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Oh man!  This white Viognier tastes amazing after all these years beyond its release. Color aging…almost nil!  Aromas.…very fragrant.  And the flavors…bold with some spice and mango.  The finish is even still quite long and overall this wine remains very refreshing.  Who is up for another?  Hats off to Driftwood for this excellent Viognier.  Double cheers that it lasted so long via cellaring and retained its beauty!

IMG_9117 - Driftwood Winery - Viognier - 2010


Behold! This blend of Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot reveals some delightful signs of life after several years in the cellar. The acids are good and it still holds a nice balance.  This wine also has a nice finish that tapers off quickly.  Some of the fruit notes are hard to discern in the nose, but this one still has a pleasant sensation overall when you sip and savor.  The color is showing signs of aging and is getting lighter.  If preserved well in the cellar, this could hold for another year.  We don’t recommend aging this one too much longer though and suggest if you have any bottles lingering in your cellar to pop the cork and enjoy them now. Cheers!

IMG_9058 - Arche_ Wines - 2010 Red Table Wine 228

This Blanc du Blois white wine is quite refreshing for those casual light dishes or can be enjoyed entirely on its own.  This white though is somewhat crisp, yet not as strong as other crisp whites. This is also nicely balanced and easy to sip. On the nose, you get those lovely summery citrus notes that help transport you to a relaxing tropical place. Due to the crispness of this wine, it is ideally served chilled. It is a great way to complement your evening snacks as you begin to unwind and relax or would also make a great wine for brunch.  Enjoy!

IMG_9042 - Weinhof Winery - White Hof - NV


Italy has come to Texas!  And we’re talking about a very long established winery from Italy that has now set its sights on making a mark in the Texas Hill Country.  If you’ve ever wondered what the bar is set to for fine Italian style wine, then this is it.  Many frequent Hill Country wine travelers may have noticed construction of Andreucii Wines along HWY 290 for the last couple for years.  That is a venture between Italian winemaker Flavio Andreucci and Bill Sutherland who both have a strong passion to bring fine Italian wine making styles to Texas.  The Andreucci family have been well established at making wines and tending vineyards since the 1790s in the Tuscany region of Italy.  Their vineyard foundations started in Montefollonico.  The Andruecii goal of the vineyard along HWY 290 is to produce the same fine Tuscany style wines using classic Italian wine making techniques while using Texas grapes.  A worthwhile effort, indeed!  The Hill County vineyard has Sangiovese, Merlot, and Primitivo planted for that future endeavor. Until those fine wines come from that vineyard, you can enjoy some fantastic fine Italian wines at their tasting room in Fredericksburg.  They have several wines available for tasting of which you get to choose five.   The black label wines are the premium tasting, well worth the extra fee to sample.  For the whites, we first tried the 2015 Donna Alma. This Pinot Grigio wine has distinctive citrus notes to this dry and smooth white.  Next, was the 2014 Montepulciano.  This deeply hued ruby red wine has some intense cherry aromas and strong to moderate tannins that linger on the palate.  The Cabernet Black label is a bold Cab Franc with an excellent balance between acidity and tannins, making it one of the finer Cab Francs we’ve tasted.  The 2014 Regale Black Label is a classic Super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot that has intense tobacco and smoke for those who find rich reds enticing.  By far and away, the 2008 Brunello is worth your stop!  Made from 100% Sangiovese, it harnesses rich plum flavors with long lasting tannins. There is something to be said for this 36-month aged sexy red.  It sets the bar for a Sangiovese wine!  To finish your tasting, try their Prosecco which is dry and delightful with lasting bubbles to cleans your palate.  You can reminisce on this fantastic tasting experience as you rejoice that these folks plan to be around for many years, with an increased selection of both Italian and Texas made wines planned. Andreucci has really set the bar high for quality wine tasting in the Texas Hill Country.  It’s a great place for you to relax and enjoy the rustic lounge area flanked with racks of lovely bottles of wine along the wall! Saluti!


This blend of Pinot Grigio and Muscat Canelli is to die for.  The deep golden color of this aged white has held up nicely over the years. Entice yourself with the pear and citrus aromas for a few swirls and sniffs.  The soft texture of the first taste is quite lovely.  You can’t help but want another sip of this very easy to drink white. Serve chilled with your best cheese and you’ll have a lovely evening with your sweetie!




This off dry wine is a very pleasant fruit forward white with a bright, clear yellow color that transports you into summer relaxation and beach mode. The tropical fruit flavors and lingering finish are definitely worth getting lost in as you unwind and enjoy the winemaker’s work.  It’s clean and crisp with acidity that is a bit on the high side, which complements the citrus nose. There are also pear and peach notes, again making this a very enjoyable white to drink alone or with light summer dishes. This white when chilled will still warm your heart.


This blend of Petite Sirah, Barbera, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Grenache represents a little bit of the best of everything red from California. The beautiful ruby red hue is only the start.  The cherry aromas stand out the most, but you’ll sense the other black fruit as well. It may be a bit hot at first, but after half an hour it starts coming together.  The herbal and raspberry flavors are quite nice along with a bit of peppery notes. It’s a medium bodied wine with moderate tannins and has a lengthy full finish. Not bad for a little bit of everything from California.  Take a few more sips and just enjoy for the fun of it.  Grab a few bottles, this one can be enjoyed now and you can stash a few bottles for later. Cheers!