Becker Vineyard Iconoclast Merlot 2010


Texas Hill Country Wine

Wine Region: Texas

Wine Type: Merlot

Price: Under $12
Store: Spec’s Liquors

Top Notes: #1 Wood (smooth)  & #2 Cherry

C: Its a nice, solid, easy to enjoy red wine. That’s what merlots are supposed to be, right? Red wine for beginners.

K: It does have that dirt and red wine herby taste to it but it doesn’t dry out your mouth, and it’s not too strong.  Thankfully.

C: I’m kind of disappointed after the complexity of the riesling that this is so simple.

K: It is not flavorful, it is one note. It’s solid though. It’s a good wine. It tastes, in a good way, like a really good boxed wine. It’s a juicy red.

$8.69 at Spec’s Liquors

Becker Vineyards Texas Riesing 2012

$8.39 Spec’s Liquors

K: It’s very grapey, very peachy.

C: Yes, fruity but not too sweet. It tastes a tiny bit vinegary.

K: The acidity does balance it out.

B: It tastes like the milk after a bowl of cereal, you have the smoothness of the milk and the fruitiness of the cereal, like fruity pebbles. It tastes like the aftermath of cereal.

C: It seems to have a lot of body for a sweet riesling.

K: It is a lot more complex than your average riesling. The acidity is normal but the multiple different fruits you can taste, that’s unusual in a riesling.

C: It’s getting better as it gets warmer too, the fruit is becoming more prominent.

K: It’s not sweet enough for Audra, its not a wine for people that like simple, sweet whites.

C: It might be good for people who find it hard to appreciate sweet white wines. I think the layers would be a pleasant surprise.

Sister Creek Muscat Canneli 2012

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Wine Region: Texas

Wine Type: Muscat

Price: $10.79
Store: Spec’s Liquors

C: We should preface this by saying that we have drunk this wine five to ten times before.  We’ve been to this winery before too, while driving through the Texas Hill Country.

K: This wine has the best nose. I want a perfume that smells like that.

C: It is the most beautiful light floral wine, and the taste is so similar.

K: The taste is perfect, its light and floral and sweet. It’s Audra appropriate.

C: Perfect for that friend that doesn’t like wine but loves sweets. Its really sugary but the floral taste to the wine really sets it all off.

K: This is our go-to river wine. Oooh, wait this is the normal Muscat Cannelli, they also have a Reserve Muscat Cannelli. The difference is that this one is really peachy and the Reserve is honeysuckle and also slightly more effervescent.

C: Oh yeah, now that you mention it the floral aroma is really more of a peach. I had forgotten that.

K: This would be good over half a grilled peach and ice cream.

C: Honestly, this wine is so fun and complete i wouldn’t want to mix it with anything.

K: You should note that it’s great at room temperature. We’ve had it hot before and it’s still awesome.

‘This wine was obtained at Specs (Brodie Lane) for $10.79

Torre Di Pietra Malbec 2010

 Texas Hill Country Wine


[box style=”rounded”]Wine Region: Texas

Wine Type: Malbec

Price: $14.99
Store: Spec’s Liquors[/box]

K: So we are reviewing this out of order because there were 3 Torre wines at Specs and the two cheaper ones were sold out and there were only 2 bottles of this left. So, i decided to get it while we could.

K: It smells like wine and bathroom cleaner? Wait, it smells like if you opened wine in my grandma’s house. It smells like light wood, and a clean dust. Realizing that makes me like it more.

B: It reminds me of the smell of library books.

C: Ha, it smells really herbal.

K: Oooo, i like the way that tastes.

C: Wow, the taste of wood is overpowering.

K: It’s different from other Malbecs i’ve tried in that its not fruity, it doesnt lead with fruit. Its got a perfume but its woody. It would be a good fall wine. Mmm. i like it. It doesn’t taste light though.

K: It gets a 3 out of 10 on wine mouth. It doesn’t make your mouth feel like its drying out.

C: Yeah, the tannins. It’s nice and smooth. But it’s kind of too much flavor for Texas. It reminds me of the Super Red I tasted at the Wine Festival in 100 degree heat that almost made me yack. The nose is too much for any kind of hot weather drinking.

K: It’s October/November wine. The normal Malbec fruitiness is the most minor part of that taste. When you drink it, and then breathe in through your mouth you can taste the depth and wood.

C: It would be a great fire wine. The smoky wood smell from a fire would totally echo with the wood in the wine.

K: I disagree, i think it would be too much.

This wine was found at Specs (Brodie Lane) for $14.99.

Texas Hills Pinot Grigio 2010

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K: Whoo, this has a lot of flavor.

C: I like it, but i think it reminds me of a chardonnay almost. It’s really acidic.

K: The write up mentions fruit, but i really taste a lot more lime. I think we should note that it’s better after it has some air. Because of how it smells, and it mellows out at room temperature.

C: It does have a really intense nose. Some might use the term cat pee. And yeah, the lime really dies down when its not icy cold. It’s imminently good, and totally drinkable.

K: Its equal parts Pinot Grigio AND totally drinkable.

C: It might be a good picnic wine, since it’s light and tastes better when its not super cold.

K: i don’t know how it would taste warm, but yeah. A picnic wine. It would be great to drink with a friend who likes Pinot Grigio, because i don’t necessarily like Pinot Grigio because it can get real cat pee real quick. Pinot Grigios can gets too green and acidic and alcoholic at the same time, which is overwhelming. But this is more accessible.

Obtained at Spec’s (Brodie Lane location) for $9.79. Its normally $10.97, we got it on sale.

Pedernales Cellars Wines @Specs


The 2010 Tempranillo delivers our characteristic balance of cherry and raspberry alongside a light minerality. There are also hints of chocolate and roasted almonds to round out the nose. The finish is smooth with ample body and a moderate acidity that trails out nicely on the palate.



2012 is the 6th vintage for our Viognier and continues our tradition of highlighting the intense aromas and flavors possible from a Texas Viognier. The nose bursts with peach, honeysuckle, and tropical fruit with notes of vanilla. The acidity and balance on the finish makes this an easy wine to pair.

Texas Hill Country Wine Stops

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Rolling In Thyme & Dough:

Great options for vegans/gluten-free. The last time we went there, the soup was more amazing than the European pastries. They also have an impressive nursery/garden area. Leave 20 minutes to walk and discuss the plants and dither over whether this or that could survive a weekend in the car.

Costs: Light lunch under $10/person

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30am – 3:00pm | Thursday 6:30am – 9:00pm (no kitchen service 3-6pm)| Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Sunday and Holidays

Directions: 333 W Hwy 290 Dripping Springs, TX 78620. in downtown Dripping Springs at 333 West Highway 290

Texas Hills Vineyard:

Hours: Monday to Thursday 10 – 5
Friday & Saturday 10 – 6
Sunday 12 – 5

Tasting Fees: $5 for five tastings

Directions: (1 mile east of Hwy 290/281 on RR2766, the road to Pedernales State Park)

William Chris Wines:

Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-5pm
Thurs-Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 12pm-5pm and by appointment.

Tasting Fees:
$10.00 Tasting fee
*Refunded with the purchase of two or more bottles.

Directions: 10352 U.S. Highway 290

Notes: All wines $40+ and no bottles sold in stores

Woodrose Winery:

Tasting Room Hours:
Mon – Fri 11:00 – 6:00
Saturday 11:00 – 7:00
Sunday 12:00 – 6:00

Tastings: Tasting are table tastings.
Four tasting menu options (one red, one white, one sweet, and one mixed)
$7 for six tastings (free with the purchase of 3 bottles)

Directions: Located in Stonewall, Texas on the south side of Hwy 290 just west of Stonewall or 13 miles east of Fredericksburg on Woodrose Lane.

Extras: Woodrose Winery has a Wine Dog who hangs out and relaxes with the customers.

Pedernales Cellars:

Hours: Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 6 p.m.

Tasting Fees:
$13 for 9 tastings
Souvenir glass with purchase

Directions:Take Highway 290 westbound towards Stonewall, pass the turnoff for the LBJ Ranch, and look for the Pedernales Cellars sign at the intersection of Ranch Road 1623 as you approach Stonewall. Take a left, travel for two miles, and then look for the turnoff to Pedernales Cellars, and our limestone-walled front entrance, on the right.

Hilmy Cellars:

Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-6pm
Sunday 12-6pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Tasting Fees:
$10 for four or five tastings
Tasting fee waived with purchase of a bottle

Directions: 12346 E US Hwy 290
Fredericksburg, TX  78624

Becker Vineyards:

Open:7 days a week
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 – 5
Friday – Saturday: 10-6
Sunday:  Noon –  6

Tasting Fee:
$10 for 6 samples.
Tasting includes a souvenir crystal wine glass with your purchase.

Directions: Head West on HWY 290 to Johnson City,TX take 290 West toward Fredericksburg, TX. Becker Vineyards is approximately 2 miles after the town of Stonewall, TX. Look for the Becker Vineyards lavender and white sign. Turn left on Jenschke Lane pronounced “Yen Ski” proceed 1 mile to the Becker Vineyards gate and Becker Farms Road. Take your first right into the parking lot. Come on in and enjoy!

Extras: Lavender fields (free to stroll and take photo ops)

Torre di Pietra:

Hours: 11am – 6pm daily

Tasting Fees:
$10 for 6 tastings / wines of your choice
$10 for a glass

10 miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas, on US Hwy 290

Extras: House cats

Grape Creek Vineyards:

Mon-Fri 11am-6pm
Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 11am-5pm

Tasting Fees:
$12 for six tastings / wines of your choice
Free Grape Creek wine glass
Wine club members taste free
Purchase three bottles of wine we will refund one tasting fee

10587 East US Highway 290
Take highway 290 West from Austin, through Johnson City and toward Fredericksburg.  Grape Creek Vineyards is on your left approximately 20 miles past Johnson City and 10 miles before you reach Fredericksburg.

Rancho Ponte:

Monday-Friday 11-5
Saturday 11-6
Sunday 11-5

Tasting Fees:
$10 for 6 tastes
May be a free glass with the tasting

315 Ranch Road 1376
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
5 miles east of Fredericksburg, off of 290, behind the KOA on the road to Luckenbach.

Extras: White Peach Sangria $8/glass

Singing Water Vineyards:

Monday 11am-6pm
Tuesday & Wednesday Closed
Thursday-Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 12-5pm

Tasting Fees:
$6 for a tasting

316 Mill Dam Rd, Comfort, TX 78013

Extras: Wine Dog! Their sweet red is named after their dog Lupe.

Bending Branch Vineyards:

Thurs: 11-5, Fri and Sat: 11-6
Sunday: 12-5

Tasting Fees:
We offer a tasting of 6 wines, with a tasting fee of $10 per guest.
Tasting fee waived with the purchase of two or more bottles.

From I 10 or Comfort, TX-
Take Hwy 27 SW toward Kerrville
Cross Cypress Creek Bridge (0.8)
Left on Hermann Sons Rd (2.6)
Left on Lindner Branch Trail (0.2)
Bending Branch Winery is the first gate on the left

Extras: Tours available by appointment only. Basic Tour: $25 & Extended: $40

Texas Hills Vineyard Wines @Specs





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Try this fresh focused Pinot Gris that is much more Alsace than an Italian style. Offers lots of pear and melon fruit with good lime acidity and a touch of minerals. Develops beautifully in the glass. Clean, refreshing and delicious. Really Fine. Bears a score of 90 points. – Spec’s





Volare means to fly in Italian. Our Volare is a sweetheart of a red wine with a hint of sweetness. Our first “Sweet Red” table wine has just a little sweetness rich flavors great with food and a nice wine to share with friends. – Spec’s