Author: Maroon Weekly

Messina Hof

Messina Hof Winery and Resort has been a staple in the Brazos Valley since opening its doors in 1977. The winery offers public and private tours, shopping, weekend getaways, fine dining, and special events all year long. Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo re-introduced the concept of wine making to Texas, becoming pioneers of the Texas wine industry. Their family had been in the business in Italy since the 1800s, so wine was not unfamiliar to them. In 1977, they planted their very first vineyard on Texas soil, naming it Messina Hof to commemorate their family heritage in Messina, Sicily and...

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CONCERT FOR A CAUSE

Prophets & Outlaws, originally a Texas Country group, has evolved into a more contemporary soul band that has stayed true to their southern roots, referring to their genre as Texas Soul. They have had great success and gained popularity among college students, and College Station is excited to welcome them to The Tap on September 27 for a live performance you won’t want to miss. Prophets and Outlaws mixes a bluesy feel with Texas country and a mixture of soul. While soulful, you can definitely get hints of the outlaw part of the band name—they’re unafraid to try new...

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DIY: Wine Cork Repurposing

Do you have a collection of wine corks that you are just not sure what to do with? Good news: there are tons of wine cork crafts that add both style and function to your home. DIY Wine Cork Coasters: What you will need: • 6 Wine Corks Per Coaster • A Box Cutter • Medium Sand Paper • Hot Glue Gun What to do: 1. Cut your wine corks into thirds horizontally using the box cutter. 2. Once all corks are cut, sand the rough edges with the sand paper. 3. Place the cork pieces into the shape...

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TEXAS REDS: WINE & DINE

Uncork and unwind this weekend at the Texas Reds Festival in Downtown Bryan for three days of wine, steak and a lively atmosphere. More than two dozen wineries will showcase their drinks from September 23-25 during the 10th anniversary of this tasty event. The Downtown Bryan Association, managers the festival, handpicks wineries and wine tastings, assuring you will find something deliciously grapy at every booth. Vendors include Messina Hof, Bernhardt, Texas Hills, and many more. Though the festival is free to simply walk around in, tasting booths will be open only to tasting package-holders and during certain times throughout...

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TEXAS REDS: THE HISTORY

Every Texan knows there is nothing more exciting than a weekend of steaks cooked to perfection, exquisite wines, and locally brewed beers. Historic Downtown Bryan annually hosts the Texas Reds: Steak & Grape Festival for three nights of steak cook-offs, wine tasting, and live music, which will be held September 23-25 this year. The City of Bryan began this festival in 2007 and this September will mark its 10th anniversary of celebrating local beef and wine. A festival that was initiated to attract residents to a renewed Downtown Bryan, Texas Reds now gives back funds to non-profit organizations in...

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