I’ve been wine tasting in Central Texas for about ten years now. It’s been so enjoyable seeing the businesses take off. When I started, you’d never see a Texas wine in stores aside from Llano or St. Genevieve. I do like Llano quite a bit–and they are very friendly up there in Lubbock.
I hadn’t ever been to Chisholm Trail before, mainly because it’s on the west side of town past the city. Since I’m coming from Austin (east), I tend to hit the closer wineries. As the day passes, I get so sick of wine that the thought of traveling to yet another tasting makes me kinda pukey.
Today, though, I visited a ranch in Harper, which is west of Fredricksburg. I hit this winery on the way back. $9 tasting for five wines (and you get to keep the glass); $7 for five wines. no glass. Being partial to reds, I chose the 2006 Diablo (70% Syrah, 30% Lenoir) 13.5% alcohol. It has a spicy flavor that was different than the usual wines I drink. It was $14.95 for a bottle. I’m having a glass right now with some fresh gazpacho made from tomatoes I bought on the way back.
I already ate the peach pie (oh, I had help with that). It’s peach season in Fredricksburg. The peaches are small and tart, which means they make mouth-watering pies.
The place has a honky-tonk kind of vibe, which is great if you don’t like high-falutin’ places where all the people are annoying. Not that type of joint at all, which is a plus in my book.
They’ve been open for about a decade, and they get their grapes from the Valley. If you aren’t from Texas, the Valley is the Rio Grande valley near the Gulf of Mexico right on the Mexican border. Lots of agriculture going on down there.