A little further down the road in Hye, in the former Compass Rose Cellars tasting room, is the new French Connection Wines.
Owned by dear friend (and WSET Dip) Sheri Patillo and her husband Pat, and Ben Calais of Calais Winery and Victoria Gimino, French Connection Wine focuses on Rhone-style wines, currently offering 2018 Rosé Vin Gris (Cinsault), 2018 La Connection Rosé (Mourvèdre), 2018 La Connection White (Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier), 2017 La Connection Red (Syrah and Mourvèdre), 2017 Syrah and a 2015 Roussanne Port Style (pineapple, floral, caramel deliciousness).
Could not resist the structure and hint of tannins in the Mourvèdre Rosé — a bright rosé that will pair nicely with Thanksgiving dishes. That’s my plan at least!
This tasting room has beautiful Hill Country views and little maisonettes/casitas for rent. I want to stay there!
Couldn’t ask for a better day in the Texas Hill Country to taste fantastic wines. What are you waiting for?