Wine? Black-owned? In the burbs? Yes, please!
We recently visited ErmaRose Winery in Katy, Texas, a popular destination that’s always buzzing with patrons enjoying wine, food, and live music. The owners, mother-daughter duo Andrea and Jennifer Prothow, opened the winery just a little over two years ago and it’s been on our radar for months now. The name ErmaRose is a combination of both of Jennifer’s grandmothers’ names. COVID kept us in the house last year, but now that we’re fully vaxxed, we’ve been venturing “outside” (masked up, of course).
Our group of six enjoyed a wine tasting that included 11 of ErmaRose’s fruit wines, served four at a time from driest to sweetest. Before we get to the wines, lets talk service, shall we? The winery has a dedicated parking lot that can fill up quickly later in the day, so it may be best to arrive early. We didn’t have trouble finding parking when we arrived though. Our group made reservations for 3pm and were seated promptly. Our server handed us menus listing all the wines and descriptions of each and we were provided with complimentary bottles of water, which was great because the sun was not playing that day. When bringing out the wine samples, our server described each and left us to sip, sip, and sip some more. Our faves included: Masked Gorilla, Cranberry, Mango, and Strawberry.
The setup at ErmaRose is a whole vibe. Guests are seated outside at tables, some under the shade of a huge tree that looked like it had lights that lit up at night. Restrooms are located inside, and yes, they’re clean! There’s a stage outside and during the day, a large speaker plays R&B and old school music, the perfect background sound when you’re hanging out enjoying wine with your people. Later in the evening, they host musical artists that rotate each day. The day we went, Skinny Kravitz was performing covers from the likes of Prince. We noticed a diverse crowd with adults of all ages, men, women and different races. Many are local Katy residents while others traveled from all over Houston.
What about food, you ask? Now you know us traveling foodies would not leave y’all without discussing the eats! ErmaRose Winery hosts food trucks throughout the day and evening, so you can have some food to accompany your wine. While we were there, we tried food from both food trucks on site, Betty Jeans Creole Cuisine and Daddy Duncan’s BBQ. The seafood from Betty Jeans was delicious and the elotes from Daddy Duncan’s BBQ is a must-try. The chopped brisket sandwich was also amazing. Both food trucks accept credit cards.
If you plan on participating in the 11-wine wine tasting, reservations are needed, but you can also just stop in for the vibessss. You can purchase wine by the glass or bottle, fruit wine-based daiquiris, and wine coolers. The bottles of wine are very affordable, starting at around $17 per bottle.
So would we go back to visit ErmaRose Winery again? Absolutely! This can easily be a Sunday afternoon chill spot, date night, or girls’ weekend activity. Because again….the vibes!
Erma Rose Winery is located at 3130 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, Texas 77493. To learn more about the winery, visit their website.