I've grown up, hit me smack dab in the face as I was driving into New Braunfels passing college kids with inner-tubes under their arms heading towards the river for a long afternoon float. Yes, fond (well somewhat hazy) memories indeed, but WOW - New Braunfels has grown up too!
I had the pleasure of spending the day underneath the porch at Gourmage - a wine, cheese and chocolate shop right in the middle of the town square. Saturday was a true All American kinda day. Everyone - kids, dogs, family and visitors from all over the United States strolled by Gourmage and stopped for a tasty "adult grilled cheese" snack and a sips of great American wine. Music blaring from the stage a few hundred feet away, local artisans peddling their wares and a lot of very down-to-earth, happy folks hanging out made the day complete. I can't imagine how New Braunfels feels during July 4 celebrations!
All the wines showed so beautifully, something for everyone, even those who thought they only liked "sweet" wine found something new. Gourmage sold the following bottles all day to folks heading to see the evening Spasmatics concert off the square.
- Handley Cellars Sauvignon Blanc $13.50
- Lange Estate Pinot Gris $16.99
- Storrs "Christie Vineyard" Chardonnay $13.50
- Teira Sonoma County Zinfandel $16.50
I headed home to Austin right before sundown. The day was closed with wine perfection at Gourmage. A VIP Wine and Cheese tasting was lead by Josh "The Wine Guy" with LIOCO "Durell" Vineyard Chardonnay, Pellegrini Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet and Olivet Lane Pinot Noir A few pics tell the day away...Cheers - Ali