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Happy Hour: Dry Comal Creek’s 1096 Port

Happy Hour: Dry Comal Creek’s 1096 Port
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Get ready for the weekend with a Happy Hour!

Such fond memories of this port! I’ve written in the past about my love for the Dry Comal Creek Winery, located in the Hill Country just outside New Braunfels.  What a gem of a place. It sits on such a beautiful piece of land…some of the best in Texas.

It doesn’t get more relaxing than drinking a glass of wine with friends on their patio.  Somehow, we seem to make it out to Dry Comal about once every other year.  Just not enough.  About three years ago, our group discovered this 1096 Port.  It comes in two versions, white (sherry style) and this one.  I favor the dark.

We sampled some and we were hooked.  Granted, our sampling came at the end of a long drinking day.  This port could have tasted like turpentine and we still would’ve been captivated.  Back then, each bottle ran $75.  The steep price tag didn’t stop us from getting two bottles for the road.  What morons we were/are. The good news…they are now more affordable…priced at $50.

What is 1096 Port?  Well, check out the website, but I can tell you this is a perfect dessert wine. This stuff has been sitting in exposed oak casks for 1096 days. It has an almost brownish tint, with a strong caramel taste…very smooth.  And a little goes a long way.  If you know a port lover, this would make for a perfect gift.

More than the port, I highly recommend checking out this winery.  They’ll treat you like family.  Seriously, they will. One time, we closed the place down.  The manager turned off the lights, told us to stay as long as we’d like, but to make sure to close the gate.  “We don’t want any cows getting out.”

That’s my kind of place!