The Incredible “Flash” Machine: Dr. Bob Makes the Case for Better Texas Wine with Flash Détente

The Incredible “Flash” Machine: Dr. Bob Makes the Case for Better Texas Wine with Flash Détente Newsom Grape Day always brings out something new or of timely interesting. This year’s Grape Day, held in the Newsom Vineyards “Barnery” in late-April, did not disappoint. While Bob Young, owner of Bending Branch …

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Bar Z Winery: Mellow and Mature… These are Monty’s Wines

Bar Z Winery: Mellow and Mature… These are Monty’s Wines If you are not familiar Monty Dixon’s Bar Z Winery in Canyon, Texas, I recommend highly recommend a visit – via an extended road trip, an intermediate stop on a cross-country adventure, or a short hop on your private plane. …

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Newsom Vineyards Grape Day (and The Light at the End of the Vineyard)

Newsom Vineyards Grape Day (and The Light at the End of the Vineyard) Not too long ago, I received a call from long-time winegrower Neal Newsom asking if I was going to make it to his Newsom Grape Day event in Plains, Texas, located southwest of Lubbock and about 14 miles …

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It’s “Rodeo Houston” Time Again and Time for Texas Wine, Too!

It’s “Rodeo Houston” Time Again and Time for Texas Wine, Too! A couple weeks ago, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was opened with flourish of Best Bites and Rodeo Uncorked Competition winning wines. It was a first rate gala with people both pouring and sipping in their finest Rodeo regalia. …

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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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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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Grand Slam for Wineries in Texas at 2017 Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition

Grand Slam for Wineries in Texas at 2017 Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition Champion wines have been named from the thousands competing in the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition, held Nov. 12 – 13, 2016, at NRG Center, Houston, Texas. Highest honors were given to four wineries in Texas: …

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Cabernet Grill Experience: Tasso Chicken and McPherson White Wine Trio

Cabernet Grill Experience: Tasso Chicken and McPherson White Wine Trio If I wasn’t so familiar with Chef Ross Burtwell’s Cabernet Grill Restaurant at the compound called Cotton Gin Village on the south side of Fredericksburg, I likely wouldn’t expect the modern culinary treasures it holds. While his restaurant is part …

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Periwinkle Hosts Houston’s Premier Sommelier Competition and Wine Tasting

Periwinkle Hosts Houston’s Premier Sommelier Competition and Wine Tasting Iron Sommelier… Presented by AutoSol® Returns on October 20th, 2016  VT – What more could you want:  a good cause, good wine/food pairings, a challenge and competition among some of Houston’s best and most creative sommeliers? It’s all in one at …

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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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