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					  Thursday, April 22, 2010                                                                                                                                  Hill Country Weekly                                                                                          11

The Boerne Wine Company makes its debut on Main Street
By Bethany Heinesh                                                                                                                                                                                          The Boerne Wine Com-              is accented with gorgeous
Editor                                                                                                                                                                                                      pany. Although food is not        archways and walls made
                                                                                                                                                                                                            prepared on location, local       from the structure’s original
   The Boerne Wine Com-                                                                                                                                                                                     restaurants bring appetizer       limestone rock.
pany, located at 302 S. Main                                                                                                                                                                                trays over for patrons upon          The spirit of Boerne has
St., opened its doors to the                                                                                                                                                                                request.                          truly been captured at The
community April 1 and in-                                                                                                                                                                                      There has been some in-        Boerne Wine Company. The
vites Hill Country residents                                                                                                                                                                                terest in renting The Boerne      original indoor fireplace
to come by for a wine tast-                                                                                                                                                                                 Wine Company for private          remains and will add ambi-
ing -or a fine cigar, if that’s                                                                                                                                                                             parties and while that ser-       ance in the winter months
your fancy.                                                                                                                                                                                                 vice is not presently offered,    when a real wood-burning
   This new addition to                                                                                                                                                                                     it is something the owner is      fire will be lit. The exte-
Boerne’s Historic Main                                                                                                                                                                                      considering, an idea he is        rior patio also showcases
Street, not to be confused                                                                                                                                                                                  open to. It would certainly       a wood-burning fireplace
with a wine bar, provides                                                                                                                                                                                   be an ideal spot for recep-       with comfortable seating
a wonderful way to try dif-                                                                                                                                                                                 tions, mixers and friendly        for those who wish to enjoy
ferent wines and enjoy a                                                                                                                                                                                    get togethers.                    the weather. With beautiful
relaxing atmosphere. In ad-                                                                                                                                                                                    In addition the company’s      new granite countertops that
dition to an impressive wine                                                                                                                                                                                many impressive features,         adorn the inside, music by
list, the company features a                                                                                                                                                                                a federal winery permit has       Frank Sinatra playing softly
walk-in humidor with a vast                                                                                                                                                                                 been obtained and soon            to set the mood and an in-
selection of cigars.                                                                                                                                                                                        wine will be blended on site.     credible staff, everything
   “People here seem to                                                                                                                                                                                     The law requires one case of      about the new company is
have received us well,”                                  The Boerne Wine Company, located at 302 S. Main St.                                                               Photo by Jon King Keisling       wine be produced within the       exquisite.
The Boerne Wine Company                                                                                                                                                                                     first year, but after that wine      So far, set hours have not
owner said. “Cigar sales                                    The owner, a San Antonio                                    “Everyone who speaks of                            among those offered and          will be aged on location and      been kept because the owner
have been wonderful. Peo-                                resident, said he chose to                                  Boerne says it is a wonder-                           every day, The Boerne Wine       offered in the years to come.     is trying to feel out custom-
ple like to buy a cigar and a                            open his business in Boerne                                 ful place to live and visit.                          Company offers a rotating           When asked what he             ers to see what they want.
glass of wine and sit out on                             because of the town’s repu-                                 Now that I’m here, I have                             selection of 16 different        planned to name the wine          “This is not about what I
our patio.”                                              tation.                                                     to agree. This is a beautiful                         wines for sampling.              he brews, the owner said he       want; it is about the people
                                                                                                                     community and everyone                                   Customers have already        has been playing with the         of Boerne and what they
                                                                                                                     here has been great.”                                 tried wines they said they       idea of naming it “1866” in       want. I created this compa-
                                                                                                                        The Boerne Wine Com-                               probably would have never        honor of the historic build-      ny for them.”
                                                                                                                     pany prides itself on creat-                          ordered in a restaurant.         ing out of which his com-            Typically the doors of
                                                                                                                     ing a unique opportunity for                             “I encourage them just to     pany now operates.                The Boerne Wine Com-
                                                                                                                     customers to sample wines                             try a sip and they’re glad
                                                                                                                     they may not otherwise be                             they got to try something
                                                                                                                     exposed to. The concept is                            new,” the owner said. “I find
                                                                                                                     to offer a service that will                          fulfillment in meeting peo-
                                                                                                                     broaden people’s horizons                             ple who share my passion
                                                                                                                     when it comes to wine.                                for wine.”
                                                                                                                        Patrons can order a sip,                              The Boerne Wine Com-
                                                                                                                     half a glass, a full glass or                         pany offers a vast selection
                                                                                                                     a bottle of some of the fin-                          of wine and cigars, available
                                                                                                                     est wines in the world. Im-                           at all price points. Vintage
                                                                                                                     ports from Chile, France,                             wines are available with the
The patio outside The Boerne Wine Company features a                                                                 Italy, Spain, New Zealand,                            oldest bottles dating the mid
real wood burning fireplace. Photo by Jon King Keisling                                                              Australia and Germany are                             1990s. The owner is work-
                                                                                                                                                                           ing on getting some of the

    Join us at our new
                                                                                                                                                                           more legendary bottle years
                                                                                                                                                                           in stock -1945, 1961 and
                                                                                                                                                                           1982, to name a few.
                                                                                                                                                                              According to the owner,
                                                                                                                                                                           wine tells a story. The aging
                                                                                                                                                                           process alone, he says, re-      A glimpse of The Boerne Wine Company’s gorgeous
                                                                                                                                                                           veals the strength and body      interior, which reflects style and class.
                                                                                                                                                                           of the beverage.

                    Boerne Branch
                                                                                                                                                                              “I have had the opportuni-       The owner remodeled            pany are open from 11 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                           ty to try different wines from   what was once an old              until about 6 p.m. Monday
                                                                                                                                                                           all over the world. The more     house, a structure that has       - Wednesday and later on
                                                                                                                                                                           you taste wine, the more you     been home to many busi-           Thursday, Friday and Satur-
              for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony                                                                                                                              realize how great wine is. At
                                                                                                                                                                           least that is what’s happened
                                                                                                                                                                                                            nesses over the years, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            crafted a first-class opera-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              day. The owner never plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to keep the doors open too
                       and Celebration!                                                                                                                                    for me,” he said. “There’s
                                                                                                                                                                           just something so intriguing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tion. Working closely with
                                                                                                                                                                                                            a builder and architect, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              late because he doesn’t want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              his place to be considered a
               Beginning Monday, April 26 . ..                                                                                                                             about wine. It is so special,
                                                                                                                                                                           it can become the event,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            owner completely renovated
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the 2,000 sq. feet building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wine bar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 When asked if he had
                  come in and register for Grand Prize Drawings that include                                                                                               rather than just be a part of    while managing to pre-            anything to say directly to
                  $1,000 and $500 RBFCU MasterCard® Gift Cards and two                                                                                                     one.”                            serve its historic charm. The     the community, the owner
                                                                                                                                                                              Customers can also enjoy      building’s original materials     replied       enthusiastically,
                      Apple® iPod touch® 8GB Mobile Digital Devices.                                                                                                       fine foods to accompany          were incorporated into the        “Come and see us!” He
                                                                                                                                                                           their wine when they visit       new design so the interior        added, “But please park in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the back. I have a wonderful
                                                                                                                                        DAILY                                                                                                 neighbor and I don’t want to

                                                                                  D                                              PRIZES                                                                                                       take up all of his parking.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If you haven’t already
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stopped by The Boerne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wine Company, you’ll want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to get over there and check
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it out. It’s the latest “must

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                                                            Join Online–
 Beginning Monday, April 26 through Saturday, May 1, entries will be collected for daily prize drawings at the Boerne Branch. All daily entries (including winners) will
 be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing to be held on Monday, May 3. All drawings to be held at the Boerne Branch. Daily prizes include six RBFCU MasterCard®
 Gift Cards valued at $50 each. Grand Prizes include two Apple® iPod touch® 8GB MP3 mobile digital devices valued at $200 each, one MasterCard Gift Card valued
 at $500 and one MasterCard Gift Card valued at $1,000. A Release of Liability Form must be completed to claim the prize. If the prize winner is 17 years of age or                                                                                 210-415-8483
 younger, a parent or guardian must complete the form. Please only one entry per person per visit. Odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received.
 No purchase necessary to enter or to win. Need not be present to win. Drawings are open to members and non-members. RBFCU employees, volunteers, vendors
 and their immediate family members are not eligible. Access to the cash vault has certain limiting conditions, including weather conditions.

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