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Ring in 2018 at the Medina River Winery New Year’s Eve Event

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Looking for something unique to do for New Year’s Eve this year? How about the Medina River Winery’s (located just 10 minutes outside of the San Antonio city limits) New Year’s Eve Party? Join the winery from 8 pm. until 2 a.m. on Sunday, December 31 for music, food, a champagne toast and fireworks at midnight. What better way to ring in 2018 than with some great tasting Texas wine?

Located in Castroville

Medina River Winery

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Medina River Winery is located in Castroville, Texas. The winery is a relative newcomer to the Texas Wine Scene offering a glimpse of real promise with interesting varietals and a location boasting Texas Hill Country scenery right out of a movie. Featuring a new Bourbon Barrel Shirah, the winery makes for a fun wine-tasting destination in Texas’ booming wine region.  

Why Wine and Champs on New Year’s Eve?

Medina River Winery

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While you’re sure to have at least a glass or two of wine on New Year’s Eve at Medina River Winery, according to, champagne and wine weren’t always the only New Year’s drinks. Another popular drink of New Years’ past, was arrack punch, described as a “villainous compound” in one 1852 account. That particular cocktail was a favorite of Charles Dickens, though by the time he was serving it to his party guests it was already something of a vintage item. The rum-like liquor came from Asia, where it was distilled from palm tree sap. According to one mixologist, the punch made from arrack looks not unlike soy sauce, so it’s not surprising that the clear, bright, fun bubbly went flying past arrack in popularity.

By the end of the 19th century, most New Year’s parties were serving champagne. In the five decades leading up to the start of the century, champagne sales skyrocketed from six million bottles per year to a staggering 28 million, and in the 1930s popular New York restaurants made sure it was the thing to drink…and the rest is history.

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