What a Difference Four Years Made for Texas Wine

What a Difference Four Years Made for Texas Wine – 1910 to 1914 While doing background research for my new book, Texas Hill Country Wineries, for Arcadia Publications, I came across two newspaper advertisements from the early 1900s. The first (shown above) is for a the Lone Star Saloon in…

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Rios de Chile: Carmenère, the Grape Lost, Found and Doing Very Well in Chile

Rios de Chile: Carmenère, the Grape Lost, Found and Doing Very Well in Chile Carmenère, a member of the Bordeaux family of red grapes,gets its name from the French word “carmin” referring either to the red highlights in the wine or the crimson color of its post-harvest foliage. Carmenère was…

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In Memoriam: Clinton “Doc” McPherson, Pioneer of Texas Wine, Passed Today

In Memoriam: Clinton “Doc” McPherson, Pioneer of Texas Wine, Passed Today The passing of Clinton “Doc” McPherson was reported this morning on Texas Wine Lover blog. Those in the Texas wine and grape industry and countless people that now enjoy Texas wine, please stop and take a moment to savor…

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The Binghams Acquire Pheasant Ridge Winery and Vineyard

The Binghams Acquire Pheasant Ridge Winery and Vineyard December 9, 2013 – Continuing its mission of providing exceptional quality products to Texans, Cliff Bingham, President of Bingham Family Cellars, LLC announced today that the company has completed its acquisition of Pheasant Ridge Winery and its vineyards. “We’re excited to welcome…

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Doc Russ, Texas Wineslinger at Pedernales Cellars – Saturday, September 21st

Doc Russ, Texas Wineslinger at Pedernales Cellars – Saturday, September 21st It’s time for the old Texas Wineslinger, Russ Kane from VintageTexas, to dust off his Stetson and get the ink flowing in his trusty signing pen. I’ve been invited to poke in at Pedernales Cellars in Stonewall, Texas (about…

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2013 Late Spring Frosts Texas: But, Winegrowers Live and Learn

2013 Late Spring Frosts Texas: But, Winegrowers Live and Learn “Hi there Bobby, How y’all doing up there?” That’s how I started my conversation with Texas high plains viticultural consultant Bobby Cox this week. I already knew that Texas winegrowers were having a time of it with the “cold flashes”…

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Pontotoc Vineyards 2011 San Fernando Academy: A Fusion of All the Senses

Pontotoc Vineyard 2011 San Fernando Academy: A Fusion of All the Senses I’d tasted this wine once with winemaker Don Pullum during his visit to our hill country cottage for dinner. After that, I was captivated and knew that I needed to experience it again. The 2011 San Fernando Academy…

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Sitting Here Sipping On Some Messina Hof Private Reserve 2011 Blanc Du Bois

Sitting Here Sipping On Some Messina Hof Private Reserve 2011 Blanc Du Bois As I’m sitting down to write this piece, I’m sipping on a white wine from Texas. It’s not a Texas high plains vinifera with Mediterranean origins. Rather, it’s a grape grown in vineyards residing in the hot…

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