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Calais Winery: A Winemaker Tasting à la Cave

Calais Winery: A Winemaker Tasting à la Cave After my tasting this past weekend at Calais Winery, between Hye and Johnson City on Texas Highway 290, I believe that the transformation of Ben Calais’ winery from urban Dallas storefront to subterranean Texas hill country affair has made his fine wines even better. Not that his wines …

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Texas Hill Country Wineries – Video Interview

Texas Hill Country Wineries – Video Interview Check out this video interview I did with John DeMers, Fischer & Wieser’s Texas Food and Wine Ambassador. As illustrated in his book, Russ Kane – aka Texas Wineslinger – says the Texas Hill Country wineries have roots as old as any around. …

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Tonight’s the Night: Dinner with Pheasant Ridge at Harrigan’s

Tonight’s the Night: Dinner with Pheasant Ridge at Harrigan’s May 29th, 2016 at 6 pm After many years, Bobby Cox the man and Bobby Cox “the brand” with his Pheasant Ridge Winery is back. He is celebrating the occasion with a wine dinner at Harrigan’s in Lubbock Texas – 3801 50th St …

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Blanc Du Bois: Texas Grown – Gulf Coast and Now Beyond

Blanc Du Bois: Texas Grown – Gulf Coast and Now Beyond Excerpt from Edible Houston Celebration May/June 2016 Issue story: Blanc Du Bois: Texas Grown – by Russ Kane of VintageTexas. Copies of this issue are available at local newsstands, sponsor locations, and by subscription on the Edible Houston website …

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News Flash: Black Spanish is Cabernet Franc x Vitis Aestivalis

News Flash: Black Spanish is Cabernet Franc x Vitis Aestivalis Previously, I blogged on the Black Spanish/Lenior Symposium being held today in Cat Spring, Texas. In response to this blog post, I received this very interesting email from Dr. Jerry Rodrigues who I believe is now a resident of South Africa: …

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2016 Texas Black Spanish/Lenoir Symposium: Taming the Beast…

2016 Texas Black Spanish/Lenoir Symposium: Taming the Beast… According to Cat Spring grape grower and a symposium organizer Jerry Watson, “Black Spanish has made world class Port for a long time and we can now add Madeira to that, as well.  What has been missing is a everyday table wine with …

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Our Katy Prairie Needs Your Support With Email By End Of Day Today!

Our Katy Prairie Needs Your Support With Email By End Of Day Today! For your speed and convenience, please CUT AND PASTE the following text and/or modify it as you see fit and EMAIL IT… TODAY! Please email your comments to mailto:us290amtstudy@hcpid.org (and copy mailto:info@katyprairie.org) by end of day today May …

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Monarch Garden: Golden-Agers Raising Golden Butterflies

Monarch Garden: Golden-Agers Raising Golden Butterflies Nursing facility residents are becoming grandmas and grandpas again A movement involving golden agers, butterflies and native plants has begun in a quiet facility in Pearland Texas just south of Houston. The residents of Tuscany Village Nursing Facility and Rehabilitation are sharing the excitement of …

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John Rivenburgh: Texas ‘Gipsy Winemaker’ Considers Opportune Times & Real Texas Wines

John Rivenburgh: Texas ‘Gipsy Winemaker’ Considers Opportune Times & Real Texas Wines Sitting in the shady spot just off Fredericksburg’s busy Main Street with John Rivenburgh sharing some Texas wine, he said, “One day I knew I needed a change. Bending Branch Winery was a good place for me. But, I …

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Texas Wine: April 19th at Texas Wine School with Texas’s True Wine Pioneers

Texas Wine: April 19th at Texas Wine School with Texas’s True Wine Pioneers and More… Texas Wine – Past, Present & Future with Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo of Messina Hof; Tuesday, April 19, 7-9pm – only $20 per person Messina Hof is the 3rd oldest winery in Texas, and is the most awarded …

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