Winemaker and Ole Miss Alum Patrick Krutz Pours His Heart and Wine into Oxford, Mississippi
Patrick Krutz, founder and winemaker here at House Band Wines, is like most college alums – a big slice of his heart and soul remain on his home campus, where he earned his Degree in Business Management at the University of Mississippi in 2001. After graduating, he went on to found his critically acclaimed winery Krutz Family Cellars, which eventually lead to his being honored in 2011 by Ole Miss as Outstanding Young Alumni – the same year he launched House Band Wines. Click here to check out the awards video.
When many people outside of Mississippi think of Ole Miss, SEC football is top of mind, and rightfully so with its one-hundred-nineteen year history as one of the most successful college programs to ever tackle the gridiron. Patrick claims, without hesitation, and based on in-depth research, that the Rebels also have the best tailgate hospitality in the South. This all may distract from the fact that Oxford, hometown of Ole Miss, has a robust music scene, bolstered by a couple centuries of Southern music tradition and a large college population.
And this takes us full circle to Patrick, and his brother and partner Bryan Krutz (also an Ole Miss alum), returning to their collegiate hometown with House Band Wines in hand. We are proud to report that our wines have been embraced by the top music venues in Oxford. These include The Lyric, where House Band is the exclusive wine pour, as well as Proud Larry’s and The Library Bar & Grill. So here’s the scoop on hitting the town in Oxford for a generous serving of live music, food and House Band Wines…
The Lyric is one of the bigger music venues in Oxford, with a first class sound system and an artist line-up that on select nights over delivers for its 1,200-person capacity, e.g., past shows by Willie Nelson, The Flaming Lips and MGMT. Originally a silent movie theater built in 1913, The Lyric was beautifully renovated in 2007 and focuses on live entertainment, with barbecue sandwiches and other tasty bar food laying down the foundation for sipping House Band Wines. If there is a cover, the dollars depend on the band.
Located just off the Oxford Square, Proud Larry’s is known for bringing some of the best music to Oxford as well offering up tasty dishes. Their slogan says it all: “Come for the Food, Stay for the Music.” Serving up both lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, the extensive menu leans Italian with a sprinkling of classic American and Creole selections to spice things up. The music scene presents great local music and shows by some of the best up-and-coming artists in the country.
The Library Bar & Grill
The Library Bar & Grill is known for its multi-layered scene of celebration: live music, dancing, sports bar, outdoor patio, food, and well, hunky jocks and beautiful college coeds. The latter is gleaned from many reviews we’ve read and insider tips shared from outside our company, so please send any complaint letters elsewhere. The music programming is a mix of top local talent to national acts that have ranged from Kenny Cheseney to Galactic. Be prepared to party.
Bringing it Home!
Finally, for those who become fans of House Band Wines at these top-notch music venues in Oxford, and you want to enjoy at home or special outings, you can always score our juice for a fair price at Star Package Store and PJ’s Wine & Liquor.
HOTTY TODDY & GO REBELS!
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