Saturday, February 12, 2011

Texas Wine Trail

My hubby and I have tickets to the Wine Lovers Trail for the next two weekends. Today, we set out for the wineries that are further North. We first traveled to Texas Hills Vineyard in Johnson City. Our favorites were the 2008 Pinot Grigio and the 2009 Cabernet Franc. This particular winery was quaint, the wines were good however we were disappointed in the service we received. It was a simple pour. No anecdotes, no information.

Next, we traveled to McReynolds Winery in Cypress Mill. This was absolutely one of the best stops we had in terms of good reparte. We also enjoyed many of the wines, particularly the 2006 Merlot and the Sauvignon Blanc. The Texas Le Noir made with Black Spanish grapes had a very unique and surprising taste. A bit much for my palate.

Then, we headed further north and stopped at the Bluebonnet Cafe in Marble Falls for a late lunch. The chicken fried steak was divine. The lemon meringue pie was not, perhaps because I am quite spoiled by my husband's made from scratch recipe.

After, we traveled even further to Perissos Vineyards in Burnet near Inks Lake. It is a fairly new, family friendly vineyard. We enjoyed most of the wines, including their Viognier, Petite Sirah, Cabernet, and Vintner's Blend. I especially enjoyed meeting their dogs.

Finally, our last stop today was at Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow, Texas. Although we are very familiar with and enjoy their wines (thanks to HEB), this was our first trip to the winery. The grounds and tasting room are beautiful. It is quite a drive though - all the way up and past Lake Buchanan but if you're a fan of Fall Creek, it's worth it. Their walls are covered with well-deserved awards. The wines are reasonable, good, and readily available at HEB. We recommend the Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, and Granite Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.