The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

April 5, 2013

Sweet Dreams Winery awarded medals at wine challenge

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Sweet Dreams Winery owners Mike and Sandra Pell were happy to learn that once again their wines have won medals in the latest Southwest Wine Challenge. This competition is held for wines made in the Southwest region by well-known chef Harry Hoff and judged by seasoned professionals, wine enthusiasts, and highly trained individuals for the wines grown in the southwest’s unique growing conditions.

It was Sweet Dreams Winery’s first time to enter this challenge. They entered three wines and all three wines won medals in two different categories. Each wine is judged individually. Overall, 70 medals were awarded.

Sweet Dreams Winery’s Summer T Watermelon wine won a gold meal. A silver medal was awarded to the much-sought pear wine, and a bronze medal was awarded for the winery’s red wine Outlaw Red, a blend of wild mustang grapes and Black Spanish grapes. 

Summer T Watermelon has taken the Pells almost six years to develop into what they feel is a good watermelon.

“Since its inclusion, many people have searched it out and fallen in love with Summer T Watermelon. The same could be said of the Outlaw Red. It has become many people’s favorite with meals. And the pear wine is most famous for the peach bellini’s that are offered at Sweet Dreams Winery. It is made from East Texas hard pears and is tough to beat in a sweet wine,” a Sweet Dreams Winery news release said.

All the fruits used to make Sweet Dreams wines are from East Texas. Nothing is imported and all is made from scratch at the winery.

“The wine is bottled on site in the old fashioned way, which brings back good memories of wines made in the tradition of times past. This heritage of old-fashioned wine making is what many of our customers seek and the reason for Sweet Dreams Winery’s success,” a winery news release said.

The winery is open Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Owner Mike Pell will be ready to start accepting growers’ blackberries as soon as they are ripe, and then the peaches, plums, blueberries, pears, and mayhaws, etc. He also will buy grapes from those who have them locally, the wild ones, Black Spanish, Lenoir, etc. He will need blackberries the most this year. All fruits are purchased by the hundreds of pounds needed to keep the winery  fermenting. The winery will be in taking fruit and grapes through September. Call  903-549-2027 when the fruits are ready.

For more information or directions, call the number above or visit

Fish fry set Saturday

The Westwood Youth Supporters second annual Fish Fry and Silent Auction will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Arena on U.S. 287 N.

The cost is $10 per plate for adults and $8 for children 10 and under.

No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises during this event.

All proceeds go to benefit Westwood FFA members at the ACYLA 2013 Livestock Show Auction.

Rummage sale fundraiser Saturday

The Westwood High School Class of 2016 will hold rummage sale on Saturday.

The sale will open at 8 a.m. and will be located at 2010 West Oak St. in the parking lot next to Action Archery and Pawn in Palestine.

All proceeds will go the fundraising efforts of the Westwood Class of 2016 for their Junior Prom.

Bake sale to benefit memorial scholarship

The Sadie Nicole Warren Memorial Scholarship Foundation will be hosting a bake sale on Saturday in Elkhart in front of the Elkhart State Bank.

“We still need lots of donations and baked goods, so please bring your baked items to the bank starting at 8:15 a.m.,” a news release said. “Please come out and show your support, and buy some goodies.”

Last year, the foundation was able to award a $1,500 scholarship to Aerial Whitney Rios in memory of Sadie Nicole Warren and the other two young lives lost on Sept. 11, 2009 in a car accident.

This year’s scholarship will be awarded at the Elkhart High School graduation ceremonies in June.