A customer fills his glass at the Boerne Wine Company.
If you haven't been to Boerne in a while, you might not know about a great wine bar in the heart of Main Street. It's called the Boerne Wine Company, and it's managed by sommelier Jean-Yves Ferrer and a team of wine-knowledgeable people.
The setup is fairly simple, even if the gorgeous, grandiose interior seems anything but. You buy a card in increments of $25 and you go around the rooms, sampling the various wines in any of four coolers. Just insert your card into the machine and select the size pour you wish to purchase. Pours are available in 1.5, 2.5 and 5 ounces, and the amount of your selection and size will be deducted from your card.
The cellar at the Boerne Wine Company.
If you can only go in for a glass or two, save the balance on the card for your next visit. You can also add money to a card. The wines within the coolers are kept at the appropriate temperatures and are also airtight, so they don't age after having been opened. The selection changes regularly.
This week, a few of the featured bottles included the Alsatian Hugel Gentil, Chateau Magrez Fombrauge from St-Emilion in Bordeaux, Raymond Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley and Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, also from Napa Valley.
You can sip your wine around the bar in the great room of the shop, on the stone patio out back or in one of the cozy niches set up.
Patrons share some wine at the Boerne Wine Company.
You can also buy wine to take home with you or shop the massive humidor that stands to the right of the door as you enter. If you buy a bottle and don't finish it, one of the staff members will gladly put a cork in it, so you can enjoy the rest later.
In the accompanying video, Ferrer offers a tour of the shop. For information, call (830) 331-9424 or click here.