About Me:

I am a wine lover and a bit of a foodie! While I can't claim to be formally educated about wine, I know what I like, and typically what I like turns out to be the good stuff. My favorite varietal is currently red zinfandel, but I have had a long and close relationship with Oregon/Washington pinot noir, I enjoy red blends, and I tend toward the unoaked chardonnays on the white side. I still can't believe that I started out liking the sweet pink stuff, but fortunately my palate has grown up since then! If it's going to be sweet, I'll investigate port, or the drier rieslings and Gewurstramminers.

Fortunately, my boyfriend enjoys wine too, and he doesn't mind driving when I want to go on adventures to find the new and exciting winery in the pretty countryside. We have a double-income, no-kids, single-cat, multiple-wine-rack household.

In my day job, I am a professional resume writer. Writing for this site is much more fun! Cheers!

Red Caboose Winery   0
3.5
4/11/2017

When you enjoy visiting wineries, you meet a lot of other people who enjoy visiting wineries. You get to recognize the regulars at a particular winery – they usually know just what they want and go straight to their favorite spot. Often the bartenders call them by name, and they’ll strike up conversations with newbies like me and share their feelings about the winery and what they like best. Then there are other traveling winery visitors like me, who talk about their travels, the other wineries they’ve visited, and what they like and don’t like. I’m one of them – ... Read full review



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Bluff Dale Vineyards   0
3.0
1/5/2017

It seems the owners and operators at Bluff Dale know their audience. Having been around since 2004, they’ve had some time to learn.


Sweet wines are the wines that go over best at Bluff Dale. While we were in the tasting room, several other small groups came through and ordered wine, and every single one of them ordered sweet wines. The Nexus and Paragon have won multiple Tasters’ Choice Awards.


Unfortunately – and if you’ve read any of my reviews thus far, you know this – I’m not a fan of sweet wine. Fortunately, my husband was ... Read full review



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Big Rock Winery   0
3.0
10/19/2016

Let the wine connoisseur beware – visiting Big Rock Winery is more like visiting a mad scientist’s working laboratory than it is like visiting a conventional tasting room. Fortunately, the mad scientist is a highly engaging guy and is really enthusiastic about and invested in his wine, so it’s still an enjoyable experience.

The winemaking facility is adjacent to the owners’ home, in a catch-all building; it serves as barrel room, tasting room, occasional event space, and undoubtedly also the blending room when it comes time to make those decisions. (Bottling seems to be out back.) There’s ... Read full review



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3 P's in a Vine Winery and Vineyard   0
4.5
8/11/2016

It’s been over a week since my husband and I visited 3 P’s in a Vine. I visit a lot of wineries, and certainly I tell stories about them, but I realize as I sit down to write this that I’ve been talking about 3 P’s in a Vine a great deal over the past week. It was an excellent little gem of a surprise, and I’ve been excited to share what I liked with my wine-loving friends.

Because of the “3” in the name, it’s strangely appropriate that there are three things I’ve been waxing ... Read full review



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Sparkling Pointe   0
4.5
6/15/2016

My best friend decided she was going to move from Texas to D.C., so before she left, we took a girls’ trip to New York and Long Island. The New York portion was to see a Billy Joel concert (I’m a huge fan), but Long Island was all about wine tasting. We chose the North Fork, rented a cute, little cottage, and designated a Friday as Wine Tasting Day. Sparkling Pointe was the last place we visited, and by far our favorite.

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Sparkling Pointe’s facility is gorgeous. It’s spacious, with tall ... Read full review



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Inwood Estates - Fredericksburg   0
4.0
11/16/2015

Visiting a winery’s second location is always an interesting experience. Being familiar with the wines, you have an idea about what to expect, but it’s still a new place, with new people and a new vibe.

The Place:  Inwood Estates has been making wine for 30 years, but the Fredericksburg location is new. It’s right on the main highway in the middle of Texas Hill Country – very hard to miss – and very attractive and appealing from the outside. The exterior is a warm yellow-tan, with a stucco texture reminiscent of the ... Read full review



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Bell Springs Winery   0
4.0
11/9/2015

It’s a pleasant drive from Fredericksburg into Austin; an hour and a half or so depending on where in Austin you’re going, on highway 290. Right on the way is Dripping Springs, home to several great wineries, including Driftwood Estate Vineyards and Duchman Family Winery. But I’ve already visited those on more than one occasion, so this time we thought we’d try something different. The choice was Bell Springs Winery.

The Place:  Bell Springs has the dusty, unpaved parking lot that’s so typical of Hill Country wineries. The tasting room is located in a ... Read full review



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Pedernales Cellars   0
3.0
10/23/2015

Unlike some of the wineries I visit, I had some pre-existing knowledge of Pedernales Cellars. I’d heard it mentioned, with positive comments and accolades, in articles about Texas wine, and I’d actually had a bottle of Pedernales Tempanillo at III Forks restaurant in Dallas during Restaurant Week, with great satisfaction. So I was excited to visit the winery in Stonewall.

The Place:  We visited on a typical hot and dry August Saturday. My husband and I were in Fredericksburg with another wine-loving couple and a pair visiting from England, so we loaded all six of us into ... Read full review



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Grape Creek Vineyards   0
4.0
10/6/2015

With more than 45 wineries near Fredericksburg, and more "coming soon," it takes a bit of effort for one winery to stand out among the crowd. Grape Creek Vineyards distinguishes itself in a number of ways: its old-world-feel facility, its highly informative website, and best of all, its excellent wines.

The Place:  The entrance to Grape Creek is marked by a brick tower that bears its name and seems to guard the grapevines like a sentry. Driving in, you take a meandering road that winds around the vineyards and culminates in a parking lot, which was remarkably ... Read full review



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Cork This! Winery   0
4.0
4/20/2015

Ok, ladies. Get your wine glasses ready. This is your kind of place!

That's not to say that Cork This! isn't a fun place for guys too. It definitely is. When we visited, I'd say the clientele was pretty evenly split between the genders. But Cork This! is run by two lovely ladies, and it definitely has a fun girls' night out vibe. It also sells every wine-themed T-shirt, cocktail napkin, bag, glass, and kitchen towel you could ever hope to have.

The Place:  As I mentioned, inside Cork This! has a great vibe. ... Read full review



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Angelita Vineyard & Winery   0
3.0
3/27/2015

It takes some wineries years before they receive recognition at a major international wine competition. Others, such as Texas' Angelita Winery win awards before their tasting room is even open. Angelita achieved the fete with its 2013 Blanc du Bois Reserve which won bronze medals for white table wine in the Limited Production and Texas Wine categories of the 2014 International Lonestar Wine Competition. I didn't realize the winery was so new before I arrived, but it was exciting to hear about success right out of the gate!

The Place:  Our GPS decided to have a ... Read full review



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Umbra Winery   0
4.0
3/13/2015

Umbra Winery is the re-launch, reboot, and relocation of the former Crossroads Winery.

John and Debbie Wilson purchased Crossroads in 2013 and very wisely relocated it from its "boonies," warehouse-esque location east of Frisco into the wine mecca of Grapevine's Main Street area. I had the pleasure of visiting during the Crossroads era and now following the re-launch as Umbra. They always had some good wines, but now they have the added advantage of a beautiful facility and the possibility of foot traffic, which was never going to happen in the warehouse boonies!

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Messina Hof Grapevine   0
4.0
3/6/2015

Main Street in Grapevine is like the main square in Healdsburg, California – a winery on every corner with fun shops and restaurants in between. Unfortunately, I chose a rainy Saturday afternoon to explore it, so there was less exploring and more running in between raindrops to get to my destination!

The destination was worth it, though. Messina Hof Winery has been a staple in the Texas wine world since before I was old enough to drink; it was established in 1983, but it was just December of 2014 when Messina Hof opened an urban ... Read full review



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Vampire Vineyards   0
4.5
2/25/2015

I don't get into the whole vampire culture. I didn't see Twilight, don't watch True Bloods, no Vampire Diaries or even Buffy. But I must admit, I was pretty excited to go visit a place called Vampire Vineyards.

For one thing, we were in Beverly Hills. The Vampire Lounge and Tasting Room is the only wine bar in Beverly Hills! I couldn't believe it. Okay, Beverly Hills is not California wine country, but it's still California, and wine is sophisticated, right? Alas, there wasn't a wine bar on every second corner. This was it.
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D'Argenzio Enoteca Tasting Room   0
3.5
2/16/2015

Los Angeles is known much more for its traffic than for its boutique wineries. In Burbank, we found both in the same place.

D'Argenzio Winery's Burbank tasting room is located on a fairly busy thoroughfare; if you're intending to turn right into the parking lot, be aware that the turn for parking happens just before the actual winery building, so if you wait until you're in front of the winery, you've missed your turn. Then you have to go on driving adventures around Burbank to get back to where you want to be. Trust me – ... Read full review



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Weinhof Winery   0
2.0
2/11/2015

Weinhof Winery didn't have its best foot forward on the day we visited them.

We arrived at about 4:00 on a Saturday afternoon, which would seem to be prime time for winery visits. But there happened to be a festival that evening involving thirteen Texas wineries, and when we came in, there was some last-minute bottling and labeling going on so the proprietors of Weinhof had enough wine to take to the event. Fortunately, we'd been to Weinhof once before, so I know what it's like on a slower day.

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Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard   0
4.5
2/4/2015

What do you do with an ostrich farm when the ostriches are gone? Start a winery, of course!

That's Blue Ostrich Winery's story in a nutshell. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was a fully operational ostrich ranch. Now, only seven ostriches linger, and their job is to lend their name and serve as hospitality representatives for a really nice winery. If you show up during mating season, you might even get to see an ostrich dance!

The Place:  Blue Ostrich has a very attractive facility, inside and out. The facility is located a ... Read full review



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Brushy Creek Vineyards   0
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1/16/2015

With tons of family and family history in Wichita Falls, Henrietta, and St. Jo, Texas – on both sides – we drive Highway 287 all the time. All the time. I can't count the number of times we seen the sign for Brushy Creek Vineyards, looked longingly at it, and said, "We should stop there sometime." Well, we never could stop there, mid-road trip, so we decided to make it our destination. And we're so happy we did!

The Place:  Don't worry, the winery isn't the broken-down house you first pass on the right when you turn ... Read full review



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Marker Cellars   0
4.0
1/12/2015

Every once in a while, while visiting wineries, I feel like I've uncovered a well-kept secret.

I didn't know Marker Cellars was there until I looked on American Winery Guide's Texas winery map to see what was close to Brushy Creek. There was Marker Cellars, in the same city limits – but I didn't remember it being there before. I looked up the website, and it said tastings were by appointment only, but usually available on weekends. Since we were going to be in the area on a Saturday, I called and left a ... Read full review



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Driftwood Vineyards   0
3.5
1/3/2015

This is where to come to find out why they call this area the Hill Country.

If you're not from Texas, or have spent time only in West Texas or at the Texas beaches, you probably think of Texas as being FLAT. Well, it is. It's also full of piney woods and features the occasional canyon. At any rate, though, you may not think of Texas as being hilly. The view at Driftwood Estate Winery shows visitors exactly how that idea is wrong.

The Place:  The view is the star of the ... Read full review



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Zilaro Cellars   0
3.0
12/26/2014

During our recent trip to San Diego, we took the ferry to Coronado Island for two reasons: to visit Zilaro Cellars and to walk on the beach. The beach was amazing – it was close to sunset, we happened upon a wedding taking place in the sand, and the waves were rolling in so quickly that we got completely wet, just walking along. Unfortunately Zilaro Cellars was not quite so memorable.

The Place:  Zilaro Cellars has a great location, so I expected a lot. It's right across the street from the Hotel Coronado, the primo tourist ... Read full review



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Salt Lick Cellars   0
3.5
12/15/2014

This place has a pretty slick setup.

Averyone living in or passing through Austin, Texas has heard of Salt Lick BBQ. It’s probably the primary draw for the town of Driftwood, Texas, and has fed many a hungry traveler and local since its inception in 1967. (Try the ribs. I’m just saying.)

Anyway, the Salt Lick BBQ doesn't serve alcohol. But patrons can walk next door to Salt Lick Cellars and purchase wine or order beer by the bottle. Instant business! Smart! The same family that owns the BBQ restaurant owns the ... Read full review



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Cardwell Hill Cellars   0
3.5
11/19/2014

“Wow, who gets to live there?”

That’s what I said when I first saw the house situated on the grounds of the Cardwell Hill Cellars winery. It’s more of an estate, actually. And it’s gorgeous, just like the vineyards and the landscape around the Cardwell Hill tasting room.

The Place:  This is truly an idyllic setting located in the southern portion of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Besides the scenery, which includes the estate, the vineyards, and the luxurious hills around Corvallis, the tasting room boasts a great patio for sitting and having a glass ... Read full review



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Duchman Family Winery   0
4.0
10/14/2014

If it hadn't been for the heat, I might have thought I was in Tuscany.

Of course, since it was more than 95 degrees, I knew I was still in Texas, and I hadn't dropped through a wormhole to the countryside near Florence. (Darn it!) The facilities at Duchman Family Winery are reminiscent of an Italian villa – but the wine is all Texas.

The Place:  Duchman Family Winery is tucked away off F.M. 150 in the Driftwood area, southwest of Austin, and it's as if they picked up a little slice of ... Read full review



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San Diego Cellars   0
4.5
10/8/2014

As I've reviewed wineries, I've sometimes described newer wineries as still needing some time to find their direction, learn the complexities of making and marketing wine, and make wines that taste mature. If I see a winery with a start date of fewer than five years ago, I usually lower my expectations a bit. A young winery can often be a great place to go, but I usually think of it in terms of the potential they have, rather than what they are right now.

So, when I learned that San Diego Cellars opened in ... Read full review



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Basket Case Wines   0
3.5
9/17/2014

Know how to make a Texas girl happy? Take her to Oregon in the middle of the summer, where it's 30 degrees cooler. Drive her down the Oregon Coast, let her stop to take pictures, play in the sand on the beach, and dip her toes into the Pacific Ocean (cold!). Then stop at a winery. At least, that's how to make THIS Texas girl happy. I just had to stop at a winery called Basket Case. I figured, if nothing else, it had to have personality.

When we parked in front of the place, ... Read full review



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Airlie Winery   0
4.0
8/29/2014

Wineries near Monmouth, Oregon, in the lower Willamette Valley, seem to subscribe to the philosophy that they can make and sell great wine in a very casual, homey atmosphere, without the pretention of the North Willamette (according to them) or some of the larger establishments in Napa or Sonoma. Two prime examples are a pair of neighbors: Emerson Vineyards and Airlie Winery.

Airlie Winery has hours posted, but "by appointment or by chance" is also an option. We lucked into the "by chance" option on a glorious Wednesday in July. We'd Read full review



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Emerson Vineyards   0
4.5
8/14/2014

Family businesses are often passed down from generation to generation. However, in the case of Emerson Vineyards, we find the father embracing the dreams of the son, and both paying homage to their parentage as they pursue the passion of making great wine and sharing it with others. After visiting Emerson Vineyards and tasting their wines, I felt that I'd gotten a little glimpse into the life and love of the family behind it.

The Place:  Emerson Vineyards doesn't take itself too seriously. The tasting room is housed in a large warehouse-type facility that displays everything from ... Read full review



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Cowtown Winery   0
3.5
7/14/2014

The Fort Worth Stockyards are all about cows – barbecue, burgers, and steak, along with the live ones that get driven down the main street at 11:30 and 4:00 every afternoon. (If you've never been to Fort Worth, no, I'm not making this up.) It's decidedly a beer kind of place. But just down the street is where the grape-loving tourists go for a drink and a bit of air conditioning. Look right next door to Filthy McNasty's, where I can actually say I've been to drink beer and hear the band (twice), and you'll find Cowtown Winery.
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Crump Valley Vineyards   0
4.0
5/28/2014

Crump Valley Vineyards' tasting room is, fittingly, located on Crump Lane! It's very cute and inviting from the outside, with a picnic table out front and a many-windowed building. Unfortunately, Sulphur Springs doesn't provide much of a view. A large portion of the interior is a porch which we learned had been recently enclosed. I'm a little afraid it'll be blazing hot with the Texas sun on it in summer afternoons, but in the spring it was a lovely place to sit and have a glass. It has a bit of a covered porch/bistro feel. The tasting counter ... Read full review



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Red Road Winery   0
4.0
5/13/2014

I ended up loving Red Road Winery. But the first thing Red Road did was lead me on a bit of a wild goose chase.

Let me explain – so you won't be confused like I was!

First of all, don't confuse Red Road Winery with Red Road Vineyard (like I did). They're the same people, but two entirely different places. Red Road Winery, which is ultimately where I ended up, is in Texarkana, and has only been open about a year. Red Road Vineyard, which is where I thought I ... Read full review



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Umbra Winery   0
4.5
4/1/2014

*This review was produced prior to the winery changing its name from Crossroads to Umbra and moving to Grapevine.

If Crossroads Winery had a tasting room in a well-traveled area, its business would boom.

Even though it's located in the unlikeliest of places, in a bit of an industrial district west of Frisco, it's a fun experience. Crossroads has been around since 2005, but the winery was recently purchased by former chemical engineer John Wilson, who declared, "Making wine is a lot like making chemicals…but it sure does taste better."

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Rising Star Vineyards - Salado   0
3.0
3/27/2014

Salado, Texas is one of those little towns that seems to have a lot to discover. I only spent an afternoon there, but there's shopping, dining, nice scenery, interesting people, and, of course, wineries. Salado has three wineries located on the main road; Rising Star was our third stop. Unfortunately, it wasn't the highlight.

The Place:  The vendor next door was out on her porch and is a bit of a welcome wagon. We knew about the 50% merchandise sale before we even got in the door. That was definitely a highlight of the visit. Rising ... Read full review



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Salado Creek Winery & Vineyard   0
4.0
3/20/2014

Salado Creek Winery is tucked into a shopping area of Main Street in Salado. I almost missed it, but fortunately my passenger had an eagle eye. Even better, there were a few shops open at 1:00 on a Sunday afternoon in the same row, so Mom and I bought some Hawaiian jewelry before going into the winery. Hawaiian jewelry in Salado, Texas – who knew?

The Place:  Salado Creek doesn’t have much of a view; its primary windows look out onto the street. But it’s super-cute on the inside. As you enter, there’s a room to the ... Read full review



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Salado Winery Company   0
3.0
3/16/2014

My mom wanted to see Salado. So, one sunny Sunday afternoon on the way back to Dallas from the Austin area, we stopped. Mom is smart; she knew she had a much better chance of getting me to stop than Dad, so she chose to ask during a trip when I was the chauffeur and Dad stayed home to play in his garage. I was quite amenable to stopping in Salado. Besides three wineries, they have shopping. It wasn’t a hard sell.

I think we expected Salado’s touristy area to be similar to McKinney’s or Georgetown’s, laid ... Read full review



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Georgetown Winery   0
3.0
3/12/2014

Sometimes a winery’s biggest asset is its location. Georgetown Winery has prime real estate on the east side of Georgetown’s courthouse square, which is full of tourists on the weekends and locals on the weekdays.

The Place:  Inside, the winery has a fairly small space. It’s long and narrow and kind of reminded me of New York City storefront. Maybe that was because it was absolutely PACKED with people. It was late on a Saturday afternoon on the kind of day when you’re not sure if you’re going to need a sweater or not, so perhaps the ... Read full review



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Water 2 Wine - Round Rock   0
4.0
3/6/2014

I went to Austin to see friends in town from Britain (he’s from Texas, she’s Scottish, they live in the English countryside) and they enthusiastically orchestrated an afternoon of wine tasting. The transplanted Texan’s parents live in Round Rock, and Mom suggested Water2Wine. I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic at first, having rather limited experience with franchise wineries; most of my destinations are self-contained wineries often adjacent to their own vineyard. I was skeptical of a place that produces 90 to 100 different wines from imported juice.

After this visit – no more skepticism for me! I’d ... Read full review



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Art of Wine   0
4.0
2/24/2014

New Year’s Eve was a gorgeous day in Sedona. Doing the tourist thing as part of our honeymoon, of COURSE we went wine tasting. It’s what we do! I’m so glad that we can now find a winery just about everywhere we go. There are nearly 70 wineries in Arizona, 11 of which are represented at Art of Wine. (Actually, I think they represent 12, but they were out of one winery’s offerings.)

Online, I found a video of Scott Gisbourne, the founder of Art of Wine, talking about how people told his wife and ... Read full review



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Gruet Winery   0
4.5
2/11/2014

We served Gruet’s Brut sparkling wine for the toast at our wedding. It was fabulous – the wine AND the wedding! So, when I learned that Gruet Winery was on the way out of town as we traveled from Santa Fe to Sedona for our honeymoon, we had to stop.

The Place:  I was surprised to find the winery right on the freeway. You literally turn in from the access road, not far from a very busy intersection sporting some very unfortunate construction. The exterior of the building is quite lovely; the entryway was equally inviting, with ... Read full review



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Three Dudes Winery   0
4.0
1/12/2014

No self-respecting winery reviewer could take a road trip through south Texas on I-35 and not stop at a place called Three Dudes Winery. Well, at least not if that winery reviewer is me. Any winery called Three Dudes has to have an innate sense of humor and a certain degree of coolness – at least, that’s what I figured. And I was correct.

The Place:  Following the GPS to the Three Dudes address, you turn off the road and for a moment you think you’re in a trailer park! Don’t worry – keep driving, and you’ll ... Read full review



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Winery on the Gruene   0
3.0
11/25/2013

We decided to visit Winery on the Gruene on the way back to Dallas from San Antonio. We were looking for a winery near I-35, and according to the AmericanWineryGuide.com map of Texas wineries, Winery on the Gruene fit the bill. It didn't dawn on me until we drove into town that I knew where we were – the main tourist road in Gruene, the one we drive down to pick up the inflated rings (Toobs) when we go floating on the Guadalupe during the summer. This was October, but there were still a LOT of cars.
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La Cruz De Comal Wines   0
4.0
11/12/2013

Texas wineries tend to be unique, but La Cruz de Comal is a Texas winery unlike any other. Its owner calls it a meeting of the Hill Country and the region of Provence in France – Texas grapes and Texas character but the winemaking style of the Old World.

The Place:  La Cruz de Comal is located off highway 2722, not far from Canyon Lake, Texas. Be aware that there is a bit of a sharp turn and a downward incline to the road when you turn off 2722 – don’t try to take your ... Read full review



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Spicewood Vineyards   0
4.0
10/6/2013

Spicewood Vineyards was our last stop of the afternoon on a hot day in August. I was thinking it might just be a quick stop and then we’d get on the road to Dallas – not a fun drive on a Sunday evening, especially if you take the interstate.

But Spicewood had other ideas. It’s the kind of place where time seems to slow down, and you just don’t want to leave.

The Place:  We had a bit of a snafu finding the place. County Road 409 was blocked off at highway 71 on ... Read full review



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Westcave Cellars Winery   0
4.0
9/30/2013

It was a typical blistering central Texas day when we drove into Westcave Cellars. I noticed two things immediately; the sparkling streamers on the grapevines, which I later learned served as bird deterrents, and the presence of farm equipment, which indicated to me that they were harvesting. Whew, I thought, better them than me!

The Place:  Fortunately, the tasting room was nice and cool. There are several rooms on the Westcave property, including a structure next door to the tasting room that might be a residence – complete with second-floor balcony doors that lead nowhere, given the ... Read full review



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McReynolds Wines   0
2.0
9/26/2013

As we drove up to McReynolds’ tasting room, the gravel crunched under our tires and we heard a dog begin to bark. As we got out of the car and admired the log cabin that houses the tasting room, an older lady came out of an adjacent building and hailed us. She was wearing a baseball cap that said “Wineaux,” which made me laugh – because that’s the word I use to describe myself, a wino with a little bit of sophistication (the –eaux). So I was prepared for a good experience.

The Place:  As I ... Read full review



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Flat Creek Estate   0
4.0
9/15/2013

We visited Flat Creek Estate on a hot and steamy August afternoon – but the heat was the only down side of the experience. If it had been 20 degrees cooler, it would have been a perfect afternoon.

The Place:  If you know Texas Hill Country at all, you’re prepared for the winding, two-lane roads. Flat Creek wasn’t hard to find at all, but people certainly do like to drive quickly on that curvy road!

There are several buildings on the Flat Creek Estate property, including a large pavilion that would be perfect ... Read full review



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Arche   0
3.0
8/30/2013

When my fiancé was a kid, his grandfather lived in St. Jo, Texas. My father’s family is from the same region of Texas, the Wichita Falls area, but even I had never heard of St. Jo. Imagine my surprise when I learned that one of Texas' 190+ wineries is located six miles outside of St. Jo!

Of course I had to go check it out.

The Place:  If you are driving down the highway and you blink, you might miss St. Jo. Fortunately we didn’t. GPS and recent maps are actually pretty helpful at ... Read full review



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Monticello Vineyards - Corley Family Napa Valley   0
3.5
8/20/2013

I’ve been to Monticello – Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia, that is. I was a kid, on that obligatory Washington, D.C.-area vacation with my family, but I vaguely remember it. I felt a bit turned around when I learned that Monticello Vineyards is in Napa Valley, California, not Virginia at all.

A little online research, and I learned why. The Corley family, owners and
operators of Monticello Vineyards, come from Virginia. Jay Corley, founder, expresses an admiration for Thomas Jefferson’s appreciation for food and wine and connections to farming. So I went ... Read full review



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Murphy-Goode Winery   0
4.5
8/8/2013

At Murphy-Goode, it’s all about "living the Goode life." I can think of nothing better!

The Place:  Murphy-Goode’s grapes come from throughout Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, and the California North Coast, but the tasting room is located on the fun and busy Healdsburg Square. It was our first stop on a day of visiting Sonoma wineries, and it was trying to rain, so we didn't get to take advantage of the outdoor seating, which I imagine would be lovely on a pleasant day.

Inside is bright and airy, with high ceilings ... Read full review



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Beaulieu Vineyard   0
4.0
7/21/2013

I must admit that I wasn’t terribly excited about visiting Napa's Beaulieu Vineyard. I think that’s because BV wines are so widely available, and somehow in my mind I equated that with being over-commercialized, impersonal, and somehow not as good. After all, they make 240,000 cases a year, so how much attention can they pay? Right?

Happily, I was wrong.

The Place:  Upon entering Beaulieu Vineyards' main tasting room, we were greeted with a complimentary glass of Carneros Reserve Chardonnay, which I thought was a very classy touch. They have ample tasting ... Read full review



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4.0
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Hagafen Cellars   0
3.5
7/13/2013

When my Jewish friend Karen wanted us to visit a kosher winery during our wine tasting trip to Napa Valley, I wasn’t terribly excited.

After all, kosher wine doesn’t exactly have a great reputation. Not that I knew that much about it; once, years ago, I had a little Manischewitz at a Seder, and I remember it tasting like sickly-sweet grape juice. Karen said that description was about right. When she was younger, they had either Manischewitz or Mogen David, and it was either super-sweet grape juice or cough syrup, depending on the vintage, I guess. ... Read full review



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V. Sattui Winery   0
4.5
6/27/2013

By 1985, V. Sattui Winery was able to build a beautiful stone winery amid the venerable 250 year-old oaks, reminiscent of the late 19th century wineries in Italy and France. With its two stories, tower, wine caves and underground aging cellars, its completion was a fitting tribute to help celebrate the centennial of Vittorio's dream.

The above is just a small piece of the colorful and memorable history of V. Sattui Winery as described on the V. Sattui website. Not only is V. Sattui an idyllic place to taste a variety of excellent wines and enjoy ... Read full review



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Van Der Heyden Vineyards   0
4.0
6/25/2013

This winery is the embodiment of the American dream.

Andre Van der Heyden lived the earliest years of his life in The Netherlands. He recalls being given a taste of really good wine and saying, “This is what I want to do.” By 1984, he was in Napa, bottling his first vintage.

The Place:  If you’ve gotten used to Napa and Sonoma’s refined, upscale tasting rooms, Van der Heyden will come as quite a surprise. The tasting room is right off the main road, but it looks more like you’re driving ... Read full review



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Conn Creek Winery   0
4.0
6/20/2013

When my fearsome foursome was planning our trip to Napa and Sonoma, I expressed an interest in visiting Conn Creek because my sister-in-law has poured us some of their cabernet at family parties, and everyone liked it quite a bit. So I wanted to see what else they had. That was quite good enough for my traveling companions, so off we went.

The Place:  The first great thing Conn Creek has is the view. It took me awhile to venture into the tasting room from the parking lot because I was busy taking photos! The ... Read full review



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4.0
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B.R. Cohn Winery   0
4.5
6/17/2013

Bruce Cohn has apparently lived a charmed life.

In 1969, he began to manage a little local band called the Doobie Brothers, and we all know how that turned out.

In 1974, he purchased land in Sonoma County, California that housed a 145-year-old grove of Picholine olive trees. Now he makes ultra-premium olive oil.

That same land just happened to be situated atop a hot-springs-producing aquifer, which increases the temperature of the soil; along with the insulation provided by a nearby mountain, that aquifer provides the ideal growing environment for ... Read full review



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4.5
4.0
4.5
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Roadhouse Winery   0
4.0
6/13/2013

There’s a lot to see while wandering around the square in Healdsburg, California – shops, restaurants, gourmet grocery stores, and not least by any means, wine tasting rooms. So we expected to taste some wine when we ventured into Healdsburg on a drizzly Memorial Day. We left the square with an outstanding bottle of Pinot Noir and the feeling that we’d discovered something remarkable.

The Experience:  My fiancé and I were on a wine tasting trip with another couple (we’re still not sure if they’re enabling us or we’re enabling them). At any rate, we’d split up, ... Read full review



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3.0

Alexander Valley Vineyards   0
3.0
6/3/2013

Cyrus Alexander, one of Sonoma County’s early settlers in the 1840s, lent his name to a geographical region approximately one hour north of San Francisco – and to Alexander Valley Vineyards, the winery situated on the lands that include Cyrus Alexander’s original homestead.

The Place:  Alexander Valley’s facilities are both beautiful and functional. The tasting room is centrally located within the grounds, and as you approach the winery you see barrels near the parking area, perhaps accompanied by a fork lift and/or winery employee. I was particularly intrigued by the caves, used for barrel storage. The ... Read full review



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Landon Winery   0
4.0
5/26/2013

The courthouse square in McKinney, Texas, has the same old-fashioned, welcoming, small-town atmosphere of many courthouse squares in Texas; antique and curio shops, fine and casual dining, and local watering holes. McKinney’s, however, is the only courthouse square with the good fortune to have Landon Winery on its southwest corner.

The Experience:  I have to confess that I discovered Landon Winery four or five years ago, so I had knowledge of its presence and its wines long before I started writing for American Winery Guide. However, I wanted to be able to present an authentic tasting ... Read full review



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Black Mesa Winery   0
4.5
4/14/2013

Where the sunlight meets the shadows on the mesa, halfway between Santa Fe and Taos, there you find Black Mesa Winery. Don’t pass this one up; it is a must-stop. The wines are excellent, the people are friendly, and the view is fantastic. And if you’re lucky, you might get to see some of the menagerie of cats that are the winery’s true leadership.

The Experience:  I visited Black Mesa Winery during my first trip to New Mexico. The winery is located about halfway between Taos and Santa Fe; my friend and I drove up from Santa ... Read full review



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4.0
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Texas Legato Winery   0
2.0
4/8/2013

Texas Legato lies in the northern part of Texas Hill Country, although it’s not terribly hilly in this particular spot just outside of Lampasas. Still, this area of Central Texas is home to many really good wineries, and often you stumble across a gem that you didn't expect to find.

Unfortunately, Texas Legato is not one of those gems.

The Experience:  Honestly, I expected a good experience. We hadn't planned to go to Texas Legato, but it is literally next door to Pillar Bluff and shares a vineyard, and the Pillar Bluff ... Read full review



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Pillar Bluff   0
4.5
4/3/2013

Pillar Bluff Vineyards is an absolute find. Located off the beaten path near Lampasas, Texas, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, there lives a winemaker named Gill who knows his wine. Contest judges have recognized it, too; Pillar Bluff boasts several bronze and silver medals and one double gold wine that is absolutely extraordinary. These wines demonstrate their winemaker’s passion and illustrate exactly what Texas grapes can do.

The Experience:  Fortunately it was a balmy March Sunday when we visited, but I could envision the summers being VERY hot on the flat plain that is the ... Read full review



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Fall Creek Vineyards   1
4.5
3/28/2013

Fall Creek really has everything you’d want in a winery: a great view on the drive in, personality in its tasting room and the person representing it, the opportunity to learn about their processes and facilities, some very good wines – and the welcome wagon led by two friendly felines. It feels like it’s way out in the middle of nowhere, and you can get the whole winery package – an informative tour, good wine, a kitschy gift shop, and a divine patio for a leisurely picnic in good company.

The Experience  To find Fall Creek, you get ... Read full review



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Becker Vineyards   0
3.5
3/20/2013

Established in 1992, Becker Vineyards is one of the more well-established and well-known wineries in the Fredericksburg area of Central Texas. In 2010, Forbes claimed they made the best wine in Texas. Having been around awhile, and won numerous awards at wine competitions, they know what they’re doing in terms of making good wine and providing a memorable experience for the people who visit the winery on a sunny Saturday.

The Experience   It was mid-afternoon on a Saturday in March when we went to Becker. It’s a popular place, only a few miles from Fredericksburg, and a ... Read full review



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Inwood Estates Vineyards   0
4.5
2/3/2013

Near the intersection of I-35E and the Dallas North Tollway, one finds the design district, the medical district, a LOT of traffic, and…

…the Inwood Estates tasting room.

A winery in the middle of the Dallas design district?

Suspend your disbelief. Prepare to be amazed.

The Experience:  Finding the Inwood tasting room requires driving through an extremely industrial-looking area. Do not despair – it’s really there, with an address on Manufacturing Street, located far enough from the road in a convoluted parking area that the UPS drivers might have ... Read full review



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5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
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3.5

Sunset Winery   0
4.5
1/28/2013

“The Best Little Wine House in Texas” – that’s what Bruce and Birgit Anderson call their unexpected, quirky winery located literally steps from northbound I-35W in Burleson, Texas. Besides being a clever play on the name of a famous movie, it’s definitely a little house where they make wine, so it’s a pretty good descriptor. Whatever it’s called, it’s definitely worth the short detour off the road well traveled.

The Experience:   There isn’t a lot of vista-type scenery in Burleson, so it’s the people, the wines, and the story of Sunset Winery that make a visit here ... Read full review



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Wines of Colorado   0
4.5
1/26/2013

Visiting The Wines of Colorado is an incredibly unique experience. Even after being prepped by a local, I was in no way prepared for the eclectic atmosphere and variety of food and wine that this combination restaurant and wine tasting extravaganza has to offer.

The Place:  From the outside, The Wines of Colorado doesn’t bear any resemblance to a winery, wine bar, or even a restaurant, at least not to my Texas tourist’s eye. We actually passed it the first time; I saw the sign, but said, “That looks like a gas station – it can’t be it!” ... Read full review



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Rockyspring Winery   0
3.0
1/22/2013

On a mountainside in Colorado, literally in the company of buffalo and antelope, sits the homey, wooden building that houses Rockyspring Winery.

The Place:  It’s a bit of a drive between civilization and Rockyspring Winery – or maybe it just seemed like that to the Texas tourists who set out to find out what Colorado wines had to offer. We were treated to a lovely view that included a herd of buffalo, a herd of antelope – yes, playing – a lone coyote, and a winding road up the mountain to the winery itself. Fortunately the signage is ... Read full review



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3.0

Rockyspring Winery   0
3.0

On a mountainside in Colorado, literally in the company of buffalo and antelope, sits the homey, wooden building that houses Rockyspring Winery.

The Place:  It’s a bit of a drive between civilization and Rockyspring Winery – or maybe it just seemed like that to the Texas tourists who set out to find out what Colorado wines had to offer. We were treated to a lovely view that included a herd of buffalo, a herd of antelope – yes, playing – a lone coyote, and a winding road up the mountain to the winery itself. Fortunately the signage is ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
3.0
3.5
4.0
3.0

Wines of Colorado   0
4.5

Visiting The Wines of Colorado is an incredibly unique experience. Even after being prepped by a local, I was in no way prepared for the eclectic atmosphere and variety of food and wine that this combination restaurant and wine tasting extravaganza has to offer.

The Place:  From the outside, The Wines of Colorado doesn’t bear any resemblance to a winery, wine bar, or even a restaurant, at least not to my Texas tourist’s eye. We actually passed it the first time; I saw the sign, but said, “That looks like a gas station – it can’t be it!” ... Read full review



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4.5
4.5
4.5

Sunset Winery   0
4.5

“The Best Little Wine House in Texas” – that’s what Bruce and Birgit Anderson call their unexpected, quirky winery located literally steps from northbound I-35W in Burleson, Texas. Besides being a clever play on the name of a famous movie, it’s definitely a little house where they make wine, so it’s a pretty good descriptor. Whatever it’s called, it’s definitely worth the short detour off the road well traveled.

The Experience:   There isn’t a lot of vista-type scenery in Burleson, so it’s the people, the wines, and the story of Sunset Winery that make a visit here ... Read full review



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4.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
3.0

Inwood Estates Vineyards   0
4.5

Near the intersection of I-35E and the Dallas North Tollway, one finds the design district, the medical district, a LOT of traffic, and…

…the Inwood Estates tasting room.

A winery in the middle of the Dallas design district?

Suspend your disbelief. Prepare to be amazed.

The Experience:  Finding the Inwood tasting room requires driving through an extremely industrial-looking area. Do not despair – it’s really there, with an address on Manufacturing Street, located far enough from the road in a convoluted parking area that the UPS drivers might have ... Read full review



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5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
3.5

Becker Vineyards   0
3.5

Established in 1992, Becker Vineyards is one of the more well-established and well-known wineries in the Fredericksburg area of Central Texas. In 2010, Forbes claimed they made the best wine in Texas. Having been around awhile, and won numerous awards at wine competitions, they know what they’re doing in terms of making good wine and providing a memorable experience for the people who visit the winery on a sunny Saturday.

The Experience   It was mid-afternoon on a Saturday in March when we went to Becker. It’s a popular place, only a few miles from Fredericksburg, and a ... Read full review



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3.5
3.5
4.0
3.5

Fall Creek Vineyards   1
4.5

Fall Creek really has everything you’d want in a winery: a great view on the drive in, personality in its tasting room and the person representing it, the opportunity to learn about their processes and facilities, some very good wines – and the welcome wagon led by two friendly felines. It feels like it’s way out in the middle of nowhere, and you can get the whole winery package – an informative tour, good wine, a kitschy gift shop, and a divine patio for a leisurely picnic in good company.

The Experience  To find Fall Creek, you get ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
4.5
4.0
5.0
5.0
4.5

Pillar Bluff   0
4.5

Pillar Bluff Vineyards is an absolute find. Located off the beaten path near Lampasas, Texas, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, there lives a winemaker named Gill who knows his wine. Contest judges have recognized it, too; Pillar Bluff boasts several bronze and silver medals and one double gold wine that is absolutely extraordinary. These wines demonstrate their winemaker’s passion and illustrate exactly what Texas grapes can do.

The Experience:  Fortunately it was a balmy March Sunday when we visited, but I could envision the summers being VERY hot on the flat plain that is the ... Read full review



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4.5
4.0
5.0
5.0
3.5

Texas Legato Winery   0
2.0

Texas Legato lies in the northern part of Texas Hill Country, although it’s not terribly hilly in this particular spot just outside of Lampasas. Still, this area of Central Texas is home to many really good wineries, and often you stumble across a gem that you didn't expect to find.

Unfortunately, Texas Legato is not one of those gems.

The Experience:  Honestly, I expected a good experience. We hadn't planned to go to Texas Legato, but it is literally next door to Pillar Bluff and shares a vineyard, and the Pillar Bluff ... Read full review



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2.5
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2.0

Black Mesa Winery   0
4.5

Where the sunlight meets the shadows on the mesa, halfway between Santa Fe and Taos, there you find Black Mesa Winery. Don’t pass this one up; it is a must-stop. The wines are excellent, the people are friendly, and the view is fantastic. And if you’re lucky, you might get to see some of the menagerie of cats that are the winery’s true leadership.

The Experience:  I visited Black Mesa Winery during my first trip to New Mexico. The winery is located about halfway between Taos and Santa Fe; my friend and I drove up from Santa ... Read full review



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4.0
3.5
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4.5

Landon Winery   0
4.0

The courthouse square in McKinney, Texas, has the same old-fashioned, welcoming, small-town atmosphere of many courthouse squares in Texas; antique and curio shops, fine and casual dining, and local watering holes. McKinney’s, however, is the only courthouse square with the good fortune to have Landon Winery on its southwest corner.

The Experience:  I have to confess that I discovered Landon Winery four or five years ago, so I had knowledge of its presence and its wines long before I started writing for American Winery Guide. However, I wanted to be able to present an authentic tasting ... Read full review



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4.0
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3.5

Alexander Valley Vineyards   0
3.0

Cyrus Alexander, one of Sonoma County’s early settlers in the 1840s, lent his name to a geographical region approximately one hour north of San Francisco – and to Alexander Valley Vineyards, the winery situated on the lands that include Cyrus Alexander’s original homestead.

The Place:  Alexander Valley’s facilities are both beautiful and functional. The tasting room is centrally located within the grounds, and as you approach the winery you see barrels near the parking area, perhaps accompanied by a fork lift and/or winery employee. I was particularly intrigued by the caves, used for barrel storage. The ... Read full review



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3.0
3.0
3.5
4.0

Roadhouse Winery   0
4.0

There’s a lot to see while wandering around the square in Healdsburg, California – shops, restaurants, gourmet grocery stores, and not least by any means, wine tasting rooms. So we expected to taste some wine when we ventured into Healdsburg on a drizzly Memorial Day. We left the square with an outstanding bottle of Pinot Noir and the feeling that we’d discovered something remarkable.

The Experience:  My fiancé and I were on a wine tasting trip with another couple (we’re still not sure if they’re enabling us or we’re enabling them). At any rate, we’d split up, ... Read full review



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4.5
4.5
3.0

B.R. Cohn Winery   0
4.5

Bruce Cohn has apparently lived a charmed life.

In 1969, he began to manage a little local band called the Doobie Brothers, and we all know how that turned out.

In 1974, he purchased land in Sonoma County, California that housed a 145-year-old grove of Picholine olive trees. Now he makes ultra-premium olive oil.

That same land just happened to be situated atop a hot-springs-producing aquifer, which increases the temperature of the soil; along with the insulation provided by a nearby mountain, that aquifer provides the ideal growing environment for ... Read full review



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4.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
5.0

Conn Creek Winery   0
4.0

When my fearsome foursome was planning our trip to Napa and Sonoma, I expressed an interest in visiting Conn Creek because my sister-in-law has poured us some of their cabernet at family parties, and everyone liked it quite a bit. So I wanted to see what else they had. That was quite good enough for my traveling companions, so off we went.

The Place:  The first great thing Conn Creek has is the view. It took me awhile to venture into the tasting room from the parking lot because I was busy taking photos! The ... Read full review



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4.0
4.0
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Van Der Heyden Vineyards   0
4.0

This winery is the embodiment of the American dream.

Andre Van der Heyden lived the earliest years of his life in The Netherlands. He recalls being given a taste of really good wine and saying, “This is what I want to do.” By 1984, he was in Napa, bottling his first vintage.

The Place:  If you’ve gotten used to Napa and Sonoma’s refined, upscale tasting rooms, Van der Heyden will come as quite a surprise. The tasting room is right off the main road, but it looks more like you’re driving ... Read full review



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3.5
4.0
4.5
3.0

V. Sattui Winery   0
4.5

By 1985, V. Sattui Winery was able to build a beautiful stone winery amid the venerable 250 year-old oaks, reminiscent of the late 19th century wineries in Italy and France. With its two stories, tower, wine caves and underground aging cellars, its completion was a fitting tribute to help celebrate the centennial of Vittorio's dream.

The above is just a small piece of the colorful and memorable history of V. Sattui Winery as described on the V. Sattui website. Not only is V. Sattui an idyllic place to taste a variety of excellent wines and enjoy ... Read full review



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5.0
5.0
3.5
4.5
5.0
5.0

Hagafen Cellars   0
3.5

When my Jewish friend Karen wanted us to visit a kosher winery during our wine tasting trip to Napa Valley, I wasn’t terribly excited.

After all, kosher wine doesn’t exactly have a great reputation. Not that I knew that much about it; once, years ago, I had a little Manischewitz at a Seder, and I remember it tasting like sickly-sweet grape juice. Karen said that description was about right. When she was younger, they had either Manischewitz or Mogen David, and it was either super-sweet grape juice or cough syrup, depending on the vintage, I guess. ... Read full review



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3.5
3.0
4.5
3.5

Beaulieu Vineyard   0
4.0

I must admit that I wasn’t terribly excited about visiting Napa's Beaulieu Vineyard. I think that’s because BV wines are so widely available, and somehow in my mind I equated that with being over-commercialized, impersonal, and somehow not as good. After all, they make 240,000 cases a year, so how much attention can they pay? Right?

Happily, I was wrong.

The Place:  Upon entering Beaulieu Vineyards' main tasting room, we were greeted with a complimentary glass of Carneros Reserve Chardonnay, which I thought was a very classy touch. They have ample tasting ... Read full review



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4.0
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5.0
4.0

Murphy-Goode Winery   0
4.5

At Murphy-Goode, it’s all about "living the Goode life." I can think of nothing better!

The Place:  Murphy-Goode’s grapes come from throughout Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, and the California North Coast, but the tasting room is located on the fun and busy Healdsburg Square. It was our first stop on a day of visiting Sonoma wineries, and it was trying to rain, so we didn't get to take advantage of the outdoor seating, which I imagine would be lovely on a pleasant day.

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Monticello Vineyards - Corley Family Napa Valley   0
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I’ve been to Monticello – Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia, that is. I was a kid, on that obligatory Washington, D.C.-area vacation with my family, but I vaguely remember it. I felt a bit turned around when I learned that Monticello Vineyards is in Napa Valley, California, not Virginia at all.

A little online research, and I learned why. The Corley family, owners and
operators of Monticello Vineyards, come from Virginia. Jay Corley, founder, expresses an admiration for Thomas Jefferson’s appreciation for food and wine and connections to farming. So I went ... Read full review



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Arche   0
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When my fiancé was a kid, his grandfather lived in St. Jo, Texas. My father’s family is from the same region of Texas, the Wichita Falls area, but even I had never heard of St. Jo. Imagine my surprise when I learned that one of Texas' 190+ wineries is located six miles outside of St. Jo!

Of course I had to go check it out.

The Place:  If you are driving down the highway and you blink, you might miss St. Jo. Fortunately we didn’t. GPS and recent maps are actually pretty helpful at ... Read full review



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Flat Creek Estate   0
4.0

We visited Flat Creek Estate on a hot and steamy August afternoon – but the heat was the only down side of the experience. If it had been 20 degrees cooler, it would have been a perfect afternoon.

The Place:  If you know Texas Hill Country at all, you’re prepared for the winding, two-lane roads. Flat Creek wasn’t hard to find at all, but people certainly do like to drive quickly on that curvy road!

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McReynolds Wines   0
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As we drove up to McReynolds’ tasting room, the gravel crunched under our tires and we heard a dog begin to bark. As we got out of the car and admired the log cabin that houses the tasting room, an older lady came out of an adjacent building and hailed us. She was wearing a baseball cap that said “Wineaux,” which made me laugh – because that’s the word I use to describe myself, a wino with a little bit of sophistication (the –eaux). So I was prepared for a good experience.

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Westcave Cellars Winery   0
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It was a typical blistering central Texas day when we drove into Westcave Cellars. I noticed two things immediately; the sparkling streamers on the grapevines, which I later learned served as bird deterrents, and the presence of farm equipment, which indicated to me that they were harvesting. Whew, I thought, better them than me!

The Place:  Fortunately, the tasting room was nice and cool. There are several rooms on the Westcave property, including a structure next door to the tasting room that might be a residence – complete with second-floor balcony doors that lead nowhere, given the ... Read full review



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Spicewood Vineyards   0
4.0

Spicewood Vineyards was our last stop of the afternoon on a hot day in August. I was thinking it might just be a quick stop and then we’d get on the road to Dallas – not a fun drive on a Sunday evening, especially if you take the interstate.

But Spicewood had other ideas. It’s the kind of place where time seems to slow down, and you just don’t want to leave.

The Place:  We had a bit of a snafu finding the place. County Road 409 was blocked off at highway 71 on ... Read full review



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La Cruz De Comal Wines   0
4.0

Texas wineries tend to be unique, but La Cruz de Comal is a Texas winery unlike any other. Its owner calls it a meeting of the Hill Country and the region of Provence in France – Texas grapes and Texas character but the winemaking style of the Old World.

The Place:  La Cruz de Comal is located off highway 2722, not far from Canyon Lake, Texas. Be aware that there is a bit of a sharp turn and a downward incline to the road when you turn off 2722 – don’t try to take your ... Read full review



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Winery on the Gruene   0
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We decided to visit Winery on the Gruene on the way back to Dallas from San Antonio. We were looking for a winery near I-35, and according to the AmericanWineryGuide.com map of Texas wineries, Winery on the Gruene fit the bill. It didn't dawn on me until we drove into town that I knew where we were – the main tourist road in Gruene, the one we drive down to pick up the inflated rings (Toobs) when we go floating on the Guadalupe during the summer. This was October, but there were still a LOT of cars.
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Three Dudes Winery   0
4.0

No self-respecting winery reviewer could take a road trip through south Texas on I-35 and not stop at a place called Three Dudes Winery. Well, at least not if that winery reviewer is me. Any winery called Three Dudes has to have an innate sense of humor and a certain degree of coolness – at least, that’s what I figured. And I was correct.

The Place:  Following the GPS to the Three Dudes address, you turn off the road and for a moment you think you’re in a trailer park! Don’t worry – keep driving, and you’ll ... Read full review



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Gruet Winery   0
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We served Gruet’s Brut sparkling wine for the toast at our wedding. It was fabulous – the wine AND the wedding! So, when I learned that Gruet Winery was on the way out of town as we traveled from Santa Fe to Sedona for our honeymoon, we had to stop.

The Place:  I was surprised to find the winery right on the freeway. You literally turn in from the access road, not far from a very busy intersection sporting some very unfortunate construction. The exterior of the building is quite lovely; the entryway was equally inviting, with ... Read full review



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Art of Wine   0
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New Year’s Eve was a gorgeous day in Sedona. Doing the tourist thing as part of our honeymoon, of COURSE we went wine tasting. It’s what we do! I’m so glad that we can now find a winery just about everywhere we go. There are nearly 70 wineries in Arizona, 11 of which are represented at Art of Wine. (Actually, I think they represent 12, but they were out of one winery’s offerings.)

Online, I found a video of Scott Gisbourne, the founder of Art of Wine, talking about how people told his wife and ... Read full review



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Water 2 Wine - Round Rock   0
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I went to Austin to see friends in town from Britain (he’s from Texas, she’s Scottish, they live in the English countryside) and they enthusiastically orchestrated an afternoon of wine tasting. The transplanted Texan’s parents live in Round Rock, and Mom suggested Water2Wine. I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic at first, having rather limited experience with franchise wineries; most of my destinations are self-contained wineries often adjacent to their own vineyard. I was skeptical of a place that produces 90 to 100 different wines from imported juice.

After this visit – no more skepticism for me! I’d ... Read full review



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Georgetown Winery   0
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Sometimes a winery’s biggest asset is its location. Georgetown Winery has prime real estate on the east side of Georgetown’s courthouse square, which is full of tourists on the weekends and locals on the weekdays.

The Place:  Inside, the winery has a fairly small space. It’s long and narrow and kind of reminded me of New York City storefront. Maybe that was because it was absolutely PACKED with people. It was late on a Saturday afternoon on the kind of day when you’re not sure if you’re going to need a sweater or not, so perhaps the ... Read full review



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Salado Winery Company   0
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My mom wanted to see Salado. So, one sunny Sunday afternoon on the way back to Dallas from the Austin area, we stopped. Mom is smart; she knew she had a much better chance of getting me to stop than Dad, so she chose to ask during a trip when I was the chauffeur and Dad stayed home to play in his garage. I was quite amenable to stopping in Salado. Besides three wineries, they have shopping. It wasn’t a hard sell.

I think we expected Salado’s touristy area to be similar to McKinney’s or Georgetown’s, laid ... Read full review



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Salado Creek Winery & Vineyard   0
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Salado Creek Winery is tucked into a shopping area of Main Street in Salado. I almost missed it, but fortunately my passenger had an eagle eye. Even better, there were a few shops open at 1:00 on a Sunday afternoon in the same row, so Mom and I bought some Hawaiian jewelry before going into the winery. Hawaiian jewelry in Salado, Texas – who knew?

The Place:  Salado Creek doesn’t have much of a view; its primary windows look out onto the street. But it’s super-cute on the inside. As you enter, there’s a room to the ... Read full review



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Rising Star Vineyards - Salado   0
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Salado, Texas is one of those little towns that seems to have a lot to discover. I only spent an afternoon there, but there's shopping, dining, nice scenery, interesting people, and, of course, wineries. Salado has three wineries located on the main road; Rising Star was our third stop. Unfortunately, it wasn't the highlight.

The Place:  The vendor next door was out on her porch and is a bit of a welcome wagon. We knew about the 50% merchandise sale before we even got in the door. That was definitely a highlight of the visit. Rising ... Read full review



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Umbra Winery   0
4.5

*This review was produced prior to the winery changing its name from Crossroads to Umbra and moving to Grapevine.

If Crossroads Winery had a tasting room in a well-traveled area, its business would boom.

Even though it's located in the unlikeliest of places, in a bit of an industrial district west of Frisco, it's a fun experience. Crossroads has been around since 2005, but the winery was recently purchased by former chemical engineer John Wilson, who declared, "Making wine is a lot like making chemicals…but it sure does taste better."

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Red Road Winery   0
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I ended up loving Red Road Winery. But the first thing Red Road did was lead me on a bit of a wild goose chase.

Let me explain – so you won't be confused like I was!

First of all, don't confuse Red Road Winery with Red Road Vineyard (like I did). They're the same people, but two entirely different places. Red Road Winery, which is ultimately where I ended up, is in Texarkana, and has only been open about a year. Red Road Vineyard, which is where I thought I ... Read full review



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Crump Valley Vineyards   0
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Crump Valley Vineyards' tasting room is, fittingly, located on Crump Lane! It's very cute and inviting from the outside, with a picnic table out front and a many-windowed building. Unfortunately, Sulphur Springs doesn't provide much of a view. A large portion of the interior is a porch which we learned had been recently enclosed. I'm a little afraid it'll be blazing hot with the Texas sun on it in summer afternoons, but in the spring it was a lovely place to sit and have a glass. It has a bit of a covered porch/bistro feel. The tasting counter ... Read full review



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Cowtown Winery   0
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The Fort Worth Stockyards are all about cows – barbecue, burgers, and steak, along with the live ones that get driven down the main street at 11:30 and 4:00 every afternoon. (If you've never been to Fort Worth, no, I'm not making this up.) It's decidedly a beer kind of place. But just down the street is where the grape-loving tourists go for a drink and a bit of air conditioning. Look right next door to Filthy McNasty's, where I can actually say I've been to drink beer and hear the band (twice), and you'll find Cowtown Winery.
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Emerson Vineyards   0
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Family businesses are often passed down from generation to generation. However, in the case of Emerson Vineyards, we find the father embracing the dreams of the son, and both paying homage to their parentage as they pursue the passion of making great wine and sharing it with others. After visiting Emerson Vineyards and tasting their wines, I felt that I'd gotten a little glimpse into the life and love of the family behind it.

The Place:  Emerson Vineyards doesn't take itself too seriously. The tasting room is housed in a large warehouse-type facility that displays everything from ... Read full review



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Airlie Winery   0
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Wineries near Monmouth, Oregon, in the lower Willamette Valley, seem to subscribe to the philosophy that they can make and sell great wine in a very casual, homey atmosphere, without the pretention of the North Willamette (according to them) or some of the larger establishments in Napa or Sonoma. Two prime examples are a pair of neighbors: Emerson Vineyards and Airlie Winery.

Airlie Winery has hours posted, but "by appointment or by chance" is also an option. We lucked into the "by chance" option on a glorious Wednesday in July. We'd Read full review



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Basket Case Wines   0
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Know how to make a Texas girl happy? Take her to Oregon in the middle of the summer, where it's 30 degrees cooler. Drive her down the Oregon Coast, let her stop to take pictures, play in the sand on the beach, and dip her toes into the Pacific Ocean (cold!). Then stop at a winery. At least, that's how to make THIS Texas girl happy. I just had to stop at a winery called Basket Case. I figured, if nothing else, it had to have personality.

When we parked in front of the place, ... Read full review



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San Diego Cellars   0
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As I've reviewed wineries, I've sometimes described newer wineries as still needing some time to find their direction, learn the complexities of making and marketing wine, and make wines that taste mature. If I see a winery with a start date of fewer than five years ago, I usually lower my expectations a bit. A young winery can often be a great place to go, but I usually think of it in terms of the potential they have, rather than what they are right now.

So, when I learned that San Diego Cellars opened in ... Read full review



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Duchman Family Winery   0
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If it hadn't been for the heat, I might have thought I was in Tuscany.

Of course, since it was more than 95 degrees, I knew I was still in Texas, and I hadn't dropped through a wormhole to the countryside near Florence. (Darn it!) The facilities at Duchman Family Winery are reminiscent of an Italian villa – but the wine is all Texas.

The Place:  Duchman Family Winery is tucked away off F.M. 150 in the Driftwood area, southwest of Austin, and it's as if they picked up a little slice of ... Read full review



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Cardwell Hill Cellars   0
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“Wow, who gets to live there?”

That’s what I said when I first saw the house situated on the grounds of the Cardwell Hill Cellars winery. It’s more of an estate, actually. And it’s gorgeous, just like the vineyards and the landscape around the Cardwell Hill tasting room.

The Place:  This is truly an idyllic setting located in the southern portion of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Besides the scenery, which includes the estate, the vineyards, and the luxurious hills around Corvallis, the tasting room boasts a great patio for sitting and having a glass ... Read full review



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Salt Lick Cellars   0
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This place has a pretty slick setup.

Averyone living in or passing through Austin, Texas has heard of Salt Lick BBQ. It’s probably the primary draw for the town of Driftwood, Texas, and has fed many a hungry traveler and local since its inception in 1967. (Try the ribs. I’m just saying.)

Anyway, the Salt Lick BBQ doesn't serve alcohol. But patrons can walk next door to Salt Lick Cellars and purchase wine or order beer by the bottle. Instant business! Smart! The same family that owns the BBQ restaurant owns the ... Read full review



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Zilaro Cellars Tasting Room   0
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During our recent trip to San Diego, we took the ferry to Coronado Island for two reasons: to visit Zilaro Cellars and to walk on the beach. The beach was amazing – it was close to sunset, we happened upon a wedding taking place in the sand, and the waves were rolling in so quickly that we got completely wet, just walking along. Unfortunately Zilaro Cellars was not quite so memorable.

The Place:  Zilaro Cellars has a great location, so I expected a lot. It's right across the street from the Hotel Coronado, the primo tourist ... Read full review



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Driftwood Vineyards   0
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This is where to come to find out why they call this area the Hill Country.

If you're not from Texas, or have spent time only in West Texas or at the Texas beaches, you probably think of Texas as being FLAT. Well, it is. It's also full of piney woods and features the occasional canyon. At any rate, though, you may not think of Texas as being hilly. The view at Driftwood Estate Winery shows visitors exactly how that idea is wrong.

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Marker Cellars   0
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Every once in a while, while visiting wineries, I feel like I've uncovered a well-kept secret.

I didn't know Marker Cellars was there until I looked on American Winery Guide's Texas winery map to see what was close to Brushy Creek. There was Marker Cellars, in the same city limits – but I didn't remember it being there before. I looked up the website, and it said tastings were by appointment only, but usually available on weekends. Since we were going to be in the area on a Saturday, I called and left a ... Read full review



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Brushy Creek Vineyards   0
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With tons of family and family history in Wichita Falls, Henrietta, and St. Jo, Texas – on both sides – we drive Highway 287 all the time. All the time. I can't count the number of times we seen the sign for Brushy Creek Vineyards, looked longingly at it, and said, "We should stop there sometime." Well, we never could stop there, mid-road trip, so we decided to make it our destination. And we're so happy we did!

The Place:  Don't worry, the winery isn't the broken-down house you first pass on the right when you turn ... Read full review



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Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard   0
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What do you do with an ostrich farm when the ostriches are gone? Start a winery, of course!

That's Blue Ostrich Winery's story in a nutshell. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was a fully operational ostrich ranch. Now, only seven ostriches linger, and their job is to lend their name and serve as hospitality representatives for a really nice winery. If you show up during mating season, you might even get to see an ostrich dance!

The Place:  Blue Ostrich has a very attractive facility, inside and out. The facility is located a ... Read full review



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Weinhof Winery   0
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Weinhof Winery didn't have its best foot forward on the day we visited them.

We arrived at about 4:00 on a Saturday afternoon, which would seem to be prime time for winery visits. But there happened to be a festival that evening involving thirteen Texas wineries, and when we came in, there was some last-minute bottling and labeling going on so the proprietors of Weinhof had enough wine to take to the event. Fortunately, we'd been to Weinhof once before, so I know what it's like on a slower day.

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D'Argenzio Enoteca Tasting Room   0
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Los Angeles is known much more for its traffic than for its boutique wineries. In Burbank, we found both in the same place.

D'Argenzio Winery's Burbank tasting room is located on a fairly busy thoroughfare; if you're intending to turn right into the parking lot, be aware that the turn for parking happens just before the actual winery building, so if you wait until you're in front of the winery, you've missed your turn. Then you have to go on driving adventures around Burbank to get back to where you want to be. Trust me – ... Read full review



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Vampire Vineyards   0
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I don't get into the whole vampire culture. I didn't see Twilight, don't watch True Bloods, no Vampire Diaries or even Buffy. But I must admit, I was pretty excited to go visit a place called Vampire Vineyards.

For one thing, we were in Beverly Hills. The Vampire Lounge and Tasting Room is the only wine bar in Beverly Hills! I couldn't believe it. Okay, Beverly Hills is not California wine country, but it's still California, and wine is sophisticated, right? Alas, there wasn't a wine bar on every second corner. This was it.
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Messina Hof Grapevine   0
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Main Street in Grapevine is like the main square in Healdsburg, California – a winery on every corner with fun shops and restaurants in between. Unfortunately, I chose a rainy Saturday afternoon to explore it, so there was less exploring and more running in between raindrops to get to my destination!

The destination was worth it, though. Messina Hof Winery has been a staple in the Texas wine world since before I was old enough to drink; it was established in 1983, but it was just December of 2014 when Messina Hof opened an urban ... Read full review



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Umbra Winery   0
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Umbra Winery is the re-launch, reboot, and relocation of the former Crossroads Winery.

John and Debbie Wilson purchased Crossroads in 2013 and very wisely relocated it from its "boonies," warehouse-esque location east of Frisco into the wine mecca of Grapevine's Main Street area. I had the pleasure of visiting during the Crossroads era and now following the re-launch as Umbra. They always had some good wines, but now they have the added advantage of a beautiful facility and the possibility of foot traffic, which was never going to happen in the warehouse boonies!

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Angelita Vineyard & Winery   0
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It takes some wineries years before they receive recognition at a major international wine competition. Others, such as Texas' Angelita Winery win awards before their tasting room is even open. Angelita achieved the fete with its 2013 Blanc du Bois Reserve which won bronze medals for white table wine in the Limited Production and Texas Wine categories of the 2014 International Lonestar Wine Competition. I didn't realize the winery was so new before I arrived, but it was exciting to hear about success right out of the gate!

The Place:  Our GPS decided to have a ... Read full review



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Cork This! Winery   0
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Ok, ladies. Get your wine glasses ready. This is your kind of place!

That's not to say that Cork This! isn't a fun place for guys too. It definitely is. When we visited, I'd say the clientele was pretty evenly split between the genders. But Cork This! is run by two lovely ladies, and it definitely has a fun girls' night out vibe. It also sells every wine-themed T-shirt, cocktail napkin, bag, glass, and kitchen towel you could ever hope to have.

The Place:  As I mentioned, inside Cork This! has a great vibe. ... Read full review



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Grape Creek Vineyards   0
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With more than 45 wineries near Fredericksburg, and more "coming soon," it takes a bit of effort for one winery to stand out among the crowd. Grape Creek Vineyards distinguishes itself in a number of ways: its old-world-feel facility, its highly informative website, and best of all, its excellent wines.

The Place:  The entrance to Grape Creek is marked by a brick tower that bears its name and seems to guard the grapevines like a sentry. Driving in, you take a meandering road that winds around the vineyards and culminates in a parking lot, which was remarkably ... Read full review



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Pedernales Cellars   0
3.0

Unlike some of the wineries I visit, I had some pre-existing knowledge of Pedernales Cellars. I’d heard it mentioned, with positive comments and accolades, in articles about Texas wine, and I’d actually had a bottle of Pedernales Tempanillo at III Forks restaurant in Dallas during Restaurant Week, with great satisfaction. So I was excited to visit the winery in Stonewall.

The Place:  We visited on a typical hot and dry August Saturday. My husband and I were in Fredericksburg with another wine-loving couple and a pair visiting from England, so we loaded all six of us into ... Read full review



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Bell Springs Winery   0
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It’s a pleasant drive from Fredericksburg into Austin; an hour and a half or so depending on where in Austin you’re going, on highway 290. Right on the way is Dripping Springs, home to several great wineries, including Driftwood Estate Vineyards and Duchman Family Winery. But I’ve already visited those on more than one occasion, so this time we thought we’d try something different. The choice was Bell Springs Winery.

The Place:  Bell Springs has the dusty, unpaved parking lot that’s so typical of Hill Country wineries. The tasting room is located in a ... Read full review



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Inwood Estates - Fredericksburg   0
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Visiting a winery’s second location is always an interesting experience. Being familiar with the wines, you have an idea about what to expect, but it’s still a new place, with new people and a new vibe.

The Place:  Inwood Estates has been making wine for 30 years, but the Fredericksburg location is new. It’s right on the main highway in the middle of Texas Hill Country – very hard to miss – and very attractive and appealing from the outside. The exterior is a warm yellow-tan, with a stucco texture reminiscent of the ... Read full review



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