Sabor a Pasion celebrates first harvest with grape stomp

Published on Friday, 19 July 2013 17:28 - Written by By Kelly Gooch kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Sabor a Pasion Country House and Bistro is celebrating its first grape harvest with various activities beginning today, owner Simon Webster announced.

All Harvest Week activities will take place at Sabor a Pasion, 110 County Road 406 in Palestine.

“This will be a weeklong celebration that finishes with the Grape Stomp on Saturday (July 27)…,” Webster said in a news release. “Great food, lots of good music, and a chance to stomp some grapes and experience the atmosphere of the vineyard.”

Everything kicks off today with a harvest dinner.

Webster said there will be a blessing in the vineyard, and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples’ wife, Janet Staples, will be on-hand for a wine label artwork unveiling.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, residents may sit on the deck and watch the sunset over the vines, Webster said. They can bring their own wine and enjoy cheese and charcuterie platters while the sun sets, he said. Guitarist Alex Graser is also slated to provide live entertainment.

A cooking demonstration is scheduled for Thursday. According to a press release, Webster and Tyler Morning Telegraph Food Editor Christine Gardner will “transport you from East Texas to Tuscany with authentic Italian recipes and wines.”

“It’s very quiet out here and relaxed atmosphere. People can sit out there and watch the sunset,” Webster said.

Then from 3 to 10 p.m. next Saturday is the Grape Stomp event.

Webster said attendees will pay an entrance fee, which will benefit the Montalba and Elmwood volunteer fire departments, and the East Texas Food Bank is also slated to receive a donation.

In 2011, he said there were fires close to the Sabor a Pasion property, and if the wind had changed, he could have lost everything there. According to a news release, Webster previously had a benefit dinner for the fire departments, and now that the grape harvest is ready, he wanted to once again express his gratitude for their efforts during that time. 

The grape-stomp event will feature “live music, food, wine, grape stomping and contests,” the press release states.

Webster said attendees will be able to stomp grapes and put their footprints on a T-shirt. Additionally, he said a Lucille Ball look-a-like contest is planned.

“We’ve already received a lot of interest in the Lucy contest,” Webster said in a news release. “I can’t wait to see some of the costumes.”

He said Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que will provide food and Granny Muffin Wines will provide wine. He said water and soda also will be available, and attendees will receive goodie bags. 

“It’s just a fun day,” he said.

For more information, visitwww.saborapasion.com or call 903-729-9500.