Monday, April 5, 2010

On the Road Revisited

We had a full day in Fredericksburg area. After our walk through the galleries and a visit to St. Mary's Church, we decided to do 290 Hwy vineyard tour. This area has now become known for their wines and we needed, yes needed, to confirm that view of others. Our first stop was Torre di Pietra Vineyards-- Good for Sangiovese, Primitivo, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Then onto Grape Creek Vineyard,"Tuscany in Texas". A nice shady courtyard welcomed you before you entered the tasting room. Before continuing onto another tasting room, we decided to hit And have some lunch here: Willie's Place. Next stop was Becker vineyard, which is the largest in Texas and to prove that fact, there was large number of people in the tasting room.
We found a small spot to 'belly up' to the tasting bar when a patron stepped aside and handed us 7 tasting tickets. "Why, thank you ma'am". She replied, "I've had plenty!" Tasting pours *very small pours* come with a souvenir glass. Becker has a wide variety of wines. Soon the tour bus patrons loaded up and took off for another stop. Hopefully, we've not following them!
Becker is also known for their lavendar and the fields will be in full bloom in May.Last stop for the day was at Woodrose Vineyard, just a little off the road.
The tasting room is not fancy but their tasting is different as they invite you sit and relax while they bring the wines to your table. We ordered a cheese plate, found a nice shady place on the back patio and enjoyed our tastings as we visited with the pourer, a recent transplant from Indiana where he was a winemaker! Well, that really intrigued us--wines are made in Indiana. Okay, it's getting late and we wanted to have make it back into town before closing time of Fredericksburg Pie Company Ahh, pie--nothing like it! We sat off the main room at a small table. Over our heads hanging on the wall was a lovely quilt made by Jodie Barrows
"Around the Pond". Jodie will be in Fredericksburg in May for book signing at this very location. What could be better than a slice of pie and a quilt book signing?
We visited with a couple from north Texas who were on a wildflower hunting trip. He said, "I drove 80 miles out of my way for this slice of pie"! We exchanged locations of where we had seen wildflowers but he was looking for fields of bluebonnets. We passed along the info about the sightings near Luling and he said they wasn't far since they had driven many miles already.
Since it was still light, we drove to Enchanted Rock State Park

And the roadsides on this Farm to Market road brought us delight!

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