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Mason Wine Adventure
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014

Like Wine?

Come learn to appreciate this nectar of the Gods from the ground up.

It’s been the coldest Texas winter since 2009-10 and it’s time to stretch in the sun, head for the country…breath the air and do something different. At the Robert Clay Vineyards, located in Mason County, the nectar is anxious to PUSH onward into making grapes for wine. Phrases like ‘we had swell today’, ‘I see bud break’ ….have moved into TIME TO PRUNE!

Mike and Semalee Brilbrey came from Katy to Mason for a break from everyday responsibilities. Staying at The Covered Wagon B&B, Bridget told them about the opportunity to learn and work on a local vineyard. “We learned so much about wine, especially the process of growing the grapes from Dan. It was a great experience.” Mike & Semalee worked at the vineyard for a couple of hours, returned to town to purchase some bottles of wine and to eat. They then took a few vines that they cut from their car and Bridget guided them as they created two sculptures. One is going to sit next to their fireplace and the smaller one will have a light placed inside for a unique lamp. It was an awesome and unexpected MASON WINE ADVENTURE.

Mason’s Wine Industry is very exciting and we want others to experience what it takes to grow/produce a bottle of wine. Make plans for a full day on Saturday, March 22 for a MASON WINE ADVENTURE! Here is what we have planned out for you. Arrive around 9 in the morning to meet the owners of Robert Clay Vineyards (Dan & Jeannie) and learn what is happening with the grapes. Bring your own pruners, dress for the country….jacket, sturdy shoes, hat, sunglasses, camera….and experience this first stage of ‘your favorite bottle of wine’. It begins with the pruning and training of the vines.

Gather a few of the vines that you pruned and head back into Mason around noon. Lunch is on your own. Then it’s time for some wine tasting at the Compass Rose Cellars. Come taste the wines from Compass Rose Cellars (Mark Watson & winemaker Rob Nida) and Fly Gap Winery. Signing up for this WINE ADVENTURE DAY comes with a Wine Tasting from wines made from Mason County grapes…..first glass complimentary. Additional glasses & bottles of wine will be at a 10% discount.

While enjoying the wine, create a sculpture from grapevines. Local Artist, Bridget Langdale from The Painted Tree Studio will be your instructor. Vines and tools will be provided.

This full day of MASON WINE ADVENTURE has been arranged for you to enjoy and learn about Mason’s Wine Industry for $35 person for the full day (9-6pm) includes Vineyard experience, Wine Tasting and grapevine art class. Additional glasses of wine and bottles may be purchased at a discount at Compass Rose Cellars.

THERE IS MORE: At six in the evening it will be time to move over to Sandstone for the DANK Wine Release of ‘LIGHTS OUT”. The label glows under a black light…so be a part of the fun and wear neon or white colors.

This is a one of a kind, one day experience. Call your friends….bring a group….Come experience a day in our backyard of vineyards, wineries, art and of course…fun & creative friends & neighbors. Let us know you will be coming, call Bridget at 325.805-1176 or email

RECAP of the Day

Saturday, March 22

9 a.m. -12 Robert Clay Vineyards Pruning/learning about growing grapes

1 p.m. - 6 Compass Rose Cellars Wine Tasting & GRAPEVINE Artwork

6 p.m. - 9 Sandstone Winery DANK Wine Release of ‘LIGHTS OUT”

Spend the night in one of our local B&B’s and dream of Mason’s Grapes transforming into Wine.

Pleasant Dreams!

Make your plans today: Bridget 325.805-1176 or

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