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Yes, it’s New World Wine & Food Festival time again, and the lineup is either punishing or exhilarating, depending whether you’ve been training for this, the other November marathon in town. Get the complete schedule at nwwff.org or call (210) 822-9555. Here are my picks, based on expertise as a founder and former co-planner, and a devotee of the subject at hand. 
— Ron Bechtol

Nov. 8, 2 p.m.: The Shops at La Cantera host Sip, Savor and Shop featuring food, fashion, and fine wine along with cooking demos and entertainment. $25 

Nov. 10, 7 p.m.: Burgers & Beer at Bin 555’s patio features chefs such as Jason Dady, Brian West, Bruce Auden, Mike Davis, and Diana Barrios Treviño riffing on brew-friendly cookout classics.  $35 

Nov. 11, 6-7:15 p.m.:Winemakers from Becker Vineyards, Llano Estacado, and Fall Creek will host river-barge cruises departing from the Hotel Valencia every 15 minutes. A tapas tasting caps each cruise. $50 advance 

Nov. 12, 7 p.m.: Several of the city’s snazziest restaurants will present all-out winemaker dinners. Price varies. See Festival website for list of participants. 

Nov. 13, Noon: Don’t miss the Becker Vineyards Winery Lunch with Citrus, Coco, and Silo providing food bolstered by the best of Texas wines. $60  

Nov. 13, 7 p.m.: Fans of formal affairs will want to check out the Black Tie dinner at La Mansion del Rio with chefs such as John Brand, Jason Dady, and Ernie Estrada collaborating to put on the ritz. $225, but the wines alone… 

Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.: Amantes of more casual cocina will opt for the Best of Mexico at the Vault in which a guest chef from Mexico goes plato a plato with local practitioners such as Paloma Blanca, True Flavors, and Mi Tierra. $35 

Nov. 14, 10 a.m. & 11 am:  Super seminars with participating winemakers will explore white and red wines at the Pavilion at the HemisFair arch. $35 each 

Nov. 14, 7 p.m.:By now you’ve got a second wind for the New World Grand Tasting at the Grotto on the Convention Center River Basin. $60 advance gets you the best of everything.  

Nov. 15, 1-6 p.m.:Wind down at Totally Tejas at Rio Cibolo Ranch. It’s a family-friendly finale to several days of serious (but educational) indulgence. The Texas Regional Barbecue Showdown is featured, along with other eats and drinks. $35 advance, $7 under 21 


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