A Great Texas Grape Harvest Year from Texas Fine Wines

A Great Texas Grape Harvest Year from Texas Fine Wines In a recent blog, I posted comments and photos from several of the Texas Fine Wine winemakers and winery owners about their trials and tribulations during this year’s wine grape harvest season. Well, this year’s grand harvest is now coming…

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New Tasting Room at William Chris Vineyards: You’ll Love this Place

New Tasting Room at William Chris Vineyards: You’ll Love this Place Photographs by James Skogsberg After visiting the new tasting room ad welcome center at William Chris Vineyards, I found it almost overwhelming. It is a great facility and the tasting of their wines was fantastic, starting with the William…

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Update on the 2019 Texas Wine Grape Harvest 

Update on the 2019 Texas Wine Grape Harvest  Harvest updates from the Texas FineWine Group (Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, Pedernales Cellars, and Spicewood Vineyards) are given below. Most of this information pertains to the Texas Hill Country harvest, but I must admit… it’s looking pretty good…

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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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Tasting America’s Best Vineyard: To Kalon

Tasting America’s Best Vineyard: To Kalon What did Robert Mondavi see in “To Kalon” many years ago? On paper, To Kalon can be described as follows: In 1868, H. W. Crabb planted a vineyard nearby the Napa River that he named To Kalon – loosely translated from Greek as most beautiful,…

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Becker Vineyards Double Gold Collection 2018

Becker Vineyards Double Gold Collection 2018 Earlier this year in my Texas Wine Month story that appeared in Dale Robertson’s column in the Houston Chronicle (Great Texas wines to try for Texas Wine Month – click here), I commented that Texas should be extremely proud of their Texas wine industry.…

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Texas Wine Month 2018 is Over… But, Oh What a Great Month it Was!

Texas Wine Month 2018 is Over… But, Oh What a Great Month it Was! Annually, October is Texas Wine Month, the month when we sip, savor and celebrate our wonderful, fifth-largest-in-the-USA wine industry. Well, it’s now November and Texas Wine Month is over, but from my vantage point in Houston,…

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Know Texas Wines – Taste and Learn About Our State’s Rapidly Advancing Wines

Know Texas Wines – Taste and Learn About Our State’s Rapidly Advancing Wines Texas wines are garnering worldwide acclaim from Double Gold medals in the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition, and acclaim in international competitions in Lyon France and Vienna Austria. The Texas Hill Country was named to the…

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VintageTweets: Yes, sommeliers make New Year’s wine resolutions!

VintageTweets: Yes, sommeliers make New Year’s wine resolutions! CT Somm:  Sommelier Roundtable: Your Wine Resolutions for 2018. My RT: “Sommelier Roundtable: Your #Wine #NewYears #Resolutions for 2018 | #Sommelier Talk | News & Features” I have to admit, when I first read this, my mind raced back in time to…

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Fall Creek Vineyards 2017 Release Tasting: Texas IS Big… And, Can Grow Lots of Grape Varieties!

Fall Creek Vineyards 2017 Release Tasting: Texas IS Big… And, Can Grow Lots of Grape Varieties! Most people know it is a not an understatement when they say, “Texas is a BIG place.” In fact, in wine terms, Texas is actually larger than the whole country of France. However, many…

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