Lost Maples Winery: Harvest & Wine Review
Today, I’m picking grapes at Lost Maples Winery outside of Vanderpool, TX. I’m also doing a wine review, so take a look at the video below to learn more about Lost Maples, Polvadeau Vineyards, and the Polvadeau Vin Obsession.
First a Brief History Lesson on Lost Maples
Lost Maples Winery has an interesting history. Owned by Tom and Glenda Slaughter, the land has been in Glenda’s family for close to 200 years. Sharing this land is Polvadeau Vineyards, which is about 15 acres in size. Glenda’s great grandather, John Polvadeau, migrated from France and settles in what is now Vanderpool, TX. The Slaughter’s winery is in tribute to her great grandparents.
Lost Maples Winery specializes in the Lenoir or Black Spanish grape. This varietal is naturally sweet, does very well in dealing with the Texas heat, and is Pierce Disease resistant. Lenoir is used in many “Port”-like or dessert wines made in Texas, but the Slaughters have found a way to create wine that is more dry for everyday drinking.
As for the Harvest, their annual grape harvest takes place in early August each year and is limited to a maximum number of 80 wine lovers. Those attending the event are treated to a spectacular breakfast…and many hours of labor in the hot Texas sun. When all the grapes have been harvested, Sangria, gourmet food, and live music are enjoyed by all. This year, Chef Chris Chism provided the absolutely AMAZING feast that we had at breakfast and at lunch, and Exit 505 from Kerrville serenaded as we all entered into our food comas.
That Sangria is really amazing, but there is no chance that you are going to get that recipe from Glenda. I asked her twice and I asked everyone else helping with the event from the winery multiple times and I was told no. So just enjoy it and don’t even ask for the recipe.
I know that I had an absolute blast at this event and will make every effort to attend it next year.
Polvadeau Vin Obsession
►Varietal: 95% Merlot/5% Sangiovese
For details or to order: http://www.lostmapleswinery.com/
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