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Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal. XTREME GOES GREEN Local storage manufacturer focuses on alternative energy. - Page 10 July 28, 2010 Page lO Buda's First Thursday on its way BUDA BITS a memorial marker onoring Austin oliceman Clinton Warren Hunter, was placed near Onion Creek Parkway last week. Hunter was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 29, 2001 along the frontage road of IH-35 and Onion Creek Parkway. Hunter's 11- year-old daughter, Mikayla, shoveled the first dirt for the five-foot gray granite memorial. Hunter was a U.S. Army veteran and Hays High School graduate. Do you want to help the Buda senior citizens with a fundraising event that will add money to their build- ing project? The seniors are planning a rummage sale on Sat., August 21 at the senior center. Clean your clutter and donate items in good condition to the seniors. For informa- tion please call 295-2416 or 295-2077. Donations can be dropped off at the senior center on Thurs. and Fri., Aug. 19 and 20. Thanks to two help- ful Rebels - that's Travis Rebels. Gaynell and Mikel Conner just recently mailed out, in the form of CDs, memories of the 50'" reunion of the Travis High School class of 1960, which was held a few months ago. Many Travis Rebels have moved south and now call the Buda area home. If you did not get a copy and would like to have one, call Gaynell at 295-3592. Birthday wishes to out to Mike Manning and Ralph Pfluger on July 30; Eleanor Eariey, Ginny Hadow and 95-year-old Helen Mc- Caughan on July 31; Jesse Logan on Aug. 1; Com- missioner Jeff Barton and Butch Grizzle on Aug. 2; Andrea Bishop, Alice Chish- olm and Marguerite Gillis on Aug. 3. Don't miss the "Voices of Hays County" oral history series by the Hays County Historical Commission on Friday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Buda Elementary School. Our very own Cecil Clark will be sharing memories of this area. The next day, Sat., July 31, the public is invited to tour the new Carpenter Hill Elementary School located on RR 967. The Buda/Kyle Masons will have a corner- stone leveling ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and staff and volunteers will provide tours. Also on Saturday, Boy Scout Troop 967 and Cub Scout Pack 118 will be collecting food for our local food pantries. If you received a yellow flyer on your door last weekend, See BUDA BITS, pg. 2C PHOTOS BY SEAN KIMMONS O Refine your senses with BY SEAN KIMMONS Ihave to admit, wine tasting was an unusual experience for me. First, I'm told to drink first-class wine, swish its enchanting flavors around my mouth and then when I'm ready to swallow the sweet nec- tar, I m asked to spit it out. What's the fun in that?Why waste perfectly good wine, I thought. W'me expert Oscar Montes Iga, who works at the Drift- wood Estate Winery, said that wine tasting is not about drinking, it's about recognizing the diverse qualities of a wine's color, smell and taste. Ifa person were to swal- low each sample, Iga says, his or her tongue would become numb and spoil their taste buds when inspecting other wines. I knew this would be a daunting challenge for me since I'm used to chugging cheap beer from a mason jar rather than scrutinizing wine. But I still jumped at the offer to experience the foreign concept. Before I walked up to the winery's bar, I could only name two kinds of wine - red and white. I never could tell the dif- ference between chardonnay and pinot grigio, or merlot and syrah. My taste buds, I guess, weren't refined enough to decipher the unique qualities of the grapes packed into wine bottles. For $5, a wine connoisseur (or an untrained lush like me) can try six of the 14 types of wine crafted at this tranquil winery, which grows seven grape varieties on a 20-acre site. Many of these wines have captured awards in local, national and international competitions in recent years. A few of the red wines are even christened with Texan identities, such as the Lone Star Cab, a cabemet sauvignon, and Longhom Red, a blend of cab- ernet sauvignon and syrah. There are five steps to wine tasting. One should examine the color, swirl the wine to aer- ate the aromas, smell it, taste it and savor it. If that's too hard to memorize, especially while local wines TEST YOUR TASTE SENSES AT THESE LOCAL WINERIES: Driftwood Estate Winery 4001 Elder Hill Road, Driftwood 78619 (512) 858-9867 The Driftwood Estates Winery offers stunning vineyard vistas in the central Texas hill country. Wine expert Oscar Montes Iga pours a sample and shares his knowledge with visitors to the vineyard. The $5 tasting includes samples of six of the 14 wines crafted at Driftwood Estates, located between Buda and Dripping Springs. wine's watery edge, basically a clear membrane around the Typically, aromas are the fruity or floral scents, such as under the influence, try the "five S" steps: see, swirl, sniff, sip and savor, wine. This particular wine had the grape or fruits used to make My first lesson began with a prominent watery edge, Iga the wine, while the term "bou- Iga pouring an ounce or two said. quet" should be applied to the of a 2008 chardonnay for my For our next step, we swirled byproducts of fermentation or companion and me. We irni- the wine for about 10 seconds winemaklng, like yeast, wood tatedlga as he examined the to expose its aromas before or buttery scents. wine against a white back- sticking our nose into the glass The final step was to sip groundto better visualize any for a big whiff. Iga said that the the wine and"chew it" so it touched all parts of the mouth. impurities, aromas present were lemon, This method allowed us to We then tilted our wine apple, vanilla and other citrus glasses forward to view the scents. See DRIFTWOOD WINES, pg. 4C The Bella Vista Ranch 3101 Mount Sharp Road, Wimberley 78676 (512) 847-6514 Duchman Family Wlnery 13308 FM 150 W., Dflftwood 78619 (512) 858-1470 ; : Be sure to check for tasting room hours and prices before you head out. For other winer- ies in the Hill Country, go to ODDS& O you missed me~ o~a~!: .'~L I mean you missed ~'~. KJthe column. Thank you, but no one had any news worthy to report, or so they thought, so nothing to write. Well, we did have a few exciting incidents. While cleaning their yard, some tenants discovered a hive of bees in an old unused camper trailer. Sorry to report five folks were sitting by the bees. All are reported ok. They were not the killer bees and a word of caution, keep your yard clean and be cautious of unused bar- rels, "trailers" etc. See ODDS & ENDS, pg. 2C in G~i~lod, this is definitely least favorite e of year in Texa~ The frolicking days of the ~ new summer have gotten flame-torched into these breezeless scorching mara- thons that run deep into the night. Seems like everyone I run into is either cranky or bored. It's too hot to breathe so we spend our days run- ning from our air-condi- tioned cars to our air-condi- tioned houses. I just want to know when they are going to build the dang movie the- atre in that cowpasture so we can escape this hellish existence without having to leave town. A bookstore would also be nice. And a Pei Wei Asian Diner. Let's see, the library is still hosting a weekly story time on Wednesdays and Fridays. The pool is still open every day through August 22, and then only on weekends through Labor Day. There's a city council meeting Tuesday, the 3rd, and Market Days the fol- lowing Saturday, August 7 so mark your calendars and come downtown for these two diverse events. OO0 ~il And happy birthday to one of downtown's most ardent supporters, Gene Johnson, who celebrated last Sunday OO0 . ~ ~. . nn sure you've heard by now that the 1.~?et: Lug 2010-11 Annual Budget Proposal was unveiled at the council meeting last See ON CENTER, pg. 2C Two people contracted the West Nile Virus that year--I was the one that... See Daris' video and read her story at