By Hayden Walker

Last weekend we visited The Kim Crawford Casa Mariposa booth at the Austin Food and Wine Festival for a little ping pong action and refreshments including the ice cold deliciously addictive wine-infused Prickly Pear Punch and Citrus Wine Slush slush created by Kelvin Natural Slush Co. exclusively for the festival.  We took a break from eating and decided to burn off a few small calories to play a round of Ping Pong with a few celebrity chefs including Tim Love.  Tim is a master in the kitchen but is one hell of an amazing ping pong player!  Our very own Andi Haughton gave him a run for his money, but we won’t say who won!  It’ll be our little secret for now.

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Chef Tim Love has a 2nd career as a Ping Pong Champion
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Austin Food Magazine Publisher Shawn Lively, A Taste of Koko’s Jane Ko, and Master Chef Ming Tsai all came by for a little relaxation and some refreshing samples from Kim Crawford Wines
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Kim Crawford’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Pinot Noir was poured alongside a curated menu resembling edible works of art.  For a whimsical and untraditional snack, we were able to enjoy a little of Kim Crawford’s signature Lemon Kettle popcorn, which is a zesty confection featuring its Sauvignon Blanc.  If you’re a popcorn and wine lover, you’d love this snack.  It’s so addicting and tasty, I wanted to take home boxes of this stuff to last me the rest of the year!

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Sauvignon Blanc-infused slushy recipes developed by Kelvin Natural Slush Co
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The Kim Crawford Casa Mariposa lounge & Re-charge station offered a place of solace for festival attendees to listen to live music performed by a talented trio in a contemporary lounge space and comfortably juice up their phone batteries while relaxing and enjoying the spoils.  We took advantage of the hip after an exciting day to update our fans with a bevy of  tweeting and instagramming to keep you included in the action!

Jared Padalecki and Supernatural Co-star and Wife spotted at the Kim Crawford Casa Mariposa

Jared Padalecki and Supernatural Co-star and Wife spotted at the Kim Crawford Casa Mariposa
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Texas native star of Supernatural, Jared Padalecki, and wife Genevieve were all smiles Sunday at the Austin Food & Wine Festival after learning his hit show has been picked up for another season! The happy couple lounged inside the Kim Crawford Casa Mariposa, where they said they’ve been fans of the New Zealand winery’s Sauvignon Blanc for years! After graciously snapping photos with fans, the actor accepted a challenge to play a game of ping pong on the winery’s butterfly-etched table. Following a few heated rallies, the star humbly accepted defeat and toasted his victor with a Kim Crawford Citrus Sangria Slush!

Jared Padalecki Playing Ping Pong at the Kim Crawford Casa Mariposa Photo: Kim Crawford Wines

Jared Padalecki Playing Ping Pong at the Kim Crawford Casa Mariposa
Photo: Kim Crawford Wines

Later in the afternoon, Austin Food & Wine festival co-founder and celebrity chef Tim Love boldly challenged Thomas, the Kim Crawford Casa Mariposa undefeated ping pong “pro,” to a game. While everyone admitted he put on a great show, the Top Chef Masters alum couldn’t defeat the reigning champ, dressed sharply in tennis whites.

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Photo: Kim Crawfod Wines

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Photo: Kim Crawford Wines