Another of our favorites on this Vineyard Trail tour was Pedernales Cellars. But not for the wine necessarily, although it was very good, but more for the “hang-out-ness” on the patio!
The sign to their winery was awesome and must have cost a pretty penny! Large stone or granite blocks with iron lettering. The winery and grounds reminded me of a plantation or ranch… hmmm… it IS Texas!
Website: Pedernales Cellars
Tasting Fees: $12.95/ 9 tastings (strange price!) but you do get to keep the very nice Pedernales Cellars wine glass. Tom Joe and I always share tastings, but of course then we had to buy and extra glass to take home. Unfortunately, you do not get a break on the tasting fee if you purchase wine. I would think at that price maybe you should, but then what do I know. The place was packed!
Quality: Again, very nice (and their prices reflected that opinion also). We did purchase 6 bottles of their Christmas wine, a smooth red infused with spices, to give as gifts to our family and friends.
Ambiance: Well, let me repeat…”hang-out-ness”. The tasting room, although packed, was very nicely laid out with plenty of room so you didn’t feel stuffed in like sardines. They also had a really cool front-end store for gifts. The main attraction for me was the outside patio. Nice and big, comfortable seating with SHADE (important in Texas), and awesome entertainment. Saturday entertainment must be a big thing in the Texas Hill Country, because it was happenin’ at almost every vineyard. Oooh, and they had a small area that you could buy fancy cheeses, spreads, nibbles that would be perfect to match with the wine and sit outside and listen to music for a spell (Do I sound Texan?).
Price: Herein lies the rub! If you’ve read my previous blog at https://www.thevineyardtrail.com/william-chris-vineyards-tx/ you know that Tom Joe and I have our own rating system when it comes to wine tasting (1-10 with 10 being “OMG….have to buy a case!). Well, we rated all of their wines between a 5 and 8. Remember now, these are our ratings for our palate, but nonetheless, 5-8. The problem was the cost. The 8-rated wine was priced at $40 a bottle, more than I am willing to pay for only an 8-rating. But that’s me.
Rating: B – (Really good, bring some back and share with the neighbors)
Miki “This is the Life” Winer