At D'Vine Wine’s tasting bar, experienced vintners help to hone palates and fuel fun events by filling glasses with the winery’s own wines. They share helpful vocabulary words and pairing suggestions as customers sample different varietals, and they occasionally summon in a marching band when a guest has a tasting epiphany.
Though D'Vine’s team members are happy to simply couple a customer with a bottle from the cellar, they are also equipped and eager to ferment and bottle small batches of wine to order, replete with customized labels and yacht-christening instructions. The custom wines reflect D'Vine Wine’s mission to educate and empower budding oenophiles. In addition to the tasting room, D'Vine Wine also houses a winery store where customers can peruse bottles, cork cages, and other accessories.
Texas hills unfurl before Wimberley Valley Winery, gently guiding guests to the winery’s stock of wines. Since 1983, the winery’s resident winemaker has created a range of classic varietal wines in addition to offering wines from around the world. While the winemakers weave their magic in the cellar, the remainder of the winery’s staff entertains customers in the elegant tasting room. Here, an expansive stone fireplace steals the attention from sunny yellow walls, and granite counters hide bottle after bottle of wines waiting to be sampled. While tasters sink into cushy leather couches, the staff explains the flavor profiles of wine types and divulge tips for pairing wine with the right food or crazy straws.
Mouthwatering aromas of smoked pork and brisket commingle with the distinct smell of hops at Uncle Billy's Brew & Que, a barbecue spot that teams up delicious sandwiches and entrees with a signature collection of beers brewed on-site. Diners can bask in the sunlight on large patios while perusing the menu, which boasts such down-home favorites as a crisp fried-pickle starter ($6.99) and chicken-fried chicken ($9.99–$10.99) dappled with house-made gravy. Teeth chomp to the rhythms of live music on weekends, settling into a savory groove on Billy cheesesteak sandwiches ($7.99–$9.99) that pile brisket, pulled pork, or smoked chicken on a hoagie roll with queso, peppers and onions. Hearty appetites scale one-pound mountains of pork ribs ($9.99) and half-pound foothills of lean or moist brisket ($6.99–$8.79), which can be topped off with a snowy peak of beer foam (alcohol not included in this Groupon).
Located about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio, Kendall County is tucked into the lush Texas Hill Country and comes tinged with eclectic German heritage. After signing a treaty with local Native American tribes, German immigrants settled in the area during the 1840s and founded the town of Boerne in 1852, which thrives today as a quaint village with an artistic bent. Central European influences linger at local eateries, which dish up traditional cuisine.Hill Country's sprawling prairies and rolling hills are rife with opportunities for outdoor recreation, including boating, fishing, and horseback riding. Nearby, Guadalupe River State Park is bisected by the eponymous river, whose banks are lined with giant bald cypress trees. Adventurers can rent a canoe or kayak and paddle down the scenic waterway, or hire a local teenager to mold fake Bigfoot prints on the nature trails that wend past limestone cliffs.Urban adventures abound in nearby San Antonio, which brims with shopping and dining along its famed River Walk. Self-guided audio tours expound on the history of the King William Historic District, a collection of 19th-century mansions built by German merchants.
Top trainers Brent Currie and Ken Tollett share a record of heroic, athletic service as firefighter and police officer respectively. The duty-bound duo use the elite CrossFit system to prepare for the demands of crime-fighting, firefighting, and teaming up to fight fire smugglers. After embracing the CrossFit credo, Currie and Tollett joined forces to teach Texans of all fitness levels how to tame the 11-headed fitness fiend of cardio, respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. CrossFit avoids the pratfalls of repetitive practices with an ever-varying workout of the day that keeps routines from becoming routine while encouraging progressive growth scalable to skill. This program is excellent for committed beginners, and because efficacy is emphasized over ease, enlisted exercisers will soon find their cores well-hardened.
Benefitting The Paladin Group, which supports the Hill County Children’s Advocacy Center, and attended to by Sullivan Street Caterers, A Spicewood Affair proffers elegant fare for patrons to nibble on in a dining area surrounded by rich woods and accented with sunlit golden curtains. Past feasts catered by Sullivan Street have included such morsels as tortilla-crusted catfish bites and tri-colored pepper salad. After lunch, diners can squeeze in holiday shopping while strolling around vendor tables that boast antler tableware, custom Christmas cards, and jewelry, among other offerings. Live acoustic and Christmas music pervades the air as attendees chat, mingle, and swap secret scout-troop handshakes. Guests are free to wander in and out at their whim, and can enjoy the amenities at any time during the event, which benefits the Hill County Children's Advocacy Center with their proceeds.
Taste Buds is a Specialty Food & Wine Shop located in Wimberley Texas. We specialize in gourmet food made in Texas. At Taste Buds we offer hundreds of free samples of our products everyday, including the wine shop. We also make custome gift baskets for all occasions. Give a taste of Texas.