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Fredericksburg - Texas Wine Country







Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. It is the sister city of Montabaur, Germany. On October 14, 1970, the Fredericksburg Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas.

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Texas Hill Country is known for their vineyards and wineries!!! Of course, wine tasting was on our list of 'things to do'. We naturally had to stop at Fredericksburg, Texas because of Bud being a history buff, and Erik and I liking the idea of doing some wine tasting. Being that it was only a 3 day weekend trip, and the highways, byways, and walkways were nearly bumper to bumper holiday traffic and shoppers, we stopped at the huge complex of the Pacific War Museum first after finding a parking place [that was a feat in itself!]; the day was 'rushed'. We spent a couple of hours there, and toured only a partial part. Hunger pangs were taking its toll on our bodies, even after a larger than normal breakfast earlier. Once the tour of the museum was over, and stopping at the book store/gift shop within the complex, we tasted the authentic German Cuisine. Fredericksburg Texas is probably 99% German Heritage. Then, we walked the touristy area, stopping by one wine tasting room that really didn't appeal to us. We ventured to another. Called D*Vine Winery...The three of us tasted 6 different wines each. One they were out of stock, the Bluebonnet Bliss [with blackberry infused]. I sampled Pedernales River Rose [strawberry], Gillespie Gulch [cranberry], Fred Red [Black Cherry] and more that I can't recall as I type this, but one that she convinced me to try - it wasn't on the tasting list - a new one for 2011; called Enchanted Granite. And, that's the one of which I bought a bottle!!! DEElicious!!! Can a wine be delicious? This was....Enchanted Granite is a Pomegranate infused Zinfandel. Truly yummy. I will have to take a trip downtown to Spec's Liquor and see if they carry this, if not, I will most definitely have them ship me more in due time.


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Now that the 'important' part of my post is done [rofl] - the wine, I move on to the Pacific War Museum! Being that it's all walks of the military, we tried to get in as much as we could regarding the Navy and the Marine Corps since Bud and Erik are that, respectively. There was a super memorial that could rival the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington, D.C. [well, not really if you've ever seen the real thing as I have]....but the Pacific War Memorial in this complex WAS, without a doubt, very humbling and quite poignant and quite reminiscent of the Wall in D.C; similar concept. There, in the courtyard, they have several walls that memorialize ships, fleets, battalions, presidents during WWII, and 1000s of faces and names. I found one of Bud's ships that he was stationed on [AFTER the war of course]...but the ship, the USS Tabberer has some great accolades and history during the great war.


Left to Right: List of Names on the USS Tabberer [DE-418]...US Marine Corp 3rd Marine Division [Erik is 3rd Marine Division]....etched plate of the USS Tabberer. *By the way, I think it's ironic that Bud's birthday is April 18th...the ship he was on DE 418...April [4] 18 [birthday]. :o)


Part of the museum was dedicated to Admiral Nimitz - Commander of the Pacific Fleet [of which the Nimitz aircraft carrier in named]. As I perused this section, I found on display ONE chain link of the USS Nimitz anchor. The anchor chain weighs in at around 308,000 TONS!....one link weighs approximately [each] 365 pounds. I wish I had taken a comparison picture of this, with my hand beside the anchor link to show you its relative size...but trust me, it's HUGE!


To begin the tour of the museum complex, you begin here...at the renovated hotel...Fredericksburg's original Nimitz Hotel was built on Main Street in the late 1840s or early 1850s and acquired by Charles H. Nimitz in 1855. The hotel had four rooms and a large central fireplace. Nimitz subsequently built a new structure of adobe and wood and eventually expanded to fifty rooms. The hotel's Casino Hall quickly became a center of Fredericksburg social life; Nimitz also provided a room in which traveling salesmen could display their wares and a bathhouse that reportedly offered the only hot baths between San Antonio and El Paso. In addition, he operated a brewery, a saloon, and a general store at the hotel. The hotel had a rose garden, a vegetable garden, a grape arbor, and a stagecoach stop at the back protected by a high stone wall. The Nimitz soon gained a reputation for comfort and convenience. A number of families from Houston and Galveston spent their summers there, and among the more notable guests of the hotel were President Rutherford B. Hayes, Robert E. Lee, Philip H. Sheridan [Bud's ancestral files show he's relation; distantly], Horace Greeley, William Sydney Porter, the explorer Adolphus W. Greely, Ulysses S. Grant, William Rufus Shafter, Fitzhugh Lee, Earl Van Dorn and James T. Longstreet....the museum complex covers an entire block with many buildings and courtyards, along with a secondary area that is two blocks' walking distance from the main area.





FURTHER READING:


Texas Wine Country Map

Anchor Chain stats [photo of men LIFTING chain] ---
TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL - Nimitz Hotel
MONTABAUR Germany

54 comments :

  1. Great post Anni! I am going to share this with my husband as he is retired navy and also a history buff. The wine sounds delicious. I wonder if they sell it this far? We also have a Fredericksburg not too far from here, about an hour away. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Your husband would LOVE going through this huge complex of military history. It's all the Pacific War [well, mainly] - the link to the winery has order forms.

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  2. That is WAY COOL! My family (both maternal & fraternal) is one of the German ancestry in Tx. In fact, I'm a proud member of the biggest family reunion in Tx.; it dates back to when ancestors came over from Germany. My family is a bit more south than Fredericksburg: more in the Galveston/Corpus Christi area, although my mom is from just south of Waco.

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    1. ...then your family is in MY area of Texas.

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  3. When I was in Texas over Thanksgiving, we visited Grapevine, another winery town, and I ended up buying six bottles to be shipped back home. I've had one, but I sure did enjoy the wine tasting! We would have had a great time together, Anni! :-)

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    1. ...oh ya, I would love to go wine tasting with you. I was afraid to buy more than one bottle and have it in the trunk of the car. Like you, I'd much prefer them to ship it to me, since our tasting adventure was a rushed one so we could get back on the road to another area ---didn't take time to stop and fill out an order for shipment ---but I will once time allows me to get online to search all the other wineries.

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  4. Delightful post. I will be flying into the area a week from tomorrow and I'm sure a few visits to Fredricksburg are in our plans. It's such a fun place to wander.

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    1. ...it most definitely is...charming, fun, and filled with great eateries, wineries, and the people...fabulously friendly.

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  5. Looks like it's a beautiful and interesting place to visit. And, the wine sounds wonderful!

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    1. ...it is....and there is definitely something for everyone in this small town!!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by--I am SO FAR BEHIND in blogging. I know I have missed out on some great photos and interesting commentary. Looks like you had another lovely trip--lots to see and do in Texas. Mickie :)

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    1. Hi Mickie!!! It's been quite a while since we've visited each other. Nice to have you stop by.

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  7. It sounds like a great place, lots of history.

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    1. ...it's pretty darned neat being that it's a small town.

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  8. Fascinating post and great shots. I enjoyed this tour so much.

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    1. ...glad to 'hear' that you enjoyed it Carver.

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  9. I think I already mentioned I am originally from Texas and Fredicksburg is a very beautiful and fun spot. Oh my the food and pastries are to die for!

    I haven't been back there in years. Thanks for the great memories today Anni. I hope you have a great day!:-)

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    1. I imagine your company has arrived by now...so have a super wonderful time with their visit.

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  10. This was so intereting to read about. I love your history posts on TX.
    I would love going on a wine tasting tour with you.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed it Sharon...golly, it IS Friday already isn't it?!!

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  11. thanks for all the info on Fredericksburg. I think of Texas as Air Force, and Army locations but not Navy. I didn't know the Nimitz was from there.

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    1. ...well, 'the' Nimitz isn't from Fredericksburg, but ADMIRAL Nimitz is from here.

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    1. It's always a great day when you stop by Denise.

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  13. All those wines sounded divine but I would have picked the one you did. I like white zin anyway but that sounds yummy. What a very interesting naval museum to visit and the building alone would catch ones eye!

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  14. I wish I'd been with you for the wine tour.
    Mama Bear

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    1. the tasting is what we did....

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  15. That sounds like a fun trip but I'm afraid that had I done the wine tasting I would have been done for the day....lol

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    1. ...oh of course you would be okay....tasting, it's just a swallow then on to the next one...not bad at all. Or am I a lush?!! lol

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  16. Goodness I have missed you. Seems like ages since I have visited. My blogging days are almost to a halt here lately.
    Fredericksburg is one of my favorite places to visit. I love the shopping and the wine tasting.
    I will have to remember to look for this wine myself. It sounds like something I would enjoy.
    The museum is a must see. I am so glad you shared your trip there with us.
    I am headed for the hill country this weekend. My neice is getting married near Boerne and she was raised in New Braunsfel. I was actually married there many years ago.

    Have a great weekend
    Love
    Maggie

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    1. Hi Maggie....I know you've been extremely busy with remodeling your home....and I'm glad you took time to stop by and give me a biggo Texas HoWdy!!

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  17. Interesting city. There are no vineyards in my country so your post to a vineyard is an interesting read. I have never tasted a yummy red wine, most of the red wines I tasted at fairs are too dry for me.

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    1. If you want my opinion...the only good 'dry' wine is champagne. Dinner wines should be fruity and light....at least that's my opinion.

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  18. I've been on a wine tasting tour a couple of times and always enjoy trying out the various wines. Have you ever tasted iced wine? I had never tried it until last year and really loved it, although it's very expensive due to the way they have to make it. Inniskillin winery is the one who makes it in Niagara on the Lake but not sure if you can get it up your way.

    That war museum sounds so interesting and I can well imagine how much Erik enjoyed touring it with you and Bud. I love stuff like that and learning the history behind it all. xoxo

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    1. the museum was great, but the wine part of this stop was much more to my liking. LOL

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  19. thanks for the tour! I did not realize that Texas also had fine wines! Cheers!

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    1. ...yep, Texas has quite a lot of wineries/vineyards.

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  20. I really did enjoy your post -- and shadows for the day, Anni, I love Fredericksburg although I haven't visited there in some time. Great wine! Enjoyed the history you included as well, I didn't know all of it and it's always a plus to learn something new! Have a great weekend!!

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    1. ...let's see, I can't recall if you're from somewhere 'round Texas or not?!!! I too love Fredericksburg.

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  21. Cool reading... and seeing the sun shone makes my sorrow eased a bit.

    Have a blessed w/end.
    /CHie

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    1. ...try and live happily even with your loss.

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  22. The saying about a chain and its weakest link does not see so appropriate here - I couldn't imagine one of these breaking...

    Pomegranate flavors seem to be a tart addition to a spicy zinfandel - one that works well in my imagination!

    A museum such as this is poignant, as big as the ships may be, danger lurks over all the seas when weather or enemy can wreak havoc on those who protect Americans trying to protect our freedoms by fighting it away from our shores...the hotel is great and shown by the great men who stayed there!

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  23. We've visited the town a few times and enjoyed it. Last year (2011) we had TG dinner in a German restuarant. Odd, but fun experience. I blogged about their glockenspeil and other really lovely Christmas decorations, which they installed while we were there. A fun place to visit.

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    1. I see nothing wrong with doing "German" for the holiday!!! If it's fun, that is what counts.

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  24. Great post. I never was much of a history buff in my younger years but as I have gotten a bit older I find that I enjoy learning about places and events of the past. I have visited a few military museums and the old forts and have found them to be quite interesting.
    The museum in your post sounds to be rather large. One could probably spent a great while there taking it all in.
    I have only been to one wine tasting at the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina, but I enjoyed it. I am not much of a drinker and usually don't care for wines. I have had a couple of Champagnes that I really enjoyed though.

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    1. ...regarding the museum....it would take at least a couple of days to go through it all, trust me. And as you are, I'm not much of a drinker [since now I take heart meds]...but I had to taste these local wines. A sip here, and a sip there...it was all good and well.

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  25. Historical places is an interesting place to explore.

    Sea Horse Shadow
    Hope you'd come and see when you get a chance.

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    1. ...glad you found this post of interest Rose.

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  26. 365 POUNDS for ONE link??? Awesome! I had no idea! This is like being in a class room! I love this! Okay, now on my bucket list is a trip to the WWII museum in Fredricksburg. My brother in law and his wife go there all the time and LOVE it there!

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    1. ...it's filled with history, fun, and such a quaint, happy town. At least that's the ambiance I sense when there.

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