Congratulations to Iron Sommelier 2019 Andres Blanco – Caracol Houston

Congratulations to Periwinkle Foundation’s Iron Sommelier 2019 – Andres Blanco from Caracol Houston The remaining results from last nights Periwinkle Iron Sommelier Competition held at The Houstonian Hotel are: 1st Runner Up Julie Dalton – Mastro’s 2nd Runner Up Chris Poldoian – Camerata at Paulie’s Underwriter Tasting Room, Best Presentation Chris Poldoian…

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Dr. B Talks Texas Wine – Blanc Du Bois (The “National” White Grape of Texas)

Dr. B Talks Texas Wine – Blanc Du Bois (The “National” White Grape of Texas) If you haven’t tried wines made from Texas Blanc Du Bois yet you are missing something… something very special. Based on 2017 Texas Wine Grape Variety Survey from the USDA (click here for more good…

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Get Certified as a Texas Wine Specialist: Sept. 24-25, 2018 at Kiepersol Winery’s “Salt Kitchen”

Get Certified as a Texas Wine Specialist: Sept. 24-25, 2018 at Kiepersol Winery’s “Salt Kitchen” Dr. Russ Kane, aka Doc Russ, Texas Wineslinger – the man that wrote the book on Texas wine – will hold this Texas Wine Certification class at Kiepersol Winery‘s “Salt Kitchen” Classroom, 4120 FM 344…

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Ravenswood Zinfandel and My Journey into Red Wine

Ravenswood Zinfandel and My Journey into Red Wine It sounds funny now, nearly thirty years later, but there was a time when I made trips to the northern California wine country and would bring back cases of Ravenswood Vinter’s Blend Zinfandel purchased from a supermarket. This wine could be bought for…

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Video – Texas Native Grapes: Characteristics, History and Their International Significance

Video – Texas Native Grapes: Characteristics, History and Their International Significance A presentation by Dr. Russell D. Kane, VintageTexas at the Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter February Meeting It is said that Texas is home to more varieties of native grapes than any other state. Dr. Kane’s presentation…

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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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Two White Wines to Start out Texas Wine Month

Two White Wines to Start out Texas Wine Month Why is October Texas Wine Month? Well, because it is! In many wine producing regions, the grape harvest takes place in September and October. In Texas, the fact that it is a warm growing region, usually leads to the grape havesting…

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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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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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