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How does In-home Senior Care in Stonewall, TX work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Stonewall, TX, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Stonewall, TX gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.


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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Stonewall,TX understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Wineries: Are They Getting Bigger In Texas?

Texas is famous for the Alamo, barbeque and cowboys. But some Texans want the Lone Star State to be famous for wine, too.The state reports there were 93 active winery permits in Texas 10 years ago. Today, there are 530.Ask a wine-loving Texan and they’ll tell you there are several qualities that set Texas bottles apart from out-of-state competitors. A combination of heavy rainfalls and scorching sun rays help to nourish vines and ripen grapes.An hour north of San Antonio, or west of Austin, will bring you to one of...

Texas is famous for the Alamo, barbeque and cowboys. But some Texans want the Lone Star State to be famous for wine, too.

The state reports there were 93 active winery permits in Texas 10 years ago. Today, there are 530.

Ask a wine-loving Texan and they’ll tell you there are several qualities that set Texas bottles apart from out-of-state competitors. A combination of heavy rainfalls and scorching sun rays help to nourish vines and ripen grapes.

An hour north of San Antonio, or west of Austin, will bring you to one of the biggest concentrations of wineries in the state, around the towns of Stonewall and Fredericksburg.

Brother and sister David and Julie Kuhlken co-founded Pedernales Cellars in 2006, and business is good. They produced 12,000 bottles of wine in 2000. Today they produce 180,000 bottles.

Julie Kuhlken said a tough, little Spanish grape called the Tempranillo, a few Portuguese varieties and a couple of French varieties all thrive in the rocky soil around Stonewall. The soil is similar to the soil in parts of Europe where the grapes originated.

“This is like degraded sandstone and degraded limestone, and this is exactly what grapes love. They want soils that they really have to push with their roots, look for water, look for nutrients,” she said.

There are 54 wineries in Hill Country which, according to Kuhlken, can satisfy most wine tastes.

“Don’t go to more than four wineries,” she warns visitors. “Definitely pace yourself and do a little research beforehand. Everybody wants different things out of their wine experience.”

State historians report that Franciscan priests in 1659 established the first vineyard in what would become the U.S. Other Europeans brought their own grapevine cuttings with them.

According to the Texas State Historical Association, wineries were closed when the Texas Legislature voted the state dry. The industry turned its attention to making grape juice to survive during Prohibition.

The Texas wine industry is the fifth biggest among wine-producing states, trailing California, Washington, New York, and Oregon, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture. The federal government reports the Texas Hill Country is the second biggest wine growing region in the nation, outside California.

Kuhlken says the state agriculture department has stepped up its efforts to promote Texas wines, and she hopes that will continue. But she thinks state tourism officials could still do more to promote the $13 billion industry. It employs 140,000 workers, mostly in the Hill County, the High Plains, along the Red River in North Texas, around El Paso and in the Davis Mountains.

She said the money could be spent on advertising and education that place the wine industry on equal par with other Hill Country attractions.

“I think more could be done to promote [wine] as part of Texas tourism because people still associate Fredericksburg and this area primarily with peaches and the Fredericksburg heritage,” she said.

During a visit to the wine-tasting room, a visitor echoed Kuhlken’s opinion.

Ana Pina is a secretary at a high school in Arlington in North Texas and wants to learn more about Texas wines.

“I didn’t know there were so many different varieties or even that Texas wine existed,” she said. “I live in Dallas-Fort Worth, and Grapevine is up there, and you know every year they have Grapefest and so I try my best to visit once in a while. But there is just so many wines and just not enough time to visit."

Texas wineries don’t just benefit wine lovers. The businesses attract daytrippers from big cities like Pina, who pour millions of dollars into rural economies in the Hill Country and throughout the state.

Libby Aly is executive director of the Blanco Chamber of Commerce, just east of Stonewall and on Highway 281. She says wineries help pump millions into the Hill Country.

“Maybe two or three counties wide it would probably be in the millions when you look at hotel stays, sales tax revenue,” she said. “Before you go home you are going to need gas, you might decide if you went to more than a couple [wineries] that you would like to spend the night or you may be stopping and doing some shopping, going out to dinner before you head home.”

Back at the vineyard, the Kuhlkens and their small staff prepare boxes of wine for transport to the market.

Barrels are also being steamed cleaned to kill bacteria before they are filled again with wine.

The most refreshing sound may come when the stopper in the barrel, or the bung, is removed from the barrel’s bunghole because that’s when you know a Texas wine will fill your glass.

Stonewall Jackson designated landmark

By SANDRA TUMBERLINSON San Benito Historical SocietyThe Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized San Benito’s Stonewall Jackson Hotel as a significant part of Texas history with the awarding of an official Texas Historical Marker, also known as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL).“The designation honors the Stonewall Jackson Hotel as an important and educational part of local history and recognizes its architectural integrity as a historic structure,” according t...

By SANDRA TUMBERLINSON San Benito Historical Society

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized San Benito’s Stonewall Jackson Hotel as a significant part of Texas history with the awarding of an official Texas Historical Marker, also known as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL).

“The designation honors the Stonewall Jackson Hotel as an important and educational part of local history and recognizes its architectural integrity as a historic structure,” according to the San Benito Historical Society (SBHS) leadership.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held pending the arrival of the marker. “The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC.

“Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe added. A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age.

Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic. The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at 512/463-5853 or visiting the web site at www.thc.texas.gov.

The construction of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in 1927 was conceived by the prominent business leaders of the town as an economic investment that would help keep San Benito a prosperous community and nationally proclaim the area’s assets.

The development and financing of the hotel was secured through the nation’s top firm, the Hockenbury System, Inc. which observed the growing desire for grand hotels in small town across the nation and made the Stonewall Jackson Hotel a reality.

The civic leaders selected a renowned architect and preservationist, Harvey P. Smith, to design the hotel putting it on equal standing with work he did on the historic missions of the San Antonio area. A nationally famous Texas artist, Royston Nave, was commissioned to paint the portrait of Stonewall Jackson which hung for years in the hotel lobby and is preserved in the Museum of San Benito, Community Building.

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Pedernales Texas Tempranillo Reserve 2018, Stonewall, Texas

By now, many wine lovers are aware of the growing stature of Texas as an important American wine region. And this excellent red from one of the state’s top wineries demonstrates why Texas deserves even more attention.Pedernales Cellars was established in 1995 and specializes in Spanish and Rhône-style wines, sourcing its grapes from vi...

By now, many wine lovers are aware of the growing stature of Texas as an important American wine region. And this excellent red from one of the state’s top wineries demonstrates why Texas deserves even more attention.

Pedernales Cellars was established in 1995 and specializes in Spanish and Rhône-style wines, sourcing its grapes from vineyards in the Texas High Plains and Texas Hill Country, the state’s two largest winegrowing areas.

With its focus on Spanish and Rhône varieties, Pedernales concentrates on grapes like Tempranillo that are suited to the warm climate of Texas. This is a contrast to some Texas wineries that make more wines in varying styles — perhaps trying to be all things to all people, but sometimes with hit-or-miss results.

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The 2018 Pedernales Texas Tempranillo Reserve is a blend of 77 percent Tempranillo, 12 percent Touriga Nacional (a top Portuguese variety), and 11 percent Graciano, which is often combined with Tempranillo in Spain’s Rioja region.

This is a wine of elegance that offers dark fruit aromas and tastes — blackberry, blueberry, and plum — along with touches of cedar and cigar box. The oak influence, from 18 months in French and American barrels, is well integrated. The fruit profile and the oak treatment are reminiscent of Rioja wines.

The wine is a natural pairing for all kinds of meats — including lamb, beef, and pork dishes — as well as hearty vegetarian stews with lentils and mushrooms.

At $50 and available from the winery, consider the Pedernales Texas Tempranillo Reserve an excellent alternative, for one thing, to the sea of California Cabernets out there at the same price point.

Pedernales also produces a superb white Viognier Reserve with lovely floral, stone fruit, and grapefruit notes. These wines offer us something intriguing and a little different from an American wine region that we’ll soon be hearing a lot more about.

Careful, This Cute Texas Animal Can 100% Kill You

I've always found it interesting that people love little mascots and cartoon characters for this potentially disease-riddled critter.It may seem unfair to call a critter "potentially disease-riddle", but the fact is that 20%, that's 1 in 5, carry leprosy. As a matter of fact, the disease is carried in relatively few other animals.If by now you've guessed I'm talking about Armadillos, then you are correct. The nine-banded ...

I've always found it interesting that people love little mascots and cartoon characters for this potentially disease-riddled critter.

It may seem unfair to call a critter "potentially disease-riddle", but the fact is that 20%, that's 1 in 5, carry leprosy. As a matter of fact, the disease is carried in relatively few other animals.

If by now you've guessed I'm talking about Armadillos, then you are correct. The nine-banded armadillos are apparently a filthy little bunch. Before we demonize these little heroes on a half-shell, your chances of catching it from them are very, very low. Also, your chance of responding to treatment is very high.

Leprosy freaks me out after having read the book Papillion as a young adult. The descriptions of some of the lepers were a lot at the time, but much like fears of quicksand, running into stubbed-handed lepers hasn't happened much in my adult life.

Though the chance of transmission is low, you're still encouraged to avoid contact with armadillos. This doesn't seem like too much of a problem to me, but you may be a professional armadillo juggler or something, so it's worth mentioning.

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Symptoms of leprosy are not good and are highly varied. You can have anything from a runny nose. to shrinking testes, to tissue loss, and more. Trust me, you don't want to know the "and more" and you certainly don't want to see the pictures on Wikipedia.

So if you run across the official "Texas small state animal", it's best you let it go on its way and not shake hands (paws?).

8 Tasty Texas Treats to Give to Friends That Live Far Away

Delicious things to give your pals that are missing out on Texas staples.

Goodart's Peanut Patties

These are SO delicious. I grew up eating them, and they are actually made right here in Lubbock, Texas, which makes them even more special. You can probably find peanut patties up north somewhere, but they certainly aren't at every single gas station counter the way they are here. This brand is iconic in my neck of the woods...err...dirt. Whatever. YUM!

Julio's All Purpose Seasoning

I brought a case of this with me last time and everyone LOVED it. Julio's is the bomb. You can put it on literally anything. I even like to sprinkle it on cottage cheese. It's legit yummy and everyone needs some in their life.

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Allsup's Taco Sauce

If you know, you know. I could drink this stuff. I wish I could find a way to get Allsup's burritos to my pals, but I just don't think they would keep well on my trip. They are way better hot and fresh. Allsup's Taco Sauce on its own will have to do.

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Wolf Brand Chili, NO BEANS, ya heard?

I made Frito pie for my friends in Minnesota a few years ago and was so bummed I couldn't find Wold Brand Chili at Walmart. I had to opt for Hormel, which is NOT the same. I've heard you can find it in some smaller specialty stores there, but I'll still be taking a few cans up there, JUST IN CASE. I want to make them a real frito pie this time around.

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Big Red

I was shocked that nobody knew what Big Red was. Most of them had only ever had Big Red GUM, which has nothing to do with soda. They couldn't be more different. Throwing a case of this stuff in the back of my car for the journey, 100%.

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Whataburger Spicy Ketchup

I have no idea how anyone survives without Whataburger Spicy Ketchup. It's the nectar of the Gods. Sometimes, I plan my meals around just being able to use it. It's not a condiment. It's a damn lifestyle.

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Lone Star Beer

I took a case of Lone Star to my friends a few years ago and they had a great time solving the puzzles on the cap. It's not the fanciest beer, but it always tastes like home to me.

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Big Wick's Mesquite-Smoked Jalapeño Glaze

Big Wick's is a fabulous product to introduce to your pals that don't live around here. You can use it in a million different ways. It adds a sweet and spicy kick to grilling that my friends in Minnesota are missing out on. The owners are also Texas Tech grads and some of the coolest people I know.

Someone Had A Really Bad Day In Stonewall County, Texas

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Texas Winery Kuhlman Cellars Earns 5 Medals In French Wine Competition

Located in the heart of the Texas wine country, Kuhlman Cellars opened to the public in 2014 on the famed Hwy 290 Wine Trail between Fredericksburg and Johnson City. Chris and Jennifer Cobb founded the 15.5-acre estate vineyard, bringing French winemaker and Texas wine pioneer Bénédicte Rhyne to produce terroir-driven wines representative of Old-World winemaking principles.Today, Kuhl...

Located in the heart of the Texas wine country, Kuhlman Cellars opened to the public in 2014 on the famed Hwy 290 Wine Trail between Fredericksburg and Johnson City. Chris and Jennifer Cobb founded the 15.5-acre estate vineyard, bringing French winemaker and Texas wine pioneer Bénédicte Rhyne to produce terroir-driven wines representative of Old-World winemaking principles.

Today, Kuhlman Cellars is among the most lauded in the Hill Country appellation, confirmed on Friday when five of their wines won medals at the renowned Concours de Lyon. Kuhlman Cellars’ 2018 Estate Kuhlmanation White and 2018 Texas High Plains Viognier both won gold medals and the 2016 Reserve Merlot, 2017 Marl, and 2017 Texas High Plains (Newsom Vineyards) Sangiovese won silver.

The Concours de Lyon judges tasted over six thousand samples, awarding only nine medals to wineries from the United States. “This is very exciting for us,” says Chris Cobb. “Many of our grapes are French in origin. To win gold with Texas wines in the grapes’ ancestral homeland is an honor.”

“It seems we are going full circle,” says Rhyne, “from a small appellation of Condrieu that made Viognier - a wild variety from France - famous all around the world, to Bingham Family Vineyards, a pioneer in the High Plains of Texas who planted Viognier in the millennium, to the 2020 Concours International de Lyon competition.”

“In 2018 the stars aligned with a beautiful growing season, allowing us to harvest this finicky variety at prime maturity, high Brix of 26,” she continues. “Our cellar crew then carefully handled the grapes to produce this magnificent vintage. What and honor to be recognized by our peers, the French sommeliers and winemakers from Lyon who know best what a great Viognier should taste like.” Only seven cases remain of this award-winning Viognier.

The Estate Kuhlmanation White is a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne grown on the estate in Stonewall, Texas. Vines were planted in 2015, and the 2018 is only the second vintage released. “We put a lot of love in the care of the vineyard with exacting labor and attention to detail to ensure we grow the best possible fruit,” vineyard manager Diane Cobb says. “It’s amazing to receive such recognition from professionals who’ve grown these grapes for generations.”

Kuhlman Cellars is also known as a pioneer in guided tastings at their lovely estate in Stonewall. Instead of a crowded counter where staff is too busy to interact with customers, Kuhlman requires reservations and offers 45-minute educational experiences guided by one of their knowledgeable sommeliers. Flight includes five wines from a rotating selection, which come paired with tiny bites that showcase how each of the wine interacts with different tastes and palate sensations – salty, sweet, bitter, spicy and fatty.

For example, a current pairing for the 2018 Kuhlmanation Estate White is a smoked salmon mousse with mandarin orange, grapefruit, and chipotle marmalade garnished with scallion and a lentil crisp. Last fall’s pairing for the same wine was pineapple pickled in tamarind, coriander, basil, habanero, rice wine vinegar and estate white wine, topped with dried cranberry and basil. All flights include their addicting house made herbed almonds.

The tasting room is currently open, with careful precautions in place considering the coronavirus pandemic for the guided tastings, and the patio is also open for unguided tasting flights with unparalleled views of the vineyards and Hill Country. For those who prefer to stay home or are not currently in the area, Kuhlman Cellars is offering a variety of virtual wine tasting events, complimentary with online wine bundle purchases.

Insulated shipping is included with purchases over $89. Webinars take place on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons and are included with the purchase of any bundle, each with its own webinar. Upon purchase, customers receive a link to book their virtual tasting. If you are in the area and have not yet visited, this is something you must add to your to do list this summer.

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