What’s Haute On The Wine Trails

What’s Haute On The Wine Trails

By Miguel Lecuona, a Nikon Photographer in Fredericksburg where he and his wife Barbara host elite private Hill Country Wine Tours and Tastings.

FOOD: Urban Chefs are teaming up with Hill Country wineries. Chef Ben Huselton (Austin: Kenichi and Paggi House) runs the Kitchen at Compass Rose Cellars, offering culinary gems for lunch Thursday through Sunday. Soon, Friday Supper Clubs will feature Chef Ben in top form, with wine-paired courses, and one of the best sunsets in the Hill Country. CompassRoseCellars.com in Hye

WINEMost #TxWine insiders know Tempranillo is a favorite red wine grape. Well, get ready for more, as in Mourv èdre (pronounced more-VED-ra). William Chris Vineyards will release two Single- Vineyard Mourvèdre wines this year. “We became believers when we saw how resistant it is to late spring frost, and we love how it expresses the subtleties of Texas soils,” said Chris Brundrett.  WilliamChrisWines.com in Hye

TOUR: Deep in the hills north of Dripping Springs, Hawk’s Shadow Winery has quietly become a favorite of savvy Austin tour operators like Discover Texas Wine Tours. The reasons? A sincere family-run winery on a rugged horse ranch owned by proprietors Doug and Carol Reed; A new Tasting Room patio with spectacular 25 mile views over the estate vineyards and across the Pedernales river valley; and an underground limestone barrel cellar, with geologic formations and 75 barrels of wine made from 100% Texas Grapes.   HawksShadow.com in Dripping Springs

Haute Contributor: Miguel Lecuona is a Nikon Photographer in Fredericksburg where he and his wife Barbara host elite private Hill Country Wine Tours and Tastings. Connect with Miguel at miguellecuona@mac.com & hillcountrylight.com.