I had the best time visiting my friends at beautiful Kuhlman Cellars down in the Texas hill country last week! I spent my last normal day of 2020 before all hell broke loose sipping wine at Kuhlman Cellars so it holds a special place in my heart and I’ve been dying to go back. My friend Molly and I had the loveliest spring picnic in the vines to celebrate budbreak at the vineyard.
I was delighted to try the 2021 Estate White a few weeks ahead of its April release. It tastes like juicy honeydew melon and begs to be sipped all summer long in the pool. The Kuhlmanation Estate White is made from 70% Marsanne and 30% Roussanne. It’s a gorgeous combination and an easy wine to pair. Try it with my Greek Tabbouleh Salad or Grilled Shrimp!
Normally I pack a ton of food for any given picnic but Kuhlman added a whole bistro menu since I had last visited two years ago and I was dying to try some of the new food! We split a charcuterie board, an open-faced sandwich with sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, and a turkey and brie panini with the best whole grain mustard I’ve ever had.
The charcuterie board has salami, prosciutto (my favorite!), assorted cheeses, fruit jams, berries, crackers, and the famous Kuhlman Cellars herbed almonds. I set a dish of these almonds out before my Little Mermaid party and they dish was completely empty before the I served the first course. One of my friends notably said, “What is going on with these amazing almonds?”
Kuhlman Cellars is located on the famed Hwy 290 Wine Trail between Fredericksburg and Johnson City in the Texas hill country. (If you were to visit from out of state, you’d want to fly into Austin It’s a little over an hour west of ATX.) It’s a stunning 15-acre vineyard estate. They make the wine right on the premises (you can see part of the process on the Estate Experience tour) and offer and exquisite wine and food pairing, which changes seasonally.
Spring is a lovely time to visit Kuhlman Cellars because the team propagates wildflowers such a bluebonnets, poppies, Indian paintbrushes, Black-eyed Susans, and more to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. For more information, visit kuhlmancellars.com.