Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday Outdoors

On January 2, some friends joined us in visiting a couple of the myriad of wineries near Fredericksburg...the Texas Wine Trail. When you click on the link, you will see that traveling East from Fredericksburg toward Johnson City, there are many stops for wine tastings. All kinds of transportation is available from town for a pretty nominal fee, so one has a designated driver. Since we only visited two, we could drive ourselves. ;-)

The first one we visited was Barons Creek Vineyards, which is really very new to the area. Three brothers (Chase) and their wives designed and built it, along with two sets of townhouses to rent for B & Bs. 
I took this picture in the rain. It was raining and about 40 degrees, but the winery is quite beautiful inside, and they have great plans for the future. Some of the wines were good...liked the Pinot Noir, and hubby liked the Crazy Train red.

From here we journeyed on to Grape Creek Vineyards, which also has a tasting room in town on Main Street. A couple of their wines were not available, and we were not as enthused about the wines as we were at Barons Creek. They do have a lovely setting, had a band playing, and also serve food there.

You can see from the photos that it was still raining. But we bundled up and forged ahead.

I saw this picture on Facebook of the roller coaster ride at Six Flags outside of St. Louis and am thinking of Mike at Billions of Versions of Normal. He has water rising all around him. 
I'm joining in with Susan at asoutherndaydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

18 comments:

biebkriebels said...

I didn't know there was so much wine culture in the States. I only know the European or Australian and South African wines. Lots of rain everywhere I see. The earth is weeping here too, especially in the UK. It is bad for the homes of the people.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Raining and 40...you just wanted to give this Floridian a shiver, huh?

Gosia k said...

Interesting post about wine but I have never drunk wine from US only European and from Asia

fishducky said...

I am sending out that picture of the roller coaster!!

TexWisGirl said...

i hope the wineries do well!

i drove thru an area this week going to appts that had been hit by the tornadoes. it was sobering. i hope your friend (and all his neighbors) will be safe! bless them!

William Kendall said...

I've never been on a winery tour. There are some wineries in southern Ontario.

A couple of bloggers I follow are from St. Louis. It's been an interesting few days down there.

Linda W. said...

What a beautiful winery!

bettyl-NZ said...

Great scenes--except for the flood!

Big Sky Heidi said...

Texas has some great wineries.

The Yum List said...

Visiting the wine trail in Australia is one of my favourite things to do. I'd love to add the Texas Wine Trail to my list.

Powell River Books said...

Looks like lots of places are getting more rain and flooding than they can handle. - Margy

Mike said...

Out of all the flood coverage here in St. Louis, I never saw that picture of the Screaming Eagle. My house is high enough that even if the coaster had been completely submerged I wouldn't get wet.

Indrani said...

OMG! Lots of flooding there.
Great captures.
Happy new year to you and yours!
Happy ODW!

Amy at love made my home said...

It sounds like a lovely visit to the wine trail! Gosh seeing that roller coaster underwater like that, how terrible. We have had awful flooding and a great deal of damage done here in England and Scotland, the weather is atrocious right now isn't it. Hope that you stay dry and safe in Texas! xx

eViL pOp TaRt said...

How nice to tour wineries!

Anvilcloud said...

Looks like a fun outing.

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

i am shocked to see the lady saying that she was shocked to see that Americans love wine. guess she has never heard of Virginia either, we have lovers of wine every where. wineries are every where around here. i know a lot of folks say that the wine here is way different than overseas, that we put preservatives in our wines & one neighbor said it give her a headache. so maybe the overseas folks make better wines? no clue, i don't drink it regularly only on special occasions.

whenever we hear of places we have traveled getting flooded it is rough, i know that new orleans is lower so you kind of think it will flood easier. but st. louis is not really that low. but i understand it considering the Mighty Mississippi River is right there. but lately the waters have been extremely low.

stay happy & warm. it is so chilly here in Virginia. feels like snow, but nothing so far, just a few flurries the other day. monday i think it was. ( :

Molly said...

We have had terrible floods here too and today it is raining yet again

Mollyxxx

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