Congratulations to Iron Sommelier 2019 Andres Blanco – Caracol Houston

Congratulations to Periwinkle Foundation’s Iron Sommelier 2019 – Andres Blanco from Caracol Houston The remaining results from last nights Periwinkle Iron Sommelier Competition held at The Houstonian Hotel are: 1st Runner Up Julie Dalton – Mastro’s 2nd Runner Up Chris Poldoian – Camerata at Paulie’s Underwriter Tasting Room, Best Presentation Chris Poldoian…

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Welcome to the Gladiator Pit… (Not Quite)  at Iron Sommelier 2019 – Presented by AUTOSOL

Welcome to the Gladiator Pit… (Not Quite)  at Iron Sommelier 2019 – Presented by AUTOSOL On Wednesday, October 30th, 6 -10 pm, at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa the Periwinkle Foundation is hosting Iron Sommelier 2019, presented by AUTOSOL. Houston’s top sommeliers will share their wine & food knowledge,…

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A Great Texas Grape Harvest Year from Texas Fine Wines

A Great Texas Grape Harvest Year from Texas Fine Wines In a recent blog, I posted comments and photos from several of the Texas Fine Wine winemakers and winery owners about their trials and tribulations during this year’s wine grape harvest season. Well, this year’s grand harvest is now coming…

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New Tasting Room at William Chris Vineyards: You’ll Love this Place

New Tasting Room at William Chris Vineyards: You’ll Love this Place Photographs by James Skogsberg After visiting the new tasting room ad welcome center at William Chris Vineyards, I found it almost overwhelming. It is a great facility and the tasting of their wines was fantastic, starting with the William…

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Update on the 2019 Texas Wine Grape Harvest 

Update on the 2019 Texas Wine Grape Harvest  Harvest updates from the Texas FineWine Group (Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, Pedernales Cellars, and Spicewood Vineyards) are given below. Most of this information pertains to the Texas Hill Country harvest, but I must admit… it’s looking pretty good…

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Dr. B Talks Texas Wine – Blanc Du Bois (The “National” White Grape of Texas)

Dr. B Talks Texas Wine – Blanc Du Bois (The “National” White Grape of Texas) If you haven’t tried wines made from Texas Blanc Du Bois yet you are missing something… something very special. Based on 2017 Texas Wine Grape Variety Survey from the USDA (click here for more good…

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William Chris Vineyards: New Tasting Room Enhances Wine Tasting Experiences

William Chris Vineyards: New Tasting Room Enhances Wine Tasting Experiences The debut of new Tasting Room to Club Members on August 10 with Experiences Available by Reservation for All Guests to Follow They may have started small (like in a hundred-year-old, pier-and-beam house) on Route 290 in Hye, Texas, but…

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Sadly, we have to say goodbye to a Grand Lady of Texas Wine: Bunny Becker

Sadly, we have to say goodbye to a Grand Lady of Texas Wine: Bunny Becker Mary Clementine Ellison “Bunny” Becker with her husband Dr. Richard Becker were both life partners and partners in one of Texas’s most respected wineries, Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. In a past issue of the…

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Stop Thief! Barrel Tasting at Ron Yates Wines

Stop Thief! Barrel Tasting at Ron Yates Wines Unfortunately, I missed the 2019 Ron Yates Barrel Experience where participants sampled Ron Yates 2018 Merlot made from grapes harvested in John Freisen’s Vineyard in Loop, Texas. The aim was to taste wine made from the same grapes aged in a variety…

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