Since moving to Austin, the usual Friday tradition is to start off the night with a visit to Water 2 Wine in Round Rock. Not only is the wine varied and amazing, but the staff at that location makes you feel like family.
Water 2 Wine is a franchise wine bar with locations in Texas, Colorado, and California. There are two locations in Austin which I haven’t tried, but if they are anything like the Round Rock location they should be just as fantastic. They have a vast majority of red and white wine on selection, all fermented within the store itself.
I only recently started drinking wine within the past year, so I still consider myself something of an amateur. The staff has been very helpful in figuring out my tastes and has never disappointed me with their suggestions. You can get 3 sample tastings of any wine in the store, and on Friday nights they offer $5 flights of three different types of wines. They offer a menu of different tastes that go together well, or mix and match your own.
You can also bring in your own food to enjoy with the wine. It’s a perfect opportunity to pair up chocolates, fruits, and cheeses to make it a truly elegant experience perfect for groups or romantic dates.
If you are interested in making your own wine or learning more about the craft, they also teach classes and provide services to make your own wine complete with custom labels perfect for special occasions. My cousin and her husband made their own batch of red wine for their wedding, complete with three different labels all done in the store.
You can find Water 2 Wine at 2000 South IH-35 at the Sky Ridge Shopping center in Round Rock. For more information and locations visit the main Water 2 Wine website.