Monthly Wine Pick: Lewis Wines

The Texas winery on the blog this week is Lewis Wines in Johnson City. We had a great time “working” while sampling many great wines! Lewis Wines out of Johnson City is a small family-owned winery that uses only 100% Texas Grapes. It has a lovely outdoor covered patio off of the wine tasting room where you can enjoy overlooking the vineyards as you experience some of their award winning wines.

This winery makes small batches, so make sure to try these recommendations soon!

lewis roseOur top picks from our wine tasting were the award winning 2015 lewis tempranilloHigh Plains Rose. I am not typically a fan of Rose, but this is one of the best Roses I have ever had. It makes for a light and enjoyable Summer Wine. Pair it with shrimp or a cheese plate appetizer.

Our other pick was the 2012 Texas Tempranillo Reserve. This red wine is light enough to be enjoyed in the heat of the Summer. Pair this with anything off of the grill, whether it be steaks or BBQ.

Planning a trip to visit Lewis Vineyards? If so, we would love to hear about your trip and what your favorite wines were!

Unit then, life is better with good food, good wine and great design.

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Monthly Wine Pick: Stone House Vineyard

We are so excited about the recent transition we made, to feature only Texas wines on the blog. There are so many wonderful local Texas vineyards we thought our blog would be the perfect platform to shine a light on our local wineries.

tempraniloThis month we will be showcasing Stone House Vineyard in Spicewood Texas. This vineyard was great, and while we tried a few different wines that were all good my favorite was the Tempranillo. The Tempranillo was actually a little spicy, which was surprising, but balanced with a little sweetness from the fruit. I think this wine would pair nicely with Barbecue.

If you have the chance to visit Stone House Vineyard, let us know what your favorite wine is, we would love to hear from you!

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

Robin's Signature


Monthly Wine Picks: Banshee Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc and Brady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

‘Tis the season to enjoy family, friends, food and wine! This month I have decided to showcase two different wines, and offer up the perfect beverage for red and white wine lovers alike.

capturejacobs-creekThe white wine pick is Banshee Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc . With bold fruit and floral notes, and a long finish it will pair well with the Christmas turkey.

It can be purchased directly through the winery for just $20.00 per bottle.

The red wine pick is Brady Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine would be perfect to share over a beef tenderloin while ringing in the New Year! Brady Vineyard described the wines as,

“Big and bold featuring deep crimson color and aromas reminiscent of blackberry, black currant and cassis, with subtle notes of roasted vanilla and spice”

I recently shared it with a couple of friends and it was excellent, and a great value at $25.00 a bottle. Find a bottle of this wine near you using Grappos an online locator for beer,wine, and spirits.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Monthly Wine Pick: Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

wineIt’s wine Wednesday! It seems that fall has finally arrived in Austin just in time for our our wine pick of the month. This month I chose a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Franciscan Napa Valley Estate to share with you all.  I was delighted to find this bottle of wine as it is a perfect balance between smooth and savory, and pairs nicely with a steak or roast.

The winery had this to say about this rich and fruity wine:

“Deep garnet with a lovely plum nose and rich fruit with layers of complexity. Hints of licorice, vanilla, blackberry, tobacco, and leather envelop the fruit. Ripe entry of cherries and cassis showcases a full, well-structured palate. Textured and rich, the mouth-feel is balanced and generous showing layers of ripe berries, black pepper, mocha, and spice. A very long finish that leads you to another sip.”

At $29.00 a bottle, this wine is favorably priced and is an excellent wine to enjoy on a cool fall evening. You can purchase this wine from the winery here, or use their online retail locator to find a bottle at a store near you.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

Robin's Signature

Monthly Wine Pick: Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red

159I have not found a wine lately that has been worthy of posting on our blog until this past weekend when we tried Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red. I love blended wines since it seems like you get a little of the best of the various grapes. The Firehouse Red blend is really unusual in that it has 10 different varieties of grapes, whereas most blends may use only two or three varieties.

This wine is at a favorable price point at under $20 a bottle. We had it with a mixed grill meal of pork chops, shrimp, corn and new potatoes cooked on my husband Darren’s Big Green Egg. It was a perfect pairing with the smoky rich flavor of everything coming off of the grill.

You can try this wine for yourself  and purchase it from Tamarack Cellars by clicking the link here.


Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

Robin's Signature