Standing at the Crossroads (Part III – What you can do) – Adaptive Variety Selection and the Uncertain Role of Imidacloprids in the future of Southern Grape Culture

Standing at the Crossroads (Part III – What you can do) – Adaptive Variety Selection and the Uncertain Role of Imidacloprids in the future of Southern Grape Culture By: R.L. Winters, Fairhaven Vineyards Master Horticulturist/Ampelographer Fairhaven American Hybrid Research Foundation [VT – Please welcome back VintageTexas guest blogger R.L. Winters…

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Standing at the Crossroads (Part I): Adaptive Variety Selection & the Uncertain Role Imidacloprids in the future of Southern Grape Culture

STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS (Part I)  ADAPTIVE VARIETY SELECTION AND THE UNCERTAIN ROLE OF IMIDACLOPRIDS IN THE FUTURE OF SOUTHERN GRAPE CULTURE   By: R.L. Winters, Fairhaven Vineyards Master Horticulturist/Ampelographer Fairhaven American Hybrid Research Foundation [VT – Please welcome back VintageTexas guest blogger R.L. Winters in this three part blog on the…

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Veteran Texas Winemaker Owns Pheasant Ridge Winery Once Again

Veteran Texas Winemaker Owns Pheasant Ridge Winery Once Again The Cox’s regain lost winery that they saw from their kitchen window every morning for over 20 years  by Andrew Chalk, Guest Blogger & VT Commentary by Russ Kane Bobby Cox, the winemaker who played a major part in putting Texas wine on the…

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Raise a Toast to El Paso del Norte, Fray Garcia de San Francisco and our Modern Texas Wine Industry.

Raise a Toast to El Paso del Norte, Fray Garcia de San Francisco and our Modern Texas Wine Industry. Sacramental wine in early El Paso del Norte apparently had its roots farther north up the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Before Fray Garcia de San Francisco came to El Paso…

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VintageTexas Interview on Houston Matters: How the Texas Hill Country Became a Wine Destination

VintageTexas Interview on Houston Matters: How the Texas Hill Country Became a Wine Destination I welcome you to listen to my recent interview by Craig Cohen on Houston’s KUHF Houston Matters. I recorded this interview a couple weeks ago as I was nearing the release of my new book from…

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Your Guide to the Texas Hill Country Wine Experience

Your Guide to the Texas Hill Country Wine Experience The Texas Hill Country Wineries have roots as old as any around. Texas grapes grow in soils made from ancient calcareous sea deposits, similar to many of the grape-growing regions of Europe. Texas wine culture arrived in the 1600s with Spanish…

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New Book from Doc Russ Texas WineSlinger on the Texas Hill Country Wineries

New Book from Doc Russ Texas WineSlinger on the Texas Hill Country Wineries Upon reviewing my previous best-selling book, The WineSlinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine, international wine luminary Oz Clarke rattled off the following blurb: “Doc Russ is the kind of guy who can mix blues, barbecue and Barbera…

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Tastes of Badia a Coltibuono: Wines that Entwine The Past and Future of Chianti Classico

Tastes of Badia a Coltibuono: Wines that Entwine The Past and Future of Chianti Classico I recently tasted a selection of wines of Badia a Coltibuono and met its general manager and winemaker Roberto Stucchi-Prinetti, the great grandson in the family that came to own this winery with a long…

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Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas

Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas The biggest news that I’ve heard is some time started with an email out of the blue from Susan Auler that said, “Just wanted to let you know about our wonderful new venture.” The details that followed were about a…

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Texas Wine Country 2014: Some Dodged the Bullet, Some Not

Texas Wine Country 2014: Some Dodged the Bullet, Some Not Most people in Texas would agree that Texas is a hot sunny place most of the time. They would also likely agree with the idea that Texas winegrowing has more in common with similarly sunny places like Spain, south of…

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