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Inwood Estates Winery and Bistro SEP 03 2013

Inwood Estates Winery and Bistro

Dan Gatlin and his wife Rose Mary built the Inwood Estates Vineyards winery and tasting room in Dallas in 2005. When their first two wines were released in 2006, they were immediately embraced by wine enthusiasts around the state. Today over 200 Texas restaurants feature Inwood Estates wines.

Dan’s parents owned a large retail beverage operation in Dallas, so he was exposed to fine wines at an early age, sprouting the seeds for his intense passion for the fruit of the vine.  He traveled the world with his father, observing firsthand the operations at the old European wineries. He witnessed the development of the wine industry in California. When the company was sold after his father’s death, in 1981 Dan began a 29-year odyssey of researching whether or not Texas held any possibilities for fine wine production. The research spanned some 460 miles of Texas, and 30 grape varietals planted in five vineyards. At the time there were only five or six vineyards in Texas. Dan’s research led him to focus on the Tempranillo grape, one that has proven to thrive and produce great wine in the Texas terroir.

In the Fall of 2009, Dan and Rose Mary established a second winery and tasting room at The Vineyard at Florence, 35 northwest of Austin. In May of 2013, a third winery and tasting room was opened on the banks of Grape Creek on the 290 wine corridor, nine miles east of Fredericksburg in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The facility includes two tasting rooms – one featuring the Inwood Estates wines; the other features wines from The Vineyard at Florence, a winery for which Dan serves as winemaker, crafting fine wines from native American grapes blanc du bois and Lenoir.

In addition, the Gatlins opened a really nifty bistro at the Fredericksburg location. Chef Kendall Boudoucies has crafted an enticing little menu of wine snacks and sandwiches, which are distinctively delicious fare. You can select from house-made hummus served with pita chips, locally made sourdough bread with Israeli olive oil for dipping, a meat and cheese tray featuring outstanding upscale cheeses. There’s a very tasty tabbouleh and an innovative version of Waldorf Salad, in addition to a green salad with prosciutto, shaved Parmesan, croutons, topped with a citrus vinaigrette. Sandwich offerings include a turkey and baby Swiss with cilantro-pecan pesto; ham and muenster with a chili lime slaw, salami with olive tapenade and pimientos, and a caprese with classic pesto and heirloom tomatoes. Sandwiches are served with tortilla chips. Weekends at the bistro offer a special treat – Dan Gatlin’s secret-recipe grilled ribs and kabobs. This definitely answers the question of “What is there to eat out on the Fredericksburg Wine Road 290?” The bistro features cozy inside dining as well as an outside patio.

Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro, 10303 U.S. Hwy. 290 East, Fredericksburg, Texas. (830) 997-2304.

By Terry Thompson-Anderson
Chef, Cookbook Author, Culinary/Wine Consultant

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