Getting to taste some, let me stress some, of the wines from different vineyards and wineries of the Texas Hill Country really revealed a true terroir or special characteristics of this region. A mineral and either grassy or vegetal note plays in most of these wines. When treated right this was quite nice. I encountered many, sweet and semisweet wines too. Many not really to my liking. Of the more than 20 wineries and vineyards represented I enjoyed Driftwood Vineyards the best this day. I thought the 2005 Lone Star Cab was nicely balanced with the right touch of oak.
As I mentioned, I was not able to taste all or at least all that I wanted to this weekend. Unlike last year, the price of admision ($25) included only ten 1 oz tastes. I was quite disappointed with this change. I also believe this hurt the vineyards as well. It forced me to be choosy. If I tasted a variety I did not like so much I was more likey to move on and try someone elses offerings instead of trying another style.
I was also disappointed in the food offerings, Whole Foods offered fruit and cheese plates only. A feeble offering that should have been much more. There were some other offering such as Freebirds New World Burrito and Boomerang’s Meat Pies. I did have a taste of the Meat Pie, pretty good but not exactly the fair I was hoping to enjoy at the wine festival.
Overall I just did not find the whole experience very inviting. I found myslef saying “well it is only the second year maybe it will get better.” Unfortunately, that is what I said last year and I had a better time then.