The Stray Grape

2013-10-15 16.49.33Since 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 2013-10-15 16.12.45Cheers 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.

2013-10-15 16.48.32There you have it – Lady Sweet Tea Merlot. Ok, I haven’t done that yet, but we did find some very drinkable wines.

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

You know, sipping is sipping, the beverage just changed today.

As always, Happy Sipping,

Lady Sweet Tea   Aging Gracefully Southern Style

Lady Sweet Tea

Lady Sweet Tea is a youngish baby boomer widow who is learning new ways of living and seeking out new adventures as she explores Aging Gracefully Southern Style.

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4 Responses to The Stray Grape

  1. Barbara says:

    So…..will you be Lady Fermented Grape some day soon?
    Sounds like a delightful day, and how could you help but feel wonderful when you walked out the door?
    Are you planning on making your own specialty wine?

    So glad that the day was wonderful and that you had a friend to share in the fun.

  2. Well, you really never know but Sweet Tea is still my beverage of choice and with fall here, hot tea is back on the menu. But, bottling a Lady Sweet Tea wine is still very attractive.

    And yes, the sweetness of friendship always makes the afternoon fun. If you ever make it to San Antonio, we’ll have to make this one of our destinations.

  3. Hi…. I haven’t visited in a while and thought I’d come over and see how you were doing in San Antonio. It sounds like you’re settling in nicely (maybe thanks to google maps).

    Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

    • Hi Eva, thanks for asking about our transition to San Antonio. Yes it is going well especially as it is still warm here and I understand you are into your fall weather. I bet the hills are beautiful about now. I must confess I miss the fall color but not the fall weather.


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