My blog each Wednesday is going to discuss the wine offerings of Arkansas from individual vineyards, wines, festivals, wine-infused events and more.
Jill M. Rohrbach
Rockin’ barbecue, wine releases and live music – oh yeah, the annual Bloom ‘n Blues at Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards and Winery in Altus is the place to be this Saturday, April 24.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can enjoy the Hog Leg BBQ and the launch of the 2008 Altage. Vendors will sell art, jewelry, woodwork, birdhouses and photography.
From the UK, Craig Hughes kicks of the blues show at 11:30 a.m., followed by Blueboy Jag, who rocks the harmonica. Also in the lineup are Pope County Bootleggers, described as a blues, funk blend of Johnny Cash and Muddy Waters, and Spot out of Austin.
Tickets are $10 and include not only the festivities but also a Chateau Aux Arc wine glass. You’ll love the wine tasting room and gift shop. Check it out at Chateauauxarc.com.
Chateau Aux Arc (pronounced “ozark”) planted its roots in 1998 when Audrey House finished college and bought her first 20 acres of vineyard in Altus. In 2000 she expanded with the purchase of 30 more acres. She opened her winery in 2001 selling vintages bottled in 1999 and 2000. Today, House owns 50 acres, 36 of which are planted with these varieties: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Cynthiana, Muller Thurgau, Schreube, Kerner, Orameinsteiner, Vignoles, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Primitivo, and Petite Sirah.