Posts by Tom Plant
As luck would have it, Robert was there and he stopped by to say hello and visit with us while taking a break from the demands of harvest. Server Andrew took great care of our group and concluded our tour with a visit to the member’s lounge.
After their humble beginnings with one acre in Bryan that grew to thirty, they own 150 acres in West Texas and altogether there are more than 900 acres that are part of Messina Hof. In the late 80s and early 90s they started winning some major awards.
This was the day I saw for the first time the pretzel necklace. What a brilliant idea, and from what I’ve been told, something that’s been in existence for quite some time. It’s so simple to execute. Grab some pretzels, loop them onto a string or ribbon, tie them around your neck and you’re good to go! Take a sip of beer, grab a pretzel. Sheer genius.
Robb called it “elegant.” Brian said, “This one has it. Whatever it is… This is a wine to live for… and to buy.”
Another dark red wine, this one also needs time in the glass to open up and show its pretty nose. There are soft flavors of cherry and the tannins are well integrated.
Four of us joined him aboard his airboat and set off for about a 45 minute ride through the Intercoastal. It’s clear Drew knows these waterways intimately.
J Vineyards 2013 Vin Gris was next up and it garnered mixed reactions. Brian said “I like this. Astringent and bracing, like the beach in the morning when the waves come in.”