I love how Kuhlman Cellars feels about wine. I recently toured the laid-back Stonewall vineyard on a trip to Fredericksburg, Texas and something on the tour stuck in my: “It takes a long time to make wine. You should spend a long time enjoying it.” That sums up my own feelings about wine! A true enthusiast wants to savor every drop.
Kuhlman Cellars is a fairly new vineyard, having just opened to the public in 2014. It’s a family business and the people at Kuhlman are all extraordinarily wonderful to be around. They treat their guests like family. We got to hang out with Kuhlman Cellars owner Chris Cobb and his mom Diane, both of whom are beyond lovely and downright soothing to talk to.
At Kuhlman Cellars, guests are encouraged to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. My group enjoyed a walking version of the Signature Tasting, which aims to educate visitors on food and wine pairings, the chemistry of wine, and how to enjoy wine at home. The tasting includes five wines and five light bites. I never would have thought to pair rosé with chorizo on a tortilla chip, but it was delicious!
The herbed marcona almonds are absurdly good. I often rave about marcona almonds here on The Rose Table and I’m delighted to report that Kuhlman sells their herbed morsels of goodness so that you can take them home. You can even order them online!
Kuhlman Cellars has 8,000 vines and treats the vines like family too. “We sing to them,” Diane told us on our tour. “And the vines? They talk to us too.” Diane is a treasure and I’m sure I was beaming during that part of the tour, since I also sing to my plants. (Not that I’m a good singer, but that’s besides the point.) Kuhlman focuses on old world style wines made with Texas fruit.
Kuhlman’s winemaker Bénédicte Rhyne hails from France and is considered a Texas wine pioneer. If you’re at all skeptical that Texas might just be the next Sonoma, know that several team members at Kuhlman left France to make wine in the Texas hill country. A lot of research, love, and care goes into each bottle produced by Kuhlman. If you’re looking for a place to unwind with lovely people, be sure to add Kuhlman Cellars to your Hwy 290 wine trail agenda!
Thank you to Kuhlman Cellars for hosting me!