Saturday, January 7, 2017

Newsom Vineyards at Comfort

Comfort, TX

Visit: December 2016

We've been watching Newsom Vineyards through all of their efforts to completely renovate an old house in Comfort to be their winery's taking room, and it was great to get to visit them now that they are open for business.  They've made tremendous progress and have a lot more in the works.

The Newsom family has been growing grapes in Texas for 30 years now.  Their vineyard, one of the biggest in the state, is located in the Texas High Plains, near the town of Plains.  At an elevation of well over 3000 feet one can see why it's called the High Plains.  The Newsom family contract grows grapes for quite a few of the best wineries in Texas, so it only makes sense for them to follow the growing trend of families with established vineyards bringing their own wine label to market.  Having access to some of the best fruit in the state gives a great starting point!  We had a chance to talk to Nolan Newsom during our stop for a tasting, and he's always enthusiastic to share his family's history in Texas wine and what it takes to bring that bottle of wine to customers.     

Newsom Vinyards currently has 4 wines available for tasting;  an Orange Muscat, a Pinot Grigio, a Merlot, and a Cab/Temp blend.  Tastings are only $5 and include the glass.  Our favorite was Inception, the Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon blend.  There are also quite a few other wines in the pipeline; including an Albarino, a Sangiovese, a Syrah, a Malbec, and a Cabernet Sauvignon.  

Newsom Vineyards is a great addition to a growing Comfort.  For those visiting Fredericksburg, be sure to make the short, less than 30 minutes, drive down to Comfort to visit Newsom Vineyards and some of their great neighboring tasting rooms, shops, and restaurants.

Tasting Menu (December 2016)

The wall of wine racks behind the main tasting bar

Interior of the tasting room.  Be sure to check out that slide show on the TV!

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