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Taste of TEXAS


York. Merrill was born and reared in Bryan, Texas, and she graduated with one of the fi rst classes of women at Texas A&M University in 1975. In 1977, Paul and Merrill married and


settled into a home in Bryan, Texas. During that same year, they watched the television mini-series Roots, which inspired them to learn about their family heritages. Paul’s family came to America from Messina, Sicily, and Merrill’s family emigrated from Hof, Germany. Later that year they began planting their fi rst vineyard. T ey named their vineyard Messina Hof, after their family roots, and incorporated traditions from each family into the wine, food, and hospitality of Messina Hof Winery and Resort. Paul’s family in Sicily has been making


wine since the 1800s. T e Bonarrigo tradi- tion of winemaking was reborn in the United States when Paul Bonarrigo (also known as Paul VI) started creating Messina Hof wines in Texas. Messina Hof is now the most awarded Texas wine in national and interna- tional competitions. Paul and Merrill have one son named Paul (also known as Paul VII), and he has


grown up working in the vineyard and studying his father’s winemaking. In 2006, Paul VII and his wife Karen married at Messina Hof Winery and Resort under the gazebo in the vineyard. Today Paul and Karen work side by side continuing the legacy and creating their own new frontiers at Messina Hof Hill Country, which was established in 2011.


Messina Hof at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition


Messina Hof Winery and Resort recently


announced its winning wines for the ninth consecutive year


in the 2012 Houston


Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Wine Competition. Entries in the competition included


2,454 wines from 736 wineries in Texas, across the United States, and around the world. Medals were awarded by a panel of judges consisting of local and national wine experts. Messina Hof Winery received the most


medals with a total of 20 overall awards, including Texas Class Champion Double Gold for Messina Hof ’s Solera, Texas, 2004. For the 2011 wine competition, Messina Hof wines raised more than $100,000 in the HLSR Wine Auction. In the past nine years of participation,


Messina Hof has won more than 100 awards and the wines have raised more than $400,000 for the HLSR. Messina Hof received 26 percent of the 60 awards given to Texas wines, entered by 22 Texas wineries. “Messina Hof is honored to be recognized


Lisa Huges and Sally Workman enjoy a glass of wine while overlooking the water.


as the most awarded Texas winery for fi fth time,” says Paul Bonarrigo, wine-maker and co-founder of Messina Hof Winery & Resort. “T e Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition is a great wine competition, and we are pleased to have had another amazing showing, cementing our status as a leader in the wine industry. T ese awards are a true testament to the high quality of wines we produce.” •


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