Taking a Leap-Texas Tuesday

Napa has Stag’s Leap which brings to mind images of strength and grace. Rutherford is the home of Frog’s Leap, a moniker chosen as John Williams leapt out on his own from the aforementioned winery. We’ve all seen a frog leap. Here in the Texas Hill Country, we have Armadillo’s Leap. You’ve never seen an armadillo leap? You’re not alone. But, while the image may not be familiar, the winemaker is.

Pedernales Cellars has been internationally recognized for their production of Texas wines. From Viognier to Tempranillo, the Kuhlken-Osterberg family is committed to using Texas fruit to produce first-class wines. But sometimes, even their winemaker David Kuhlken likes to kick back, to try something new. As an outlet for exploration and creativity, Armadillo’s Leap was born.IMG_0808

Located on 290 just east of Fredericksburg, the tasting room is warm and rustic. A patio opens to views of the hill country and miniature horses. New grape varieties, blends, even some fruit from other states. Sparkling Moscato and Mimosa Mornings, blends given TLAs (three-letter acronyms) like BFF, OMG, and WTF, this is a place to sit back and enjoy your friends. But don’t let their relaxed names fool you, they are still serious about making good wine and giving back to the community.

Each year, a percentage of sales will be donated a different charity to support with their Armadillo’s Leap Gives program. This year they have chosen Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center.

Open every day 11-6

A Full Flight Tasting is $10 and includes 6 wines and an etched crystal stemware.

Current Tasting Room Wines:

Sparkling Moscato-Lively and fresh bubbles made in Charmant style. Nice balance or sugar and acid make this easy to drink with a nice finish.

2013 Viognier- Citrus and stone fruit, balanced fruit and acid, floral and fresh.

2013 Viognier-Roussanne Blend-The addition of Roussanne adds to the weight and depth of flavor: apricot, tropical, zesty yet round. A fantastic Thanksgiving wine.

Texas Mourvedre-Red fruit, acid, spice, and everything nice. A favorite for Texas and Armadillo’s Leap.

2012 BFF Blend- This year’s blend was Montepulciano, Tempranillo, and Aglianico. The BFF on the label might mean Big Fantastic Fruit and also would be perfect to share with your BFF at the grill.

Muscat Dessert Wine – Did not sample

Thank you, Julie Kuhlken for meeting me on a rainy Friday. For more photos and information visit their Facebook page or website.






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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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