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Grape Stomps

In: Drinking|Outdoors

3 Aug 2015

Looking for some fun that’ll keep you on your toes? For three weekends in August, nine local wineries (Westcave Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Pedernales Cellars, Texas Hills Vineyard, Fall Creek Vineyard, Messina Hof Hill Country, Hye Meadow and Dry Comal Creek) will be hosting grape stomps (William Chris Vineyards will be doing grape punch-downs). You get [...]

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(map) Dive in! To the delicious new tasting room at the Deep Eddy distillery in Drippin’. The tasting room is industrial-chic, furnished with comfy couches for lounging with your friends, drinks in hand, of course. To order, you choose your glass, then choose from

(map) With all the fancy new contemporary restaurants popping up lately, it’s comforting to soak in the old-school Austin vibe of the Nutty Brown. Known as an outdoor live-music venue hosting such big names as Dwight Yoakam, Clint Black and

(map) In two weeks, the “little town where everybody’s somebody” hosts one of the best events out West. Nine wineries, 12 food trucks, and five bands will take the stage August 1st from noon till 7 pm. For tickets, click here.

Calais Winery

In: Drinking

16 Jul 2015

(map) What do you say to a French winemaker who loves the grapes of Texas? “Ooh-la-la!” Ben Calais’ new winery on Wine Road 290 is not officially open, but he is doing tastings by appointment in his “cave.” That’s right, his tasting room is actually underground, and plans are for it to cellar his wines [...]

Chili & Chillin’

In: Drinking

11 Jul 2015

(map) Cheers! Next Saturday, the 15 wineries along Wine Road 290 will be pairing tastes of their wines with chili made by some of the top Hill Country restaurants. No extra charge; some tasting fees may apply. (Thanks to Miguel Lecuona for the photo.) Wine Road 290 website

(map) Some wineries are all about the tasting room or the facilities or the gift shop. This one is all about the view (of course, they’re all serious about the wines). Located high on a hilltop with a beautiful view of row after row of

(map) Like a proud hipster phoenix, Proof & Cooper rises from the ashes of the former Bert ‘n Ernie’s location near Drippin’. And what a transformation it is! Those of you familiar with that quirky-yet-almost-comically-dilapidated biker bar will be amazed. Craft cocktails, craft beers on tap, live music, and best of all,

It’s the number-one restaurant day of the year (bigger than Valentine’s Day, even)! Sunday, May 10 is less than two weeks away. Below, a guide to 21 of the best places out West to take Mom for her special day. Clicking on a restaurant’s name will take you to their special menu.

(map) May 2-3, Becker celebrates all things lavender. From sweeping fields of blooming lavender to lavender soaps, sachets, lotions and plants. There’s live music, cooking demo’s, touring and wine-tasting, as well as food and craft vendors. Best of all, it’s free! Just $5 for parking. Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival website


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