Schweiger Vineyards Honored as Tete du Cuvee Recipient at 2014 Cotes du Coeur Fine Wine Auction in Dallas
March 13, 2014 | Dallas, TX--The Schweiger Family has been announced as the 2014 Cotes du Côeur Tete du Cuvée recipient. The family is being honored after years of supporting the well-known wine auction held annually at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas benefitting the National Heart Association.
2014 Cotes du Côeur kicks off Friday, March 21 and consists of a series of events celebrating fine wine and food to raise money for the American Heart Association. It was founded by members of the Dallas medical community over 23 years ago as a unique way to support the American Heart Association's fight against heart disease and stroke.
“Having lost two grandparents to heart disease, research funded by the American Heart Association is very important to the Schweiger Family. Being awarded the Tete du Cuvée is a huge honor for us.” said Andrew Schweiger.
As the 2014 Tete du Cuvée recipient, Schweiger Vineyards’ wines will be paired alongside the menu of celebrity chef, Richard Chamberlain, of Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House in Dallas. Members of the Schweiger Family will also be pouring their select wines at the Grand Tasting on March 21.
Côtes du Coeur holds several pre-party events that focus on fine wines, fine dining and the mission of the American Heart Association, to “learn and live,” building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These events bring together over 1,200 business and community leaders, wine industry leaders, wine collectors, physicians and members of the medical community from throughout the Southwest as a paramount networking opportunity. During the past two decades, Côtes du Coeur has attracted more than 16,000 people and raised over $14 million for cardiovascular research and heart-health education.
History of Schweiger Vineyards
Fred Schweiger purchased his first 8 acres on Spring Mountain in 1960 for $250 an acre. Inspiration to plant the “King” and “Queen” of vines begins by the late 1970s. During the 1980s, Schweiger fruit was sought by premium wineries like Joe Cafaro, ZD, Newton and Stags Leap Winery.
In 1994, Fred’s son Andy (UC Davis graduate) came on board as moonlighting winemaker while he perfected his craft at Chateau St. Jean, Cain Vineyards, and Joseph Phelps in the Napa Valley. In 2003, Fred’s daughter Diana came home to expand the brand as national sales director after working for 13 years in similar positions in the wine industry.
Today, all 35 acres of the sustainably farmed fruit is estate bottled for the Schweiger Vineyards label. Along with noble varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, micro-blocks of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petite Sirah are farmed for proprietary red blends.