Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summer Flavors in Gruene

Wine Spotlight from New Braunfels Monthly
June 2018
By: Connor Brown

Summer is finally here, which means many of us are ready to take it easy and pop a bottle or crack open a cold one to celebrate the beginning of the lazy season here in New Braunfels. Luckily, there are plenty of options to pair with the Texas heat that will leave you feeling refreshed rather than defeated when trying to enjoy the season, but with so many different flavors and choices, it can be a task to find the right beverage to accompany a summer day in Texas. However, with almost 400 wineries and about 200 craft breweries in our state, there are certainly options that can quench our (seemingly) eternal thirst during the next few months regardless of your preference. 

To begin, lets talk beer. To some, beer is the lifeline between a good time and a bad time, but they can be quite heavy and filling, leaving the drinker feeling sluggish and uncomfortable. Imagine walking through Gruene on a smoldering day with a dark and heavy Guinness just after a huge meal at The Gristmill. Even the most seasoned beer drinker would find a light beer more pleasurable in that instance. Lucky for them, refreshing, easy-drinking beer styles dominate the Texas craft scene. Try a local favorite, Altstadt Lager out of Fredericksburg. This beer is almost too easy to drink, made from the freshest ingredients straight from Germany, but brewed with big Texas spirit. This beer is smooth yet crisp on the palate, and leaves one feeling refreshed with no lingering finish or after taste, so nothing but the flavor keeps you drinking.

As for wine, and those who frequent these spotlight articles (thank you!), or have spoken with me at the tasting room, may already know where this is going… ROSÉ! Yes, the perfect mid-point between white and red wine where one can enjoy some bold notes of a dry red and the crisp refreshing flavors of a white wine. My favorite at the moment is the Kuhlman Cellars Cinsaut Rosé. Another extraordinary winery from Stonewall, Texas takes this native French varietal from the Texas High Plains and crafts it into a magnificently fruity, bright, and zesty rosé. As this grape thrives in Texas, we can expect it to be delicious, with a nose of faint tropical fruit, a bold strawberry front and a graceful finish that leaves the palate refreshed with flavors of fresh watermelon and balanced acidity to keep you sipping. Grab this one while you can, as some of us may be in the process of stockpiling cases for the summer.

So as we kick off the summer, and all the festivities that keep us thirsty, remember we’ve got your back the next time your looking to cool off. With free tastings, free friendly knowledge and moral support, your friends in Gruene are always here to help you through the dog days and be your guide to what the great state of Texas has to offer.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rosé Wines

Wine Spotlight from New Braunfels Monthly 

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 www.tubeinnewbraunfels.com 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: www.gruenehall.com

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: www.gruenehall.com

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 GrueneMarketDays.com 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. GrapevineInGruene.com

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

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!