Posts by Tom Plant
Specializing in small-batch brews, Refuge is perhaps best know for their Blood Orange Wit. A few sampled their non-alcoholic root beer and declared it extremely tasty!
From Argentina we moved on to Croatia and the 2012 Vinarija Zdjelarevi? Graševina. Tough to pronounce, but easy to drink, It had a soft nose with hints of honey. Another fruit forward wine, I loved its round mouthfeel and flavors of golden delicious apples.
This year competing chefs get to plate their dishes on plates they choose, and she looks forward to seeing creative presentations with locally foraged foods. As she puts it “we are artists, participating in the Culinary Arts.”
It’s a treat to sit down with her, enjoy her wonderful wines with some bread and cheese and just visit. Sandi doesn’t just grow grapes. She has fruit and vegetables galore and more often than not she’ll send me off with some freshly picked produce.
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.