Saturday, January 02, 2010

The day led us to the Hill Country

Beautiful sunshine had us hitting the road to see where the day would take us. We headed west on 290 towards Johnson City.

First stop, LBJ State Park for a walk around the grounds to see farm animals, longhorn cattle, deer, and other wildlife. Then on to the audio tour of the school that LBJ went to as a boy, the ranch, the White House, and the airplane hanger. My favorite part was the 1-mile nature trail. We had the trail mostly to ourselves. The living farm was a hoot with Izzy encountering farm animals that she had never seen before -- chickens, sheep, pigs, and cows. A sweet calf instantly fell in love with Izzy. Although Izzy is a shepherd mix, she shied away from the calf as the calf chased her down the fence line. So much for her herding instinct! I guess it only applies to other dogs, cats, and humans. Cost: Free

Second stop, Woodrose Winery. We stopped at this winery after our nature walk and had Mike's Choices of wine. Not a fan. We quickly moved on. Cost: Tasting $7 for 6 wines.

Third stop, Becker Vineyards. So far this has been the best vineyard I've visited in Texas. They had a lively atmosphere and the wines were actually really good, especially the whites. I was disappointed that they were sold out of the Pinot Grigio but was quite impressed by the whites in stock - Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Fleur Savage. They were all wonderful. We showed considerable restraint by only purchasing two bottles, the Claret (red blend) and the Fleur Savage. Mostly because, many of the wines are available at HEB. ;-) We also had the opportunity to taste their warm mulled wine which was fabulous. I can't wait to make it at home. Cost: Tasting of 6wines $5, Mulling Spices $3.95.