There is a new urban cellar in Hemisfair
Every child in San Antonio knows the history of the haunted railroads. Urban legend has it that the ghosts of children who lost their lives in a tragic bus crash remained behind, and they now guide stuck cars safely onto the tracks, leaving their handprints on bumpers. covered with baby powder.
Adults of San Antonio can relive that childhood fear and satisfy a thirst for ghost stories with Re: Rooted 210’s “Ghost Tracks” wine, a unique blend served on tap, named after Re: Rooted 210. ‘history. “We had sauvignon blanc and albariño, and we weren’t able to get them completely blended, so we added a third grape that turned out to be our first ghosts to push the wine off the beaten track towards the safety, ”says sommelier Jennifer Beckmann. Also in their offerings are an ode to the 1968 World’s Fair skyride gondola cars and a “Riverwalk Red”.
Beckmann, a transplant from San Antonio and the 441st person in the world to be named a Certified Wine Educator by the Society of Wine Educators, opened Re: Rooted in hopes of creating a space where wine is accessible, urban and Texan. The tasting room is located in a sunny building in Hemisfair Park. In addition to their custom blends on draft (produced and barrel aged at Slate Mill Wine Collective in Fredericksburg), Re: Rooted’s wine list includes bottles from Texas vineyards.
A set of interactive offerings, ranging from courses to monthly subscriptions, are designed to fit seamlessly into people’s real lifestyles. It comes in the form of chip, keg, and non-patronizing pairings. In lessons, Beckmann doesn’t stop at the history and chemistry of different wines, but also talks about the science of what happens to a drinker’s brain while soaking – so people can walk away with a better idea of what they like and why.
“People are so intimidated by the wine world, and everyone has a story of how they were approached or discussed by someone who made it an uncomfortable experience, and we really didn’t want that,” Beckmann said.
Three Texas Wines to Try, If You Don’t Know Where to Start
1. The grape that put all eyes on the Texas wine market: William Chris Vineyards 2018 Mourvedre High Plains
2. For white wine lovers: Kuhlman Cellars Texas High Plains Roussanne
3. Quality grapes from a quality producer: Lost Draw Cellars 2019 Marsanne