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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Sommelier Rachel DelRocco Goes from Teahouse to Texsom Champ (Parts 1 & 2)

Sommelier Rachel DelRocco Goes from Teahouse to Texsom Champ (Parts 1 & 2) This post includes Part 1 that was recently published on Edible Houston’s blog (click here) written by Russ Kane, VintageTexas.com, wine writer, author and naturalist. Part 2 at the bottom of this blog provides more on Sommelier Rachel…

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Texas Wine Industry Veterans Open the New Yates Winery in Hye, TX

Texas Wine Industry Veterans Open the New Yates Winery in Hye, TX The owners of Spicewood Vineyards are set opened Yates, Texas’s newest premium winery in Hye, Texas in September, 2016. Building on the experience of making award-winning wines at Spicewood Vineyards, the Yates team is eager to expand its…

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Loirefest: Houston’s David Keck at his Best

Loirefest: Houston’s David Keck at his Best In the Houston wine community (those of you in wholesale and retail, the restaurant trade, and lets not forget the groupies of writers and consumers), we are blessed having David Keck MS among us. Who is he, you ask? If you don’t know,…

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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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