The Absolute Best Wineries In Fredericksburg, Texas To Get Your Sip On

The Absolute Best Wineries In Fredericksburg, Texas To Get Your Sip On

You had me at Merlot!
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Texas Hill Country - The Next Napa Valley?

Fredericksburg, Texas is home to a countless amount of wineries, seriously there is no shortage! It is the second most visited wine trail in the entire United States. So just for fun I decided to highlight some of my absolute favorites to visit and my favorite glasses/bottles to take home with me!

In no particular order:

Grape Creek Winery

One of my favorites, the vineyard is gorgeous! The winery and vineyard has a beautiful and romantic Italian Villa tasting room, where you can experience the feel of the “Tuscany in Texas”. My personal favorite from this winery was the Bellissimo, which is a “beautiful” Super Tuscan style red wine, with a captivating blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lost Draw Cellars

I just recently visited this winery and I loved it! The tasting room resides in the heart of Fredericksburg where the Ottmers' family business was originally established. The Lost Draw team continues to strive to produce the highest quality wine that Texas has to offer, and is excited to invite you to enjoy a taste of Lost Draw Cellars. My favorite glass of wine here was the German Gemütlichkeit, which is difficult to explain (and pronounce). It is a phrase describing a situation that is cozy and induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, and a sense of belonging. It's a blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Roussanne. Let's face it, we could all use a little more Gemütlichkeit!

Fat Ass Ranch and Winery

As if the name alone isn't a good enough reason to go and visit this winery, the environment and wines are also worth experiencing! The story behind the name of this winery is hilarious and it is very well known for its sweeter wines. While I, myself am strictly a red wine drinker, I cannot deny that these sweet wines are one of a kind!! My personal favorites are the Sangria Blanca and their Texas Red.

Messina Hof Winery

I love Messina Hof! I am currently a student at Texas A&M University and I enjoy having one of these in my backyard, but their Hill Country location is beautiful! In 2011 Messina Hof Hill Country Winery opened its doors in Fredericksburg, the second largest wine tourism destination in the country. My personal favorite wines here are the Bonfire Blush (which is seasonal and an Aggie influenced label) and their Tempranillo, which is a red wine blend!

William Chris Vineyards

This vineyard, located in Hye, TX; is one of the furthest from the actual town of Fredericksburg but it is SO worth the drive! Hands down one of my favorites, Aggie owned and operated, and the scenery and vineyard is gorgeous!!! My favorite glass I had from here was their Mandola Estate, which from what I have seen on their website, is no longer sold. I have one bottle left and am definetly saving it for a special occasion! Everyone should check this place out!

4.0 Cellars

This place is home to a couple of different wineries.. It hosts as a tasting room for Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery and McPherson Cellars. My personal favorite here was the Red 2015 Austin Street by Brennan Vineyards! I enjoyed this place, they had great food, wine, and an awesome scene with a live band and another open bar where you could easily get another glass of wine while enjoying the music and outdoors.

Becker Vineyards

The story behind this little winery is one of my favorites! It was started by a couple who shared a love for wine, the hill country and their German heritage. This winery is breathtaking and the wines are all amazing! You have to try their Chevaux Noir, which is a a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, sorry y'all I know I keep recommending red blends but seriously, even people who don't like dry reds will enjoy a glass or two of this!


Fiesta Winery

Fiesta Vineyard and Winery is nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country along the Colorado River. The ranch that it's located on has been in their family for six generations!! How cool is that?! You will never forget the experience you have at this winery, it's adorable! Try a glass of their Back Porch Sittin' which is a Semi Sweet Cabernet. Or for you white wine lovers, try their Happy Trails, which is a Sweet Chardonnay!

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

Now I must admit, I have not personally been to this vineyard but I know people who have been and they adored it! I've purchased a couple of their bottles from stores they're sold in and have fallen in love and can't wait to personally visit!! Their Comal Red XIV, which is a semi sweet red wine is delicious and their Black Spanish, is to die for!!! (it's considered a dark red lenoir).

Just a little reminder that I wrote this article for fun, I am in no way affiliated with any of these wineries! I am just a wine enthusiast and wanted to share with y'all some of my favorite wineries in Texas and which of their wines were my personal favorites!

I hope that anytime you have the chance, you can make it out to at least one of these wineries because I promise you, you will NOT be disappointed! There are also countless others that I plan on making it to that I did not list in this article and y'all should also!

Cover Image Credit: William Chris Winery

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The thing about energy drinks... they have a bad rap.

I often bring one to work and then my coworkers will begin to tell me how bad they are for my health. And then I usually reply with how delicious they are or something. Because quite frankly, I absolutely love energy drinks.

I never have more than one on the same day, and I don't drink 5-Hour Energy or any of those energy shots. THOSE can't be safe. I also don't drink Redbull for some reason. I have always thought that they weren't good for you and so I guess I just stand by that. But I drink every flavor of Monster and Rockstar and have now expanded my horizons to Nos, Bang, etc. I sip them like a drink, I don't chug them or start my day with them. Usually. And I like to get the sugar-free or low-calorie ones, although that's a whole other debate on whether or not it's healthier to digest real sugar or fake sweetener.

But my habits are not the focus of this article. Instead, I want to summarize some of the factual information about energy drinks and why you shouldn't assume I'm going to have a heart attack after I finish my delicious beverage. Now, I admit right off the bat that I didn't do any extensive research about this, I didn't look into cases of specific people's injuries or experiences, I just want to state a few facts to put this entire debate into perspective:

The average Monster has anywhere from 140-160 mg of caffeine in a 16oz can. This is the equivalent of a tall Starbucks cafe Americano. And ordering an Americano every morning is perfectly fine to most people.

My absolute favorite flavor of Monster is the Pipeline Punch from the Monster Juice series. This one is not low-calorie or low-sugar, it's just a normal Monster drink. It has 23g of sugar in it. Arguably one of the most popular sugary Starbucks drinks is the caramel macchiato. The grande size has 33g of sugar in it. Not to mention, it's also the exact same caffeine count as an energy drink.

Anytime you order your Starbucks drink with an extra shot, that's an added 75mg of caffeine. So with every double shot or even triple shot, if you dare, you are well over the caffeine amount of 99% of energy drinks.

In light of these facts, it's still fair to criticize energy drinks because of their artificial, sugary nature. Sure, carbonated sugary drinks lead to teeth erosion and dental issues. But then how come people don't freak out every time the waiter asks if you would like a Coke with that?

The Bang drinks actually require you be over eighteen to purchase them. Grocery stores treat it like alcohol and ask for your ID before buying. And maybe this is how it should be for every energy drink brand. It would surely help prevent young children and teens from over-consuming something that they probably don't need in their systems at a young age.

As for bodily defects as a result of drinking energy drinks—do everything in moderation! Stories are released of people drinking energy drinks and then dying from heart attacks or what have you. But 99% of the time it's because they drank three in a row or mixed them with substances you shouldn't be mixing them with. These aren't just drinks. People should be taking them seriously. You wouldn't throw back five shots of tequila and then not expect to suffer the consequences or order three triple shot lattes and not expect to feel a little heartburn afterward.

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