Newsom Vineyards Inception: A Legacy Conquers Despair

Newsom Vineyards Inception: A Legacy Conquers Despair A little over a year ago, I attended a dinner at Llano Estacado Winery‘s new tasting room and events center in Lubbock. In a long list of truly excellent Llano wines, one stands out in my mind today. It was the Newsom Vineyards 2013 …

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Find the Best Texas Wines – Sign Up for the Specialist of Texas Wine Level 1 Class

Find the Best Texas Wines – Sign Up for the Specialist of Texas Wine Level 1 Class What: Specialist of Texas Wine – Certification Level 1 Class. This Class is offered as part of the Texas Wine Schools regional wine specialists classes (United States). Click here for registration. Where: The Texas …

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“Ron Yates” New Winery: A Place “Where I get to play around and have some fun”

“Ron Yates” Wines New Winery: A Place “Where I get to play around and have some fun” VT – Please note that right after posting this blog, I was contacted by the PR force working for Yates Wines and was notified that the Ron Yates’s winery called “Yates Wines” was changing its …

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Wine a l’Orange: 2015 Brennan Vineyards Cellar Select Viognier

Wine a l’Orange: 2015 Brennan Vineyards Cellar Select Viognier While it is possible to ferment a wine made from orange juice and infuse a wine with the juice of citrus (like Sangria), I hope that you realize that this story is NOT going to be about that kind of wine. …

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Newsom Vineyards at Comfort: It’s Always Been the Plan

Newsom Vineyards at Comfort: It’s Always Been the Plan A few weeks ago, I linked up on social media with Nolan Newsom, son of Texas winegrowing legends Neal and Janice Newsom of Newsom Vineyards in Plains, Texas. Nolan and I agreed to meet for breakfast in  Comfort on my next trip to …

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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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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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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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Texas Wine’s High Plains A-Team: Newsom, Reddy, Llano Estacado

Texas Wine’s High Plains A-Team: Newsom, Reddy, Llano Estacado As I disembarked from the plane in Lubbock, I recall thinking that the skies above the Texas high plains are bigger and bluer than just about anywhere I’ve been on this good Earth. The air had the familiar dry bite of …

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