While we applaud the unleashing of Texans into a headlong rush for a strong recovery we also believe that these recent developments DO NOT relieve any of us from taking personal responsibility for our actions. The virus (and increasingly, its variants) is still with us and poses a real threat to wide swaths of the population.
The scariest thing (to me) is the ease at which COVID-19 spreads asymptomatically. This, in and of itself, is reason enough to still practice heightened hygene AND wear a mask when in crowded places. Until "everyone" is vaccinated we must continue our vigilence. There is NOTHING POLITICAL about either the virus or wearing a mask. If you don't care about your own health please at least consider the health of those around you. We all know "that guy" who goes to school or work with symptoms of the cold or the flu, "that guy" who exposes the whole class or office. We all hate "that guy". Don't be "that guy".
Barbra and I have been blessed to have receive our second shot of the Moderna vaccine but we are fully aware that most others have not. As such, we continue to ask that patrons wear a mask when not seated at the bar or a table.
Lastly, we will be returning to our pre-COVID operating hours, effective March 11, 2021, they are:
Thursday and Friday 11-5:30 Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 12-5
Texas Hill Country Wineries is hosting the 2021 Wine Lovers Celebration from February 1st through the 26th. This digital passport event is only $100/couple or $65/individual and entitles passport holders to complementary wine tastings and bottle purchase discounts at 45 wineries in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Note, you are limited to visiting 4 wineries a day. Passports may be purchased at http://www.texaswinetrail.com
We are one of the few wineries in the area that require NO RESERVATIONS for customers to visit. We do ask, however, that you recognize we are in the midst of a deadly pandemic. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (or, frankly, anything at all) we ask that you have the courtesy to stay home. If you have knowingly been exposed to anyone showing symptoms or having been diagnozed with COVID-19 (or, frankly, anything at all) please take appropriate steps to protect those around you by wearing a mask, covering nose and mouth, and maintan a proper social distance from anyone not in your party.
If, like most, you are always on the lookout for a great deal and new experiences you need to check out texaswinetrail.com for details on this years Christmas Wine Affair that begins on December 4th and runs through December 20th. The purchase of this electronic pass entitles the holder to complementary tastings at 45 Texas wineries and eligibility for discounts on bottle purchases. The value of the complementary tastings typically will pay for the cost of the pass after two or three winery visits. See the Texas Wine Trail website for full details.
As we have all adjusted to the COVID-19 realities or enhanced sanitation, social distancing, etc, our plan is to slowly "re-expand" our hours of operation to gradually return business-as-usual. With your continued patronage and enthusiasm for our wines we believe we can safely operate three days a week. Our latest hours will be FRIDAY 11-5, SATURDAY 11-6 and SUNDAY 12-5 starting the first Friday in October (10/2).
We sincerely appreciate your continued support through these difficult times!
As many of you know, numerous wineries have opted to "re-license" themselves into food establishments (an entity that derrives 51% or more of its revenue from food and non-alcohol related sales). We have elected not to follow suit as the immediate and long-term costs of such an action are beyond the scope of what we originally set out to do, provide the best possible wines we can. We don't want to be a "restaurant" nor are we willing to engage in accounting "misdirection" to manipulate our alcohol earnings ratio. This choice may sink us but the costs associated with "conversion" would definately do so.
The good news is that folks are still visiting the area and patronizing small businesses...we sincerely thank you for that! Additionally, the wine areas outside of Fredericksburg have gone from being a "food desert" to food being much more readily available. Silver linings indeed!
We will continue to offer our unique "tastings-on-the-go" as well as other surprises. Please stop in and see what's going on!
The latest from TABC is we cannot serve wine or allow wine to be consumed on our property. Goods are to be sold only in sealed containers to be opened and consumed elsewhere. In short, we can sell bottles-to-go, that's it..
At Cicada Cellars we believe the majority of visitors to the Texas Wine County prefer to taste a wine before they buy it. Even frequent visitors who have established favorites prefer to try a recommended wine before they commit to a purchase. We have the answer for that, our mini bottles and mini six-packs are the perfect solution in these bizarre times.
All eleven of our current wines are available for purchase in 50ml (1.6 oz) tiny bottles. You may purchase individually or in a six pack of your choice. A six pack with a mix of your choice of wines is $25. These also make the perfect gift and/or memento of your trip.