Throwback Thursday: Girls Weekend in the Great State

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Unless your a resident of the Lone Star State, I have a inkling you’ve not. Fun Fact! Fredericksburg is the 5th largest wine producer in the US! Cheers y’all!

Last weekend Aunt Tina and I surprised Mom with {another} 60th Birthday Celebration! She knew she was heading to the GREAT STATE with two of her favorite people, but little did she know all the surprises we had in store!

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We told her to pack her bags- we were heading to Texas! Friday morning we were wheels up for Texas, flying from Atlanta to San Antonio. We picked up our rental car and I played Uber driver for our 57 mile commute to our VRBO rental in Kerrville. (About 25 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg.) Mom just couldn’t wrap her head around WHY we had to rent a house if it was just the three of us. Even though we told her it was cheaper than staying in town and probably a lot nicer than the local Holiday Express Motel.

This home was stunning y’all and Erin, the owner, was fantastic to work with. The house was updated and the views were spectacular- the rolling Texas hills made us feel like we were up in the hills of Hollywood. The Master Bathroom had a walk-in shower with three, yes THREE, shower heads! Don’t get me started on the backyard with the fire pit, outdoor kitchen and  infinity pool- absolutely breathtaking y’all! Highly recommend this property if you’re heading to Fredericksburg for any occasion! Wish we could have spent more time there!

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The real reason we needed a larger house? It was not going to be just the three of us spending the weekend together hopping around tasting wine. We were spending the weekend with a few of our favorite Texas women- sorority sisters, family, friends from fifth grade and friends that are like family! SURPRISE TG!

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Friday Night was spent with guests arriving sporadically surprising Mom. Catching up, laughing like school girls and of course cheers-ing to our Birthday Girl!

Saturday we got up bright and early to hit the Texas Wine Trail! We used The 290 Wine Shuttle Company, which was fantastic! They charter guests around to 13 local wineries for a very reasonable fee. It was so nice not having to worry about calling an Uber or having a one of the girls miss the fun and play Designated Driver.

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We started at Barons Creek for a quick tasting of five or six varieties.

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They have a huge tasting room, complete with multiple private rooms, a lovely back garden space and gift shop. The Viognier was one of our favorites from the tasting- it has ripe apricot and delicate lemon zest flavors combination in this delicious Texas Viognier. This wine has a long, creamy finish. It’s a fantastic companion for shrimp or lobster with butter sauce.

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Mom also really enjoyed their Muscat Canelli, a deliciously sweet and balanced wine bursting with flavors of peach, honeydew and a hint of grapefruit. It is a perfect aperitif on a warm day but you can also pair it with fruit salad or Thai cuisine. That has her name all over it!

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From Barons Creek we had a short wait for the 290 Bus and headed to Grape Creek: The Tuscany of the South.

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Grape Creek is a local favorite. The property was beautiful! You really did feel like you were in Tuscany! The tasting area was VERY crowded and on weekends they do limit the number of guests per tasting groups. This vineyard was highly recommend, so we broke into small groups for tasting prior to our arrival. Our tasting experience was ok. Our guide was not full of that Southern Texas hospitality until I decide to sign up for their Wine Club. We had to wait over an over an our for a tasting, their restaurant was packed and the check-in station seemed a little frazzled and not able to give us real information the wait time, availability, etc. I wish the customer service experience as a little different because the wine was quite good. We ended up finding a spot to sit and share a bottle and a stunningly delicious charcuterie board together before heading to our final stop of the day.

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Our third winery was Fat Ass.

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Our favorite for the atmosphere! {With a name like Fat Ass, how could it not?}  It was such fun y’all! Very laid back, low key environment with a live band. So, so much fun! Their wine supply was down when we were there, but they make a wine slushy that went down way too easily! A perfect drink for Summer days. Definitely plan to stop by Fat Ass when you head to the Texas Wine Country! We had the best time!

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Whew! Feeling wined-up yet? Hang on and pop over next week for our Travel Tuesday series when we wrap up our weekend in the Wine Country!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds, not experts!

Friday Favorite: VINO Edition

Well, as you may or may not of heard, yesterday was apparently National Drink Wine Day. Hello? Could you have a better reason for a celebration? Especially on a Thursday!

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Our weekly Friday Favorite could not have come at a better time. During our engagement Adam and I had such a fun time turning nights of registering into Date Nights. The first place we went to register was Pottery Barn. They offer items that work with all of your guest’s budgets- and have a fantastic policy for Newly Newlyweds!

The very first item we put on our register was this super, fancy-dancy, wine opener. I mean, we jokingly put it on the registry because we loved it and said to ourselves, “We will never get it, but lets just do it anyways! Ha! Ha!” Well low and behold if we didn’t get it and the story of how we got it is even better!

The June before our wedding my Mom, Dad and I took a little Road Trip to the GREAT State of Texas to visit my Aunt Tina. She had just had her kitchen redone and a fire pit build in her back yard, so of course we had to go see it in person! A trip to the GREAT State just wouldn’t be the same without a gathering with Aunt Tina’s oh-so-fun friends! What better reason to have a party than having family in town and a newly renovated kitchen? Almost as good of a reason as National Wine Drinking Day! Aunt Tina has some of the MOST fun friends! Everytime we plan a visit to Texas seeing her “family” is a must!

Mom and I spent the day helping Aunt Tina pick up the house and making fun appetizers before her friends arrived. I was (of course) the last to finish getting ready. Once ready I was told to go outside with my Dad and all the husbands…I knew something was up! Much to my surprise Aunt Tina, Mom, all her girl-friends and my cousin, Ashley, came outside wearing crowns and ringing wedding bells! They had planned the whole night for ME and Adam! I was so surprised and didn’t know if I should laugh or cry! A surprise wedding shower and one of my favorites! Each friend brought their favorite bottle of wine and one of their favorite recipes so Adam and I could start our life together with a stocked wine fridge and plenty of recipes! Smart ladies!

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After all the hugs and laughter Aunt Tina brought out another surprise! A rather heavy wrapped box. Everyone was asking, “Do you know what it is? Do you have any guesses?” Umm no y’all…I am pretty shocked at the moment!

I opened it up and much to my surprise it was the Fancy-Dancy Wine Opener!

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Oh-my-gosh y’all! I am still so excited about it! I wish I had pictures of my face! Talk about surprised! I immediately facetimed with Adam to tell him about the surprise party and show him our gift. He was just as surprised and grateful as I was.

It now proudly sits on our bar, in our living room at Casa de Fett. It’s quite the conversation piece and I have to say we do use it often! How? I am not quite sure…it’s so fancy I am scared I am going to break it. Adam is the Official Wine Opener.

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We can’t thank each of your Texas Babes enough  for our wonderful gift ! We absolutely love it and all of you! We’re so thankful to have each of you in our lives and my Aunt Tina is lucky to have you as “sister-friends!”

Do you have a favorite gift from your registry or a favorite bar accessory? Share your go-to’s with us! We’re always adding to our bar and love anything that has to do with wine!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!