August Friday Faves, Part I

IMG_6732Drink of the Week: Sister Creek Vineyards

Over the past several years, Texas’s once fledging wine industry has finally hit its stride, not only in the growing number of wineries but also in the quality of wines produced. Today’s wine of the week comes from one of these emerging wineries, Sister Creek Vineyards located in Sisterdale, TX. Though Sister Creek has been producing wine since 1988, it has recently begun stacking up awards for their high-quality wines at competitions around the country. I recently picked up this Sister Creek’s 2011 Red Bordeaux blend ($16) while sampling Texas wines at Tasting Buds in Wimberely, TX. Crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes, it is a smooth, easy drinking everyday wine that is light enough to enjoy in the hot summer months. Sister Creek Vineyards wine can be found in Austin at local retailers like Whip Inn, Central Market, and Whole Foods.

New Farm to Table Delivery Alert: Fry Family Farms

While farm to door delivery is a booming concept, Fry Family Farms is unique in that it allows the customer to retain an additional level of flexibility when it comes to scheduling orders and deliveries, customizing basket contents, and price points. Fry Family Farms works with a wide variety of local farms to keep their produce offerings diverse. In addition, the family owned operation plans to expand its farm operations to grow much of the produce themselves using the forward-thinking farming technique of Aquaponics, a form of farming through a self-contained ecosystem. This technique utilizes on average 10-20% of the water used in traditional farming methods – something important in drought-plagued central TX.

Currently, there are two basket options available for delivery either weekly or biweekly. The Harvest Basket includes organic produce to feed 1-3 people starting at $52.00/month for two baskets or $104.00/month for four baskets. The Full Harvest Basket feeds 3-5 people starting at $68.00/month for two baskets or $136.00 for four baskets. Or, you can always go for a one-time order of a Full Harvest Basket for $35.00. More details and ordering information can be found here. Right now, they have a select number of delivery zip codes and pick up locations, but if you don’t see yours listed, shoot them an email at info (at) fryfamilyfarms.com.

Band of the Week: The Wind + the Wave

Before crossing paths in 2009, The Wind + The Wave ‘s Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn Drew had gained their own measure of success and critical acclaim both in the Austin music scene and beyond. But now thanks to a collaboration that started as a one-off songwriting project, the duo is set to reach new heights with their forthcoming release.

Austin-based duo The Wind + The Wave’s sound is A little bluesy, a little folksy and infused with just the right amount of Southern alt-rock. Combined with strong songwriting and Lynn-Drew’s powerhouse vocals, I suspect we’ll be hearing much more from The Wind + The Wave in the near future. Their debut album From the Wreckage is set to hit shelves on Tuesday, August 5, but go ahead and get hooked by taking a listen to the band’s single ‘With Your Two Hands’ below.

Good Eats: The Barton Table’s Original Chocolate Sauce
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After years of keeping her homemade chocolate sauce a much-loved family secret, local Austinite Mary-Wommack Barton has created a new artisanal chocolate sauce line, The Barton Table. Right now, The Barton Table is focused on the Original flavor, with plans to expand to other flavors in the future. Creamy, rich and delicious, The Barton Table’s Original Chocolate Sauce ($9.99) puts the store bought varieties to shame. The just-launched line isn’t available in local stores yet, but in the meantime, you can place orders online or locals can contact Mary-Wommack directly (512.791.2260) to make other arrangements. http://thebartontable.com

Event Pick of the Weekend: Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s White Linen Night

The AFWA is channeling its inner P. Diddy with this weekend’s White Linen Night fundraising event. Join the Austin Food and Wine Alliance on 2nd Street this Saturday for an evening of food, wine, local art, and live music. During the event, guests will enjoy bites from 2nd Street District restaurants like Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Searsucker, Frank and more. Get the full details here. Tickets are $25/per person or $50/VIP and available here. 

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