Comal Springs: a dry citrus forward Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier blend ($21 bottle)
Blanco Dulce: a chardonnay/viognier blend that had a red grapefuit, pineapple and vanilla/oak aromas and flavours. This was our favourite white blend. ($24)
Gruene Rosé: a sweet wine (19% residual sugar) suitable for dessert ($20)
Landa River Red: a syrah/petite syrah blend. Toasty vanilla on the nose but more acidic than you'd expect for a shiraz with sour black cherry, licorice, and spice flavours ($25)
1190 Gruene Road Reserve 2010: our favourite was this cabernet sauvignon/merlot blend; black furit, baking spices, vanilla, smoky aromas and similar tasting notes; label description: aged in barrel 8-10 months, integrated tannins; black berry, black current($32 bottle)
After a stroll through town, a refreshing stop at Oma's Secret Garten for a local beer, and visits to shops we finally decided we needed to eat lunch. The Grist Mill is on the edge of the Guadalupe River behind the Gruene dance hall and beside Gruene's landmark water tower. It is built on the site of a grist mill which was later (in 1878) transformed to a cotton gin. In 1922 the structure burned and all that remains now is the three story brick boiler room which provides a rustic dining backdrop. I ordered ribs, the house specialty, and decided to pair my meal with red wine rather than beer.