Wine Club
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Club

  • 11400 Pyreneese Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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Theme: Judgment in Paris, based on a legendary wine taste off, see details below.

Main Dish: . Beef Bourguignon

Please bring a French wine or a Napa wine as well as a side or dessert to share. We will be having a blind taste test to go along with the theme of the evening. The movie Bottle Shock will also be playing if available.

RSVP if possible by Tuesday, September 10th by replying to this email. I will collect them and get a count to our hosts. If you are not sure, or your plans change, please do not hesitate to come without an RSVP. All are welcome!

A big thanks to Sandra and Allen Walker for hosting the August Wine Club. Nancy reported that their were items left behind at the clubhouse and from former wine club gatherings, so if you are missing your wine glass or door prize, please contact Sandra. Pictures of the items will be on the BW group Facebook page.

From Jennifer and Dan:

The Judgment of Paris was a legendary blind wine tasting competition organized and held near Paris on May 24th 1976. It is also referred to as the "Paris Wine Tasting of 1976" although we think the Judgment of Paris sounds more fabled!  The whole thing was started by, surprisingly, a British man named Steven Spurrier, who was a wine merchant based in Paris that sold exclusively French wines; wines he believed were "unbeatable" in quality and prestige.  Spurrier made a fateful trip to Napa Valley, California, to sniff out what all the hype was around California wines.  In an ostentatious move, and largely replused by Americans' "unsophisticated" culture and cuisine, Spurrier decided to organize a wine tasting.  One that unbeknownst to him, would quickly win him a very special place in history.  The irony is that Spurrier organized the contest to dispel any ‘rumors’ that California wines were good.  He was so confident of the superiority of French wines, he thought the tasting would be an automatic shoe-in for France, and would therefore potentially help his wine sales.  That is, until Napa wines won first place in both red, (Bordeaux vs. Cabernet) and white (Chardonnay) categories...under the noses of French judges!  The rest, of course, is history: California has rightfully won its spot in the hearts of wine lovers across the globe.

Bottle Shock is a movie based on the 1976 Paris Wine Competition, documenting the developments that led up to the tasting, as well as some largely fictional relationship dynamics between screen characters. The film stars Alan Rickman as Steven Spurrier, who delivered a stellar performance as the British 'champion of French wine'.  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and was not only well received by audiences, but also re-introduced this important event in modern wine history.

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Wine Club
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Club

  • 11200 Alhambra Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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Date: Saturday, July 27th

Time: 7:00pm until 10:00pm

Host: Cath Polito

Address: 11200 Alhambra Dr.

Theme: Life's a Beach

Main Dish: Cheese Tortellini with Pesto and Chicken Mini Tacos. Please bring a dessert or side dish to share. Anything goes! Bring what you usually bring to the beach if you wish.

RSVP if possible by Wednesday, July 24th by emailing BWWineClub@gmail.com I will collect them and get a count to our host. If you are not sure, or your plans change, please do not hesitate to come without an RSVP. All are welcome!

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Annual 4th of July Parade and Pool Party
Jul
4
9:00 AM09:00

Annual 4th of July Parade and Pool Party

Here is the schedule of events:

8:45am - parade line-up at pool entrance on Alhambra

9:00am - parade - popsicles & fire truck fun afterwards!

11:00am - pool shenanigans begin - sign-ups open

  • 11am - coin toss

  • 12pm - greasy watermelon

  • 1pm - water balloon toss

  • 2pm - relays (family & inner tube)

  • 3pm - big splash contest

  • 3:30pm - belly flop contest

There are lots of fun prizes this year! Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Wine Club
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Club

  • 3901 Galacia Dr Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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Hosts: Carolyn and Adam Ragsdale, newcomers to the neighborhood

Address: 3901 Galacia Dr

Theme: Argentinian Wines

Main Dish: Steak with Chimichurri and Argentine-style salad.  Please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to compliment.

RSVP if possible by Thursday, June 13th:Carolyn and Adam are requesting RSVP's so they can estimate how much to prepare.  If you are not sure, or your plans change, please do not hesitate to come without an RSVP.  All are welcome!  Please RSVP to BWWineCub@gmail.com. I will collect them and get a count to our hosts.

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. (Who knew?!)  Argentine wine has its roots in Spain, when vine cuttings were brought over in 1557. Today Malbec is the most widely planted red grape variety followed by Conarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo.  The Pedro Gimenez grape is the most widely planted white grape varietal, followed by Torrontes Riojano, Muscat of Alexandria, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.  Red wine pairings for steak with chimichurri almost always begin with Malbec.  For a white option, you might try an Argentine Chardonnay or Torrontes.  In the end, bring what you like to drink, be it wine, beer or something else. 

Please don't forget to bring your wine glass and.....

Cheers!

Ann

409-779-8330 Cell

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Wine Club
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Wine Club

  • 3909 Cordova Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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 MEXICAN FOOD WINE PAIRING

 HELLO WINE CLUBBERS,

 Liz and Tal Knab  will be hosting our May Wine Club Saturday, May 18th  and the Theme is Mexican Food & Wine Pairing. They will be preparing Enchiladas & Charro Beans to go along with our tasting, so please bring an appetizer, side or dessert to compliment. 

Mexican food is a staple here in Texas, and there are Reds and Whites that pair wonderfully with it.  Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Grigio or a Dry (not sweet) Riesling wine are Whites that add a nice crispness to a rich Mexican dish, where a Tempranillo, Syrah Rose’ or Rioja are Reds that will add a richness to the food.  As always, when in doubt ask your wine merchant for suggestions.  We also welcome any Mexican beer or Tequila if that is your favorite beverage with Mexican food.

They will also have some games for us to participate in, along with music for a nice “chill” evening (weather permitting we will be able to enjoy their beautiful backyard).

 

WE STILL NEED A VOLUNTEER HOST FOR JUNE

 

Remember to bring a Wine glass

 HOST:                   Liz and Tal Knab

 ADDRESS:            3909 Cordova Dr.

 DATE:                    Saturday, May 18th

 TIME:                    7:30 PM

 

THEME:                Mexican Food & Wine Pairing

 

An Especial Evening awaits you….see you there!

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Spring Garage Sale
Apr
27
8:00 AM08:00

Spring Garage Sale

Mark your calendars for the spring GARAGE SALE on Saturday, April 27th from 8 am - noon.

This is a fundraiser for the Balcones Woods Swim Team. By giving a donation of $5 (or more!) we will: 
1) Place your address on a map that is located at the entrance to the neighborhood 
2) Put a balloon on your mailbox the morning of the sale 
3) Put ads on Craigslist notifying the public 

To clarify, you get to keep any money that you earn from the garage sale, but Blue Wave Swim Team raises money through your participation fee of $5. If you are interested in joining the garage sale, please let me know DIRECTLY via email (below) and mail/drop/PayPal your fee (address listed below). 

Questions:

Matt and Christy Risinger 
risinger1@mac.com (email and PayPal account)
11303 Madrid Drive 
512-466-6078 

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Annual Balcones Woods Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday APril 13th, and the eggs and prizes will be ready for all to gather at 3:45p sharp (show up at 3:45p, or come early and play in the park!) We can’t wait to see you and your families in the commons area to kick off Spring, Balcones Woods style!!

Bring your own Easter basket or “egg gathering bag”, and please remember to empty your plastic eggs and return them SNAPPED TOGETHER before you leave the park that Saturday. (You’ll see the grey Rubbermaid receptacles where they should be returned.) Prize tables will be open to all, no “prize tickets” necessary!

*Are you or your teen interested in a debut performance as the Easter Bunny? (Costume provided) Let Allison Dady know ASAP (contact info below). 

**Text or email Allison Dady 512-924-1818 allisonmdady@gmail.com with any questions.

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Wine Club
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Wine Club

  • 11105 Aragon Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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FAMILY HERITAGE WINE CLUB

 HELLO WINE CLUBBERS,

 Darla Smith and Nancy Norman will be hosting our April Wine Club Friday, April 12  and the Theme is Family Heritage Food & Wine. Please bring a food that represents the region of your family heritage and a wine that goes well with it. They will be preparing chicken to accompany all the cultural dishes being brought . 

 They will also have a map of the world where everyone can “pin” their families place of origin.  We should have a wide variety of appetizers, main dishes, desserts and wines.  Like booking a trip all over the world, being brought to you by your neighborhood Wine Club.

 WE STILL NEED A VOLUNTEER HOST FOR JUNE

 Remember to bring a Wine glass

HOST:                   Darla Smith and Nancy Norman

ADDRESS:             11105 Aragon

DATE:                    Friday, April 12

TIME:                    7:30 PM

THEME:                Food & Wine Representing your Family Heritage

 Looking forward to traveling the world with my Wine Club friends….see you there!

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2019 Registration Day 2
Apr
2
5:30 PM17:30

2019 Registration Day 2

Registration will begin on March 31, both online and in person. We encourage folks to register online (link to come) then come to the pool to try on swimsuits, t-shirts, and other fun Blue Wave gear! We will be at the pool Sunday March 31 from 2-4pm and Tuesday April 2 from 5:30-7pm. Please let us know if you can’t make either date work. We will have new suits to try on and purchase both Sunday and Monday. Due to an increase in league fees, our registration will be $150 for the first swimmer in a family, and $125 for other swimmers in the same family.

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2019 Registration Day 1
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

2019 Registration Day 1

Registration will begin on March 31, both online and in person. We encourage folks to register online (link to come) then come to the pool to try on swimsuits, t-shirts, and other fun Blue Wave gear! We will be at the pool Sunday March 31 from 2-4pm and Tuesday April 2 from 5:30-7pm. Please let us know if you can’t make either date work. We will have new suits to try on and purchase both Sunday and Monday. Due to an increase in league fees, our registration will be $150 for the first swimmer in a family, and $125 for other swimmers in the same family.

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Wine Club
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Club

  • 4002 Cordova Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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KISS THE BLARNEY STONE MARCH WINE CLUB

HELLO WINE CLUBBERS,

Jeannie and Mark Pinkman will be hosting our March Wine Club Saturday, March 16  and the Theme is Wine/Beer that pairs well with Corned Beef and Cabbage. They will be preparing Corned Beef and Cabbage in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day to go along with our tasting, so please bring an appetizer, side or dessert to compliment. 

 Suprisingly, the same wines that go with Thanksgiving dinner go with Corned Beef and Cabbage.  If you prefer a red, bring a Beaujolis, Grenach (a Rhone varietal) or a light Zinfandel or Pinot Noir. On the white side a semi dry or dry Reisling will pair well with the saltiness of the Corned Beef.  Let’s also not forget the obvious, and pair it with a cold Guiness, Harp or Murphy’s Stout beer (of course you can bring beer to this month’s Wine Club).  As always when in doubt on what wine to choose, ask your wine merchant for suggestions.

And since St. Patrick’s day is the following day, let’s wear some green. 

Remember to bring a Wine glass

 

HOST:                   Jeannie & Mark Pinkman

ADDRESS:             4002 Cordova Dr.

DATE:                    Saturday, March 16

TIME:                    7:00 PM

THEME:                Wine/Beer that pairs well with Corned Beef and Cabbage

 May the road rise up to meet you….and lead you to the Pinkman’s for March Wine Club!

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Wine Club
Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Club

  • 4101 Balcones Woods Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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HAPPY NEW YEAR WINE CLUBBERS,

Ann and Henry Seals will be hosting our January Wine Club on Saturday, January 12  and the Theme is Cajun Tailgating Wine Time. They will be preparing Crawfish Ettouffe  to go along with our tasting, so please bring an appetizer, side or dessert to compliment.

 When choosing your Red or White for January’s Wine Club, think of a pairing for spicy food.   A snazzy Shiraz or Zinfandel will pick up the spice,  and a Sauvignon Blanc will cool it down.  Avoid a Cabernet as it is a little too heavy on the tannins.  As always, when in doubt ask your wine merchant for suggestions.  Also, if you would like to show support for your favorite team(s), wear their colors or your good luck game day gear.

We will also be filling our calendar with Wine Club Hosts for 2019, so come with a month in mind that you would like to put your Wine Club stamp on.  Thanks to all the Hosts for 2018, there was a wonderful array of themes this year!

 Remember to bring a Wine glass

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Wine Club
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Club

  • 4104 Cordova Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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Karen & Ian MacMurtrie will be hosting our  October Wine Club on Friday, October 12  and the Theme is Tip Your Hat to Spanish Wines.  They will be serving a couple of Chilis to go along with our tasting, so please bring an appetizer, side or dessert to compliment. 

The MacMurtrie’s have just returned from a trip to Spain and are bursting with with tales of their adventure and the wines they tasted. To add a twist to our Wine Club and in anticipation of Halloween, they are requesting everyone wear a hat of your choice.  Come on Folks, this is fun….let’s see some great hats; I know I’m having a hard time deciding which one I will wear.

Spanish wines are very affordable, with many good wines falling in the $12-$20 range.  Sparkling Cava wines mimic champagne without the cost.  Rich and textured Viura wines (the white grape of Rioja) are a delight.  Tempranillo and Rioja Reds are velvety and delicious with a variety of foods.  As always, when I doubt ask your Wine Merchant for suggestions.

 Please remember to bring a Wine Glass

HOST:                   Karen & Ian MacMurtrie

ADDRESS:            4104 Cordova Dr

DATE:                    Friday, October 12

TIME:                    7:00 PM

THEME:                Tip Your Hat to Spanish Wines

Looking forward to seeing everyone there…Usar un sombrero, Aclamaciones!

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Wine Club
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Club

  • 4303 Flagstaff Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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Judy Myers will be hosting our September Wine Club on Friday, September 21  and the Theme is German Wines & Beer – Let’s Celebrate Oktoberfest.  She will be serving Grilled German Sausages to go along with our tasting, so please bring an appetizer, side or dessert to compliment. 

Oktoberfest is a fall festival held in Germany which began in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig.  We’re going to bring a little of that festival to Balcones Woods.  Traditionally held the end of September thru first week of October, for us in Texas this is good cause to celebrate that the relentless summer heat is going to be subsiding!

Reislings, Mosels and Spatburgunder (a Pinot Noir) are just a few of the wines to choose from.  As always, ask your wine merchant for suggestions. And for the beer, one can never go wrong with a Spatan or Paulaner Oktoberfest style beer and any number of Weiss, Pilsner and Bock beers; you decide what you’d like to share with the group.

Please remember to bring a Wine Glass

HOST:                   Judy Myers

ADDRESS:            4303 Flagstaff Circle

DATE:                    Friday, September 21

TIME:                    7:00 PM

THEME:                Wines of Germany – Let’s Celebrate Oktoberfest!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there…Prost!

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5K Benefiting Eastwood Family
Aug
18
7:30 AM07:30

5K Benefiting Eastwood Family

Come join us Saturday, August 18th at 8am for Balcones Woods 5k run/walk benefiting Eastwood Family.

Here are the details:

We welcome your 4-legged friends

BW parking lot of clubhouse

Race starts 8am

Registration/waiver starts at 7:30am

There will be 2 water stations

Potential gift cards/prizes to raffle off (still working on it)

There will be NO finisher medals or t-shirts

Course/route will be marked (route is the same as our Turket Trot route)

Participants may donate gift cards ( Home Depot, Randall's, HEB, Academy, Barnes and Nobles, Lowe's, ) cash, check, small appliances, grocery items, toiletries and the likes. Best are gift cards if you are not sure about the items you want to donate will be of help.

If you have already donated, feel free to still join us for fun. the more the merrier.

Invite your friends

Feel free to share post-run/walk bevs or finger foods, fruits, potluck style.

Contact Henry Eliperia or text him to RSVP (650-307-0405) 

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Wine Club
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Club

  • 11405 Alhambra Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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Sandra & Alan Walker will be hosting our  August Wine Club and the Theme is Hot Fun in the Summertime Wines.  They will be serving Pork Sliders to go along with our tasting, so please bring an appetizer, side or dessert to compliment. 

Sandra and Alan will be hosting at the Pool Clubhouse, what better way to have some Hot Fun!  Feel free to wear your swimsuits if you’d like to take a dip during the festivities.  All food and wine will be set up in the Clubhouse, so all bottles will have to stay in the Clubhouse.  Please bring plastic glasses in case you want to walk outside with your wine. 

Great summer wines that can cool a Hot summer night are refreshing Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Grigio and many French Whites…and let’s not forget those Rose’s.  Think Reislings, Chenin Blanc or Pinot Gregio on the White side of wines and lighter Grenache based Red Blends or Zinfandels for Reds to pair with the Pork Sliders.  As always, ask your wine merchant for suggestions.

Remember to bring plastic Wine Glass or cup should you want to venture outside the Clubhouse.

 HOST:                   Sandra & Alan Walker

 ADDRESS:            Balcones Woods Pool Clubhouse

 DATE:                    Friday, August 10

 TIME:                    7:00 PM

 THEME:                HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME WINES

 Looking forward to seeing everyone there…Boop-boop-ba-boop-boop when I want to!

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Wine Club
Jul
14
7:30 PM19:30

Wine Club

  • 11400 Pyreneese Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)
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Liz & Tal Knab will be hosting our  July Wine Club on Saturday, July 14th  and the Theme is Murder Mystery Italian Wine Night.  They will be serving Homemade Lasagna to go along with our tasting, so please bring an appetizer, side or dessert to compliment.  

They will be putting a fun spin on the evening by having a Murder Mystery at the La Casa de Giovanni Winery set in the 1920’s, as the backdrop for our Italian Wine tasting.  It’s encouraged to come in period (1920’s) costume if you like.  With Italian wines, there are a multitude of choices.  My best suggestion….is to bring one, either Red, White or Sparkling. As always, when in doubt ask your Wine Merchant for suggestions.  Come and enjoy this Murderous, Mysterious Evening with your Wine Club friends

Remember to bring a Wine glass

HOST:                   Liz & Tal Knab

ADDRESS:             3909 Cordova Dr.

THEME:                Murder Mystery Italian Wine Night

Looking forward to seeing everyone there…tasting the mysteries of Italian Wine (and solving a murder)!

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