One hardworking Texas couple is fulfilling their lifelong dream of opening a winery. Star of Texas Winery & Vineyards is a small, family-owned boutique winery owned by Brian and Moira McCue. After leaving their respective 30-year careers in finance and teaching, they decided to work together and focus on their love of wine.
They found the perfect location and hope to open Star of Texas Winery in early April. Located in Early, Texas, the property was something that 'fell into place' for them.
"We bought the property in July of last year. We looked a few places, then saw this. It's located right along the highway and is really easy to get to," noted Brian.
He explained that they will have a huge patio area for al fresco sipping, a pavilion area for live music and an 1800-square-foot enclosed tasting room. "We used reclaimed wood and tin that was on the property to build it all," Brian told Wide Open Eats.
That's not all they are keeping local, though. The wine will be, too.
"We bottled our first blends in February. We have a Tempranillo red blend. Two whites and a blush. All from Texas grapes."
The couple is working with Penny Adams - Texas' first female winemaker who first hit the wine scene in the 1980s. "She has been a huge help," says Brian.
Over the course of the next three years, Star of Texas Winery plans on planting roughly six acres of grapes.
"In the next few weeks, we will be planting about 400 vines along the highway to add some nice visibility from the road. Then another two acres in 2018 and the balance - about four acres - in 2019," Brian told us.
The Tasting Room is almost complete, and this video, taken in February 2017, shows the progress. The winery will have a rustic Lone Star State vibe, perfect for featuring all-Texas products. Is there anything more American than pursuing your dreams, one foot in front of the other, and seeing it come to fruition?
The family is excited to finally have the doors open and celebrate with a few popped corks, saying, "It's been a crazy few months."
We know we'll be there when Star of Texas Winery opens its doors, will you?