Porch Sipping Wines

good stories keep customers entertained

By Lorelie Helmke

Amazing views, wonderful stories, great entertainment and impressive wines await at Singing Water Vineyards. The winery offers some impressive spirits along with stories of American heroes.

Owners Dick and Julie Holmburg, their daughter, Ann, and her husband, Mark Whittemor, have created a place of respite for hurried lives.

Every weekend they host a different musician and on Veterans Day, they have a large celebration for veterans. They have dedicated an entire room to service members called the Freedom Room.

It’s easy to get lost while sipping wine and looking through all the photos and posted stories in this special place.

Plan to spend some time here. It is well worth the journey over the steep hills and winding roads.

2017 Estate Pinot Grigio
Texas Hill County
4 stars
A brilliant nose filled with honeydew melon, apples and white flowers. This is not your ordinary pinot grigio. This wonderful wine is balanced with bright acidity, nothing flabby here. This finish is clean and makes your mouth water. A perfect white wine to serve with a shrimp or crawfish boil.

2016 Sauvignon Blanc
3.5 stars
Aromas of grapefruit and melon greet you as the wine opens. On the tongue, the racy acidity rushes in. There is a hint of herb to tickle the palate. Stainless steel fermentation and aging allows the wine to maintain its brilliant acidity. It is light in body and a perfect accompaniment to sea bass, red fish, shrimp or caviar.

2017 Viognier
Texas High Plains
4 stars
White peach and apricot aromas rise from the glass followed by a balanced wave of tangerine scent. There are notes of honeysuckle and orange blossoms here. Delightfully light in body, a fresh approach to Viognier. A perfect wine for poultry, it would pair with grilled chicken or turkey as well as our Texas favorite, bacon wrapped white-winged dove

2017 Texas Sunrise
Estate Grown – Comfort, Texas
3 stars
Upfront, Syrah aromas give way to abundant strawberry and honey kissed melon. It is a blend of estate grown viognier, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio and Syrah, so perfectly blended that each varietal is tasted, yet transformed into a sassy libation that truly pleases the palate. Perfect by itself, but wonderful paired with a light salad or salmon dish.

2015 Freedom
Texas High Plains
4.5 stars
Powerful dark cherry aromas jump from the glass. Cigar box and a touch of graphite follow close behind. This bottling is bold and rugged with sweet smoke to soften the edges. Elegant tannin structure and long finish complete this mouth-watering wine. It was oak-aged for 24 months before release. Perfect for Veterans Day and Memorial Day grilling: steaks, fajitas and hamburgers. Proceeds from this wine support veterans’ charities.

2015 Merlot
Estate Grown – Comfort, Texas
3.5 stars
Rich black cherry and brooding flavors of plum and dark cherries abound in this glass. The combination of a dry summer and some 20-year-old vines produced juice with beautiful structure, satin-like tannins and a lush finish. This is a fabulous food wine. Pair with roasted lamb or wild game.

2014 Vintner’s Reserve
Estate Merlot and Temecula Cabernet Sauvignon
4 stars
Voluptuous body and a nose of black plum, dark cherry, blackberry and tobacco with hints of spice. This marvelous blend lays softly on the tongue with silky tannins enveloping the palate. It finishes long and notably balanced. Perfect pairing for the classic beef tenderloin and Stilton cheese.

Sweet Lupe
In memory of their yellow Lab, Lupe.
3.5 stars
Ever the Diva of the winery, Lupe served as Director of Hospitality. Those of us who were fortunate enough to meet her remember her fondly. She was delightful, The Wall Street Journal published an article on her.

Sweet Lupe is a semi-sweet red wine produced with three percent residual sugar. It offers up essential Merlot aromas and flavors with a hint of sweetness. This is a perfect wine to use in the preparation of red sauces, like Bolognese.