Monday Lunch: February 14, 2022
Join us for Monday Lunch at Holy Spirit Catholic Church or Online!
Program: Mike Nance, 12 FIRES Winery & Vineyard
Bring your significant other for a special Valentine's Day Monday Lunch! We will have a fun celebration including wine tastings and you'll have an opportunity to buy a bottle of 12 FIRES wine!
Lasagna, meatballs, greenbeans, garlic bread and salad
Doors Open at 11:00AM
Lunch Served at 11:30AM
Program Begins at 12:00PM
Due to renovations at Aggie Park, we will be holding Monday Lunches at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
8134 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216 (see map below)
The 12 FIRES crew met while members of the Corps of Cadets in the early 1990s. During their time at Texas A&M, they learned through commitment, sacrifice, and hard work that anything can be achieved. Their experiences at A&M, in the Corps, leading Aggie Bonfire, made long-lasting friendships that brought the three men back together with the goal of making 100% Texas-grown wine.
Mike is a 3rd generation Aggie (his son is 4th, senior in Squadron 17). He grew up in the Air Force and moved around a lot, but spent all his summers in Bergheim, Texas, so returning to the Hill Country to start a business has been a homecoming and the fulfillment of a life-long dream, though he never thought it would be wine! Mike studied Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at TAMU (1996) and was a member of Company L-1. For 16 years he used his degree as a wildlife biologist. He "accidentally" started making wine at Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas with Aggie Jerry Bernhardt. He also worked for a season at Ampelos Cellars in the Central Coast of California, and helped to start a small winery near Huntsville, Texas.
Duke visited Mike at the Bernhardt Winery and they immediately determined that they would build a winery together. Planning for 12 FIRES began in 2016, the land was bought in December 2017, the vineyard was planted in March 2019, and they began selling wine in June of that year. They are currently producing around 1800 cases of 100% Texas grown wine.
Duke was also an Air Force brat, but grew up in San Antonio (both Mike and Duke's dads were Colonels in the Air Force). Duke is Class of 1996, Squadron 12. They were both Redpot coordinators for the 1994 and 1995 Aggie Bonfires. Duke Went into the Air Force after graduation and has worked in homebuilding and industrial gas since then. Duke still has his day job in Houston and commutes to Johnson City most weekends to sell wine at their tasting room.
Zach is Class of 1997, Squadron 1 and 13, and was an Aggie Bonfire Redpot for the 1995 and 1996 fires. He mainly manages all of our IT, website, etc., but does a great job in the tasting room and operated the bulldozer to carve 12 FIRES out of our 12 acres of Blanco County hillside.
12 FIRES Wines
2017 Albariño – (75% Albarino, 25% Orange Muscat (dry) Texas High Plains – A native of the northwestern coast of Spain you can taste the ocean in this rich white wine. Pair with shellfish – seared scallops, oh my.
Blanc Du Bois (pronounced blonk do bwah) is an American hybrid grape, a genetic cross of wild grapes native to the Southeastern U.S. and cultivated grapes. This variety was developed by Texas Aggie Horticulturist John Mortensen to thrive in the hot and humid climates, like that of East Texas and the Coastal Bend.
2019 Blanc Du Bois – Cat Spring Vineyard, Cat Spring, Texas (Owned and operated by Col. Jim Brooks US Army (Ret.) ’79 A dry white wine; crisp and clean, elegant and light, simple. 120 cases produced.
2019 Besito – Cat Spring Vineyard, Cat Spring, Texas – Less sweet than the 2018 (2% residual sugar). Good company on a hot day or with a spicey meal. 120 cases produced.
2019 Rosé of Black Spanish – Kiepersol Vineyard, Tyler, Texas - Black Spanish, also called Lenoir and Jacquez among other things, is hardy American hybrid grape that grows well in areas where high humidity precludes European grapes. Presented here in a rosé-style, but bigger and bolder in a crowded field of meek pink wines. 120 cases produced.
2019 Dolcetto – Pepper Jack Vineyard, Shallowater, Texas – A lesser-known grape variety from the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. Low acidity and mild tannins make this an easy-drinking wine that pairs nicely with pizza and hearty pasta sauces. 120 cases produced.
2019 Petit Verdot (75% Petit Verdot, 15% Tannat, 10% Dolcetto) - Texas - The “little green one” struggles to ripen fully in its homeland of France, but the Texas heat and long growing season make it look easy to get bold ripe fruit flavors from this Petit Verdot as well as an interesting earthiness that adds complexity. 69 cases produced.
2017 Tempranillo (83% Tempranillo, 17% Tannat) - Texas High Plains A.V.A., Bingham Vineyard and Newsome Vineyard – Tempranillo was one of the first lesser-known grape varieties that really made a splash in Texas. Not too heavy and not too light, plenty of fruit and just the right amount of tannin makes this an easy drinking red wine. Tannat, a big, bold grape originally from southwestern France and the signature grape of Uruguay, adds rich color and a little extra backbone. 180 cases produced.
Doc Uvas (29% Mourvedre, 20% Malbec, 15% Tempranillo, 11% Petit Sirah, 9% Cab Sauv, 6% Grenache, 3% Cinsault, 2% Carignan, 2% Merlot, 1% Alicante Bouchet, 1% Sangiovese, 1% Syrah) – Texas High Plains A.V.A. Inspired by, among other things, the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Years Day for good luck, this red blend consists of 12 grape varietals from the Texas High Plains. Here’s to hoping it brings us all “Buena Suerta”. 90 cases produced
12 FIRES Winery & Vineyard is dedicated to creating the ultimate wine experience in Texas.They have 12 acres in the Texas Hill Country, located 5 miles west of Johnson City. NOW SHIPPING TO 33 STATES.
12 FIRES Winery & Vineyard «» 100 Durango, Johnson City, TX 78636
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Directions to Holy Spirit
8134 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216