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Dry Comal Creek and Goldstone Pizza




Just outside of New Braunfels, down a long windy country road is Dry Comal Creek Vineyards. The AWESOME Dry Comal Creek Vineyards. This is one of those places that has always been around, but has recently gotten way, way better. The wines have improved dramatically, and so has the atmosphere. Beyond the normal wine tour sippings and tasting, this place is hopping with live music, food trucks, and has started to put on awesome Wine 101 classes for those among us with less wine education but a high appreciation for the beverage.


We figured it was about time for us to feature this famous go-to New Braunfels winery.

This trip out, we sat down and tried out some of their newest bottles (they have 10 (10!!) new wines since August). We had some we loved, some we liked, and one that would make an absolutely delicious summer slush (we’re looking at you Dora Rosa!)


Hitting the top of our love list was the Rosé of Sangiovese, 2017. Half of our two person team at GoodEats hates HATES Rosés and she (or he! ...naw it was the she) loved this one. It is dry but slightly sweet somehow with 0 % residual sugar. It was so easy to envision ourselves chilling, overlooking the river with a glass of this in hand or sipping while nomming on a cheese board or ribs. Honestly it’d pair well with a lot of things.



For Summer nights on the grill or for saving (as in buy now and save it cause it’s going fast) for a Winter beef stew, we would try their Cotes du Comal. Dark garnet colored, with a nice mouth feel, this wine was a treat. A nice mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, and Touriga Nacional, it is their top-selling wine in this new batch. If you are going to visit family or friends this summer grab a bottle and share the Comal with them!



The Dora Rosa is a sweet Muscat, Muscat Canelli, and Riesling blend in a beautiful watermelon hue. It is begging to be turned into your summer slush for your weekend float down the river.


Dry Comal Creek makes for a wonderful afternoon with your family, or an easy date night with your belle or beau. Come late July or early August and you can participate in their grape-stomp event or come by most any weekend during the summer for live music and food truck foods.





GOLDSTONE PIZZA


That brings us along to GoldStone Pizza. Dry Comal Creek invites out a lot of different food vendors/food trucks on different weekends, but one that’s invited out quite regularly (read: because it’s amazing) is GoldStone Pizza, a mobile wood fire pizzeria. They are family owned and have only been running their business for about two years now, but have taken off, getting requests to do event after event.





It could absolutely run for best pizza in New Braunfels....when it’s in New Braunfels.


Observe the Pepperoni. They use beef pepperoni on the pizza, unlike the pork that most places use, because it’s less oily and crisps up nicer. They use a combination of provolone and mozzarella cheese and the pepperoni is just the right amount of caramelized crisp on the edge. The bite is umami, savory and delicious.


The other pizza we got on this trip out was their Date and Prosciutto pizza. They covered it with provolone, mozzarella, and gorgonzola cheese, sprinkled on dates and prosciutto slices, then, after wood firing it, drizzled it with their unfiltered extra virgin olive olive, and gave it a light layer of savory parmesan and basil leaves (you need to ask for the basil). The dates became even more sweet from being dried and baked and that, in combo with the salty savory prosciutto and the melted, oooey gooey, cheese was fan-taaaastic!




They don’t update their Facebook or Instagram, but when they come to New Braunfels they’re at 5 Stones Brewery or Dry Comal Creek, so you can check both of those venue's Facebook page’s scheduled events for the vendor of the weekend. You can also message GoldStone Pizza directly on Facebook to ask when/where in town they’ll be next and they generally message back pretty quickly.





Dry Comal Creek Bottle prices range from the low $20’s to $30’s.

All wines served in house are $10 a glass.


PRO TIP:

If you are a wine lover, and live locally, you should definitely consider Dry Comal Creek’s wine club. Just started, they have some major discounts for their members, we’re talking major, and some cool perks. The two levels are Silky (cutest chickens ever) and Brahma.


Silky – $144

6 bottles, two times a year, total 12

15% discount each visit

October and March member’s appreciation dinner


Brahma - $233

12 bottles, three times a year, total 36

25% discount each visit

October, March, and June member’s appreciation dinner


Dry Comal Creek was recently (2017) bought out and have started to revive the old vines and brought in a new winemaker, Seth Urbanek. The wines they’re putting out together now have gotten better and better. Seth is a native texan with a masters in food science and technology and enology (the science and study of wine/wine making) from Cornell. He spent time studying in Champagne, Mollydooker in Australia, and has a very diverse pallet that he’s absolutely putting to work creating wine gold from all the native texas grapes Dry Comal Creek works with.

 

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