Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Ride in the Texas Hill Country

November 29, 2014

Today we decided to take a ride and check out a couple of wineries, a little wine tasting is always nice.


Entrance to Bella Vista Ranch.

Our first stop was the Bella Vista Ranch just outside of  Wimberley. We not only did a wine tasting we also sampled their olive oil, balsamic oil, and raspberry chipotle sauce. We ended up purchasing there Texas Viogner a nice white, bleu cheesed stuffed olives, and a nice aged balsamic vinegar.

This is the first commercially producing olive orchard in Texas. They mill their Estate and Texas grown olives on a modern Italian olive press. Bella Vista Cellars on the ranch is a boutique winery and produces varietal wines. We enjoyed our stop and talking to the woman in tasting room about their products.

Entrance to Duchman Family Winery

This was our second stop and it was a busy place partly as there is also a restaurant on the grounds. The tasting room was larger and busier though the young woman who helped us was very personable and seemed to know the product. After doing some sampling we purchased Red Texas Bianco and a White Canto Felice. It was an enjoyable stop.

We were getting hungry so after checking Yelp we opted to head for the Leaning Pear, four stars, restaurant in Wimberley for a late lunch. We both opted to try a cup of their crab bisque and a half sandwich. Tom had the Reuben and I tried the Fried Green Tomato, something I had never had before, we were both happy with our choices and our decision to stop. 

We then headed back to a relaxing evening at the Crusader. We sat out on our patio enjoying the quiet until the wind picked up and a chill sent us inside.

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