4th March, 2016

WineGeese Evening with Mark McWilliams of Arista Winery 2016

WineGeese Arista Winery Reception at Bennett Estate in North Dallas

On March 4th, WineGeese Society members and prospective WineGeese gathered at the Bennett Estate to induct Mark McWilliams of Arista Winery in Sonoma into their hallowed halls.  The McWilliams’ family originally from Texarkana trace their Irish roots to Co. Roscommon in the North West of Ireland.  The winery, only in existence since 2002, is now receiving rave reviews by Robert Parker and Wine Spectator.

Among those gathered for the induction in the spectacular cellar at the Bennett’s were:

WineGeese Society Founders Ken Gorman, John Sharkey, John Tillotson and Cliff Miercort;  longtime WineGeese Society members Dolores McCall, Shelly & Tom Codd, Caroline Rose Hunt, Susan & Vincent Bradley, Lou Ann & Mike Corboy to name but a few.   The food pairings were provided by Chef Erin Miller of Texas Bleu Steakhouse in Keller from a menu chosen by 2016 Texas Emerald Ball Chair Rachel Gaffney Smith.  What was supposed to be a come and go turned into a come and stay which proves the WineGeese are true to their mantra…”from wine what wondrous friendship springs.”