.

Warren Luckett & Chef Vicky

I attended #ArtTasting103 over the weekend and had such a great time. It was an evening filled with great conversation, music from Chase Jordan, wine varietals from Branwar Wine Distributing Co. and delicious lite bites from Chef Vicky V of Foodeez on the Go.  This was a private, invitation only event that packed Rice Village’s Plate & Bottle to the brim.

Branwar Wine Distributing Co. serves as an import and distribution company for South African, Italian, and Spanish wines across the United States. Its current focus is on the Texas wine market, with wines now available in upscale restaurants and wine bars in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio.

South Africa’s current introduction to the world wine stage allows it to showcase its hundred year old vines and wine making skills that go into making remarkably balanced wines with a sense of structure and shape.

Polkadraii 2013


Polkadaai, Chenin Blanc (2013)

Pura 8, Pinot Noir (2010)


Doolhof, malbec

Warren Luckett, Chief Operations Officer for Branwar shared  3 wines from their portfolio: PolkadraaiPura 8 and Doolhof.  

  • Polkadraai: A spectacularly crisp, balanced and tropical South African Chenin Blanc.
  • Pura 8 : A delicate Pinot Noir. Light body with notes of raspberry, cherry and plum.
  • Doolhof: A bit drier than the Pinot. Bold and Intense dark cherry flavors.

Houston’s own Chef Vicky V served up fabulous bites that paired seamlessly with each wine. The freshness of the zesty watermelon salad was super refreshing when paired with the Chenin blanc, I literally stalked the kitchen all night for more. The shredded pork Ragu was divine when paired with the luscious Pinot Noir and Malbec. There is nothing better than that salty/sweet mix you get when pairing bacon and wine.

Shredded Pork Ragu


Zesty Summer Watermelon Salad



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