Joke of the weekend…Are you a whin-o….Why no! We’re a very witty family 🙂
The tour of the Texas Wine Country out in the Texas Hill Country was a success! We had soooo much FUN!
My dad and I got up yesterday morning and went for a nice 5 mile run in the perfect sunny and 70s weather. After showering and getting some breakfast, me and my husband and my mom and dad headed to Johnson City, the hometown of LBJ where we met up with my brother and his wife, her mom and dad, and her sister and her husband. We started out at a vineyard called Texas Hills in Johnson City. Jensen and I loved several of their wines and ended up buying two bottles right out of the gate. We were setting it up to be a long and potentially pricey day 🙂
We got a bottle each of their Syrah and the Kick Butt Cab (how could you pass up any wine by that name?!) I mean come on, it has a spur on the label!
After wetting the whistle a bit, we stopped for some lunch at a great little cafe in Johnson City called The Silver K Cafe and then on to Frederiscksburg.
The next winery on the list was Pedernales Cellars.
We got a short tour of this winery’s facilities and got to visit the underground cellar where all the magic happens.
That’s the modern day “Lucy” as they call it. It’s the machine that has replaced the traditional grape stomp that you may have seen on “I Love Lucy” and is used to press the juice out of the grapes.
Those HUGE things were full of wine! There were 4 or 5 of them plus all the oak barrels (each of which hold 60 gallons). This is a newer winery who had their first pressing in 2008 and they’ve already got plenty of wine to go around.
We went inside after learning how it’s all made to give it a taste.
We tested 12 wines here (don’t worry, each one is only half an ounce) and only ended up buying one. We didn’t love most, but the Tempernillo was good enough to bring home.
Becker Vineyards was our last stop. They are a very well established winery and we have been drinking their wines for years.
We got to taste five of the many varieties, but didn’t buy any. We knew we could get most of them in Austin and didn’t want to overstock. The nice thing about Becker is that they have a great outdoor area and you can open a bottle of wine and just relax int he sun among the flowers and lavender fields.
The one problem at Becker was at 6 the tasting room closed. We were already outside enjoying the scenery by that point and the rest of the win-o hoard moved outdoors as well. Then a wedding began on the grounds and we got in a bit of trouble for talking. Despite the half ounce at a time, the total tastings may have increased the decibel level a bit and since we were in fact outside, outside voices seemed appropriate. I think there may actually have been a finger shook at us and definitely some stink eye. We have no excuse other than the fact that we had been to 3 vineyards in one afternoon and had uncorked a whole bottle in the great outdoors of our final stop. Really, we were unaware of the sacred ceremony going on and once we were made aware we tried to be respectful. The best way to accomplish that was to leave 🙂
We left Becker around 7 and went to the bed and breakfast to change and go out to dinner. We went to a place called Cabernet Grill (fitting name for the theme of our weekend) that received great reviews. It was really good and was the perfect end to a great day!
One last just pic because he’s so darn cute 🙂
Hope everyone had a great weekend!