The Hill Country Winery Scene
Southold Farm & Cellar, the relocated winery from Long Island to the Hill Country run by Regan and Carey Meador, gets the New York Times treatment, along with several other Texas wineries. Southold’s wines are all made with Texas grapes, which are now purchased, but will be sourced from its very own vineyard in the future. The Meadors moved to Texas because the zoning board in their old hometown out in the North Fork turned down their application to build a winery after they had already planted a vineyard.
Other wineries mentioned include William Chris Vineyards with its pétillant naturels; Lightsome, which comes from Southold assistant winemaker Adrienne Ballou; and Johnson City’s Crowson Wines. The piece also digs into what it takes to grow Texas grapes, as seen through Robert Clay Vineyards.
Musicians’ Favorite Restaurants
The Chronicle asked the headlining musicians of the Hot Luck Festival (which is happening right now) about their favorite restaurants. Texan singer-songwriter Robert Ellis is a fan of festival host Franklin Barbecue partially because he loves the “pageantry” of barbecue with its show of meats.
Fredericksburg Wine Tasting Room
Pittsburg, Texas-based Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards and Hill Country’s Wedding Oak Winery opened a new tastings room in Fredericksburg this month, found at 6009 Highway 290 East. The giant space is split into two rooms for each winery, each with its own door.
New Airport Lounge
Delta Airlines opened a new members-only lounge at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport this week. The Delta Sky Club includes a patio, bar with cocktails (a big focus on agave spirits) and beer, and food, plus Wi-Fi, outlets, and seating. It’s only available to those with Delta Sky Club membership.