If you know me then you probably know that I love wine, like LOVE it! I like wine more than most people I know.
So when my friend Lindsay randomly invited me to hit up some nearby wineries with her boyfriend Travis this past Saturday, I said “Screw it” and went.
Now I’ve only done one wine tour before in my life. Last Spring I took a trip to several wineries with some girlfriends using a Groupon and let me tell you this was a totally different experience (you can read about My Day as A Texas Wino here).
We went from an organized party bus with coolers, snacks and scheduled visits with dishes accompanying the wine to wandering around on our own without meals or snacks.
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It was around 1 p.m. when Lindsay and Travis picked me up and the adventure began. First we hit up Singing Water Vineyards (Which I continued to mistakenly refer to as Spring Water Winery). This place was just delightful. A nice inside area where we got to enjoy the wine tasting afterwards we sat outside and enjoyed our bottle while listening to the musical duo Aaron and Kelly.
Singing Waters offered a $10 tasting sample that let you try 6 of their different wines.
Before I go into reviewing each one just let me mention my personal wine preferences just so you can know that these are obviously based on my personal taste as a wine drinker and not a professional wine aficionado.
For white wine I prefer a Pinot Grigio and for red a Cabernet Sauvignon. Not a huge fan of sweet wines. My scale is a simple 1-5 wine glasses. 1 being bad, 5 being great.
Singing Water Vineyards2015 Pinot Grigio🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
I loved this one and ended up purchasing a bottle.
2014 Sauvignon Blanc🍷🍷🍷
While it was good it was too sweet for my taste.
I enjoyed this one it was a mix of the 2015 Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. We ended up getting a bottle of this to enjoy outside.
For me this was just another Merlot.
2013 Vinter’s Reserve🍷🍷
My least favorite. Tasted bitter for a cab in my opinion but it may have been because of the Merlot mixed in.
This was a good wine with a strong flavor. Big patriots at this vineyard, a portion of each bottle sold is donated to the USO and Fisher House.
2014 Sweet Lupe🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
I adored this wine. It was sweet but not too sweet.
Upon leaving we also saw this little guy.
Not too far down the road you’ll find Bending Ranch Winery. Now the feel of these two places seemed totally night and day but both equally enjoyable. While Singing Water had more of a laid back mom and pops feel, Bending Ranch had more of an upscale business vibe.
2014 Vermentino, Las Brisas Vineyard🍷🍷🍷🍷
This one was pretty good.
2014 Picpoul Blanc, Hall Ranch Vineyards🍷🍷🍷🍷
Lindsay told me to make sure to tell you guys she loved this one!
2015 Comfortage, Hoover Valley Vineyard🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
This wine seemed like something that would be perfect for getting cozy at home and watching your favorite show after a long day. Possibly my favorite wine of the day but I’d already purchased a bottle and the wine at Bending Ranch was slightly more expensive than at Singing Waters.
Thinkers Blend 🍷🍷🍷
This was their house wine and I really enjoyed it. It was another wine that could be shared by a sweet fan and someone who prefers more bitter wine.
Souzao, Zentner Vineyard🍷🍷🍷🍷
Great wine for sipping slowly and just enjoying over a long period.
2012 Tannant (EM), Bella Collina Vineyards🍷🍷🍷🍷
I really enjoyed this one. Apparently the aging is tricky on this one so he let us try another vision off the menu. This one I preferred.
2012 Signature Red Tannant Red, TX (Not on menu) 🍷🍷
Now as you can image a day this filled with wine drinking was rough without eating so my FAVORITE thing about Bending Branch was the pizza truck! Burned Out Pizza and Gyros not only was this pizza just what the wine doctor ordered but it was yummy and affordable! Major shout out to them. Even if you don’t drink wine just go for the pizza!
All and all I had a wonderful time. The perfect little Saturday get away. Cell reception wasn’t great here so it was a lot like we got to unplug for a few hours. I got home around 6 and slept until 11:00pm between the sun and the wine I was wiped out but it was so much fun!
Now a few fun pics of me after drinking wine in the heat all day!
So tell me:
Have you been on a winery tour before?
Whats your favorite type of wine?