Crafted by sunshine:
grasses and trees pull away
leaving only rocks.
The oasis runs through it:
sparkling lakes feeding grape vines.
Day two of our Northern Hill Country wine trip started at Perissos Vineyards. While we were there, things got busy. When we arrived, there was labeling going on, but not much else (even visitor wise). Before we were half way through our tastings, three more groups had arrived and were enjoying the wine too. And in the small tasting room, with two great big dogs lounging to escape the heat, it all seemed a bit snug. That didn't matter with such good wine to attract our attentions.
|The shrinking lake at Lake Buchanan Dam|
|Inks Lake State Park|
|One of the rock faces at Inks Lake|
|Rock outcropping with running water below|
|Tree lined lake front at Inks Lake|
|A row of my favorite, Makbec @ Perissos|
When we got to the door, we were ushered in by Baron. He trodded along with us, happy for our attention and the cool stone floor of the tasting room. As I mentioned early, labeling was the task for the day, and one of the vineyard's whites was getting tagged. But our attention was quickly on the wine as Ray helped us through our wine tasting. Ray's enthusiasm for the wines was wonderful; even as the room got busy and he was struggling to help four groups, he kept smiling and chatting away with pride. And Perissos has something to be proud of. They focus on growing their grapes themselves. The vineyard I had just walked through helped create most of the wines I tasted. Now, like most Texas wineries, their vineyard was not enough, but unlike many others, Ray proclaimed with pride that all of Perissos' grape were 100% Texan, getting some from other Texas vineyards.
|Inside the tasting room looking towards the door, and Charlie|
|Bottling paused at Perissos.|
|The grapes at Perissos, mid-May 2012|