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Ostriches are interesting animals to see.
Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard
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5611 FM 2382, Saint Jo, TX 76265
Hours vary by season, generally Thu.-Sun. Noon-6:00pm.
Best time to visit
Summer, Fall, Spring
Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard is a family owned winery and tasting room. The unusual name stems from a ostrich ranch that operated here for many years, and there are still a few ostriches on the property today. The 8 acre winery opened in 2011 and includes vineyards, a tasting room, a wine cellar and related facilities. The winery has a reasonable range of wines, mostly divided between sweet and dry blends. Tastings cost $1 per one ounce serving and include an additional fee to keep a tasting glass. Special tours/tastings are available for groups of 10 or more.
The stylish tasting room and industrial chic wine fermentation area had previously been used to house ostrich eggs and chicks from ranching days. Grapes are sourced from east and west Texas vineyards as well as California. Wine from grapes grown on the property should be available in a year or two. Blue Ostrich is located in Red River Valley country. The nearby fields and distant hills combine for contemplative vistas. Sunsets are nice.
A visit to Ancient Ovens (see below for review) was the primary motivation to try Blue Ostrich, and they work well together like apple pie and vanilla ice-cream. The tasting room and terrace were surprisingly busy at 5:00pm on a Saturday night. As for the wine selections, five dry wines were chosen, though you can go with sweet options too. Julie, who is one of the owners, served the wines with a smile and some commentary, but information was limited due to the number of people. The best selections were a 2012 Dolcetto, an excellent light and slightly fruity Italian style wine, and the Meritage, a Texas Merlot that hit the mark with a modest oak taste and smooth finish. The other dry reds were not as appetizing. The Dolcetto has won some local wine tasting awards and a bottle looking for a good home was quickly adopted. The Blue Ostrich staff, wine and general experience were all good enough to win a much coveted BlitzQuest green star.
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