From the Lufkin Convention and Visitor's Bureau
LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - In a perfect pairing of elegance and education, Brookshire Brothers and the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up to create Pour & Explore, a new fine-dining event that will take East Texans on a tour around the world of wine.
Pour & Explore begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 14, at Shelton's Place in Lufkin with a guided tasting tour through the famous wine-producing regions of Washington State. Wines from àMaurice Cellars, Novelty Hill and Andrew Januik will be paired with a five-course dinner by Chef Kate Rudasill. These renowned winemakers will walk guests through the menu and the wines they've selected to accompany each course.
The Pour & Explore educational experience continues Friday, July 15, as Brookshire Brothers hosts in-store wine-tastings at its Chestnut and W. Frank Street locations.
At the Chestnut Brookshire Brothers, Nick Shafer from àMaurice Cellars will lead the tastings from 10:15 a.m. to noon and from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m, while Andrew Januik will host from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. At the W. Frank Street Brookshire Brothers, Januik will lead the tastings from 10:15 a.m. to noon and from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m, while Schafer will host from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
"Pour & Explore is about expanding your palette and learning how the different variables influence the taste and experience of wine," Brookshire Brothers Chief Operations Officer John Alston said. "As you taste each wine, you'll learn about the different grapes that grow in each region and how each step of the process affects the wine. This type of intimate learning experience is getting more popular, and we wanted to put a distinct Lufkin take on it by including incredible food from an accomplished local chef."
Pour & Explore builds on the Lufkin CVB's success in creating similar events, like Lufkin's Bistro and Corks and Forks. More educational food-and-wine events are in the works, according to Tara Watson-Watkins, LCVB executive director, and each will be planned in conjunction with a convention, conference or other special event.
"More and more we're seeing how food and wine play a big role in why travelers choose one destination over another," Watson-Watkins said. "That's why we're working so hard to establish Lufkin as a haven for foodies and fine-wine aficionados. Brookshire Brothers has always been a great supporter of the LCVB, and it's wonderful to work with partners who not only understand that people will travel for an exceptional culinary experience, but also know how to provide that experience."