As you walk into Burklee Hill Vineyards, you’re immediately transported into a chic, modern, yet inviting atmosphere that is reminiscent of a lush bistro in Uptown Dallas. Located in downtown Lubbock in the Historic Kress Building, the tasting room and bistro opened its doors earlier this year and has had no problem staying busy. The newly renovated interior is tastefully decorated with sleek decor, including a collection of original pieces by local artist, Janelle Spivey. Whether it be a light lunch with colleagues, a night out with friends or a bridal shower, Burklee Hill proves to be the ideal setting for any occasion.
Craving dinner and a few evening libations, we decided to try out Burklee Hill for the first time on a Friday night. Upon being seated, we were immediately greeted with a warm welcome from our server who provided us with her favorite wine recommendations. I went with a wine flight (you can either choose a three-or-five-wine flight) and my husband chose the Ginger Peach Sparkler – a refreshing and crisp cocktail, perfect for those craving something other than vino. For starters, we decided to order the Bruschetta, a golden crostini topped with a delicious mixture of tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella, and an order of the Parilla, a heavenly bite of poached shrimp, avocado, corn relish and queso fresco atop a crostini. Expertly crafted by Chef Brooke Pinkert, both appetizers were packed with flavor. We happily cleared both plates.
With an impressive but not overwhelming menu, it was difficult to choose just one entree, as everything looked delectable. We decided to split the Vineyard Salad, a light yet filling combination of spring mix, feta, tomato, cucumber, red onion and radish, alongside the Bruno Pizzette, a 12-inch round pizza with house marinara sauce, sliced Italian sausage, pepperoni and salami. I’m happy to report we cleared this plate as well. In addition to starters, salads and pizzettes, the bistro offers a variety of paninis such as the Lisanna, an eclectic combo of turkey, prosciutto, brie, spinach and spiced jam. And, I would be remiss to not mention the amazing charcuterie board, which is an entire meal in itself.
In addition to dine-in, they also offer curbside food and bottles of wine, for those wanting to Netflix and chill with a pizzette and bottle of 2017 Malbec (my personal favorite). Recognized in Forbes as a top Texas High Plains winery for keeping a “steady pace [alongside formidable wineries] with great wines from the beginning,” and The Sip as one of the 10 Best Wineries in Texas, Burklee Hill has undoubtedly made its mark on the Lone Star State’s wine industry.
To learn more about Burklee Hill Vineyards, visit their website or check them out on social. And, be sure to tag us in your wine shenanigans using #LiveLoveLubbock!
Pro tip: Can’t get enough of the Hill? Join the Burklee Hill family by signing up for their Wine Club! Members have exclusive access to new wine releases and private wine club parties. Most importantly, you can partake in year-round discounts on all purchases, including wine, food and swag.
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