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Thanksgiving Traditions & Tasty Pairings

Whether it’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, afternoon football, or family games, Thanksgiving Day is often a day filled with traditions. It’s also a day filled with the best meals and dishes of the year. And the best foods should be paired with only the best wines.

This year our Heath Sparkling and Grape Creek staff teamed up to create a day full of Thanksgiving pairings guaranteed to please not only your taste buds but also all those you may be hosting. Having these on the table this Thanksgiving will surely not disappoint!

Whether you’re starting your day off by watching the Parade from the couch or curled up by the fireplace, make sure to do so with your favorite pastry and a festive pomegranate mimosa using Heath Sparkling’s Blanc de Blancs. See our simple Pomegranate Mimosa recipe below!

When hosting Thanksgiving Lunch (or dinner), you’re sure to have a mix of palate preferences at the table. So, having wines accessible to all is key. We’d recommend serving Grape Creek’s Viognier at 45* or Grape Creek’s Rendezvous chilled to about 55*. Regardless of who’s at the table or what’s being served, these wines will enhance all your favorite flavors.

While the Cowboys are on or the family breaks out the board games, grab a light snack and some Heath Sparkling to sip on. One of our favorite snack pairings is our Heath Sparkling Ebullience and white cheddar popcorn. This is also the perfect pairing for those families that like to break out the first Christmas movie of the season on the night of Thanksgiving.

Now for the best part of the day… the desserts. If your taste buds are craving something like chocolate mousse laced with Grand Mariner, make sure to pour a glass of Grape Creek’s Port to enjoy with it. But if you’re more of a sweet potato cheesecake with pumpkin spice whip (check out our Fall Pairing blog for the recipe), then fill your flute with Heath Sparkling Adoration. Here’s pro-tip: make sure your wine is sweeter than your dessert!

Whatever traditions your Thanksgiving Day is filled with, we hope it’s also a day full of love, laughter, family, and plenty of Heath Family Brand Wines.

Cheers!

Heath Sparkling Pomegranate Mimosas

  • 4oz Heath Sparkling Blanc de Blancs
  • 2oz Pomegranate Juice
  • A flute, not a saucer
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Rosemary for garnishing

Pour the wine into the flute first, then add the pomegranate juice. Add a spoonful of pomegranate seeds and garnish with rosemary.

New Fall Pairings & Exclusive Sweet Potato Cheesecake Recipe

Another Texas vineyard harvest season has come to an end, the Hill Country weather is ever so slightly cooling off, and pumpkins have made their appearance on the front porch steps. Which, can only mean one thing: fall has finally arrived. And after enduring a grueling hot summer, nothing sounds more refreshing than some crisp, chilled sparkling wine and our newest fall pairings. With butternut squash, pumpkin and sweet potato included, we’ve not only curated pairings that enhance your enjoyment of sipping on our sparkling wines, but we’ve also incorporated all your favorite fall flavors. You’ll want to make sure you reserve your Heath Sparkling Wines tasting experience before these decadent bites are gone! Here’s what you have to look forward to:

Blanc de Blancs 2019 paired with a pickled butternut squash salad topped with pistachios and a coconut curry yogurt

Euphoria 2019 paired with a French onion bruschetta with a sherry onion jam, topped with a smokey gruyere

Ebullience 2019 paired with a blackened shrimp on a polenta cake with roasted red pepper coulis

Adoration 2019 paired with a sweet potato cheesecake topped with a pumpkin spice whip

But if that wasn’t enough, our in-house chef, Brayden Lacey, gave us the inside scoop on the pairing we might be most excited about: the sweet potato cheesecake and pumpkin spice whip! If you couldn’t get enough during your Heath Sparkling Wines tasting, now you have the luxury of enjoying in the comfort of your own home. Hosting Thanksgiving this year? You’re certain to wow the family by bringing this out for dessert with a bottle (or two) of Adoration. Now that would be a Happy Thanksgiving. Find the recipe below and do try this at home.

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream

Prep Time: 30 minutes Total Time: ~6.5 hours Servings: 14

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 4 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 sheets of graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 12 oz heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 4 tbsp cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions:

To make the crust:

Using a food processor, pulse the graham crackers into fine ground. While the food processor is on, slowly pour in the butter.

Spray a 9 or 10 inch spring form pan with nonstick cooking spray. Then pour in the graham cracker mix and flatten while just slightly pushing the mix up on the sides.

To make the filling:

In a bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar. With a hand mixer, mix until smooth then add the cream cheese. Continue mixing at medium speed.

In a Kitchen Aid mixer (or hand mixer), add 3/4 cup of heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Mix on high until the peaks are stiff (approximately 5 to 6 minutes).

Fold the whipped cream into the sweet potato mixture until fully incorporated. Then pour the mixture and spread evenly over the crust.

Refrigerate for 6 hours.

To make the pumpkin spice whip:

In the same bowl used for the sweet potato mixture, add the remaining 3/4 cup of heavy cream, two tablespoons of powder sugar and pumpkin spice. Mix with mixer until whipped.

After 6 hours (or more), remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator and spread the whipped cream evenly over the top. Dust with pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!

Sparkling Wine & Spring Pairings

We may be a couple of days away from the official start of spring, but Central Texas has decided to kick things off early. Our Hill Country winery is bustling with anticipation as the Texas vineyards prepare to awaken from dormancy.

We welcome this new season of growth with the release of our spring small-bite pairings. Carefully crafted by our in-house chef, these delightful accompaniments elevate and enhance the Heath Sparkling Wines tasting experience.

Blanc de Blancs + Lemon parfait with lemon curd, lemon whipped cream & vanilla wafers

Euphoria + Asian cucumber salad topped with shrimp

Ebullience + BLT wrap with chipotle aioli spread

Adoration + Strawberry caprese with balsamic, mint, strawberry & feta

Join us during your next getaway to Fredericksburg, Texas and experience our unique approach to sparkling wine. Wine club Members are invited to savor a glass of sparkling on the patio while gazing at never-ending Hill Country vineyard views. We welcome guests and first-time visitors to enjoy our current releases during a guided tasting.

Join us in celebrating the everyday and the extraordinary. We look forward to welcoming you to what we consider to be one of the best vineyards in Fredericksburg.

Wine Club Pick Up Center

If you have visited either of our beautiful Hill Country wineries over the last few months, you may have noticed a few changes. From olive trees to the Heath Sparkling Wines Member patio, our piece of paradise in Fredericksburg, Texas continues to evolve.

A recent project nearing completion is our new Wine Club Pick Up Center. As we prepare for the facility to open, we are delighted to share more about the benefit to our Members along with frequently asked questions.

The Pick Up Center was created as a convenience for our Members. By utilizing this covered drive through, Members can enjoy the ease of having Wine Club allocations brought directly to their car. The option to purchase additional wine will be available as well. By moving Wine Club allocations to the Pick Up Center, we were able to repurpose the existing storage and packing areas in order to provide a better experience for our Members. We are thankful for your continued support and look forward to your next visit!

Where is the Wine Club Pick Up Center located?

The Wine Club Pick Up Center is located on the same property as Grape Creek Vineyards and Heath Sparkling Wines. The address is 10753 E. US Hwy 290 Fredericksburg, TX 78624. (Suite A for Grape Creek Vineyards; Suite B for Heath Sparkling Wines)

What are the Wine Club Pick Up Center’s hours of operation?

The Wine Club Pick Up Center will be open daily from 11 AM-5:30 PM. Please note that hours of operation are subject to change.

I am a Grape Creek and/or Heath Sparkling Wine Club Member, can I pick up my Wine Club allocations here?

Yes, Members who pick up may do so at the Wine Club Pick Up Center. Members who have selected to have their wines shipped can still purchase additional wine here. If you wish to change your allocation preference from “ship” to “pick up”, you can make this change within your Member portal. We request that changes to your membership are made at least 10 business days prior to the upcoming allocation month. Keep in mind, this change will apply to future allocations. For further assistance with your membership, contact us here for Grape Creek and here for Heath Sparkling.

How can I access the Wine Club Pick Up Center?

When you reach the parking lot, take a left turn and follow the road to the Wine Club Pick Up Center drive. There is no need to exit your vehicle; simply pull up to the door under the awning and a staff member will greet you.

I am a Member, can I purchase more wine in addition to my allocation?

Yes, you can! Please let our staff know which wine(s) you would like to purchase and they will assist.

Am I able to continue picking up my Wine Club allocations inside of the Grape Creek and/or Heath Sparkling tasting rooms?

We have retained some storage space for a limited number of Club allocations in the tasting rooms; however, the space is limited and we request that Members utilize the new Pick Up Center whenever possible.

May I continue to pick up Grape Creek and/or Owner’s Club Wine Club allocations at the Fredericksburg on Main and Georgetown on the Square tasting room locations?

Yes, Grape Creek and Owner’s Club allocations will continue to be available for pick up at the Fredericksburg on Main and Georgetown on the Square tasting rooms. Heath Sparkling Wines are only available for pick up at the Hwy 290 location in Fredericksburg.

I am not a Member, can I purchase wine at the Wine Club Pick Up Center?

Yes, guests may utilize the Wine Club Pick Up Center to purchase wine from the Grape Creek collection. Please note that wines from the Owner’s Club and Heath Sparkling collections are only available to Club Members.

How can I become a Member?

We welcome new visitors and returning guests to enjoy a Grape Creek Vineyards or Heath Sparkling Wines tasting experience. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made here for Heath Sparkling Wines and here for Grape Creek Vineyards.

You also have the option the join the Club prior to your visit. Learn more about the Heath Sparkling Club here and the Grape Creek Club here.

Thanksgiving Food & Wine Pairings

As we enter the season of celebration, gathering around the table becomes the highlight of many festivities. From Fredericksburg, Texas to New York City and beyond, memories will be made as we close in on another year and reflect on all that we are thankful for.

Does the thought of creating a holiday menu and selecting accompanying libations feel overwhelming? Allow us to suggest recommendations for your Thanksgiving feast, featuring thoughtfully curated food and Texas wine pairings.

Our Hill Country vineyard has been in operation since 1983, giving us the opportunity to test plenty of delectable combinations. Leave the planning to us so that you can get back to what matters most – enjoying experiences and creating memorable moments with those you love. However you choose to celebrate, we hope it is an exceptional occasion.

Starters

Images (from left to right): 1. Cornbread with Creamed Corn and Jalapeno Infused Honey image/recipe by The Modern Proper 2. Thanksgiving Sangria image/recipe by Half Baked Harvest 3. Autumn Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Feta Salad image/recipe by Half Baked Harvest

Thanksgiving Sangria made with 2020 Viognier

Autumn Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Feta Salad paired with 2018 Heath Sparkling Wines Blanc de Blancs

Cornbread with Creamed Corn and Jalapeno Infused Honey paired with 2020 Riesling

Side Dishes

Images (from left to right): 1. Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash recipe by Martha Stewart Living and image by Louise Hagger 2. Sage Butter Pumpkin Cheese Ravioli image/recipe by Half Baked Harvest 3. Cabernet Cranberry Kumquat Sauce recipe by Tim Mondavi and image by Mikkel Vang for Bon Appetit

Cabernet Cranberry Kumquat Sauce paired with 2019 Cabernet Trois

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash paired with 2020 Cuvee Blanc

Sage Butter Pumpkin Cheese Ravioli paired with 2018 Heath Sparkling Wines Euphoria

Main Course, Dessert & Bonus Recipe

Images (from left to right): 1. Maple Glazed Spatchcock Turkey image by Megan McKeehan and recipe by Jess Larson for Plays Well With Butter 2. Garlic Bread Topped Leftover Turkey Pot Pie image and recipe by RecipeTin Eats 3. Chai Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream image/recipe by Half Baked Harvest

Maple Glazed Spatchcock Turkey paired with 2019 Rendezvous (slightly chilled at about 55 degrees)

Chai Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream paired with 2020 Muscat Canelli

Wondering what to do with all of the leftovers? Consider this garlic bread topped leftover turkey pot pie, paired with the 2018 Heath Sparkling Wines Adoration, for a unique twist on your post-Thanksgiving meal.

Fall 2021 Small Bites Release

Fall has officially arrived in the Hill Country! As cooler weather moves in and the leaves begin to turn, it is the perfect time to plan a trip to Fredericksburg, Texas. The changing of seasons brings the opportunity to indulge in new flavors and we are delighted to announce the release of this year’s fall small bites menu!

Thoughtfully selected to complement and balance our Texas sparkling wines, these small bite offerings add a surprising twist to our wine tastings. Available exclusively during a Heath Sparkling Wines tasting experience, you won’t want to miss this during your next Fredericksburg wine tasting trip.

2018 Blanc de Blancs + grape cream cheese topped with fresh mint on a pecan cracker

2018 Euphoria + Brie cheese topped with cranberry jelly and rosemary on a cracker

2018 Ebullience + pumpkin mousse on a gingersnap cookie

2018 Adoration + blueberry reduction on goat cheese and a wheat cracker

Get lost in our sleek tasting room, situated amongst breathtaking Texas vineyard views yet conveniently located off of Highway 290. Members will soon have exclusive access to our new Wine Club patio while all new guests and returning visitors are welcome to partake in a tasting experience.

Escape to our artfully designed environment where you can explore and appreciate wine in a civilized oasis. Plan your visit and book your fall sparkling wine tasting here. We look forward to sharing our piece of paradise with you!

Heath Sparkling Wines Member Patio Update

We are thrilled to share that our new Heath Sparkling Wines Member patio is nearing completion! This stunning expansion of our Hill Country oasis will soon be open to both Grape Creek and Heath Sparkling Wine Club Members.

In preparation for the patio’s debut, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding this new space. Be sure to follow along here for progress updates and more details. We look forward to welcoming our Members to the new patio this fall!

Where is the new patio located?

The new patio is adjacent to the Heath Sparkling Wines tasting room, located at 10591 E. US Hwy 290 Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

I am a Heath Sparkling Wines and/or Grape Creek Vineyards Member, will I receive a complimentary glass of Heath Sparkling when I visit?

Yes, Heath Sparkling and Grape Creek Wine Club Members will receive up to two complimentary glasses of either Heath Sparkling wine or Grape Creek wine on Member visits to Heath Sparkling or Grape Creek Vineyards on Hwy 290*. Only Grape Creek wines will be offered for the complimentary glass at our Fredericksburg on Main and Georgetown on the Square tasting room locations. (*Glass not included, max one per person, max two per week per membership)

I am a Grape Creek Member, can I enjoy the new Heath Sparkling patio?

Yes, both Members of Grape Creek Vineyards and Heath Sparkling Wines will have access to the Heath Sparkling patio.

I am a Heath Sparkling Wines and/or Grape Creek Vineyards Member, how many guests may I bring?

We can accommodate groups of up to six people. Our Members are welcome to bring up to five guests.

Can I purchase by the glass or a bottle?

Heath Sparkling Wines and Grape Creek Vineyards Wine Club Members may purchase wine by the glass or bottle to enjoy when seated on the Heath Sparkling Wines Member patio. Wine selections from both Heath Sparkling and Grape Creek will be available.

Do you serve food?

Yes, we have partnered with Stout’s Signature at Grape Creek to offer a small bites menu.

Do you offer reservations?

We do accept reservations and encourage them, particularly for weekend visits. Once the patio has opened, reservations will be available online using your Member login. Walk-ins are welcome, subject to availability. Heath Sparkling Members can make reservations through the Heath Sparkling website and Grape Creek Members can make reservations through the Grape Creek website.

Do I have to be a Member to enjoy the patio?

All seating is reserved for Members of Heath Sparkling Wines or Grape Creek Vineyards and their guests. The Member must be present and may bring up to five guests with them for a group size no larger than six people.

Can I bring my dog?

Pets are not allowed on property. We will allow ADA service animals. Please note that the ADA does not recognize emotional support animals as a service animal.

Can I bring my children?

Children, including infants, are not allowed on property. We require that everyone visiting is 21+.

Is the existing Heath Sparkling Wines veranda still available to Members?

Yes, the existing veranda will have seating that will now be combined with the new patio seating and accessed the same way as described above.

What are my options if I am not a Member?

We welcome new visitors and returning guests to enjoy a Heath Sparkling Wines tasting experience. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made here.

You also have the option to join the Club prior to your visit. Learn more about the Heath Sparkling Club.

Red Pepper Goat Cheese Spread

Almost as intriguing as our Texas sparkling wines are our delectable small bite pairings. A unique treat for guests when enjoying wine tastings, these seasonal delights pair perfectly with each of our wines. Carefully crafted by our in-house chef to complement the clean crispness of our wine, Heath Sparkling Wines offers a one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience.

The Heath Sparkling team enjoys seeing which pairings tend to stand out the most each season. While it was a close call, many of our guests have been particularly fond of the red pepper goat cheese spread. Topped with fresh mint and served on a cracker alongside Heath Sparkling Wines Ebullience, even guests who do not typically enjoy goat cheese have been pleasantly surprised.

With summer quickly coming to a close, we find ourselves craving the combination of our twist on a red pepper spread with a crisp glass of Ebullience. Unique and intriguing, Ebullience is an old-world style ramato crafted from Pinot Grigio. An alluring copper color, it features aromas of grapefruit and peach laced with notes of wild honey.

We invite you to recreate this experience using our recipe, shared below, and would love to see how you enjoy Heath Sparkling Wines at home. Follow along to share your experience and to stay up to date with us, including details on our latest releases and new member patio.

Our newest small bite pairings will debut later this fall. We invite you to plan your next Hill Country winery experience in Fredericksburg, Texas by booking a sparkling wine tasting reservation. We look forward to welcoming you to our artfully designed environment where you can explore wine in a civilized oasis. Until then, cheers!

Red Pepper Goat Cheese Spread

Ingredients:

-8 oz goat cheese

-3-6 oz Stonewall Kitchen Red Pepper Jelly

Instructions:

  1. Place 8 ounces of goat cheese and 3-6 ounces (depending on taste) of red pepper jelly in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix together. We suggest mixing by hand as this will make cleanup much quicker.
  3. Once mixed, enjoy immediately or refrigerate.
  4. We recommend spreading across your favorite buttery cracker or a celery stick and topping with a mint leaf for a fresh and dynamic flavor profile.

*Chef’s Tip: Let the goat cheese sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before mixing in order to shorten the mixing time.

Summer 2021 Small Bites Release

Summer has arrived and so have our newest small bite pairings! As the weather heats up, chilled sparkling wine is often on our mind. While many may associate classic red or white wines with food pairings, we find that thoughtful sparkling wine and food pairings can bring out an array of flavors.

Our in-house chef has crafted these perfect pairings for visitors to enjoy alongside a flight of our Texas sparkling wines. Light and refreshing, these well-balanced bites serve as an enticing complement to our distinctive collection of Heath Sparkling Wines.

2017 Blanc de Blancs + caprese

2018 Euphoria + Brie cheese topped with peach chutney and fresh basil on a peppered cracker

2017 Ebullience + red pepper goat cheese topped with fresh mint on a cracker

2018 Adoration + a wheat cracker topped with ricotta cheese, fresh strawberries and almonds

The next time you visit Fredericksburg, Texas we invite you to join us at our one-of-a-kind Hill Country winery. From our modern tasting room to endless vineyard views, visitors will enjoy an exceptional experience from start to finish.

Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in our rejuvenating oasis. Plan your visit and reserve your summer wine tasting here. Whether you are a first-time guest or returning wine club member, we look forward to your visit. Cheers!

Adoration and Strawberry Goat Cheese Spread Pairing

It is no surprise that Adoration has become a favorite of many at Heath Sparkling Wines. With its gorgeous rose gold hue, this sparkling is nearly as enticing to look at as it is to drink. Featuring notes of cranberry, raspberry, wild strawberry and rose, Adoration presents a clean and silky finish.  

Now on our fourth vintage, Adoration continues to evolve. What started as a Texas sparkling wine made from 100% Pinot Noir, the current 2018 vintage is delicately crafted from 88% Pinot Noir and 12% Chardonnay.  

Our collection of Texas wine has grown in popularity not only here in the Hill Country, but throughout the nation as well. The 2017 Adoration was submitted to the 2021 Monterey International Wine Competition and earned a 90 Point Gold recognition, along with being named the “Best Sparkling Rosé”. 

Click here to read more about the Monterey International Wine Competition and the 20 medals received between Heath Sparkling Wines and Grape Creek Vineyards. 

As we approach the summer months and find ourselves soaking up the last of spring, we are happy to share the recipe for our Adoration spring pairing. Seasonal small bites are thoughtfully curated by our in-house chef as a complement to each sparkling wine. Plan your visit here by scheduling a unique wine tasting experience at our state-of-the-art hill country winery. 

Stay tuned for our summer pairings, coming soon!  

Join us as we raise a glass in celebration of the best Texas rosé. Cheers! 

Strawberry Goat Cheese Spread 

Ingredients: 

  • 8 oz of goat cheese 
  • 3-6 oz of strawberry preserves 

Instructions: 

  1. Using a blender or mixer, blend 8 ounces of goat cheese and 3-6 ounces of strawberry preserves (depending on taste). We suggest mixing in intervals as this allows the goat cheese to separate and mix at a more consistent rate.  
  1. Once blended, enjoy immediately or chill and serve later.  
  1. Spread on a fresh bagel or croissant and enjoy with a glass of Heath Sparkling Adoration.