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...]

Hill Country Road Trip in a Van

Flat Creek tasting

A very common way to visit wineries today is with a tour company and limo/van. The advantage to this besides letting an experienced person/group know where to take you is to have a designated driver. We were invited by friends to stay the weekend at the beautiful Island on Lake Travis in Lago Vista. There were going to be a total of four couples and we were going to rent a van for Saturday to take us to wineries. This is [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...]

2013 Lost Pines Wine Fest

Lost Pines Wine Fest

The inaugural 2013 Lost Pines Wine Fest was held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Bastrop Brewhouse in Bastrop. Since there were going to be a number of wineries present and friends Dave and Kelli Potter were going, we decided to make the two hour trip to both support the festival and meet friends. We arrived at the Bastrop Brewhouse before noon in plenty of time for the opening and I believe we were the first ones through the gate [Read More...]

2013 Lost Pines Wine Fest Preview

Lost Pines Wine Fest

The inaugural 2013 Lost Pines Wine Fest is Saturday, May 11, 2013 from noon – 6:00 p.m. at the Bastrop Brewhouse in Bastrop, Texas. All proceeds from this event will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County. The festival is partnering with the Bastrop Brewhouse to establish a great event they hope will turn into an annual event. The communities of both Bastrop and Smithville have been very supportive of the event and they are encouraging people [Read More...]

Road Trip to the Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail

Thirsty - group

We were invited to spend the weekend at the winery The Vineyard at Florence by our friends Mike and Carol. We gladly accepted the offer and we all tried to determine what other wineries were nearby. After looking at the map, I thought why not look to see what wine trails The Vineyard at Florence was on and it turned out to be the Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail. The wine trail includes four wineries: The Vineyard at Florence, Inwood Estates [Read More...]

Wine Trail Events

I recently published a post about spring and summer wine festivals. A comment was added from Bruce Anderson of Sunset Winery that I should list wine trail events. What a great idea! A lot of Texas wineries are on wine trails and they often have events throughout the year which feature different themes, special activities/wines at each winery, etc. It makes it easy to visit a number of wineries which are in close proximity to each other. Bottom line, they [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...]

Fredericksburg Road Trip and Wine Festival

The Beckers

This has been a wine festival autumn for us. We have attended two wine festivals and volunteered to pour wine at two other wine festivals and that is a record for us. We did not have any intention of driving to Fredericksburg for another wine festival until two party friends of the family, Rick and Jill, were looking for somebody to visit wineries in Fredericksburg. We volunteered and they were unaware the weekend they picked was also the weekend of [Read More...]

A Tale of Two Cities (and Wine Festivals)

Tale - Old Town Spring tent

This weekend there were at least five wine festivals taking place in the state of Texas. Like last year we volunteered to help pour for a winery at the Old Town Spring Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival. When we arrived at the festival, we discovered we were both pouring for Messina Hof. Coincidentally or maybe not, we also poured for them last year at the same festival. Fortunately most of the table had been set up for us by [Read More...]