The Longdogs

The Longdogs
Willy, Harley (back center), and Gretchen

Big Chief Rally Part 3

Sunday morning, there was an official "Hitch Up" breakfast with sweet rolls and coffee.  And there were actually some ladies that did hitch up and leave before noon.......usually because of that four letter word that comes on Mondays and affects the younger members..."work". However, there was a significant number that planned to stay until Monday. Some decided to take advantage of the nice weather and get some more kayaking in....Rita has scratched the itch for a lot of women who go on to buy their own kayaks.

Some of us opted to check out the Perissos Vineyards.

The Texas hill country has become a mecca for wineries and vineyards. Perissos is located on Park Road 4 south of Inks Lake State Park. They have in door seating, patio seating, and tables down under the trees.


We chose the patio since the weather was very nice but not overwhelmingly hot. There were two tables of women in our little gathering.

You don't have to be a wine snob or even a wine lover to enjoy visiting a vineyard.

Mary Ann had been to this vineyard before so she gave us a little introduction to wine growing. Soil, in addition to sun, water, and temperature all affect the grapes and shape the final taste of the wine. The soil here is similar to crumbled granite. The vineyard has jars showing different soils.

Inside the winery, you can se the various casks of wine as they age.

This poster shows the wineries all over the Hill Country. Hwy 290 between Johnson City and Fredricksburg is heavily populated with vineyards.

The winery was already decorated for the Christmas holidays.

They even had a tree that was quite unique.
 
We had a great time sampling some wines, cheese, and fruit and visiting with each other. Our waiter was really great and took good care of the group bringing tastings and answering questions. Definitely a fun time.

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