Recently, I used a free Saturday to head down to Market Square in San Antonio to check out our newest wine bar/tasting room. On a dreary, rainy day, Sean and I entered into a sea of bright colors as soon as we entered The Rustic Grape Wine Cellars. While there, we learned a bit about its history which you can read about here. We also found out that on the very next Saturday they planned to celebrate their Grand Renaming. So, on the next Saturday night, we ate an early dinner and headed out to the party.
The evening’s festivities began at 6:30. When we arrived at 7, the main room was full of life, and a first round of guests had already enjoyed themselves and left. The night continued on like that. Seats were filled, the bar was packed, and plenty of people had fun while drinking Texas wine. Many could not resist the allure of in-house frozen Sangria and Jello wine shots (the orange was the best). The Rustic Grape made sure to provide light snacks also.
One of the highlights of the night had to be Randy and Lynne Majek from Majek Vineyard and Winery. They were excited to share their wines with their neighbors (Randy and Lynne live in San Antonio). For interested parties, Randy and Lynne would tell them about the winery and the wines, which seemed quite popular. (In fact, rather early on, the chilled supply of the Majek Sparkling Blanc du Bois sold out, creating a wait list for the popular wine.) The Majeks also shared information about the many great Texas wineries in and around Schulenburg. To be honest, I do not think anyone left without spending some time with the Majeks.
While there, I decided to learn about those who came to celebrate. Many visited for the first time having noticed an ad on Facebook about the location and the party. Though this may have been their first visit, most everyone was familiar with, and were already fans of, Texas wine. Many regularly visited the Hill Country around Fredericksburg (and some even belonged to wine clubs). In fact, their great experiences out on the wine trail drew them in. A common theme for the night was the appreciation of such a fun and welcoming spot stocked with good Texas wine.
The night turned into a huge success. When speaking to Carla Adams and Cricelda Cristan, I learned that they did not expect the crowd they received (of course they loved it). To accommodate more, they continued the festivities on Sunday with Happy Hour specials and a special tasting. And all of this is just the beginning. The evening proved one important thing: San Antonians (despite the location being in a tourist area, most of those in attendance were local) are embracing Texas wine, and The Rustic Grape Wine Cellars will make sure to keep everyone well supplied.