Cabernet Grill

Cabernet Grill

The Cabernet Grill is a restaurant in Fredericksburg owned by Chef Ross Burtwell and it always receives rave reviews from diners. Also noted at the restaurant, and appropriate since it is located in the famed Hill Country city, is the quantity of Texas wines served at the restaurant. In the same complex is Cotton Gin Village with log cabins ready for a wonderful lodging experience. We talked to owner Ross Burtwell about Cotton Gin Village and the Cabernet Grill. TWL: You [Read More…]

Hill Country Wine Symposium 2015 in March

Hill Country Wine Symposium

Texas Hill Country Wineries will be hosting the Hill Country Wine Symposium 2015 on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24-25 at the Hill Country University Center. The cost for the Symposium varies if you are a Texas Hill Country Wineries (THCW) member or not: THCW members – $75 for one day, $100 for both days Non-members – $125 for one day, $200 for both days Here is the planned schedule:

Hill Country: Women for WineSense Valentine Progressive Wine Dinner

Women For WineSense

You may have heard about the Women for WineSense which has different chapters around the United States. The Texas Hill Country chapter is holding their 1st Annual Valentine Progressive Wine Dinner on Friday, February 13, which sounds like a fantastic event. Anybody can attend and you don’t need to be a woman! This is how it works. During the evening, you will visit four Hill Country wineries. At each location, you will enjoy a glass of wine and a food [Read More…]

Todd Webster of 4.0 Cellars Winemaker Profile

Todd Webster

Brennan Vineyards, McPherson Cellars, and Lost Oak Winery are the wineries who form 4.0 Cellars in Fredericksburg, Texas. Todd Webster is the winemaker for Brennan Vineyards and is also the winemaker for 4.0 Cellars. We asked Todd Webster about his background and philosophy of winemaking.

Wine Lovers Trail from Texas Hill Country Wineries

Couple in Vineyard

  Love is in the air and the Texas Hill Country Wineries are here to help you. In February, you can join their wine trail and indulge in a little wine and sweets. Spend a romantic getaway in the stunning Texas Hill Country, sipping and sampling wine and chocolates at the 42 Hill Country Wineries. With a full 17 days of Wine Lovers Trail, February 6-22, 2014, you can celebrate Valentines Day anytime. Spend your time with a loved one, discovering [Read More…]

Wines of Dotson-Cervantes

Wines of Doston-Cervantes - sign Wines of Dotson-Cervantes is located in Pontotoc and is owned by Alphonse Dotson and Martha Cervantes. The winery opened November, 2014. We have met Alphonse and Martha a few times over the years including the last time we were in Pontotoc and at the time the winery was just being remodeled from a historic building. Now that the winery was open, we were excited to visit.

December Hill Country Road Trip


For the conclusion of using our Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass, the last wine trail event was the 2014 Holiday Wine Trail. The trail would include the booklet for marking down the four full wine tastings per day like in the previous wine trail event, but the Holiday trail also included a Christmas ornament. We started the trip on a Friday just like last time as Fridays give a more pleasurable experience at a winery without the crowds. We [Read More…]

Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood

Fall Creek at Driftwood - outside

After 39 years of winemaking in Tow, Texas, owners Ed and Susan Auler have opened a second Fall Creek Vineyards location in Driftwood, Texas. The property is a perfect fit for the Aulers who were looking to purchase land to build a green (energy saving) building in close proximity to Salt Lick Vineyard. A gorgeous and very spacious home with property recently became available and it was quickly fashioned into what is now the new tasting room. The new building [Read More…]

Pemberton Cellars

Pemberton Cellars Pemberton Cellars is located in Granbury and is owned by Jeff and Lynn Pemberton with their son Dax Pemberton. The winery opened on June 14, 2014. I first met Jeff Pemberton at Newsom Grape Day and later had a chance to visit him at his winery. Pemberton Cellars is very easy to find with a large 7.5 acre vineyard planted in front of the vineyard. As I learned later from Jeff, the vineyard was planted in 2009.

Compass Rose Cellars

Compass Rose - outside Compass Rose Cellars has their production located in Mason but the tasting room is in Hye. However, the plan is to eventually move the production to Hye also on the 35 acre lot. The winery is owned by Mark Watson and Robert Nida is the winemaker. The winery opened January 28, 2011, and the tasting room opened in the summer of 2014. While visiting Hye Market and Hye End Tasting Room one time, we ran into Mark Watson who [Read More…]