Biscuit Hill Bed & Breakfast

717 Colleen Drive, Canyon Lake, Texas 78133
Innkeeper(s): Diane and Dean Reed
 

Wine Tasting Tips and Etiquette 18 Jun 2014, 12:56 pm

  • Our Texas Hill Country Vineyards & Wineries have been getting a lot of press lately. They have been very busy especially on weekends, so they sent out an e-mail today with a few Tips on Etiquette & Tasting. Below are the tips they sent out You may want to consider booking your room at Biscuit Hill B&B during the week to miss the crowds.

Etiquette Tips

  • Please be patient when entering a crowded tasting room. The staff will do their best to serve you as they can.
  • Please be respectful of your confirmed appointment times. Take a few minutes to understand the length of time from one winery to another when mapping your day.
  • Bring the proper identification. Winery staff will check if you are of age.
  • If you are bringing children on a wine tour with you, make sure to keep an eye on them so they do not disrupt other guests.  Bring a toy or game to occupy your child and a snack or drink.
  • Bring a sweater or jacket as certain areas of the winery make be kept cold.
  • Please check with the wineries ahead of time to see if they are dog friendly.
  • Do not leave purchased wines in a hot car.  Bring a cooler and ice packs inside. 
  • Do not leave pets or children in hot cars while tasting or touring at wineries.
  • If you loved the wines, take advantage of joining the wine club for discounts and special future bottles. 
  • Many of the small wineries don't work with distributors so if you find wines that you like, you should purchase them from the tasting room because you are likely not find them in stores.
  • When driving the Hill Country, watch for cyclists and be courteous.
  • Don't wear perfume or cologne. It will interfere with your ability to smell and taste the wines.
  • When tasting, swirl the wine in your glass and look at its color.
  • Before taking a sip, put your nose inside the glass and take a deep breath and notice the aromas.
  • As you take a sip of wine, notice how it feels and tastes in your mouth at first and then swish it around on your tongue before swallowing. Your opinion of the taste may change, so do not rush to swallow.  Always take another taste, the first might be affected by your previous wine or food.
  • Eat crackers, bread and cheese between tastings to cleanse your palate.
  • If you don't know the difference between wine varieties, don't be afraid to ask.
  • If you have questions or don't understand the terminology, winemakers and tasting room staff are happy to explain. 
  • If you do not like a certain wine, do not make negative comments about it. Simply state that it is not your favorite, and taste another one.

Hill Country Wineries Have Done It Again 24 Apr 2014, 2:45 pm

We love living in the Texas Hill Country, and one of the reasons is all the wonderful wineries that are so close to us. I have to brag about 2 of them in this post. William Chris Vineyard and Winery in Hye, TX went to France and came back with 2 Gold Medals. Those wines receiving gold medals are the 2012 Enchanté red and 2012 William Chris Vineyard – Mourvédre. Also, Pedernales Cellars just outside of Hye off 290 made the top 10 list in National Geographic Magazine. When you come and stay at Biscuit Hill Bed and Breakfast Inn, these wonderful wineries, and many more are just a short drive away.

 10 Jan 2014, 9:44 am

I just LOVE Texas Winters. You get the best of both worlds. It can be in the 20's one day and the 80's the next. That way everyone has the weather they can enjoy. This weekend it will be in the high 70's or low 80's so it is time for us to go enjoy the lake!!!! We probably won't get in the water though. More than likely we will walk the river and watch the fly fisherman do their thing on the Guadalupe.


Where does the Hill Country Wine Trail Start? 2 Oct 2013, 9:15 am

I get the question "Where does the Hill Country Wine Trail start?" from our guests all the time. My answer is here at Biscuit Hill Bed and Breakfast of course. We have 3 vineyards, and 6 wineries all within a 15 mile drive. But it really doesn't matter where you want to start your tasting journey. We have the official wine trail map at the Bed and Breakfast so you can plan what route that best suites your needs. Don't forget that October is Wine Trail Month, and most of the wineries are hosting special events. You can go to the official Hill Country Wine Trail website for all the details. http://www.texaswinetrail.com/

Biscuit Hill B&B Goes "Ducky" 20 Jul 2013, 9:27 am

New Facebook fun for Biscuit Hill B&B Guests. Everything at the B&B is just "Ducky". But as long as they hold out, all rooms will come with a Yellow Rubber Ducky that guests can take with them as they enjoy the Texas Hill Country during their stay. If guests take a picture with their duck in their favorite places while they are guests, and post them on Facebook (their page & ours), they will get $10 off every night of their next visit. Make sure our logo is showing in the picture or mention our name along with where you took the picture. Let's all get just "Ducky"!

Summer 2013 13 Jun 2013, 1:32 pm

Summer fun is all around us here in the Texas Hill Country. Besides all there is to do, the crop of new hill country fawns is growing. You can view them up close here at Biscuit Hill B&B. Baby fawns are being born everyday around here, so you can just step outside your room and walk to the feeding area to possibly catch a glimpse of one.Also many of the Texas Hill Country Wineries are hosting special events, Canyon Lake is beautiful as always, and ready to host your 2013 Summer water activity. Comal Park is only 5 miles from Biscuit Hill. It has beaches, picnic tables, and public facilities. Biscuit Hill does have parking for a boat or jet skies, and the nearest boat ramp is only a little over 1 mile from the Inn. Tried to get a fawn pic up but Blogger is not letting me, I'll try again later. Sorry for the delay! Still not able to get the new fawn picture up so I am posting this on our Facebook Page with the post reading New Fawns at Biscuit Hill Bed & Breakfast.


March Is Coming! 21 Feb 2013, 6:33 am

 

 Due to the warm weather lately, many of the trees, bushes, and other plants are blooming early this year. Gruene is also budding out with many special events during March. You can see our Events calendar here http://www.biscuithill.com/activitiesandevents.htm Our very fragrant Mountain Laural here at Biscuit Hill, and the Lady Banks Rose vine should be blooming the first couple of weeks in March.


Before I close I want to mention that we are celebrating Texas Independence day the 1st weekend in March by offering our guests a souvenir Biscuit Hill wine glass with each reservation for that weekend. When you book online just ask for our Texas Independence Gift. It will not be given automatically. Kind of a bonus for you reading my blog ;-)

 6 Dec 2012, 7:28 am

Biscuit Hill's halls are decked, the table is set, holiday music is playing throughout the Inn. So if you have the time, come to the Texas Hill Country and enjoy at least part of your holiday season.  As a reminder all our rooms have their own fireplace and porch seating from the room. Also, this year we have added a new fire pit making it easier to roast those marshmallows.


 18 Oct 2012, 8:12 am

Biscuit Hill's Fall Pyracantha Berries in our Garden

Hello everyone. It seems that October is just flying by and November is blowing on in soon. As I mentioned last month there is much to do in our area in the Fall. This coming weekend October 20 & 21 will be Gruene Trade Days, the week following October 27 & 28 is the Annual Texas Clay Festival, and if that is not enough FUN for you, starting November 2nd and running through the next weekend, November 10th, New Braunfels is having Wurestfest. This German festival is know throughout the state, and is a must attend at least once in your life. Wonderful German food is prepared by local charity groups, and there are several "adult" beverages to choose from. The festival hosts many music and entertainment stages, and there is also carnival rides on the Wurestfest grounds. Wurestfest is the epitome of a FUN TIME!
 
Here at the Inn we have started serving our Fall menu, with many special treats. The menu is determined by the number of guests in the house, but all menus have a Fall flavor to them. Our Saturday morning sweet treat for thhis Fall is Orange & Cranberry puffs topped with powdered sugar. Of course that is not all you get for your Saturday breakfast, but it is our Fall dish for Saturdays. Sundays we are serving our hearty sausage and 3 cheese Breakfast Casserole, Cheesy Potato Supreme, Harvest Biscuits, Fall fruit salad, and the sweet treat will vary depending on what I'm in the mood for. 

Fall Into The Texas Hill Country 28 Sep 2012, 8:26 am

Fall is one of the best times to visit the Texas Hill Country. Just down the road from Biscuit Hill B&B is the quaint little historic town of Gruene. Every October it hosts the Gruene Music & Wine Festival. This year it is held October 4, 5, & 6. Biscuit Hill still has 2 rooms left for that weekend, so if you see our post in time, book one and come join the fun. If you read this too late, don't fret, there is still much to see and do around here. All of the month of October is Texas Wine Trail Month. Here is a link to the official site that will give you all the information you need to get the most out of this Fall Trail. http://www.texaswinetrail.com/

There are also many festivals in our area for the Fall. Check out the various Chamber website for New Braunfels, Borne, Blanco and Johnson City to get all the latest info for their particular town. Biscuit Hill is no more than 20-45 min. from any of these towns. Only 15 mi. from New Braunfels.

Lastly, I want to give you a heads up for late October and November. Lost Maples State Park & Natural Area, will be your shortest destination for seeing Fall color. Other than around here at Canyon Lake. We have pretty good color too. You will need to check our weather because the leaves start turning about a week after the first cold snap. Lost Maples provided a "Leaf Update" on its website starting in October, so you can check back to this link as well. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lost-maples/foliage-reports If you stay at Biscuit Hill, you can also order one of our Picnic Totes to take with you. There will be many places to enjoy it whether you are enjoying the wine trail or the beautiful out of doors.



Canyon Lake, TX
Happy Fall Ya'll !