Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summertime Wine Cocktails ~ Vodka, Whiskey & Beer!

It's Summertime!  Time for cool refreshing cocktails.  We decided to take some of our favorites, and give them a wine twist.  This time, adding a little TX Vodka and TX Whiskey!  Part 3 of 3

Cranberry Sparkling Cocktail 


Cranberry juice always makes a great cocktail, as does vodka. We found this Yummly recipe which included champagne and vodka in the mix and had to try it!  As we learned when we made the Bellini, champagne substitute is wine with club soda.  For this cool treat we combined:

  • 2 parts cranberry juice

Served over ice, and topped with club soda (or sprite if you like it sweeter) and this one is simple, refreshing and delicious!




Wine and Whiskey

Since we had brought out the "liquor" in the form of vodka, we wanted to see what wine and whisky would be like.
In full experimental mode we tried this Liquor.com recipe blending:


We were not sure what the end result would taste like, and after pouring over ice and serving, we were delighted it was delicious!  Tip, mix the honey and whiskey together at room temperature or above, to make sure the honey completely dissolves.

Wine Alternative ~ TX Beer




And, if wine nor any of these drinks in this 3 part summer wine cocktail series are your thing, remember, Texas makes great beer!
We loved the Revolver Brewing Blood & Honey and Real Ale Brewing Company's Firemans #4.

Enjoy your summer, lift your glass, and *cheers* to Texas!

Three part Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!

Being wine enthusiasts our beverage experience includes knowledge of wine, making of sangria and sipping of other tasty drinking. We knew we needed to keep the recipes simple without too many ingredients, for ease of prep.  A little web surfing got us some great inspiration for these tasty treats.

The Texas players here are
This summer, get out there, try some things, and Go Texan!  *cheers*

~ Lost Oak Indulged



Friday, July 10, 2015

Summertime Wine Cocktails ~ Belinnis and Mimosas!

It's Summertime!  Time for cool refreshing cocktails.  We decided to take some of our favorites, and give them a wine twist.  Part 2 of 3

Peach Bellini

Inspired by the delicious peaches in season right now and fond memories of the original Bellini drink, we decided to give a Wine-y Bellini a try!  The Bellini is a popular sparkling wine cocktail and a perfect way to make your favorite wine a little peachy.


Have a champagne recipe but no champagne?  Use wine with club soda for the fizzy champagne feel. Like your Bellini's a little sweeter?  Use Blanc du Bois Semi-Sweet as your wine or Sprite as your fizz.
We think this recipe could be even better if we got out a blender and pureed some peach into it.  Or even poured the whole mix into the blender with ice to make a frozen Bellini.  mmmmm

While sipping on the Bellini, we decided that the same mix of wine and club soda over Oak Farms Dairy orange juice would make a really delicious mimosa....

Enjoy your sangria in whichever form you have it, and stay tuned for the next installment of Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!

Part 2 of a 3 part Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!

Being wine enthusiasts our beverage experience includes knowledge of wine, making of sangria and sipping of other tasty drinking. We knew we needed to keep the recipes simple without too many ingredients, for ease of prep.  A little web surfing got us some great inspiration for these tasty treats.

The Texas players here are
This summer, get out there, try some things, and Go Texan!  *cheers*
~ Lost Oak Indulged


Friday, July 3, 2015

Summertime Wine Cocktails ~ Sangria-On-The-Go!

It's Summertime!  Time for cool refreshing cocktails.  We decided to take some of our favorites, and give them a wine twist.  Part 1 of 3...  here we go!

Sacred Sangria ~ On the Go!

We started with what we know and love, Lost Oak Winery's Sacred Sangria (served every Thursday, paired with live music on the patio in the spring and summer.)  But, what about when you are not at the winery, or it's not Thursday?  Don't deny yourself!  You can easily have Sacred-Sangria-On-the-Go! We are pro's at how to make Sangria in bulk (recipe on Facebook).  Here is what we did for single serves.

  • 1 small to-go sized bottle of Oak Farms orange juice
  • 1 small to-go sized bottle of lemonade 
  • 1 small to-go sized bottle of Sprite (or club soda)
  • 1 bottle of Lost Oak Winery Dolce Rouge

We mixed equal parts of the OJ and lemonade over ice, added the wine and topped off with Sprite.  Don't like it so sweet? Use Club Soda instead of the Sprite.  The great thing about this quick recipe is you can make it totally to taste!  Add more or less wine/juice/or soda.

Have leftover sangria or want to cool it down even more?  We found these amazing Sangria Slushies we are dying to try.

Sangria on a stick?  Yep!  Pour your leftover sangria into a popsicle mold with some fruit, and enjoy a few hours later.

Want white sangria?  Don't forget Pear Sangria from our March blog.

Enjoy your sangria in whichever form you have it, and stay tuned for the next installment of Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!



Part 1 of a 3 part Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!

Being wine enthusiasts our beverage experience includes knowledge of wine, making of sangria and sipping of other tasty drinking. We knew we needed to keep the recipes simple without too many ingredients, for ease of prep.  A little web surfing got us some great inspiration for these tasty treats.

The Texas players here are
This summer, get out there, try some things, and Go Texan!  *cheers*
~ Lost Oak Indulged


Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Perfect Outdoor Party ~ Turning Lemons into Lemonade


The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the temperature is perfect while you, your friends and family enjoy the perfect vineyard party.

While this is a spot-on description for much of the year in Texas, Mother Nature has a sense of humor and enjoys throwing some curve balls! Take, for example, Monsoon May 2015 in Texas!

To help you bat at these curve balls, we have come up with a few tips that will help you plan your next outdoor event!

Logistics & Layout
When touring a venue, take pictures.  You can refer back to them when trying to figure out placement and setup. Think about your guests and the best flow for them. If things are too spread out,  Granny many never find the cake because her scooter won’t get there!
Guest Comfort
Let’s be real. It is hot in Texas, especially in the summer. When hosting an outdoor event, make sure they always have something to drink. I know you’re thinking they will have plenty of WINE! And yes, you want them to enjoy the wine but water is very important.  It is nice to provide water bottles throughout your entire event to keep everyone hydrated and happy.

Amenities
In the summertime, provide your guests with bug repellent and sunscreen. Most guests wouldn’t think to bring this to a party so you think of it for them! Don’t get caught trying to enjoy beautiful outdoor scenery while getting snacked on by mosquitoes. In the cooler months (or cooler 2 weeks we get in the Texas winter) blankets are a nice touch!

Keep an Eye on the Sky
Always keep an eye on the weather…. and then watch it some more as it changes by the minute in Texas! Keep in mind you may have to revert to plan B (or plan C or back to plan A) if the weather doesn’t play nice. Your event can still happen it just may not be the exact way you had planned.  It will still be perfect and full of happy memories with the right planning and attitude!   Remember... HAVE FUN!



And Then Plan for More Rain
And then when it does rain make the best of the situation! Focus on the positive and the happiness of the occasion; if you happen to have a little stream running through the middle of your tent… well… have boat races!

*cheers*
Ashley Babatov, Lost Oak Winery Event Coordinator (Who has happily experienced with our awesome guests every imaginable outdoor Texas wedding and party scenario, and made great memories along the way!)



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wine Poached Salmon

Our friends at Queer in the Kitchen are at it again, cooking up a delicious yet healthy dish with Vintage Lane Wine's Willow White.

With summertime swimsuit season around the corner, Kyle has come up with a dish with amazing flavor, paired with wine we love... best of all it's guilt-free.

He says "While our personal trainers prefer we eat boiled chicken breasts seasoned with nothing but a dash of self-hatred, we opted to continue our partnership with Lost Oak Winery and poach this salmon in their delicious Vintage Lane Willow White wine. Considering we're actively dreaming about various forms of fried chicken, we feel confident in putting this fish in the ‘healthy’ category."  (read the full witty blog here).

Wine Poached Salmon
serves 4 to 6

  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds salmon fillet, skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup dry white wine (we used Vintage Lane Willow White)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped, optional


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place salmon in a shallow baking dish, such as a 13×9. You may need to cut your filet to get it to all lay in a flat, single layer. Drizzle olive oil over fish and season with salt and pepper.

In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except chives and mix well. Pour over salmon. Place on center rack of preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until salmon is cooked to desired doneness and flakes easily with a fork.

Garnish with chives and serve.


Inspired?  Get to your local store to pick up salmon and of course Vintage Lane Wine.  Sold at a store near you or order online.

Cheers!
- Lost Oak Indulged






Drunk Mushrooms


After savoring a few amazing wine-infused dinners (wine infused both in the meal and with the meal) with our friends at Queer in the Kitchen, we decided we needed to see what delicious creations they would come up with using Lost Oak and Vintage Lane wines.  We provided the wine, and they delivered mouth-watering dishes!  Here is the first, a drunken mushroom side dish.  Tastes delicious and only uses a little of your award-winning Dawson Red, so there is plenty for you to drink...  or "pair with your meal."

Wine in hand, this is where they started:  "There we were, free wine in hand, and we couldn't JUST drink it. Being obligated to actually make a recipe out of it was not as fun as watching it magically disappear through the straw of a used Styrofoam Whataburger cup.  But we did, and came up with this recipe. It only uses ¼ cup of your precious nectar so the rest is ALL YOURS."
Read the rest of their delicious blog filled with clever wit here.

Drunk Mushrooms
serves 6-8

3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup shallots, finely chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced (about 1½ tablespoons)
16 to 24 ounces assorted mushrooms (we used cremini, baby bella and white), sliced or whole, depending on preference
¼ cup Vintage Lane Dawson Red wine (or red wine of your choice)
¼ cup beef flavored broth
½ cup chives, finely chopped
juice of half a lemon, (about 2 tablespoons)
salt and ground black pepper




In a large skillet over medium heat melt butter till just beginning to brown. Add shallots and garlic and sauté until fragrant, 45 seconds or so. Add in wine and broth and bring mixture to a simmer.
Add in mushrooms and toss well to coat. Cover pot and reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove cover and continue simmering until liquid has reduced some. (Keep an eye on your mushrooms for this step, you don’t want them to get soggy or mushy.) Remove from heat and let stand uncovered for 10 minutes.
Strain liquid from mushrooms using a colander and return to pan. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste and toss in lemon juice and chives. Serve hot.

Run to the a store near you which sells Dawson Red clutching your shopping list and make this easy dish now!  The mushrooms and the remainder of the bottle of your Dawson Red will pair perfectly with your main course, whether it is a delicious steak, or just the rest of the bottle!

Cheers!
~ Lost Oak Indulged

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How I Live Better With Yoga

To celebrate Earth Day 2015 we asked Holley who leads Yoga in the Vineyard every Tues and Thursday morning at Lost Oak Winery's vineyard lawn to tell share with us the many benefits of yoga.  Thank you Holley!

Yoga has made a huge impact on American culture in recent years.  The image of the perfect yogi is prolific in advertisements and marketing, so much so that we all have this image in our minds of an ideal "yoga body." And while it's true that a consistent yoga practice can be an important part of our journey to look and feel healthier, “looking good" is not the main benefit of yoga. So, I want you to take that image and turn it inside out, because honestly, it's what's inside that counts.  There are multiple ways that consistent yoga practices can and will help you handle stress gracefully, age beautifully and feel your best....

Yoga Prevents Joint Breakdown
Taking your joints through their full range of motion, especially motions you normally don't experience in your daily life, provides them with fresh nutrients and actually prevents degenerative arthritis.

Yoga Protects Your Spine
Your spinal discs need movement! That is how they get their nutrients. Yoga plus a healthy diet and proper hydration are your keys to a young & happy spine.

Yoga Busts Stress 
We build tension during our yoga practice so that we can learn how to deal with tension in our daily lives. By training your body to handle stress and tension in appropriate ways we can mitigate the deleterious effects of stress on our bodies. Yoga has been proven to lower cortisol levels & blood pressure as well as relieve depression and anxiety.

Eliminates "Monkey Mind"
Constantly being wrapped up in, worried about, or preoccupied with "the next thing" is one symptom of what I call "Monkey Mind." Because yoga trains you & your mind to be present and to stay focused on the task at hand, we can prevent a lot of unnecessary drama in our lives and destroy "monkey mind" with a regular & balanced practice. Being able to effectively give your all to each moment in your life can improve your self esteem.

These are just a few of the ways yoga effects total well being, from the inside out.

~ Namaste ~

Unwind in the vines at Lost Oak Winery, Burleson TX every Tues and Thurs at 9:00 am with Holley. Located at 2116 FM 731, Burleson TX 76028

Holley has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching for 2.  All classes are taught in a fun, relaxed, vinyasa flow style that is appropriate for all fitness levels & body types. Duration is 45 - 60 minutes and includes a brief relaxation/meditation period. Bring water, a mat & an open mind. Wineries main gates are closed in the mornings so please use the side on entrance located on CR 802. Check in the the Lost Oak Nature & Bike & Hike Trail for latest details and weather updates.


Thursday evenings head over to Lost Oak Winery for Sangria and live music.  
Concerts and other fun events on the weekends. 

Cheers from Lost Oak Fit!

Friday, April 10, 2015

5 Springtime Safety Tips for Dog Parents

Spring is officially here, Yappy Hour is near!

With the start of springtime in Texas, we wanted to bring to you some springtime safety tips from DallasDogLife.com for you and your furry friend to get the most out of your outdoor adventures!

1.  Protect your dog from mosquitoes! 

This muggy weather is paradise for those little blood-suckers! Unfortunately, mosquito bites are going to happen from time to time, so make sure your dog is always current on his heartworm prevention. Remember, once heartworm is contracted, it is both costly and painful to treat. To help you remember to give your dog is monthly pill, set up an automatic reminder on your phone or mark your calendar.


2. Ease back into your workout…with your dog, that is

If you’re like many of us, the winter months were mostly spent indoors. Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s tempting to take Fido out for a long run to help him shed those extra ounces he might have picked up while he was snuggled up on the couch to stay warm. But make sure you ease back into it. Your dog’s legs are much shorter than yours (in most cases), and like any runner, could injure himself if he overdoes it. My advice is to gradually increase the length and pace of your daily walks until he’s conditioned to handle a long run. Start with a stroll on the Lost Oak Bike & Hike Nature Trail, followed by some patio time at Lost Oak Winery.


3. Keep your dog hydrated and cool

Oh, patio weather, how I love you! One of my favorite things to do in the spring is to head out to one of the awesome pet-friendly patios around DFW with my dog in tow. But it makes me sad when I see a dog laying in the sun, panting his head off, with no shade or water in sight. Or worse, someone who is running a dog way past his comfort zone. Dogs can get overheated quickly, so make sure that when you’re out and about with your pet, that s/he’s got a spot in the shade to rest and a bowl of water nearby. And if it’s especially sunny, put a little sunscreen on your dog’s nose. (Yes, dogs can get sunburned too!)  If you are at Lost Oak Winery, we have a covered patio and a shady creekside terrace for your pup to enjoy.  Be sure to ask the friendly staff for a doggie treat and bowl of water!


4. Keep those leashes on

I know this will annoy those dog owners who have perfectly trained dogs with a 100% reliable recall. But we've seen way too many instances in the news lately of dogs being hurt because they appeared to be lunging or simply because they were off leash and someone got scared. In the spring, many dog owners take their dogs hiking or to parks to play and enjoy the beautiful weather. But if your dog takes off after a squirrel or runs up to someone to say hi, you’re putting your dog at risk of being hurt by someone or some dog you don’t know. Unless your dog is safely confined in an off-leash dog park or other fenced in area, please keep those leashes on. I don’t want to see any more dogs being hurt because of someone who thought they were “in danger” and reacted violently.


5. Keep your spring cleaning and planting supplies safely out of reach

Spring cleaning can mean lots of chemicals that your dog shouldn't digest. Most dogs will stay away from anything with a strong odor, but what smells stinky to us may smell wonderful to them! Make sure that if you need to take a break from cleaning, put your cleaners and buckets and towels out of reach of your dog, or close off the room so that your dog can’t go in to inspect your progress. For spring planting, please check your mulch and lawn fertilizers and especially pest control to make sure that it’s not toxic to your dogs. Even if they don’t intend to eat it, they could step on it and then lick it off their paws. Better safe than sorry!

There you go – five tips to help you and your pet make the most of the upcoming glorious weather.

Thank you DallasDogLife.com!

When joining us on April 24th, 2015 for Yappy Hour at Lost Oak Winery, use code "ADOPT" to get a buy one get one half off glass of Pooch Punch.
(1 time use only per customer).

Burleson Animal Shelter will be present with adoptable, and all or your pups in every shape and size are welcome (leashed of course!).
See you in the vineyard with your Fur-Ever Friend!

Do you have any additional tips to share? Please share them in the comments below!

Cheers from Lost Oak Fit!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Keep On Running

We are so excited to host the Wicked Wine Run at Lost Oak Winery tomorrow!  Run Wicked.  Drink Wine. Rock Out.

One more runner's article before the big race.  This one is from Dr. Joseph J. Thomas, Joshua Spine and Health Center.

Remember, even after the big race, enjoy the Lost Oak Nature Trail, a 2.1 mile Lost Oak Bike & Hike Nature Trail carved into the woods along winding Village Creek. The trail was developed by Paul Courtaway with iMudRun and made for the Wicked Wine Run held at Lost Oak Winery each spring & fall.

Keep on Running

The most important thing I’ve learned in my chiropractic practice over the years, when taking care of running athletes, is that even when injured a serious runner doesn’t want to stop- even after their body forces them to put their running on the shelf. My professional advice to all running athletes is to set the time aside to take care of their body, legs, and feet with an injury prevention program and smart training so you can keep on running.

Avoid chronic overuse problems that develop over time from poor running mechanics, worn-out or improper footwear, and inconsistent preventative measures such as stretching, warm-up, corrective exercise, massage, and chiropractic. Incorporating all of these into your injury prevention program can be helpful to make you a healthy and capable runner.

Here are the 3 most common overuse injuries that I see in my office.

  1. Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs
Cause:
  • Excessive training,
  • Poor shoe selection
  • Excessive shoe mileage,
  • Heel strike or over striding
  • Flat feet with no arch supports
Treatment and Prevention:
  • Correcting running posture
  • Correction of any abnormal pelvic tilt with Chiropractic
  • Fixing muscle imbalances through corrective exercise
  • Diligence of stretching
  • Ice
  • Massage
  • Myofascial Release Technique or Active Release Technique
  • Mid-foot strike gait pattern
  • Relaxing but tall posture while running
  • Orthotic or arch supports

  1. Leg Pain or IT Band Syndrome

Cause:
  • Poor running posture with heel strike and excessive bending at the waist
  • Knocked knees (genu valgum)
  • Falling foot arches
  • Foot pronation
  • Unaddressed pelvic issues
Treatment and Prevention:
  • Correction of any joint misalignment from the feet to the pelvis with Chiropractic
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Corrective exercise
  • Foam rolling the IT band daily
  • Arch supports

  1. Runner’s Knee or Patellar Tendinitis

Cause:
  • Over striding and heel strike
  • Poor shoe selection
  • Flat feet with no arch support
  • Poor running mechanics
  • Weak quads and hip flexors
  • Tight hamstrings and calves
Treatment and Prevention:
  • Rest
  • Ice to reduce inflammation
  • Address biomechanical issues and running gait problems with corrective exercise
  • Address muscle weakness and stretch tight muscles

The best tip I can tell runner’s out there is to get assessed by a healthcare professional and set the time aside to maintain your body before injury occurs because running is a very demanding sport. If your car needs it’s oil changed and tires rotated every 5000 miles, what does your body require to keep going? Take care of your body because you only get one.

Keep on running,

Dr. Joseph J. Thomas

Joshua Spine and Health Center
332 N. Broadway St.
Joshua, TX 76058

817-641-1313

Cheers from Lost Oak Fit!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Run Wicked

With the Wicked Wine Run rapidly approaching, we thought we would reach out to the running community to tell us a bit about all-terrain running.


As most of you know, Lost Oak is home to a 2.1 mile Lost Oak Bike & Hike Nature Trail carved into the woods along winding Village Creek. The trail was developed by Paul Courtaway with iMudRun and made for the Wicked Wine Run held at Lost Oak Winery each spring & fall.


Interested in running?  Here is what our guest blogger Brett S. Garrett has to say!

Running Anywhere

It’s not a revolutionary concept that the activity of running and/or walking is beneficial.  Just from a biochemical viewpoint the way the human body responds to exercise is incredible—metabolism increases, endorphins are released (which reduces pain and stress levels), and ultimately, blood pressure decreases. The intention of this article is to elucidate essential knowledge to allow you to feel inspired in partaking in the euphoric world of outdoor exercise.
Whether you’re a novice walker or an avid runner the ability to understand the anatomy of footwear is essential.  Your feet are your base and when you don’t take care of your foundation a cascade of unfortunate pains will follow.  Starting off, it’s important to identify the type of terrain that is consistent with your endeavors.  Whether it be rock, sand, road, track, or a myriad of other possible topography, believe it or not, there’s a shoe for that.  The outsole of a shoe is indicative of its purpose.  Road-shoes have a smooth outsole while trail-shoes range from light tread to a deep-grooved tread, which are imperative for maximal elevation changes.  If your terrain preference is a little off-road and a little on-road (hybrid) then I suggest you look for a lightly treaded outsole to ensure stability while traversing the path of most resistance.  Also, make yourself knowledgeable that different athletic shoes are structured for different types of feet (i.e. low arches, high arches, wide, skinny, high volume, low volume etc.).  They are classified in categories such as Stability, Neutral, Motion Control, Minimalist, and Maximalist.  Insoles are also an option to allow yourself a wider selection of brands.

Now that you have a basis for selecting proper footwear the next matter of inquiry is Running Form.  Running form has been a topic of debate since the seventies.  I have developed my own conclusions to common understandings.  For instance, “Only run on your toes.”  This idea was born with the thought that we have more bones in our forefoot (14 phalangeal bones and 5 metatarsal bones) than our hind foot (8 bones).  Seeing that that’s correct, one must then assess the difference of the bone density in these locations.  Your hind foot consists of higher density bone to allow for greater impact.  For instance, the navicular is the bone that makes up your arch, in which it is designed to be a shock absorber.  If you run strictly on your toes you change the angle of impact which eliminates your ‘shock absorber’ from being one hundred percent effective.  My conclusion is that stride-length and distance are inversely related.  And since short-distance running (aka sprinting) consists of a long stride then a ‘toe-strike’ is more optimal in terms of time.  But for long distances it is much more beneficial for the biomechanics and the longevity of your body to take short strides with your first contact being a ‘hind foot strike.’  If you’re not sure about your stride length for running long distances I recommended to go to a local track or find a place that you can establish a 400 meter mark.  When you begin running you should count 180 paces (1 pace equals every time your LEFT FOOT hits the ground) to achieve 400 meters.  And that’s the stride length you train with for long-distance running.

I have hopefully sparked an interest to partake in adventures in the landscape around you.  While providing basic language and knowledge on how to begin, my objective is to also contribute my experience and education for improving your own experiences.  My only caveat is realizing the importance of making a conscious decision on the environment in which you wish to participate.  In present day, gyms and health clubs have become a multibillion dollar industry.  These institutions are able to provide education, equipment, and sociality to communities all over the world which allow people to achieve fitness.  But what I have experienced over the years is that I can’t help but feel like a hamster on a wheel when I run on a treadmill.  I have always looked at the world through the eyes of a primal inhabitant; that the outdoors is my playground.  Whether it be road-running, trail-running, hiking, walking, or climbing I want to be able to physically witness the terrain I have conquered. It doesn’t appeal to me to look down and read luminescent numbers that tell me how far I’ve gone.  There’s something about humans that we need to feel like we can achieve something.  Wether it be the simplest of tasks or recording your ‘personal best’ at your last marathon, the desire to be better is organic.  Having said that, it can obviously be stated that I am an advocate for outdoor exercise.  Not only because of aforementioned personal experience but because nature is truly evidential that miracles exist.


Brett S. Garrett
Current Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) student
Former USAF S.E.R.E Specialist
NSCAA All-American


Cheers from Lost Oak Fit!

     


Friday, March 6, 2015

Sangria Season!

It's the most wonderful time of the year... Sangria Season!

You have waited patiently all year, through the fall and winter.  Time for Sangria Thursday at Lost Oak Winery!  Much rejoicing!
For those of you who don't know (gasp) Sangria Thursday is an annual tradition at Lost Oak Winery in Burleson TX.  From March - August we serve Sangria from 5-9 p.m. on Thursdays only.  Only.  If you want it any other time you have to make your own or patiently wait.  (Here is Lost Oak's Sacred Sangria Recipe for those of you who can't wait or need it for a party!)

To add to the festivities, June-August 2015 we will have live music on the patio during Sangria hours.  For the full band lineup, check the website.

But, before Sangria Season starts, we have Sangria preview.  Red Sangria (the traditional) will be served March 7, 2015, at the Annual Blessing of the Vines.  White Sangria (a special treat) will be served all Spring Break (March 9-13, 2015) with lawn games, happy hour sangria specials, live music from local talented artists and food trucks in the evenings.

To kick off Sangria Season, we want to hear YOUR sangria recipes!  Send them to Mariam to be featured for braggin' rights all around.

For inspiration, check out this recipe from our guest authors at Queer in the Kitchen.  We think it might come with a 3-drink minimum... it's that good! ​


This year, after lots and lots of heavy drinking test runs, our guest authors at Queer in the Kitchen have perfected the recipe. It will throw you around the room, but in a good way. Serve this up at your next party… or Thursday morning.

Chris’s Pear Sangria

  • serves 8-12 people (or possibly 1-2, depending on how fun your friends are)
  • 5 – 750 ml bottles Lost Oak Winery Blanc du Bois.​ (would also be great with Vintage Lane Willow White)
  • 4 red pears, sliced
  • 4 green pears, sliced
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 32 ounces pear juice drink
  • 16 ounces apple juice
  • 1 cup pear vodka
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • In a very large bowl or pitcher, but one that can fit in your refrigerator, combine all the ingredients. Plan to make this a day in advance so the flavors really blend.
Serve over ice. Garnish with a little rosemary or frozen cranberries. Don’t use frozen ones in the actual mix, as it will water it down. Although, the frozen ones would be a cute and simultaneously cooling garnish.

Inspired?  Try to make this one at home!  Or try to make the Lost Oak Winery Sacred Sangria Recipe (link here) using Dolce Rouge.  As an added bonus, get an additional 10% off Lost Oak's Dolce Rouge this week online or in the Burleson Texas Tasting Room, (good through March 7-14, 2015) using coupon code SANGRIA.

Are you feeling creative?  We would love to hear YOUR favorite Sangria recipes.  Send them to Mariam at to be featured here.  Braggin' rights all around.

Thirsty?  Lost Oak Winery in Burleson​,​ Texas will begin Sangria Thursday on March 19th.  Every Thursday from 5-9, the Sangria will flow.

Cheers from Lost Oak Uncorked!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lost Oak Family Brands is Blogging!


Lost Oak Family Brands is branching into the world of...  blogging!  Hang on tight!  We are moving into the current times!

We will be featuring segments for many walks of life:

  • Lost Oak Uncorked (wines)
  • Lost Oak Indulged (food)
  • Lost Oak Unplugged (local music)
  • Lost Oak Fit (health & fitness)
  • Lost Oak Connect: (in the local community lending a helping hand)


We will use this first blog to introduce ourselves.  Here is the short version.

We began as Lost Oak Winery...  A vision of our President Gene Estes who began the art of fine wine making in 1963 in a garage from Concord grape juice... It exploded.  

After years of perfecting his art, he and his amazing long-time winemaker Jim Evans are now the proud maker of delicious multi-award-winning wines here at Lost Oak Winery..that consistently are at the top year after year!

Not only does Lost Oak have amazing wines, but it has beautiful landscapes, cultivated vineyards and sits on Village Creek.  We are home to wine tastings, tours, picnics, concerts, weddings, and everything in between.


As we've grown, we branched out and formed a partnership with Brennan Vineyards and McPherson Cellars to form 4.0 Cellars located in the beautiful Hill Country of Fredericksburg, Texas. Offering an ideal and comfortable setting where you can taste, learn and discuss as much or as little as you desire, and treat yourself to a variety of Texas wines.




Vintage Lane Wines was later born from the partnership between Lost Oak Winery and Lane Boots.  The two young Texas companies joined to make great wine with super cool labels!

 

With each wine named after the boot, the young company is already winning wine awards with the Dawson Red.  Both the wines and the boots are available at retailers around the country and online.

Keeping in the Family business, Roxanne Myers is Lost Oak Winery, Vintage Lane Wines and Ethaka Travel's General Manager.  Ethaka Travel entered into the Family Brands with Roxanne and her husband Eduar's passion for travel.  Having lived abroad, both in Europe and South America for many years, Roxanne is well-versed in diverse cultures.  Eduar is from Columbia, lived in Ecuador and has traveled throughout South America.   Eduar is Ethaka Travel's personal tour guide on their adventures.  

There's the quick version of who we are and where we come from.
Where we are going....  That's the adventure!