by The Traveling Winers
What do you get when you bring 3 successful Texas wineries together under one roof? You get the fourth entity – 4.0 Cellars. Striving for excellence is what they are all about, from their winemaking to their marketing, to their branding. And after our visit, we think that they have succeeded in this endeavor. Three wineries, one roof, one mission – to bring their wines to where the people are – along the trail on Highway 290.
Owned by Pat and Trellise Brennan, Brennan Vineyards is located on 37 acres in Comanche, Texas. The original direction was to grow and supply grapes for good friend Richard Becker of Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. This partnership was quite successful until Pat caught a bug – the bug of “winemaking”. After much consideration, Pat and Trellise decided to bring the barrels out of the garage and begin their own winery, using their own fruit in addition to grapes sourced from western Texas. Now internationally recognized, they will share their wines with you at the vineyard in Comanche or at 4.0 Cellars along Highway 290 in the Texas Hill Country.
Lost Oak Winery
We hear a lot in the wine industry about second careers, and so the story goes for Gene and Judy Estes. Back in 1998, after finishing a career as a microbiologist in the pharmaceutical industry and spending time working abroad in France, as a native Texan, Gene, and his wife Judy, made a land purchase in Burleson, Texas that would send them off on a new adventure. They purchased a vineyard and entered the world of wine. Continuing in this new direction and ready for the next chapter, in 2006 Lone Oak Winery was born. Funny story about the name though. After six years of being Lone Oak Winery and winning many local and international medals under the winery name, it all came to an abrupt halt. As it turns out, during a wine competition at the San Francisco Chronicle where one of their wines won a double gold, it was discovered that the name Lone Oak Winery was already trademarked by a Sonoma brand. Hence, the new name Lost Oak Winery. In our mind, it doesn’t matter what kind of “Oak” it is – either way, it’s damn good Texas wine.
In the Texas wine industry, the name McPherson Cellars not only means great wine but also signifies a remembrance of Texas wine history. Owner Kim McPherson started the label in 2000 after many years of education and experience in the wine industry. He started the label as an honor to his father, Dr. Clinton “Doc” McPherson, who was a pioneer for Texas wine. In 1976, along with his business partner Bob Reed, Doc started the first winery in The Lone Star State since the prohibition. Kim worked alongside his father for many years and with his label continues the McPherson tradition of producing award-winning wines. To this day, Kim holds firm to the belief in the Texas terroir and that Texas growers should plant the varietals that flourish in the sometimes unforgiving Texas climate.
So, you have Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars. Add in some exceptional staff, a spacious tasting room, and a tasting menu that changes every two weeks (so there’s always something new to try!). And what do you get? 4.0 Cellars. And to make it even more enticing, they have really great wine club options which can get you some great wines from the three different producers, some fun wine club get-togethers (amazingly 10 parties a year!), and some deep wine discounts. They also have a chock-block calendar of events which can provide a little fun for everyone. Basically, they have it all!
The Winer’s Experience
|AMBIANCE||GROUNDS & SCENERY||TASTING ROOM|
|Fun, casual atmosphere. No pretense here.||Clean, sharp.||Very large. Plenty of bar space for tasting multiple groups at a time. Plenty of space for large groups.|
|WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE||CUSTOMER SERVICE||TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE|
|Casual and laid back. No pretense. Their pour staff was very responsive and friendly.||Top-notch. Very interactive and polite.||Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine. He noticed which wines we preferred and didn’t prefer and then asked us a couple of questions about our likes and dislikes and immediately suggested a wine we had not tried yet. Turned out it was perfect! Very impressed.|
Vineyard & Winery Information
|4.0 Cellars||10354 E Highway 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624|
|Fri – Sat 10 pm – 6 pm
Sun 11 am – 5 pm
|Contact form on website||www.fourpointwine.com||(830) 997-7470|
|MUSIC||WINE CLUB||TASTING FEE|
|Saturdays, check online event calendar||Yes||$15|
|No||Snack – cheese and meats|