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 April’s Texas Hill Country Wineries Kick-off


Gloria and I were the highest bidder in the silent auction of a season pass for the Texas Hill Country Wineries at the 2014 Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association annual conference in February. The month of April came and it was time to take advantage of the Wine & Wildflower Trail. The kick-off tasting to start the first day of the trail was held on Friday, April 4th, at Perissos Vineyard & Winery. Fortunately we were both able to get the [Read More...]

Hye Market and Hye End Tasting Room

Hye Market - outside

http://www.hyemarket.com While driving down Wine Road 290 rushing to get to Fredericksburg, you have to slow down for a tiny bit through the small town of Hye. And you probably always wonder why you have to do that when there are only a couple buildings there. Depending on when you first drove through Hye, you may have noticed a post office and then a Hye Market. I remember back in 2010 when we couldn’t catch the correct tour time for [Read More...]

Crump Valley Vineyards – Revisited

Crump Valley - outside

http://www.crumpvalley.com We first visited Crump Valley Vineyards in 2011 and co-owner Travis Crump led us through a tasting of their wines in the production room because there was not yet a tasting room, and tastings were done by appointment only. Things have changed quite a bit since that time. A nice tasting room has been added on to the winery to accommodate the flow of customers visiting the winery. The biggest change though is Travis Crump has married co-owner Susan [Read More...]

Lightcatcher Winery & Bistro

Lightcatcher - outside

http://www.lightcatcher.com Lightcatcher Winery & Bistro is located in Fort Worth and is owned by Terry and Caris Turpen. Caris Turpen is both the winemaker and chef. The winery was opened in 2003.

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...]

Rising Star Vineyards – Salado

Rising Star Salado - outside

http://www.risingstarvineyards.com Rising Star Vineyards has two locations. The main location and winery is in Rising Star and a tasting room is in Salado. The winery is owned by Michael and Vicki Oubre and Michael is the winemaker. The Rising Star winery opened in 2006. The tasting room in Salado opened in May 2011 which makes the Rising Star wines more accessible since it is located along I-35. When we first visited the Salado location, Vicki Oubre was operating the tasting [Read More...]

Day Trip to Some Bluebonnet Wine Trail Wineries

Day Trip - Saddlehorn

We met up with some wine friends to visit a few Bluebonnet Wine Trail wineries during a day trip. It all started with Gloria and me deciding to go to Messina Hof for New Year’s Eve. Laurie and Shelly Ware from Cleburne decided to do the same. Dave and Kelli Potter from Frisco were going to be visiting family in the general area so we all decided to join up and visit a few wineries. We met at the Southern [Read More...]

New Year’s Eve at Messina Hof

2012 New Year's Eve - Us & Wares

Gloria and I decided to do something for this past New Year’s Eve instead of sitting at home so the decision was made to attend Messina Hof’s Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve Celebration. Wine friends Laurie and Shelly Ware from Cleburne decided to join us. Laurie and Shelly had visited Messina Hof once before but never had the chance to take a tour. We decided to go early to Messina Hof to enjoy a tour before the evening’s festivities. Unfortunately [Read More...]

The Cellar Door

Cellar Door - outside

http://www.cellardoorkaty.com The Cellar Door is located in Katy and is owned by Ron and Don Ray Holsomback. When we first visited The Cellar Door, we were immediately impressed with the winery as it has one of the most beautifully adorned tasting rooms we have seen. The furnishings and décor make it a place where you can feel comfortable relaxing. There are many high tables in the center of the room with booths also around the room. A lounge area with [Read More...]