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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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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