Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wine Spotlight

Rosé Wines

By Connor Brown
The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District

When Rosé is mentioned in wine conversations, many of us think of our grandmothers and the sweet pink wine that we've all snuck tastes of. However, not all Rosé wine is sweet, and the process of making a rosé wine is one of the oldest around. It offers a wide range of flavors to appease even the most picky wine drinkers. While there are many ways to achieve a rosé, one of the most common methods is called skin contact. This method basically allows red wine grapes to ferment with the skins for a limited time before the juice is drained and separated, leaving a wonderful pink juice to continue to mature into a delectable rosé wine. And though rosés have been produced for centuries, many US wine regions and other world regions have just started to experiment with producing dry rosé. Texas, however, has been on the train for quite some time, and The Grapevine offers a nice selection of them from some of Texas' most beloved wineries.

On the menu is Fall Creek Creekside Rosé, a luscious deep pink, off-dry wine made just down the road in Driftwood. The Creekside Rosé is a well-balanced and full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, and Syrah that boasts big fruit flavors of strawberries and watermelon with a zesty crisp acidic finish. This wine falls right in the middle of dry and sweet, and should be served chilled to allow maximum relaxation in the Texas heat.

Another favorite is the Kiepersol Rosé of Malbec from Tyler, Texas. This beautiful pale pink wine is light-bodied and mostly dry with wonderful melon and berry notes, followed by a crisp, smooth, semi-earthy finish. If you enjoy a Malbec for its soft smooth tannins, and round flavor profile, the Keipersol Rose of Malbec can easily be your new springtime favorite offering similar flavors with a lighter and more refreshing taste.

And for those who prefer something on the sweeter side, our neighbors at Dry Comal Creek here in New Braunfels have been perfecting the blush for years with their White Black Spanish. This wine has deep Texas roots with the Lenoir, or Black Spanish, grape that has been imbedded in American wine growing culture since the 19th century and is now grown vastly in the Lone Star State. (We even have some growing on the porch at The Grapevine!) This lovely blend of Black Spanish and French Columbard has a deep garnet color and tastes of ripe berry and cherry with a soft semi-sweet and jammy finish. However this wine isn't near too sweet with well-balanced cinnamon and citrus flavors to keep the sweetness from overpowering the delicate fruit notes that pull it together.

As someone who almost exclusively drinks Rosé, it's great to see such prestigious Texas wineries find their viticultural roots in producing this timeless wine style. It also grants many more options for those red and white wine drinkers to meet in the middle. In Gruene, we're all about good times, rich history and fine wine, so let’s all spend less time arguing reds versus whites and more time enjoying!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Spring Break in Gruene, Texas

Spring Break is here!! Finally!
If you're headed to New Braunfels for the holiday, here's a list of happenings right here in Gruene.

Friday, March 9th:

Rockin' R
Open for float trips! Be sure to check for up to date information on how to plan your float.

Gruene Hall
Friday Afternoon Club 
4-7pm Free event
Join 92.1 KNBT for Friday Afternoon Club. Beer specials, live tunes from KNBT and a special guest interview by none other than Shooter Jennings! 
Shooter Jennings
Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm
Tickets available at the door while they last.

Saturday, March 10th:

Gruene Hall-
Murali Coryell and Ernie Durawa
1-5pm Free Show
Charlie Robison 
Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm Tickets: $25
Available online or at the door:

The Grapevine-
Bret Graham
3-6pm Free Event
Live music in the garden.

Sunday, March 11th:

The Grapevine-
Slim Bawb
3-6pm Free Event
Live music in the garden.

Monday, March 12th:

Gruene Hall-
Slim Bawb
1-5pm Free Show
Bret Graham
6-10pm Free Show

Tuesday, March 13th:

Gruene Hall-
Adam Johnson 
1-5pm Free Show
Swing Dance Lessons 
6-7pm $8/person
Learn simple, fun East Coast Swing.
6th Annual Two Ton Tuesday Spring Break Show
Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8:30pm Cover: $5

Wednesday, March 14th:

The River House-
Chef's Bite Night
3 creative small plates for $5 each or $12 for all three. Call for reservations 830-608-0690.

Gruene Hall-
George Ensle 
1-5pm Free Show
Mitch Webb & the Swindles
6-10pm Free Show

Thursday, March 15th:

The Grapevine-
Come and Taste It
5-8pm Free Event
Complimentary tastings from Duchman Family Winery and Live Oak Brewery. 
Live music in the garden by Phil Luna. Door prizes.

The River House-
Thirsty Thursday! 
50% off all bottles of wine. Call for reservations 830-608-0690.

Gruene Hall-
McKay & Leigh
1-5pm Free Show
Grouchy Like Riley
6-10pm Free Show

Friday, March 16th:

Gruene Hall-
Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs
12-4pm Free Show
Friday Afternoon Club
4-7pm Free Event
Join 92.1 KNBT for Friday Afternoon Club. Beer specials, live tunes from KNBT and a special guest interview by none other than The Powell Brothers! 
Roger Creager
Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm Tickets: $25 
Advanced tickets:

Saturday, March 17th: Wear your green in Gruene! 

All Day St. Paddy's Drink Specials
Guinness & Smithwick’s for just $2.50 each (regularly $4.75) 

Old Gruene Market Days-
10am – 5pm Free Admission
Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Free admission. Visit for more information.

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar-
Free live music in the beer garden.
12:30-3:30pm and 6-9pm – Dan McCoy

The Grapevine Garden-
Adam Johnson 
3-6pm Free
Complimentary tastes offered daily. Free admission.

Gruene Hall-
Aaron Stephens 
1-5pm Free Show
Roger Creager
Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm Tickets: $25
Advanced tickets:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentine's Day in Gruene

Trying to come up with a memorable Valentine’s Day that doesn’t break the bank is hard.  Really hard. You can spend hours planning and several hundred dollars all for about an hour and a half of entertainment. How about saving yourself the stress and crazy expense and come spend the evening with us in Gruene? The perfect date night is as easy as getting in your car and driving a few miles down the road to our little historic town.

We recommend starting your evening with wine tasting at The Grapevine. They offer 3 complimentary tastings per person, then you may purchase a glass or bottle of your favorite to enjoy in the tasting room or outside in the garden. 

If romance is what you crave, then the Gristmill is the place for you. 

Steak and Shrimp.

A tender and juicy 8 ounce New York Strip accompanied by bacon-wrapped stuffed Texas gulf jumbo shrimp. Served with loaded mashed potatoes and an iceberg wedge salad ($24.99). Don’t forget dessert! Indulge yourself with a most decadent favorite…Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake, creamy cheesecake with rich fudge, topped with caramel, pecans, chocolate chips and whipped cream. Served with two spoons, just the right ending to a truly romantic meal. No reservations necessary. 

At Cantina del Rio, let your love sizzle! 

Try the sizzlin’ tender chicken or beef fajitas marinated in a special fresh squeezed lime marinade, served with beans, rice, real guacamole, fresh pico and your choice of fresh flour or corn tortillas. $13.95 for one or $24.95 for you and your sweetie. We also recommend the famous margarita flight to go with your fajitas. It'll be the tastiest Valentine's you've ever had!
No reservations necessary. 

Also, Cantina del Rio is the perfect spot for a Gal-entine's Day dinner for you and your friends. After all, they've got margaritas colder than your exes heart!

Looking for a delicious steak dinner and martinis? Mozie's is the place to be.

Steak! Flat top grilled, covered in Hoffbrau lemon butter and served with a bleu cheese wedge salad and a choice of side. Choose from a succulent 6 ounce filet ($19.95) or a 16 ounce porterhouse t-bone ($22.99). To “sweeten” your dining experience, they offer specialty martinis, including Strawberry Cheesecake, Godiva Chocolate or Key Lime Pie! No reservations necessary. 

Now that you’ve had a delicious dinner for two it’s time to dance the night away!

Head back over to Gruene Hall for the Valentine’s Dance with Dale Watson and his Lone Stars.
You can two step the night away on Gruene Hall's historic dance floor. It's a great excuse to hold on tight to your Valentine.

Tickets: $10

By the way, all restaurant specials mentioned above are available Friday, February 9th through February 14th.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Pony Express Rides Again…into Gruene!

Ever heard of the Pony Express?
We’re sure you have, but just in case, here’ s a little history:

The Pony Express began on April 3, 1860 and only lasted about 19 months. By utilizing a short route and using mounted riders rather than traditional stagecoaches, letters traveling between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California were delivered in just 10 days. It was extremely fast for it’s time, but also extremely expensive. Once the telegraph arrived on the scene in October of 1861, the Pony Express became obsolete and ceased operation two days later.

On Saturday, December 2nd we will have our very own Pony Express stop! We will welcome riders from the Heritage Trail Ride Association of New Braunfels who will ride into our historic little town as members of the Pony Express. At 10 am riders will relay the official “Christmas Greetings” from the Governor of Texas. Immediately after, a pop-up US Post Office branch will be set up right next to Gruene Outfitters where you can get your stamps cancelled with the 2017 commemorative stamp representing Gruene. That means it’ll be postmarked Gruene, Texas! There is only one day a year our “post office” is in business and December 2nd is it!

Once you’ve had those Christmas cards stamped hang around for pictures with Cowboy Kringle and our Gruene Town Lighting happening later that very same day. You can also stop by Cotton Eyed Joe’s to get a Cowboy Kringle postcard and some Gruene Hall stamps!

For our full holiday event schedule->

Monday, November 13, 2017

Cowboy Kringle

Jingle. Jingle. Jingle.
It’s time for Cowboy Kringle!!

Since the 80s, Cowboy Kringle has been a part of our Christmas celebration here in Gruene so of course he will be here this year too- WOOHOO!

Create a Christmas memory with our own brand of Santa. Cowboy Kringle is decked out in cowboy gear and even rides in on a horse for our annual town lighting on December 2nd.  He’s quite a site to behold!

Pictures are printed on site and available almost immediately. Talk about instant gratification! You can even pick out, purchase and take home your Christmas cards the very same day. Packages start at just $15. Proceeds from sales on November 18th and 19th benefit Communities in Schools of South Central Texas.

2017 Dates and Times:
Saturday, November 18: 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 19: 12pm-5pm

Friday, November 24: 10am-5 pm
Saturday, November 25: 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 26: 12pm-5pm

Saturday, December 2: 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 3: 12pm-5pm

Saturday, December 9: 10 am-5pm
Sunday, December 10: 12pm-5pm

Saturday, December 16: 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 17: 12pm-5 pm

Friday, December 22: 10am-5pm
Saturday, December 23: 10am-5pm

For our full holiday calendar, check out

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Holidays in Gruene Sip-N-Shop

Holiday Kick Off!

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is fast approaching and we’re so close to Christmas we can almost smell the yule log and taste the hot cocoa.

Here at Gruene, we LOVE the holidays. Our annual celebration kicks off with our Sip-N-Shop on Tuesday, November 14th.  From 5-8 enjoy complimentary beverages at participating stores, pick up your Kringle Cash, and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping.

What’s Kringle Cash, you ask? It’s only the best thing ever! One word: COUPONS. Loads and loads of coupons to use at shops around our historic town. Sip-N-Shop is the perfect time to start using your Kringle Cash and get a head start on Christmas shopping.

Participating merchants include:
§  Cotton Eyed Joe's
§  Gruene General Store
§  The Grapevine
§  Dancing Bear
§  The Gruene Olive
§  Gruene with Envy
§  Element 29
§  Tipsy Gypsy
§  Pookie Jane's
§  Gruene Outfitters
§  The Pomegranate
§  Gruene Antique Company
§  The Gruene Haus
§  The Gruene Rose
§  Gruene Coffee House
§  Gruene Mansion Inn
§ Black Swan
§ The Gruene Kid
§Got Toys
§The Company Store

Mark your calendars, grab your friends and family and come see us!

For our full holiday calendar check out

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Great Outdoors

Excerpt from New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung by Robin Blackburn, May 2016

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar
One of the blessings of life in Central Texas is the spring and early summer weather. Sunny days and balmy nights beckon us outdoors for camping, picnics, parties, fishing, swimming, tubing, hiking or simply taking a walk through the park or downtown.
This time of year is also perfect for enjoying outdoor dining. New Braunfels residents have plenty of options when it comes to restaurants with patio seating — from casual to upscale. And with the variety of restaurants New Braunfels has to offer, you can eat Southern comfort food, seafood and more in the great outdoors.

"People have an innate desire to be in nature, and the closest they can get is dining outside," said Mary Jane Nalley, co-owner of The Gristmill in Gruene. "It's always kind of been a thing, I think. You can't usually go for a walk in the woods once a week. And there's a part of us that wants to connect with nature, even if you don't feel it consciously."

Nalley said that particularly with today's hightech, fast-paced lifestyle, people sometimes want to get away from it all and relax in the fresh air and feel more in touch with nature.
Cantina del Rio

Particularly in Central Texas, Nalley said, outdoor dining is popular because of the climate.

"Our weather, for the most part, is really nice," she said, noting that up north when winters are longer and colder than they typically are in this area, outdoor dining is harder to find and harder to enjoy.

Moreover, she said, "I think dining is a big part of people's entertainment these days, and the more experiential you can make it, the more enjoyable it is."

For example, people eating at tables on the sidewalk outside a downtown restaurant can enjoy people-watching and soaking in the atmosphere, and diners on a patio out in the country can find shade in a canopy of trees and enjoy being outdoors, Nalley said.

The Gristmill itself has vast outdoor seating capacity — about 300 people can dine among the trees at the historic site. Nalley said there are several different areas outside, which keeps diners from feeling like they're in a huge crowd. There is an outdoor biergarten where bands play on the weekends, dining areas covered by trees provide shade and smaller covered outdoor areas.

"It sort of has a treehouse effect," Nalley said. "It overhangs the bluffs, with the river below, and it's almost like being in the woods.

"It's really comfortable to be out there," she said. "You can hear the birds and the river."
The River House
Tucked away off of the main road in Gruene is The River House, whose outdoor dining area can seat about 50 people. The recently expanded patio also includes a bar where patrons can order beer and wine, and there's live music on the patio on Sundays. The patio backs up to a wooded area, putting nature within reach.

"There are times when you'll see 30 to 40 deer hanging out back there grazing," said Chef Collin Campion.

The outdoor area is particularly popular this time of year, Campion said. "For dinner, we fill this area up before we fill the inside."

Campion said people enjoy the patio for its nice, simple feel and relaxing atmosphere.

"This is a nice place to meet up and take a break from shopping," he said.

No matter what part of town you're in or what kind of food you're craving, take the opportunity to enjoy some of New Braunfels' outdoor dining spots. With the variety of cuisine and settings available, you have plenty of chances to get in touch with nature with food and friends.