Messina Hof Winery and Resort Readies for the Holidays with: Holiday Tours and Murder Mystery Dinner

WHAT: Holiday spirits will be in full swing this year at Messina Hof, the fastest growing winery and resort in Texas, as they host the annual “Papa Noel” Tours throughout the month of December, as well as a holiday themed cooking class, seasonal wine appreciation class, and festive Christmas Murder Mystery Dinner entitled “The Santa Claus” on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Chin Chin and Prost! Messina Hof continues the tradition of hosting holiday festivities at the winery with the celebratory “Papa Noel” Tours Thursdays and Saturdays at 6pm from December 1st to the 24th. The award-winning winery will also add a touch of their own family’s Christmas traditions by educating guests about the Bonarrigo family heritage as guests sip on Messina Hof wines and mulled spice wine. Messina Hof’s monthly cooking party will highlight “Mushrooms, Baking & Desserts”. Novice cooks and expert chefs alike will learn an array of useful tips, tricks, recipes and techniques sure to come in handy for any cooking occasion. The Wine Appreciation Class will pair chocolate and wine. Messina Hof’s monthly Wine Appreciation Classes are taught so everyone from beginner to connoisseur can follow along and learn about the fabulous world of fine wine. In addition to the month-long tours and festivities, Messina Hof will host their annual Murder Mystery Dinner. With “The Santa Claus” as this year’s theme, the dinner will focus around the story of a holiday party that takes place at Lie, Cheat and Steal, a powerhouse law firm with influential ties to business, government and politics. Mr. A. Big Scam, who was the next in line to become partner in the firm, was found stuffed up his chimney in the Santa suit he was going to wear to the party! After solving this holiday mystery, guests will enjoy an elegant four-course meal prepared by the talented chefs at The Vintage House. Murder Mystery Dinner Menu: Soup Saffron Roasted Corn Chowder with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Paired with Private Reserve Chardonnay, 2010 Salad Hearts of Romaine topped with Red Onions, Sun Dried Cranberries, Goat Cheese and Red Bell Peppers tossed with Merlot Dressing Paired with Private Reserve Merlot, 2009 Entrée Grilled Strip Steak served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Baby Carrots and finished with Beef Demi Glaze Sauce Paired with Reflections of Love, 2009 Dessert Creamy Cheesecake topped with Strawberry Port Chutney Paired with Mistella Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, 2011 Join the Messina Hof family this holiday season and enjoy award-winning wine, holiday cheer, Bonarrigo family traditions, savory cuisine and help solve the mystery of “The Santa Claus”. For more information on the Papa Noel Tours and to make a reservation for “The Santa Claus” Murder Mystery Dinner please call 800-736-9463 ext. 224. WHEN: Papa Noel Tours (December 1-24) Thursdays and Sundays 6 p.m. WHERE: Messina Hof Winery and Resort 4545 Old Reliance Rd. Bryan, TX 77808 COST: $25 per person plus tax and gratuity WHEN: “The Santa Claus” Murder Mystery Dinner Friday, December 2, 2011 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Messina Hof Winery and Resort 4545 Old Reliance Rd. Bryan, TX 77808 COST: $69.95 per person plus tax and gratuity WHEN: “Mushroom, Baking & Desserts” Cooking Party Thursday, December 8, 2011 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Messina Hof Winery and Resort 4545 Old Reliance Rd. Bryan, TX 77808 COST: $69.95 per person plus tax and gratuity WHEN: “Wine & Chocolate” Wine Appreciation Class Sunday, December 18, 2011 3 p.m. WHERE: Messina Hof Winery and Resort 4545 Old Reliance Rd. Bryan, TX 77808 COST: $19.95 per person plus tax and gratuity About Messina Hof Winery and Resort Messina Hof Winery and Resort was established in 1977 by Co-Founders Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo. Messina Hof was founded on family values, romance and tradition. Messina Hof is the leader in the establishment of the Texas wine industry and ranks as one of the fastest growing, most award-winning wineries in the state. Four-time winner of the “Top Texas Wine” at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Messina Hof wines are handcrafted at the winery, located in Bryan, Texas. In 2009 Messina Hof was recognized as “Best of Herd” Winery, or best Texas winery, at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition. Messina Hof Winery and Resort boast on their 100 acre property the Vintage House Restaurant, origin of Vineyard Cuisine, the Villa, which was voted “Most Romantic Bed and Breakfast in the USA” and the Wine Master’s Room Wine Bar, voted best wine by the glass in the Brazos Valley. This year, Messina Hof was named “Texas Grand Star Champion” at the Lone Star International Wine Competition. For more information on Messina Hof Winery and Resort, please visit