Red White and New was a tasting event of â€˜anything but Cabernetâ€™ from a select number of the Festival guest wineries. The walk-round tasting offered the chance to visit one-on-one with the winemakers and taste their latest offerings. The Driskill Hotel's Executive Chef Jonathon Gelman provided some delicious and gorgeous food to accompany the wines including Tuna tatar, duck, and white beet dish. This was just a pretty relaxing couple of hours of just having fun. There were so many good wineries there including Silverado, Louis Martini, Cambria Estate Winery, Carmel Road Winery Spring Valley Vineyards, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and William Hill Estate Winery. I met this one crazy guy from Conn named Rick and his wife Kelly. They were both a hoot and made the time even more fun. This all took place in the Driskill Hotel, which is a Texas Landmark.
I have included some of the photos I took. The Driskill Recently completing a three-year $35 million restoration, The Driskill has been Austin's most celebrated hotel for over a century. Built in Romanesque style the Driskill is proudly and majestically located in the heart of Austin's business and entertainment district. Each of the 205 guest rooms and suites are decorated in turn-of-the-century Victorian design. The elaborate lobby features an intricate hand laid marble floor, a beautiful hand painted decorative ceiling, original artwork and a custom made stained glass dome that proudly serves as the focal point of the majestic lobby. A luxury hotel, The Driskill is a world unto itself, a world which transcends time and place. Lovingly transformed into something far more enticing, the Driskill has become a private haven of opulence and comfort. It now stands apart as a landmark of refined hospitality with a rich appreciation of the past and an elegant vision for the future.