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Aug 022014
 

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Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit

It was back in 2010 when I first trekked out to Perissos Vineyards (in the Texas hill country near Burnet, TX) to visit Seth Martin, then a new face on the Texas hill country wine trail, not knowing much more than he worked with Roussanne. Then, sight unseen as to my winemaking skills (which were and still are meager), Seth pointed to a ladder and told me to take hold of a hose of rushing thick purple juice (See: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2188). Then, nearly a year later, a tasting session at Perissos Vineyards ended up with finding Native American artifacts in his vineyard (See: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=5092).

Yesterday, unsolicited I showed up to see what Seth was doing. It was a remarkable August 1st harvest day for his estate vineyard’s Viognier. The Muscat was already in the winery, the temperatures were hanging around the upper 80s, refreshing breezes whisked through the vines, vineyard hands were lunching on pizza and juice was running from his press.

Taking a mid-day break, Seth led me through his estate vineyard where he is working hard to use natural methods to control plant vigor while encouraging better vine heath and grape quality. The proof of success was seen in his high cordon, second leaf (2nd year old) Malbec that pushed a respectable (even remarkable) crop. Aglianico, one of his favorite grape varieties, challenged in areas by a patch of high pH soil and cotton root rot, was getting treated with an innovative technique of microbes. Seth’s vision is for these microbes to set after the soil fungus that causes this vineyard scourge.

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Seth Martin at Perissos Vineyards (Courtesy James Skogsberg)

Here was Seth, the winemaker and vineyardist (wearing sunglasses and with his trusty pruning shears always on his belt) show above earlier in the year, that had come miles in experience and knowledge in just four short years when I first met him. Having gained experience and the courage, he was now prepared to try his hand at increasingly advance techniques. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 10:21 am
Jul 212014
 

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At Texsom, Go For The Gold: Texas Monthly/Texas Fine Wine Reception

Celebrating one of the largest and most prominent wine education conferences for wine, spirits and beverage professionals, Texas Fine Wine is a proud sponsor of TEXSOM in its 10th year.  Texas Fine Wine will co-host with Texas Monthly a Hospitality Suite on Sunday, August 10, for TEXSOM participants. Representing four distinguished Texas wineries, Texas Fine Wine will also pour wines for guests attending the August 11 Grand Tasting.

Texas Fine Wine members include Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars, a select and distinctive group of Texas wineries dedicated to producing quality wines sourced from Texas appellation vineyards, delivering excellent customer service and setting the highest standards in the Texas wine industry.

Fredrik Osterberg, co-owner of Pedernales Cellars, said, “Our focus is to bring more attention to fine wines made in Texas that can be found on the wine lists of some of the best restaurants and wine stores in the state. We look forward to sharing our wines that range from Viognier,  Vermentino and Picpoul Blanc to Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Mourvedre and Tannat – all of which express Texas terroir and character.”

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Texas Fine Wine participating wineries have the distinction of being garnered 25 Gold, Double Gold, Best-in-Class and Silver awards since 2010 at wine competitions from coast-to-coast. A list of these awards is available at:

Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, Pedernales Cellars

Make your Texas Fine Wine tasting list and bring it with you to Texsom. Due to the limited production of Texas wines, they are not generally available out of state. This is a unique opportunity to taste some of the best wines Texas has to offer. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 3:01 pm
Jul 152014
 

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Hill Country Wine & Food (Truck) Pairing – First annual festival to be held in Luckenbach

The First Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival featuring more than a dozen food trucks, Texas Hill Country wine and a lineup of live music will take place from Noon until 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, in Luckenbach Texas.

Nearly a dozen Hill Country wineries will offer wines for purchase by the glass and bottle from Noon until 9:00 p.m. Wineries include 4.0 Cellars, Messina Hof Hill Country, Kerrville Hills Winery, Fall Creek Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyards, Singing Waters Vineyards, Becker Vineyards, Texas Legato Winery, Westcave Cellars Winery and William Chris Vineyards.

More than a dozen food trucks will also be in attendance with a variety of food truck fare for purchase. Participating food trucks include Cheesy Jane’s, Clear River Pecan Company, Come and Get It Chuckwagon, Crazy Carl’s, KHILL BBQ Company, Mr. Meximum, Red Bud Roasters, Ritts Twisted Brisket, SaWeet Cupcakes, Slider Provider and SpiceSea Gourmet.

The Americana live music schedule will kick off at Noon and continue until 11:30 p.m. Headlined by The Greencards, performers include Milk Drive, Martin & Lewis, Paul Cauthen, Bonnie Bishop, Dan Dyer, Steve Poltz, Rosie Flores, and more.

Proceeds will benefit the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts (TCWCA), a planned 30,000 sq. ft. facility which will be located in downtown Fredericksburg, the hub of the wine industry in the Texas Hill Country. The TCWCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the awareness, understanding, and celebration of Texas food, wine and agriculture through educational programming and hands on experiences for wine and culinary enthusiasts, for food and hospitality professionals and for high school and college students.

In addition to the TCWCA, event organizers include Luckenbach Texas, the San Antonio Food Truck Association, the Texas Hill Country Wineries and the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Tickets for the Hill Country Food Truck Festival are $15 per person for adults and children ages 12 and under are free. Tickets are available online at www.luckenbachtexas.com.

 

 Posted by at 9:05 am
Jun 222014
 

Cap*Rock Winery 2011 Toscano Bianco

The Rest of the CapRock Winery / Texas Custom Wine Works Story

No sooner did I confirm the sale of the Cap*Rock Winery equipment and push go to post my previous blog on the matter last Friday (click here), but Michael Sipowicz, President of Texas Custom Wine Works in Brownfield tried to contact me to discuss details of the matter. We finally linked up yesterday evening. So, in typical Paul Harvey fashion: Page Two for the Rest of the Story…

After we exchanged greetings, Michael said, “You know, I did my first internship at Cap*Rock Winery. It is a special place to me because it cemented the thought in my mind that I wanted to be part of Texas wine industry. I got to work there when Kim McPherson was there too. We mucked out tanks together and I learned a lot from him. Michael Vorauer who helped open the winery and later made wine there is a friend of mine. That winery is part who I am today.”

Michael Sipowicz on right with TCWW partners (from http://brownfieldbidc.com)

As Michael talked, I thought to myself….This doesn’t exactly sound like someone that wants to participate in bringing an end to the Cap*Rock Winery brand.

Then, Michael confirmed that his Texas Custom Wine Works (TCWW) did purchase winemaking equipment from Cap*Rock’s owners, but…  (VT – and here is the rest of the story) not all of it. What TCWW acquired were the really big tanks used to finish and store wine. What was left intact at Cap*Rock Winery was the front-end equipment used to crush and press grapes and handle things in the early stages of the winemaking process.

Michael said, rather than put an end to the Cap*Rock brand, we see this as a partnership between TCWW and Cap*Rock’s owners and a new investor in the winery. It’s a partnership that we intend to use to stop the roller coaster ride at Cap*Rock that has been so disruptive to its brand in the past. Russ, you actually chronicled that pretty well in your blog (click here VT – Truthfully, Michael didn’t actually link to my website address while talking to me). But, what you didn’t know at the time was the nature of the business relationship and the goals our partnership has going forward.

According to Michael, “The take home message here is that by bringing this equipment to TCWW, we expect the partnership with Cap*Rock to reduce the number and better organize the labels they offer. This will lead to more stable and quality production. We will also use our consulting services on the matters of effective distribution of Cap*Rock wines in the marketplace, too.”

So, the sum total to me is that it sounds like a WIN-WIN-WIN proposition:

  • First Win: It will improve the situation for Cap*Rock and its investors helping it to stay in the marketplace (and maybe even more effectively source Texas grapes – VT – this is my guess).
  • Second Win: This is a major deal for the “new” but very capable “kids on the block” at TCWW. They provide services that are very badly needed in this fledgling Texas wine industry that both small and big wineries need to utilize.
  • Third Win: As consumers go, it keeps a longstanding and recognized brand in the Texas marketplace. Personally, I liked Cap*Rock’s Roussanne and Tempranillo wines and red and white blends that came into play in the 2010 and 2012 time frame. They generally had good quality at a very reasonable price point. In fact, I think that I’ll toast this deal with a bottle Cap*Rock 2012 Toscano Rosso with my Mediterranean ground lamb and eggs tonight.

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In addition to working effectively, the only thing (as a wine writer and blogger) that I request from Michael and his friends at the new, new, new, new, new Cap*Rock Winery is to finally stop with the “*”, alright! It will save me and all other wine writers and bloggers the extra key strokes and we will be thankful for that.

CapRock Winery = Cap*Rock Winery and it’s easier to type!

P.S. VT – Michael Sipowicz just texted me and said that the “*” has already been dropped. However, it still appears on their existing website:

http://www.caprockwinery.com/About-Us

OK , while I’m on a roll here. What was that imaged that Cap*Rock Winery used on their 2010 Roussanne, anyway? (see below):

TCWW…Boys, please suggest that Cap*Rock use different label art!

 Posted by at 3:48 pm
Jun 202014
 

CapRock

Is It the Last Pour for Cap*Rock Winery?

It has been confirmed that the winemaking equipment from Cap*Rock Winery in Lubbock, Texas, has been purchased by up and coming Texas Custom Wine Works of Brownfield, Texas. This may be the last line in the history of the winery that started in the 1980s as Teysha Cellars with the hopes and hard work of winemakers Dr. Roy Mitchell and Michael Vorauer. Or, perhaps it’s the last pour…

Cap*Rock Winery arose from the ashes of Teysha Cellars which was started in 1988. In four short years, the ownership changed along with winery’s name . However, within a decade Cap*Rock”s fight to gain a foothold in the Texas wine marketplace brought still more bankruptcies and reorganizations. In 2010, Cap*Rock Winery was purchased at bankruptcy auction by Laurent Gruet (of New Mexico Sparkling Wine fame) who defaulted on the purchase despite that fact that he was the highest bidder and only needed 10% to continue the sale (click here). When this purchase didn’t take place, a second auction was held and Cathy and Jim Bodenstedt from San Antonio stepped in to purchased the winery (click here).

However, despite releasing many new Texas appellation wines, things were still not stable at Cap*Rock Winery. In 2013, Gary Sowder and Matt Hess, owners of VineyardAgent.com, purchased early in 2013 (click here). Since that purchase, there has been speculation as to what was going on at Cap*Rock Winery.

Well, today it was confirmed that the winery equipment at Cap*Rock was purchased by Texas Custom Wine Works and will be relocated to their facility in Brownfield, Texas. When called, the general manager confirmed that they, in fact, were able to help their friends at Cap*Rock Winery out by purchasing the equipment. Texas Custom Wine Works is a wine making facility and offers a comprehensive list of viticultural and winemaking services as the main line of their business (click here).

According to Dusty Timmons at Texas Custom Wine Works, they are bringing the equipment to their facility and have plans to expand the building. They also plan to be making wines for Cap*Rock. This means that, at least for the time being, there will be Cap*Rock wines in the marketplace.

We will just have to wait and see what’s next for the Cap*Rock building. It was a state-of-the-art destination winery when built. However, neither the young Texas wine industry of the 1980-2000s or it’s location in Lubbock far away from the wine tourist centers in Texas could sustain it. It is still a heck of nice place for parties and weddings and will provide someone a great venue.

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from www.txwinelover.com

 Posted by at 6:57 pm
Jun 182014
 

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Want to Learn How to Grow Grapes and Manage a Vineyard?

The Texas Viticulture Certificate Program, produced by Texas Tech University, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the fifth cohort of students to begin the viticulture program this fall. Many of our graduates have gone on to start their own vineyards and wineries, or have secured employment in the Texas wine industry. See the program webpage link below for a few examples of what our graduates are doing, and for complete details about the Viticulture Certificate Program. The application form can be downloaded from the webpage:

Texas Viticulture Certificate Program: http://winegrapes.ttu.edu/viticulturecertificate.html

Consider enrolling in this highly successful educational program or pass along the information to your employees or others you think might be interested in this opportunity. This applications period runs from June 1 through July 31, 2014. The program is produced by the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences at Texas Tech University and is headquartered at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, Texas. Class size is limited so act soon to enroll.

According to Marilyn Fovel from Fovel Family Vineyards (Fredericksburg, TX), “My son will join me in the vineyard in a few years.  We both are firm believers in the wine industry potential in Fredericksburg.  The Texas Tech Certificate Program is a solid base for moving forward.” Her son Craig was in the 2013 cohort of Viticulture Certificate students.

The Viticulture Certificate Program is designed for wine industry entrepreneurs and prospective vineyard managers seeking comprehensive knowledge of viticultural principles and commercial grape production practices. The program is headquartered at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, Texas. It is conveniently delivered through a combination of online courses and hands-on training in our own teaching vineyard.

John Rivenburgh said, ” For me, the most valuable part of the program was the baseline in viticultural practices, especially vine biology and physiology, that it gave me. It was a foundation that I used to move forward in handling the challenges of growing grapes in the Texas climate. It’s also a program that some winemakers need to consider taking, as well. It will help them communicate better with their growers to increase wine quality.”

Mike Batek from Hye Meadow Winery said, “Foremost in the program is the contacts you make.  I met people like John Rivenburgh from Bending Branch Winery in class and countless others in the program that welcomed me into the community.  From that forum, I have made friendships and learned much on what not to do when starting a vineyard.  For starting out, avoiding the inherent pitfalls of a rookie grower is priceless!”

Program graduates include this list of people making inroads into Texas viticulture:

  • Don Strickler, Owner: Round Mountain Vineyard, Round Mountain, TX
  • Todd Webster, Winemaker: Brennan Vineyards, Comanche, TX
  • Chris Lloyd, Owner: True Vine Vineyard and Farm, Tyler, TX
  • Galin Morgan, Owner: Saddlehorn Winery, Burton, TX
  • Susan Ramp, Owner: Eperon Vineyard, Canadian, TX
  • John Rivenburgh, Owner: Bending Branch Winery, Comfort, TX
  • Mike Batek, Owner: Hye Meadow Winery, Hye, TX
  • Patrick Gibson, Owner: Grohmann Farms Vineyard, Weimar, TX
  • Sheryl Montgomery, Vineyard Consultant and Manager, East TX
  • Bill Day, Owner: Bueno Suerte Vineyard, Meadow, TX
  • Paul Fovel, Owner: Fovel Family Vineyard, Fredericksburg, TX
  • Joshua Fritsche, Cellarmaster: William Chris Vineyards, Hye, TX
  • Diane Maycotte, Winemaker: Dos Buhos Winery/Rancho Santa Gloria, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Bruce Brundrett, Owner: Brundrett Estate Vineyard, San Angelo, TX
  • Lynne Majek, Owner: Majek Vineyard and Winery, Moravia, TX
 Posted by at 10:31 am
Jun 042014
 
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David Cole – WST, Julie Kuhlken – Pedernales Cellars, Jennifer Beckman – Bending Branch Winery, Ed Dent – WST

WST Greater Houston Chapter Presents Some Mighty Fine, ‘Texas Fine Wine” at Reef

Guest Blog by Ed Dent, The Wine Society of Texas Greater Houston Chapter

The May 31st Greater Houston Chapter of The Wine Society of Texas food and wine event at REEF Restaurant featuring Texas Fine Wines in Houston for the first time was a huge success. The event was sold out by Thursday, with a waiting list. The wines served were Duchman Winery Vermentino, Brennan Vineyards Viognier, Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo and Bending Branch Winery Tannat. Some attendees were treated to Bending Branch’s new Tannat Port. Representing the wineries at this event were Duchman Winery owner Stan Duchman, Julie Kuhlken co-owner of Pedernales Cellars, and Jennifer Beckman,  Sommelier and Director of Marketing at Bending Branch Winery.

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Herbert Mitchell, John Adams and Helena Cheng (WST), Dr. Stan Duchman – Duchman Winery

Each winery representative spoke about their wines and winery. There was a question and answer period which included such questions as the future of the Texas wine industry and why was there not enough storage capacity so more wine can be made in the good years and held for the leaner years. Stan Duchman expressed the importance of asking for Texas Wines at your favorite restaurants. Jennifer Beckman indicated that Texas wineries were doing some great things and were winning awards both nationally and internationally. Julie commented how wonderful it was to see how engaged the members of the Texas Wine Society were with Texas wine.

At the end of the evening, a raffle was held for the Wine Society of Texas’s scholarship fund. The wines which were raffled was 2012 GSM from Pedernales Cellars, 2012 Tempranillo from Brennan, 2011 Vermintino from Duchman, and Bending Branch’s 2011 Tannat as well as their sold out Tannat Port.

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Greg Frisby, JoAnn Miller, Karie Gulley, Norine Stein and Jan Frisby – WST members

As an added bonus Dr. Duchman donated two tours and tastings for 10 people. In keeping with the spirit of the evening, Jennifer donated a tour and tasting for 10, too. To say the least, the raffle was also successful.

The members of the Greater Houston Chapter of the Wine Society of Texas thank each of the wineries, Bill Floyd, co-owner of REEF, and his staff, as well as all the attendees for such an enjoyable and successful evening.

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VintageTexas – Unfortunately, I was out of town the weekend of the WST Texas Fine Wine dinner event and was unable to attend. But, I did manage to get back in time for a Texas Fine Wine trade tasting that was also held at REEF the following Monday afternoon. Under the watchful eye and guitar of Willie Nelson (see below), and appetizers provided by Chef Brian Caswell, I had a chance to taste wines from all four wineries (Duchman, Bending Branch, Brennan and Pedernales Cellars). The tasting was commendable both for its quality and breadth of grape varieties and styles. Keep in mind, Texas is just about the same size as France and France offers quite a wide range of wines and styles, too. Texas Fine Wine is truly a diverse group, too. Remember, what brings them together is the desire to promote Texas wines from the standpoint of their quality, which I am glad to say is very competitive to well-accepted brands in the marketplace.

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 Posted by at 2:08 pm
May 222014
 
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Portal to Austin’s Red Room Lounge

The Sip – Season One Shows Its Time to Go Texan or Go Thirsty

I exited the bright afternoon Austin street scene through a ruddy red door under a black awning. Not much else other than the 306A address on the door told me I was in the right place. As my eyes fought to handle the low light inside, I was met face-to-face by Ed Auler’s familiar face of Fall Creek Vineyard exiting followed by a voice inside that said, “Watch your step going down the stairs.”

The event was “The Sip: Season One” organized by Austin drinks blogger, media contributor and all around good PR guy Matt McGinnis and hosted at the Red Room Lounge while the tents and fences from the recent Austin Food & Wine Festival were still being disassembled. In The Sip, Matt organized a tasting of Texas wines from some of the best hill country wineries: Fall Creek Vineyards, Inwood Estates Vineyards, Perissos Vineyards, Pontotoc Vineyard, Sandstone Cellars, Spicewood Vineyards and Stone House Vineyards.

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The Sip, Season One at Red Room Lounge

Inside the Red Room Lounge, the dim ambient light and red walls were background for an impressive array of glassware aligned in place settings on a long wooden table with crisp halogen lights directed down from above. The goal of the event was a blind tasting of Texas wines and similar non-Texas wines and to try to define the characteristics of those from Texas or other places around the world unencumbered by their labels. Joining the tasters were winemakers from each winery that included: Ed and Susan Auler and their winemaker Sergio Cuadra (Fall Creek), Dan Gatlin (Inwood Estates), Seth Martin (Perissos), Angela Moench (Stone House), Ron Yates (Spicewood) and Don Pullum (Sandstone Cellars and Pontotoc). Continue reading »

 Posted by at 2:02 pm
May 212014
 

Texas Fine Wines – Cooperation of Four Fine Texas Wineries

Texas Fine Wine: Four of Texas’s Most Distinguished Wineries in Houston at WST Dinner May 31

Boo! I’m not in town the weekend of May 31st, but hopefully you will be. You can attend an amazing wine dinner at James Beard nominated Chef Brian Caswell’s REEF.

At this event, wine enthusiasts can taste wines from four national and international award-winning Texas wineries at the first-ever Texas Fine Wine pairing dinner on Saturday, May 31 at REEF in Houston.  Hosted by the Greater Houston Chapter of the Wine Society of Texas, the dinner features new vintages from the four Texas Fine Wine wineries:  Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars.

Texas Fine Wine was founded in early 2014 to promote this distinctive group of highly respected wineries dedicated to producing quality wines sourced from Texas appellation vineyards.

Brian Caswell – One of F&W Best New Chefs

“We appreciate the enthusiasm of the Houston Wine Society and REEF to feature wines from Texas Fine Wine for this May dinner,” says Dr. Stan Duchman, Houston-based owner of Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood.  “This is a terrific opportunity to taste four wine varieties that show great promise in Texas.”

Wine enthusiasts are invited to attend the five-course dinner paired with these Texas wines:

  • Pickled shrimp, smoky remoulade with Duchman Vermentino
  • Roasted beet, goat cheese, country ham, arugula salad with Brennan Viognier
  • Grilled cobia, bulgogi potato, snow peas, Asian pear salad with Pedernales Tempranillo
  • Roasted pork loin, cherry mustard with Bending Branch Tannat
  • Dark chocolate terrine, balsamic strawberries

Winery representatives will attend and speak at the dinner, which starts at 7 p.m. at REEF, 2600

Travis (at McGowen).  The cost is $75 per person, all inclusive. Reservations can be made by calling 713.526.8282.

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The Wine Society of Texas is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to:

  • Enhance the appreciation of wine, especially Texas wines
  • Educate the experienced as well as the beginning wine taster,
  • Promote the wine makers, and grape growers,
  • Foster the knowledge of oenology and viticulture,
  • Help in charitable activities throughout the state of Texas, and
  • Promote the responsible consumption of wine.

Media Contacts:

Texas Fine Wine: Denise Clarke, denise@deniseclarkePR.com; 512.899.0004

Greater Houston Wine Society of Texas: Ed Dent, EDENT24@aol.com, 713.705.8574

 

 Posted by at 9:40 am
May 122014
 
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Newsom Vineyards – High Plains Site of 2014 Newsom Grape Day

Newsom Grape Day & Tempranillo Symposium: Five Things I Leaned About Texas Wine

Last Friday was the annual gathering of grape growers and winemakers from around the state in Neal Newsom’s “Barn-atorium” surrounded by his Newsom family vineyards near Plains, Texas. The big white metal structure was filled nearly to capacity with what Neal described as likely to be “a record-breaking attendance”. The only question remaining was only the total attendance which had already acceded the RSVPs, filled the available seats, and left standing room only for the remainder of the attendees.

While the prior evening’s drive from Lubbock was made a bit made exciting by clouds of red sand blow up by the 35 mph wind on FM2196, the morning of the meeting was still and crisp at 49 F. The sun cast long day-break shadows down the rows of grapevines in the adjacent vineyard blocks.

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The Newsom Grape Day events were summarized by Jeff Cope on his Texas Wine Lover blog. Presentations focused on Texas high plains grape growing and factors that contribute to bringing quality and value to Texas wines. I’ve tried to boil down what I learned to five major points that need to be conveyed to all Texas wineries, vineyards and interested consumers after listening to the presentations and from discussions of the attendees:

  • Number 1 – Texans Should Look to Spain for Knowing What to Look for in Texas Wines.  According to Dr. Ed Hellman at Texas Tech, Tempranillo is well positioned for Texas wine. It the most heavily planted red grape in the wine regions of Spain, a country that has similar latitude and elevation to many places in the Texas Hill Country and Texas High Plains viticultural areas. The overlap in latitude comes at 36 degrees north latitude with Texas being somewhat lower with higher average temperatures. However, western Texas generally has higher elevations that bring cool night time temperatures that helps to produce high quality grapes. Continue reading »
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