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Imbibe Texan Wine on The Bluebonnet Wine Trail

February 3rd, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Wine Trail

Wine Trail

The Bluebonnet Wine Trail is the perfect trail to enjoy true Texan  Wine.  The B&B, located directly on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, is  close to Saddlehorn Winery, Windy Winery, Pleasant Hill Winery, Texas Star Winery and Messina Hof Winery!  Each of these wineries offers a unique take on Texas Wine and is a great way to experience the uniqueness of different vintners and their definitive twist on hand crafted, small production artisan Texan wine.  Not  only will you experience great wine, meet delightful vintners and enjoy the overall ambiance that a true Texas winery offers, you will delight in the beautiful drive through the hills and vales on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail.

Throughout the year the Bluebonnet Trail offers fun food and wine pairings and events at each winery. During your Bluebonnet Wine Trail  tours & tastings, often done by the vintners themselves,  some of the few fun facts and trivia about wine you might just hear during the conversation.

  • Full body doesn’t necessarily mean intense flavor
  • Generally, the longer the finish, the better the wine
  • More than 80% of the ability to taste comes from the smell
  • Four clusters of grapes produces one bottle of wine
  • There are approximately 20 billion bottles of wine produced worldwide each year
  • To speed up the chilling process, place 2 T. of Kosher salt in the ice bucket
  • To prevent a sparkling wine from foaming out of the glass, pour an ounce, which will settle quickly. Pouring the remainder of the serving into this starter will not foam as much.
  • Old wine almost never turns to vinegar. It spoils by oxidation!
  • When Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in volcanic lava in A.D. 79, it also buried more than 200 wine bars.
  • The average age of a French oak tree harvested for use in wine barrels is 170 years!
  • The lip of a red wine glass is sloped inward to capture the aromas of the wine and deliver them to your nose
  • The foot-stomping method is still used in production of many of the finest ports
  • Only 20 of the 400 species of oak is used to make oak barrels for aging wine, the average tree age being 170 years Wine Bottle glass and rose petals
  • White wine becomes darker in color as it ages, while red wine becomes lighter in color
  • Wine contains more chemical compounds than blood
  • Wine tannin comes from the skin and seeds and of the grape
  • Wine is known as nectar of the gods, but the Sangiovese grape was actually named after a god: “Blood of Jove”
  • The most common fining agent? Egg whites. Bull’s blood and gelatin have also been used.

Now for a little wine trivia:

  • Romans discovered that mixing lead with wine not only helped preserve wine, but also gave it a sweet taste and succulent texture. Chronic lead poisoning has often been cited as one of the causes of the decline of Rome.
  • The Vikings called America Vinland (“wine-land” or “pasture-land”) for the profusion of native grape vines they found there around A.D. 1000.
  • At the center of Greek social and intellectual life was the symposium, which literally means, “drinking together.” Indeed, the symposium reflects Greek fondness for mixing wine and intellectual discussion.
  • When Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922, the wine jars buried with him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker, and comments such as “very good wine.” The labels were so specific that they could actually meet modern wine label laws of several countries. (Trivia and fun facts courtesy of local vintners at Windy Winery:)

Book your room today  and sip your  way down the Bluebonnet Wine Trail!

(Photo courtesy of Fast Forward Productions)

 

Washington County Events in February

January 10th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Looking for something to do in February?  These Washington County Events are sure to please!  Reserve your room at the ranch for a relaxing nights sleep after enjoying all that we have to offer in this great area!

MUSIC:

Saturday, February 8th:  2-4 p.m.

Valentine’s Concert with Dick Smith and Friends

Broadway Melodies…the Best of Broadway

A trip to New York to see a  “Broadway Musical” has been an exciting part of American cultural life for over a century but this year you only need to travel as far as Round Top, Texas to hear the best of Broadway!
The afternoon concert starting at 2:00 pm will feature Dick Smith who has spent a lifetime perfecting his interpretations of the music of America’s greatest Broadway musicals. With performances by his daughter Ryan Smith and a star studded cast of guests artists including Charles Whitaker, Will Lynde, and guest performers from the recent Zack Theater production of Le Miz.You will hear many familiar tunes from Rogers & Hammerstein to Irving Berlin,   Sondheim to Hamlisch,  Guys & Dolls to Wicked, the best of the past and a sampling of the latest on Broadway. Come spend a magical Saturday afternoon with the music we’ve all grown to love.
For more information:  Round Top Festival Institute.
Round Top, TX
February 20
Bluebonnet Opry
Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6, Show at 7:30
Enjoy live music by varying artists and the Bluebonnet Opry House Band. Evening contains food, music and door prizes.
Silver Wings Ballroom, 4100 Hwy 105, Brenham, TX
For more information click here
 February 22nd
James Dick, Piano
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Piano playing at its keenest and most stirring conveyance from the Founder and Artistic Director of Round Top Festival Institute.   Be prepared to be lulled by the intriguing music of Schubert, Beethoven and Schumann during this concert!

LIVING HISTORY:

February 8-9th, 10-4:30
PASTIMES & PLAYTHINGS
Washington-On-The-Brazos……
Visit Barrington Farm to learn how early Texans passed the time of day. What games did they play and what crafts did they practice? You will find demonstrators exhibiting such skills and opportunities to perhaps try your hand at a skill you would like to learn! Play mid-1800’s parlor games and just enjoy a day of leisure!
For more information click here!
Barrington Living History Farm, 23400 PR 12, Washington, TX

LIVE THEATRE:play-AlmostMaine

February 13–March 2
 “Almost, Maine…….A Romantic Comedy  by John Cariani
  • 3 weeks, 12 shows…….
  • Thursdays 7:30 pm
  • Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm
  • Sundays 4:00 pm

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Unity Theatre , 300 Church St, Brenham, TX,  979-830-8358

February 20 -23
“Alice in Bed”
This dramatic fantasy, taking place in the 1890’s merges the life of Alice James, the brilliant sister of William and Henry James, with the heroine of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. It is a play about the anguish, grief and rage of women; and about the triumphs and limitations of the imagination.
 For more information click here
Blinn College, Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center, Brenham, TX

QUILT SHOWS:

Friday February 7-8,  10- 4 p.m.

Stars Over Brenham Quilt Show:  Judged “Contemporary and Traditional” Quilt Show

A number of vendors will be on hand with demonstrations and products of all types, ranging from quilting supplies to jewelry. In addition, a Boutique filled with a wide variety of upscale items handmade by Quilt Guild members will be available for shoppers as well as numerous Raffles.

Fireman’s Training Center
1101 Hwy 290 W
Brenham, Tx  77833
Click here for Quilt Show Info or call 979-421-2210
washington county events

washington county events

February 10-23
Annual Quilt Exhibit @Winedale Historical Complex:  “Red, White and a Bit of Another Color!”
Winedale Historical Complex – Meadows Conference Center
3738 FM 2714, Round Top
For more information click here or call 979-278-3530 

VALENTINE DINNER & DANCE:

February 14, 6 P.M. til Midnight
Valentine Dinner & Dance
Fajita Dinner (Design II), dessert (Brenham Olde Towne Bakery) and drinks. Music by Robbie Wooten Band. Live & silent auctions, raffles. Ongoing Custom Golf Cart raffle sponsored by Family Motor Sports & Toys. Benefits Morgan’s Angel Robot Program!!!!! Hosted at the Chappell Hill Fire Department

For more information call 713-299-2963 or email: linda@tlmaintco.com

BEER FEST:

 February 23rd,  2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Taste of Texas Beer Fest
  • Experience Ten Great Texas Beers
  • Complimentary Beer Glass
  • 2 p.m. –  6 p.m.   – Live Music with Jack the Sax
  • 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Live Music with the Black Cat Choir
  • Enjoy the experience on the Patio (Bybee Square)
For more info:  The Stone Cellar  or call 979-249-3390
204 E. Mill Street, Round Top
All these great events and more await you in Washington County!  Book your room with us at the B&B and enhance your experience while in our area!

Uptown Swirl Set for January 18 in Downtown Brenham

December 27th, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Texas

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Texas

Downtown Brenham is the place to come for fun in the new year!   What Better way to kick it  than to experience the excitement and fun of an afternoon and evening of wine tasting in quaint stores around Brenham’s historic downtown district!   It is called the Uptown Swirl (wine walk) and this Brenham annual event is coming up!!!!

Girlfriends Getaway in Brenham

Girlfriends Getaway in Brenham

It was loads of fun last year and is sure to be even better this year. I was able to procure some really fantastic champagne, a couple of reds and a white that I thought were extraordinary!  This is the way to sample wine without all the expense of buying the bottle until you find the one or more that perfectly suits your palate!

Mark your calendars for January 18, 2014 (3-7 P.M.), book your room and purchase your ticket in advance!  

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Washington County Holiday Foodie Experience

October 29th, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Washington County HolidayAttention, foodies! We are determined to make this holiday season one you’ll never forget. Enjoy local wines and a delicious dinner prepared during our hands-on cooking class. The best part is you’ll take back recipes so your friends and family will be able to get in on the tastiness! After dinner, sip champagne on one of our porches. You’ll wake up to a tasty breakfast that is made from scratch…

If  you think this whets your appetite, it gets even better. Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast is offering a special add-on package for food-lovers this season!

The Washington County Holiday Foodie Experience includes:

  • Bottle of champagne upon arrival
  • Hands-on cooking class and wine tasting with meal prepared during class
  • Dessert for two from Must Be Heaven – Home of the Famous Holiday Pies
  • Holiday Brunch Morning of Departure

This package can be added to a reservation of at least two nights from November 2013 through January 2014. Pricing is set at $480 on weekdays (Sunday-Wednesday), or $695 on weekends (Thursday-Saturday). Certain date exceptions apply.

Book your stay now or add the Washington County Holiday Foodie Experience to your existing reservation! Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions at (979) 830-1021!

Best Restaurants in Brenham TX

October 22nd, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Best Restaurants in Brenham TXMy mouth is watering just thinking of all the deliciousness in Brenham, Texas. If you love food and new experiences, we have some recommendations for your trip!

First, make your way to Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast for one of our Texas Cooking Classes and Foodie Events. You’ll create a memorable experience in a relaxing atmosphere. Even better yet, you can leave with the recipes and duplicate them at home! We offer cooking classes and lessons in culinary herbs that are demo-style or hands-on. You can determine how involved you’d like to be in the process.

After sharpening your culinary skills in one of our cooking classes on the ranch, make sure to try out the best restaurants in Brenham TX!

Funky Art Café is great for lunch. It has an interesting and diverse menu. Just like its name, the restaurant is a bit funky in ambiance as it serves up artfully prepared food. It’s snuggled in the back of a historic downtown Brenham building that’s decorated according to season. There’s a purple wall displaying the work of local artists and a menu that changes every four months. At least two homemade desserts will be offered each day.

Now we’re on to the “home of the $100 burger!” The Southern Flyer Diner is located at the Brenham Municipal Airport and is open every day. Nearly everything at the diner is made from scratch. The Southern Flyer Diner is consistently ranked among the “Best of the Best.”

Must Be Heaven is another great option, with a fresh menu and quality ingredients. This unique experience will take you back to the good ole days of ice cream shops and hand-crafted sandwiches. The atmosphere makes everyone want to slow down and enjoy their day! Enjoy a sandwich, soup, and maybe a piece of fruit…just don’t forget to try the pie that is always made fresh!

Stopping by Ernie’s American Bistro is a must on the trip. It specializes in personalized service, where American Bistro Dining and “Slow Food” converge to make eating both a pleasure and leisurely experience. Try the fish tacos or beef tenderloin at Ernie’s. They will not disappoint.

There “ain’t no fib about the rib” at the original Big Daddy’s, also known as Nathan’s BBQ! This place is always hopping. Swing in for some ribs, brisket, chops or a handmade dessert.

And if you enjoy Mexican cuisine, try the fine food at Los Cabos. They offer great lunch specials, and their dinner prices are extremely affordable. Start your dinner with a half-frozen/half on the rocks “Stars Over Texas!”

For another dinner option, try Volare Restaurant. It is rooted in the warm flavors of the Matera countryside and its dishes are infused with international flavors that create distinctive tastes. The menu is always fresh and the dishes are always flavorful.

As you make your reservations at some of the best restaurants in Brenham TX, don’t forget to reserve your room with us at Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast! Come experience a true Texas guest ranch with more than 100 years of history! Find your perfect room here!

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