There is nothing like a wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard to see the countryside while on vacation…Here Victor and I are with Patty, Don and their daughter Courtney!! They gave this wine tasting to Victor for his 70th Birthday while we visited them!!
This is Michelle, she was our wine expert for the tasting at William & Chris Vineyards!! She also gave us a rustic wooden tray of cheeses, bread, fruit and nuts…one of the best wines we tasted was this Skeleton Key… In 2010, a skeleton key found on the vineyard estate became the inspiration behind this label. They say that this wine “unlocks the flavors of William Chris Vineyards and Texas.”
After the tasting, Michelle brought us on a private tour of the Vineyard…showing us all the containers that hold the wine, she told us that each barrel or container gives the wine its distinct flavor over time…not only wooden barrels but, cement, pottery and stainless steel!!
I found this ceiling fascinating, made of vintage doors and an old cart added to the old world charm of this vineyard and the beautiful vistas of the land!!
Our next stop is one of the best barbecue restaurants in the Country!!! The Salt Lick BBQ, it did not disappoint me, who doesn’t like meat!!! That is my plate on left, a half of chicken, it was so flavorful and tender that the meat fell off the bones and I ate the whole thing… and the beans, potatoes and coleslaw were delicious too!!! On the right is Don and Courtney’s dish, which was all they could eat, and the food kept coming to them!!!This is the fire pit where all the meat is cooked, they invited me in to take the picture, they are so proud of what they do, everyone who works around this pit knows exactly what they are doing, it is very well choreographed!!! This restaurant is a must see, if you are in the Austin area!!!
I asked Patty and Don if they could bring me to place where they had country line dancing…they brought us to the White Horse!!!
They weren’t line dancing this night, but they were doing the two-step…this couple silhouetted are so smooth👢
Patty and Don saved the best for the last day…This is The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, dedicated to her as their founder, in 1995…These beautifully rustic archways greeted us when we entered the Center…This lady also greeted us, but couldn’t get up because she was sitting on her owlet eggs that were about to hatch any day…can you see her, she is Athena the Great Horned Owl, to the right of the plant? She and her mate, Bubo, have been nesting at the Wildflower Center for 8 years!! I feel so lucky that we got to see her!! Read more about Athena and her mate here.
This tree would be perfect for a swing…isn’t it lovely?These tree sculptures are among the many artworks scattered around the grounds of the Center…Also scattered around the grounds are these beautiful patches of wildflowers…Patty and I are kneeling in the middle of a medium strip!!! When we saw the beautiful wildflowers we asked Don to stop so we could take a photo!!! Did you know Lady Bird Johnson had patches of wildflowers planted around Texas highways and also around America’s highways…her landmark was The Highway Beautification Act?!! You can read more about this at “Lady Bird’s Legacy: The Texas Wildflower”
The blue wildflower is called bluebonnet and it grows plentifully in the spring all around Texas, it is custom for people to have their pet’s photos taken among it!! The orange wildflower is Indian paintbrush and if you see it with the bluebonnet it is very striking, but we were lucky to see yellow with it too, the yellow wildflower is large buttercup…
Chances are if you see wildflowers growing on the side of a highway in America, it was probably put there by this Act…What an amazing legacy from our 36th first lady, Lady Bird Johnson!!!
🌟I have one more segment of our trip that I’m excited to bring you on, but you’ll have to wait for a special post I’m planning…🌟