The Sunday Traveler spent an afternoon with friends renewing memories of home, driving into the Hill Country with the intention of seeing a few wineries that have become so popular in what has become The Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. As it turned out quite a few wineries are closed on Tuesdays, but we hit one, and had a lovely tasting of the wines of William Chris Winery.
But first things first. We started our afternoon by fortifying ourselves with lunch at what couldn’t have been a better place, the Hill Country Cupboard in Johnson City. A fabulous old Texas kind of place. A friend and I shared a chicken fried steak…oh, yeah! I was fortified; and the ambiance couldn’t have been better
Fortification obtained. Wine tasted, and it was actually more about the surrounding beauty that filled me up that day.
The Hill Country encompasses a 25 county region; I’m not sure what that is in square miles, but it’s wonderful to envision this stretching all over such a big area.
The day was warm, sunny, and the afternoon light was made for being out taking photos
The last winery we briefly visited, because it was closing time, was where we learned, after a lifetime of growing up in San Antonio, that the name of a most famous river in central Texas, the Pedernales (it flows across the Texas Hill Country west of Austin), is indeed spelled Pedernales, not Perdenales. Wow! Really? We questioned the person at the bar in the tasting room, then checked Google just for good measure. We always had that r in there and pronounced it that way. Wine tasting can be educational about things other than wine.
It was time to wrap up the day; the icing on the cake for the day was presented to us on the drive home
Until next time my friends. Keep your eyes on the cork.