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January 2015 News from Hensley Family Vineyards

Carol Hensley - Thursday, March 19, 2015
In this issue: Cheers to the New Year; tailgates; Texas scholars, TUTS and more!
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Raise a glass and run for cover: It's a cold, bold Happy New Year 2015!

We've long admired our friends George and Penny Allen for their taste and tenacity as Texans tailgaters. Come rain or shine, their tailgate is dedicated, decorated and delicious. So, when George and Penny said we could tag along for the Texans vs Jaguars game on December 28, we weren't about to let freezing, slushy rain and whipping winds get in our way. Armed with a few bottles of wine, we joined the Allens and their posse for steaks, potato soup, friendship and fun. Of course, the Texans victory gave us even more to cheer about as we puddle-jumped our way back to the tent. Cheers to George and Penny for hosting and toasting a memorable day in Texans history! A few evenings later, we joined the fun at the always boisterous Brasserie 19 to ring in the new year. Holiday revelry was at a maximum but we had the perfect perch for people and fashion watching. We hope your new year is off to a great start. Thank you for your patronage of Hensley Family Vineyards, and let us know how we can help restock your cellar for all the good times to come.

Pop! Clink! Cheers ...

Mike & Carol Hensley


George Allen and Mike Hensley at the Texans tailgate.

New Year's Eve at Brasserie 19.


Customer Profile: Meet Sheri Weathersbee

Sheri Weathersbee has been a great friend to Hensley Family Vineyards. Whether out on the town or just hanging out in the backyard with friends, she always makes a place at the table for our wine. Here's a look into her world:

Sheri, we tend to think of you as our Dallas ambassador for Hensley Family Vineyards. What do you like about living in Big D?
Dallas is a great place for just about anything you want to do, from five star dining/ entertainment/ accommodations to laid-back burger joints and dive bars with amazing music from musicians that have stories of days gone by but sounds that will take you places that will pleasantly surprise you. You can be "big city" or country living without going too far in either direction. Our metroplex is made of many smaller cities that have great character and unique aspects of their own and are beginning to include good places to play, wine and dine, shop or just hang out. Short of an ocean or mountain, we have just about everything one could need to stay busy and have fun.

You’ve introduced our wine to a lot of folks -- thank you. What kind of feedback are you getting?
My friends love the wine, and I am asked where can I get this here in Dallas. The white wine lovers would love a version of their own to drink. The Hensley Family Vineyard Inaugural wine has been a hit with my friends. I am also proud to say that the Hensleys have been very generous to donate to a variety of charitable causes in the Dallas area with wine gifts, and the feedback has been "please can you get us more!!"

We know you also like to cook. Describe a favorite meal and how you pull it all together.
My favorite meals are simple food, hearty, depend on the weather, often include the grill, meat and potatoes of some sort and as many others as I can share the food with, either at the time or in carry out containers. Cooking is a sign of love, in my opinion, and I love to share it. Often, I find spur-of-the- moment gatherings the most fun. The gift of just getting everybody together on a surprise moment in this busy world is awesome.


Sheri Weathersbee

You are a public educator in a challenging environment. Is there a “typical” day?
I don't experience too many typical days, as I am a Behavior Specialist in Special Education in a large district outside of Dallas. When you deal with students who have behavior challenges that are caused by emotional disturbances/mental illness, rarely is there a typical day. I love what I do, and working with my kids and their special needs rocks my world in a good way.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not on a schedule?
I love being outside and hanging with my two dogs Oscar and Pickle. I also am blessed with many friends that make me a rich person and time spent fellowshiping with others is a gift to me.

Thanks, cheers, and have a wonderful 2015!


UT's Forty Acres Society teams up with Hensley wine to toast deserving scholars 

We were thrilled to open our doors on a beautiful October evening and help UT's Forty Acres Society host a membership party with a unique wine twist. UT Professor Eric Anslyn shared his remarkable findings on Mimicking the Smell and Taste of Wine while guests sipped on our own 2010 Hensley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Forty Acres Scholars Program is the premier full-ride, merit based scholarship program at the University of Texas.


Lauren Schumann of Texas Exes with Society members Stuart and Farrell Saunders.


ExxonMobil's employee awards dinner showcases thoughtful wine pairings

Meeting Coordinator Rita Isgar retired from ExxonMobil after 33 years of service this year, but we were fortunate to work with her on a spectactular wine dinner for employees at the beautiful Hotel Granduca. Our Hensley Cabernet Sauvignon was one of a handful of wines paired thoughtfully with dinner courses throughout the evening. Mike guided guests through tasting notes for each wine, and many people in attendance noted that Napa Valley is high on their list of places to visit in the near future. We were only too happy to offer our insight on great wineries and winemakers to visit. 


From left, Rita Isgar of ExxonMobil, Carol and Mike Hensley, and The Hotel Granduca's Jeremie Heng, 


REEF Restaurant gives TUTS a grand stage as chefs, wineries and patrons applaud

It was high drama in H-Town when REEF Restaurant's Bill Floyd and Bryan Caswell unveiled an amazing line-up of haute chefs and wineries for the annual Theatre Under the Stars Vine & Dine Dinner on November 16. TUTS patrons packed the restaurant and were treated to high-energy performance previews while dining on signature dishes paired with wines from vintners who are also Houstonians. This unique concept is a social season favorite, not only because of the great cuisine, but also because proceeds benefit TUTS, which has been staging great performances for Houston audiences since the late 1960s. Participating wineries included Hensley, Nice, Amici, Decimus and Bravante. 

Star-struck TUTS fans at the Vine & Dine Dinner. 

  2011 Hensley Cabernet wins Silver at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

The results are in from the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and we are pleased to announce that our 2011 Hensley Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a silver medal. This year's competition received a record-breaking 6,300 entries, from independent winemakers and boutique wineries to large scaale producers. Many of the winning wines will be poured at the Public Tasting on February 14 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Although we haven't released our 2011 wine yet, stay tuned for details about a pre-release party this spring. Even better, you can send us an email if you would like to pre-order your 2011 wine. 


The popular public tasting encourages attendees to taste, learn and enjoy.