Posted by: Beemer Bob | February 26, 2014

Ragin Cagun Wine Tour


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To commemorate the Madri Gras, there was an event in the Texas Hill country called the Raging Cajun Wine Tour. This is where a group of wineries near Johnson City and Fredericksburg were hosting wine tastings paired with Cajun style seafood samplings. Lyekkka (my Ural), has been having lot of mechanical problems and I just now have this Russian piece of s@@t running and with pending trip to Big Bend next week, a round trip to test everything seemed to be in order.

So the Saint (my child bride) and I load up on Lyekka for a day of wine and seafood.
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A regular passenger (Hunter, the wonder dog) expresses his displeasure with not being along for this ride
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We head north. Part of the reason for this trip is to make sure that all is running well so I don’t break down in the middle of the Big Bend desert. As we ride along it occurs to me that I will be worse off if I break down with the Saint as my passenger. Just a few days ago, we had a flat and this is a picture I snapped of the Saint as she waited for me to change the tire.
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Perhaps I did not think this out well.

It’s a long ride to the first winery, so we stop for a break at a nice little cafe in Dripping Springs.
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After refueling, we continue north to our first winery on the trip east of Johnson City. The Texas Hills Vineyard.
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The friendly barkeep server us some tastings

We were served a few Cajun shrimp and chose a nice white wine to purchase. Each winery participating in this event gave out Madri Gras style beads. Here the Saint models her set of beads

Next we head down the road to the small town of Hye and visit the Hye Meadow Winery
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We are served a nice Cajun gumbo

After a round of tastings we select a nice blush
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Also in Hye was the William Chris Vineyards, and this is our next stop
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They had a nice deck and we had a small sip of wine
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We were treated poorly by the staff there which explains the sour look on my face. We had been buying a bottle of wine at each location but we did not here because of the way we were treated. I will never return.

Not to let a poor business from ruining our day, we head towards Stonewall to visit our next winery. Pedernalas Cellars
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They served up some great Cajun gumbo paired with a Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo Reserve. This is a top notch place and a big improvement from the sleazy William Chris Winery. I like that wine a LOT and that was my choice but when I find out how much it cost, I had to settle for a lower priced rose. It was nice afternoon so we enjoyed some samples on their open air deck. There was a man and woman playing some nice music and we bought one of their CDs. I wish I had thought to take some more pictures but I guess I have had to many wine tastings.

Onward to Woodrose winery
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By now it is mid afternoon and we are getting hungry so we order a cheese plate with a wine tasting. The cheese was good and the wine was good, almost too good. When one buys a round of wine tastings you typically only get a sip of wine per tastings. The nice lady pouring our wines, however, poured half a glass with each tastings. There were 8 tastings in the round we selected and I had to tell her to pour less wine because I still needed to be able to pilot my motorcycle. We braved through the tastings and selected a nice red for our choice from this fine winery.

Now on to perhaps the largest winery in the area. Becker Vineyard
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This too is a top notch winery. We have been here many times in the past so we did not need to do a tasking, I knew what wine I was going to purchase here. Their Malbec is great, so that is what we bought. Besides after Pedernales, if I drank any more wine I would not be able to ride home.

Our eldest son and his wife were in the Fredericksburg area so we arranged to meet up here.
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This is us sporting our collection of beads
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There are several wineries remaining on the tour but It’s now time to head home. I had forgotten to mention before, but because I had recently replaced both pistons, I need to keep the speed down so I select a back roads “shortcut” swinging by Luckenbach. We had this plan to get home before it got dark or cold. Well we failed on both counts.

I managed to turn a 1 1/2 hour ride into a 2 1/2 hour journey down dark roads. It is very dark and very cold, but we make it home.

Our booty from the trip complete with our collection of beads collected during the trip
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End of trip report. Have a winey day!

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Responses

  1. Outstanding report Bob! I’m glad to see you out on the road again. Big Jack in CA

  2. Oh, what a fun day! I salute The Saint for her intrepid bucket buddying. 🙂 Miss you all (Hunter, too!) very much—

    Kat

  3. Thanks. Keep them coming!

    Leigh Anderson Club RideMeister BMW Club Of Houston ridemeister@bmwclubofhouston.com

  4. Nice post. Really dig this blog!


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