Monday, October 19, 2015

Texas Bucket List: Tasting ALL the Wines

My Texas Bucket List began taking shape shortly after we arrived in College Station. At first the list consisted of only a few touristy day trips and experiences (think Six Flags, Sea World, etc.) I'd thought of or heard about prior to our move. But as we made new friends, especially new friends who grew up in Texas, we learned from them about the lesser-known - at least to Midwesterners - but not-to-miss sights and sounds of the Lone Star State.

Each time I cross something off my Texas Bucket List I document it here, both because Chasing Roots serves as my Texas journal and because looking back on these posts and "watching" our love affair, if you will, with our now-home state unfold is a beautiful thing. 

You can see my full Texas Bucket List here. Feel free to tell me what I'm missing!

Though Messina Hof Winery & Resort is just a short drive from our home in College Station, I had yet to attend one of their tastings or tours. Until two weekends ago, that is, when a friend of mine chose to celebrate her birthday with dinner at Messina Hof's Vintage House Restaurant and the Moonlight Tour and Tasting afterwards. I would have celebrated this incredible friend anywhere, but having the opportunity to do so at Messina Hof was the icing on the (delicious cookie) cake for me.

We arrived early (as in embarrassingly close to the "early bird" hour) for dinner and had the dining room almost completely to ourselves. Our meals hit the spot, as did the never-ending supply of bread, seasoned olive oil dipping sauce, and glasses of wine. 

After dinner we walked to the Wine Bar to begin our tour. The woman supervising the Wine Bar and handling transactions associated with the tour was less than pleasant, but once we had our included-with-the-tour glasses of sparkling wine in hand and found our delightful tour guide, all was once again right with the world. On the tour (which began just after sunset, hence the dark photos) we learned a bit about the history of this award-winning winery and were given a behind-the-scenes look at the grounds and the production facilities.

The tour portion of the evening ended in the Tasting Room, where we tried a variety of wines paired with a number of delicious appetizers and desserts.

We all enjoyed the experience, and are looking forward to going back - perhaps with our husbands and kids - next August when the grapes are picked, harvested, and stomped! 

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