Down in the Texas Hill Country, wine seems to make sense. Up here on the boot-scootin,' teetotalin' High Plains, it sounds like a joke. But hold those 'yucks,' as the Lubbock region has near-ideal wine-grape-growing conditions: sandy soil, hot days and cool nights.
Cabernets are the local specialty and more than 20 vineyards are now producing bold reds. You can try many of these while in Lubbock at La Diosa Cellars, a welcoming wine bar run by its namesake winery. Several others are good for a visit, and tours are generally free.