The Secret Vineyard nourishes holistic health with indulgent vinotherapy scrubs and soothing spa treatments. Vinotherapy uses a grape-seed extract and refined mineral salts to blast the skin with 50 times more antioxidants than vitamin E, 20 times more than vitamin C, and 47 times more than extra-chunky peanut butter. But that's just one grape in the spa's plentiful bunch. Clients can solicit a swift body wax, a flattering haircut and coloring treatment, or request a session with a licensed massage therapist. Secret's bodywork is always tailored to the clients needs, whether it be a deep-tissue for chronic tension, relaxation-inducting Swedish strokes, or a couples session for actors and their beloved stunt doubles.
The ebony- and ivory-toned Black Swan Wine Bar treats palates to a multifarious cheese menu of Northern Hemisphere–culled curds sided with small snacks. Canadian-aged cheddar and Danish-aged Gouda entertain with salty quips and wheel-borne wisdom for new tasters, while French-bred blue cheese and creamy brie pair for a smooth and sophisticated pungent effect. Unlike cotswald, a firm variety of gloucester cheese, semi-soft English blue stilton crumbles under pressure from prodding tongues and relentless Cutco knife salesmen. Curdled from the milk of Manchega sheep, slightly piquant Spanish manchego caresses taste receptors with its creamy texture and exotic bleat, as nibblers alternate between fromage bites and complementary olives, grapes, and crackers.
A patio extends from Bluff Dale Vineyards's tasting room, presenting an expansive view of the sun-drenched grapevines and sloping foothills that D Magazine called "impressive." This swath of land grows the succulent grapes used to make the winery's fruit-forward selection of silken reds and aromatic whites. In addition to an oak-aged cabernet sauvignon, crisp chardonnay, and sweet muscat, the tasting room features a Texas cream sherry that is blended with the traditional—and time-intensive—solera system instead of with an industrial-sized cocktail shaker.
Owners David and Theresa Hayes also host live bands at their winery from time to time, inviting visitors to attend for free, bring a picnic, and tap their toes to the melodies of such groups as the Double J-R Band or the jazzy Pearl Street 4.