S had a birthday this past weekend. Being the perfect, thoughtful wife that I am (I’m sure he thinks so at least…), I decided that a meticulously-planned surprise weekend getaway would be much better than socks and a tie. So after researching pretty much every city and every bed and breakfast within a 4 hour drive of Austin, I chose Wimberly… mostly for the wine. S loves wine, so I knew that I couldn’t go wrong whisking him off to a place that flows of the red and white goodness.
I found a cabin at Southwind Cabins, a little B&B a couple of miles outside of Wimberly. $105 a night gets you a very clean, secluded 2 room cabin with full kitchen, grill, fireplace, and hot breakfast brought to your cabin every morning. It was the perfect choice.
I treated S to dinner Friday night at Trattoria Lisina at the Mandola Winery (special thanks to the Millers for their generosity). S got the Costolette di Agnello alla Griglia (aka lamb chops) and I got the Insalata di Bresaola (aka arugula salad with dried beef). The food was great as anticipated, but what we remember most about the evening was Mandolas Zinfandel. At $24 (or$26?) a bottle, it was really really really good.
Saturday we woke up to a delicious breakfast delivered to our door of scrambled eggs on toast, fresh strawberries and bananas, pecan and apple croissant, and OJ. Then we headed to the Wimberly square for shopping. Our favorite shop was Moon Dance Arts, where the owners/jewelry makers (artists?) helped us find the perfect field ring (no fancy wedding rings for my outdoor job) that we have been trying to find for 4 months.
With my finger newly decorated (thanks, S 🙂 ), we moved on to the Hill Country Wine Shoppe, a little shop specializing in tastings of boutique wines and wines that are not distributed. For $5 you can try 7 wines – share tastings and end up trying 14. Aside from the bubbly woman working the bar, most memorable is the raspberry port. I could kick myself for not paying attention to the winery it is from, but I will call and find out, because it definitely worth keeping in mind for serving at dinner parties or as a gift.
Saturday afternoon we picked up lunch and S’s parents at The Leaning Pear, then headed to the Driftwood Estate Winery. Another wonderful tasting, another favorite wine – the Dry Rose. The Syrah was a second favorite. Everyone loved the food from The Leaning Pear (Caprese Panini – almost as good as the ones in France!), and the weather was perfect for an afternoon drinking wine overlooking the Hill Country.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, S!!!