Second Annual Texas Wine and Song Festival Returns to Downtown Austin, October 19

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Local musical favorites The Gourds, Carolyn Wonderland and Suzanna Choffel headline this downtown festival featuring more than six Texas wineries, local restaurants, plus opportunities to learn more about wine and cocktail mixology through a series of seminars throughout the event. The festival will again raise funds for the SIMS Foundation, a local non-profit that provides financial support and access to mental health services for Austin area musicians and their families, and Texas Wine & Song Foundation.

The Texas Wine & Song Festival, presented by Regions Bank, returns for a second year to downtown Austin on Sunday, October 19th, from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. This year's event, located in and around the Copper Tank Events Center, corner of 5th and Trinity streets, features local favorites The Gourds, Carolyn Wonderland and Suzanna Choffel, more than six Texas wineries and local restaurants, plus opportunities to learn more about wine and cocktail mixology through a series of seminars throughout the event. The festival will again raise funds for the SIMS Foundation (http://www.simsfoundation.org), a local non-profit that provides financial support and access to mental health services for Austin area musicians and their families, and Texas Wine & Song Foundation, a newly-formed non-profit that will provide scholarships and grants for the study and development of Texas enology and viticulture.

The 2008 Texas Wine & Song Festival will feature wines from award-winning state wineries such as Llano Estacado, Fall Creek, Sister Creek, Messina Hof, Cap*Rock and participating Hill Country Wineries. This year, the festival will also include non-Texas wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery's Encyclopedia Wines and Chilean wines from Virtuoso Selections. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Roaring Fork, Zax Restaurant, Sugar Mama's Bakeshop and others will offer food samplings. Additional beverages will be provided by Savvy Vodka, Sweet Leaf Tea and Katz Coffee. For those who want to know more about Texas wines and/or the art of the cocktail, the festival is producing a series of short educational sessions and tastings during the afternoon.

Tickets are $30 in advance via http://www.texaswineandsong.com and $35 at the door. Complimentary valet parking will be available.

"Regions Bank is proud to return, this time as title sponsor of the Second Annual Texas Wine & Song Festival," said Dan Hodges, Austin president, Regions Bank. "Not only does our partnership help in providing resources to benefit the healthcare needs of local musicians, but we are aligned with many of Austin's best restaurants along with some of the best music in Austin if not the entire state."

The festival was created in 2007 with the purpose of celebrating and educating the public on the virtues of Texas wines alongside one of Austin's leading claims to fame - live music. "Last year's success encouraged us to return and we're excited with the widespread support we're seeing in 2008. There are many festivals in Austin, but Texas Wine & Song is filling a niche with top-quality local music, wines, foods and learning in a manageable setting," said Joshua Coffee, president of the Texas Wine & Song Foundation.

For more information on the music, wines, seminars, ticketing and more, please visit http://www.texaswineandsong.com.

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