2014 East Texas Road Trip

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

Gloria and I were invited to the Kiepersol Estates Distillery and Tasting Rooms Premiere so we made plans to visit other wineries in East Texas for the weekend too. We both had the Friday off and that gave us more time to plan something for our East Texas road trip. Gerald Jones from Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards has been a friend for a number of years having met and worked with him at wine festivals before and seeing him at other events. [Read More…]

Road trip to Hye, Wine Road 290, and Mason

Hye Trip - bottles

We received an invitation by William Chris Vineyards to attend a concert they were having starring Texas artist Larry Joe Taylor. We gladly accepted and started planning a road trip to Wine Road 290 and the area for the weekend. On the way to our planned first stop, we made a quick change when we realized it had been a little while since we had visited Texas Hills Vineyard so we made a slight detour. Unfortunately we arrived to the winery [Read More…]

Mitas Hill Vineyard

Mitas Hill - plans

http://www.mitashillvineyard.com Mitas Hill Vineyard is located in McKinney and is owned by Harold and Sue Mitas. Their daughter Lisa Kocsis is the winemaker and their other daughter Michelle Beythan handles the tasting room making it a family affair. The actual tasting room and event center is currently being built so tastings are done in another building. As such, appointments are needed for tastings which occur at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on weekends. I arrived to Mitas Hill Vineyard with [Read More…]

Lazy T Bed & Breakfast


Off of the busy Wine Highway, aka Highway 290, on the east side of Fredericksburg past the airport and down a country road from the municipal golf course is a gray country barn looking building with red shutters. It looks as unassuming as a barn. Maybe a barn with some natural landscaping and flower beds with native flowers and grasses. But pull into the long drive and get closer and it couldn’t be farther from a barn. It’s a homey, [Read More…]

May 2013 Fredericksburg Road Trip


Memorial Day weekend came and it was time to visit some Texas wineries in a Fredericksburg road trip. We made plans to join forces again with Dave and Kelli Potter along with Laurie and Shelly Ware. A schedule was started as to what we wanted to see and it eventually evolved into a very busy Saturday. Part of the reason was because unfortunately Gloria had to work on Memorial Day (Monday) so we had to return home on Sunday, otherwise, we [Read More…]

Grape Creek Vineyards

Grape Creek - gift shop

http://www.grapecreek.com Grape Creek Vineyards is located in Fredericksburg. The winery was first opened in 1985 by Ned and Nel Simes. Ned passed away in 2004 and Brian and Jennifer Heath bought the winery in 2006. They wanted to bring the “Tuscany in Texas” wine experience to life. Grape Creek Vineyards is situated on a 100 acre property along highway 290 in Fredericksburg. We have visited Grape Creek Vineyards a few times and every time I wanted to take the trolley [Read More…]

Clear Creek Vineyard

Clear Creek - barrel room

http://www.clearcreekvineyard.com Clear Creek Vineyard is located in Kemah and is owned by David Skinner. Dee Pedraza is the general manager. Bob Besgrove and Samantha Choate share the winemaking duties with David Skinner. Clear Creek Vineyard has a luxury bed and breakfast called the Clipper House Inn & Vineyard which is located at the rear of the winery. David Skinner and Kristen Hopper bought the bed and breakfast in 2006. The bed and breakfast has seven antique filled cottages with six of [Read More…]

Flat Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery

Flat Creek - Rick Naber

http://www.flatcreekestate.com Flat Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery is located in Marble Falls and is owned by Madelyn and Rick Naber. Flat Creek planted their vineyard in 2000 with 6 acres and 6,000 vines. Today there are nearly 20 acres of vineyards among the 80 acres of property. Grapes grown are Shiraz, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Muscat Canelli, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc, and different Portuguese Port varietals. The winery opened in 2001 as a 5,500 case winery. It was later expanded to [Read More…]

Homestead Winery

Homestead - Grapevine-inside

http://www.homesteadwinery.com Homestead Winery has three locations in Texas: Ivanhoe, Denison, and Grapevine. Homestead Winery is owned by Gabe and Barb Parker who started it to continue the Parker family farming tradition begun by Gabe’s grandfather more than 100 years ago. The main location in Ivanhoe is the oldest continually operated winery located in the Red River Valley of North Texas. Winemaking is under the direction of Dr. Roy Mitchell. I have had the opportunity to visit all three locations. Each [Read More…]

High Plains Trip – Day 4 – Newsom Vineyards

Newsom Vineyards - Cabernet

This day we were flying back to Houston. Since we needed to taste Nolan Newsom’s cooking, the day started early with Neal and Nolan arriving at the bed and breakfast to prepare for breakfast. Indeed Nolan’s breakfast was very good as we all enjoyed scrambled eggs, bacon, and biscuits and gravy. It was time to finally see Newsom Vineyards. We all piled into Neal’s truck and headed up the road. We passed by Nolan’s three acre vineyard which includes Mourvèdre [Read More…]