The Stray Grape
Since I am still so new to San Antonio, I had to use Google maps to find my way around town. I am so happy that most places I have wanted to visit have been either on the north side or downtown. Everything has been such easy access from our apartment.
Anyway, Jennifer and I were going to check out The Stray Grape Urban Winery. Naturally, not knowing how much time it would take me to run the freeway, I left early. I have to admit I was a little shocked at the outside of The Stray Grape. I had looked it up online, found their website, and checked out some reviews, but I still didn’t expect it to be in such a nondescript strip center. Not the best location in town. Not dumpy enough to be a cool dive place and not elegant either.
However, this impression lasted only as long as it took to enter the front door. It is delightfully warm and comfortable. The décor is winey. Barrels are table stands; there is a comfy sofa and loveseat area, and walls of wine. No wonder some of the reviews said The Stray Grape is like the Cheers of San Antonio. They nailed the décor. They also nailed the staff. Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable about their wines. I had never been there before and felt like a beloved regular.
Jennifer and I had purposely planned an early afternoon, so I was not surprised that there were so few people inside. We were able to snag the sofa and loveseat. And then the fun began. We spent a wonderful afternoon tasting wines and ports.
What’s so fun about The Stray Grape? They make all their wines in house. Although they do not grow any grapes, they do buy grapes from all over the world and then ferment them into some tasty wines.
But the most fun thing of all? You can make your own wine too. Pick out your grapes, mix and match, decide to oak or not to oak, and time to ferment. They manage the process and then you come back, bottle your wine, and take it home. They will even help you design your own custom label.
Lots of laughter and lots of talking makes the best kind of afternoon. Check out The Stray Grape Urban Winery @ 16630 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78232.
Their website is http://www.straygrape.com/
You know, sipping is sipping, the beverage just changed today.
As always, Happy Sipping,
Lady Sweet Tea Aging Gracefully Southern Style