Ferris and Fletch Wine co.

A Texas-Sized Dream

By Lorelei Helmke
Photos by Kimberly Giles

Dreams really can come true. One just has to work for it. 

Rarig Ross certainly has. He began his wine career in 2009 in, I must admit, a winery I have a particular affection for, Gainey Family Vineyards. It was the very first winery I ever visited.  

Rarig honed his skills in the Santa Barbara, California area, eventually opening his own custom crush business. He makes wines for a lot of people but saves the best for his own label.

His position in the industry gives him the ability to obtain small lots from the most sought-after vineyards, kind of the best kept secret wines. 

He starts with awesome fruit and turns it into simply beautiful wines. Today his offerings are all from California, but he is working on juice from Texas. 

Not surprisingly, he fell in love with Fredericksburg in 2020 while visiting family and clients in Texas. He, his wife and their two boys, Ferris and Fletch, are living their Texas dream. 

You can find his wines and taste the Texas-sized dream at the Ferris and Fletch tasting room located at 406 E. Main in Fredericksburg. 

2020 Roussanne 

Hooper Valley Vineyard


Medium straw hues in the glass with a bouquet of lemony orange blossom, Granny Smith apple and a hint of apricot. A crisp finish on the end begs for chilled shrimp and lobster.

2021 Fiano

Pepperjack Vineyard 

Texas High Plains

Fiano is a white varietal with Italian origins. This Texas-grown wine is spectacular with aromas of white peach, pineapple, lemon grass and white rose petals. Hints of slate keep it crisp and dry with mouthwatering acidity on the lingering finish.

Serve this one with ceviche, redfish or goat cheese.

2021 Aurora Rose

La Pradera – Reddy Vineyard 

Texas High Plains

One of three rosés offered in an all-rosé tasting, beautiful pink salmon color graces the glass. Whiffs of red rose petals, strawberries, watermelon, Rainer cherry envelope the senses while red plum aromas hover on top. 

A perfect wine to have with lunch. Great with a watermelon, arugula, feta salad or Chevre cheese.

2019 Grenache

Desert Willow Vineyards


This medium, garnet-hued chillable red offers up a heady fragrance of violets, red cherry, ripe cranberry and strawberries. Notes of tobacco leaf bolster the complexity.

Balanced acidity and a light tannin structure complement the clean finish. A perfect Texas red as it can be served chilled in our Texas heat. 

Pair with balsamic grilled chicken or bacon wrapped pork roast.

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Newsome Vineyard

Texas High Plains

Thirty-three percent aged in new American oak for 32 months. A bold red on ruby hues that delivers dark cherry and black plum fruits with interlaced touches of tobacco spice, licorice cloves, soft leather and ripe black olive. An almond nuttiness rounds out the nose. Well integrated tannin structure and on point acidity linger on the long finish.

Need I say it? A perfect companion to grilled ribeye steaks and Stilton cheese wedge salad.

2019 Montepulciano

Reddy Vineyards

Texas High Plains

An ambrosia of strawberry jam, ripe cherry, brambleberry pie and violets engulf the nose. A background note of sweet Tuscan melon adds a little spark. Satin tannins and graceful acidity show on the long, long finish. Lovely accompaniment to prosciutto wrapped melon and steak Florentine. 

2018 Tannat

Newsome Vineyard

Texas High Plains

Gorgeous inky ruby color, sumptuous fragrance of ripe cherries mingled with mission figs, blackberry preserves, and black current with a dusting of cocoa. This delectable wine offers a soft mouthfeel, and silky tannins on the extended finish. A delicious match for prime rib with rosemary of asada.