Tonight 7 pm – Join Us for International Tempranillo Day Twitter Tasting

Tonight 7 pm – Join Us for International Tempranillo Day Twitter Tasting Well, wake up and get out of bed! It’s International Tempranillo Day! People around the world rejoice. Tempranillo (the national red grape of Spain) is also finding a new second home…Texas. Texas (with its arid hilly wine country,…

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2014 Newsom Grape Day & Tempranillo Symposium: Five Things I Learned About Texas Wine

Newsom Grape Day & Tempranillo Symposium: Five Things I Leaned About Texas Wine Last Friday was the annual gathering of grape growers and winemakers from around the state in Neal Newsom’s “Barn-atorium” surrounded by his Newsom family vineyards near Plains, Texas. The big white metal structure was filled nearly to…

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What Are Texas Grape Growers and Winemakers Doing to Build a “Real” Texas Wine Industry

What Are Texas Grape Growers and Winemakers Doing to Build a “Real” Texas Wine Industry? Or, Who will be the Robert Mondavi of Texas? It’s been a tough week as a result of the spring freeze that’s hit the high plains and the western and northern parts of the hill…

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Why Did the Texas Hill Country Make Wine Enthusiast’s Top 10 Wine Destinations List? A Wine Conversation on KUHF

Why Did the Texas Hill Country Make Wine Enthusiast’s Top 10 Wine Destinations List? A Wine Conversation on KUHF As you may know by now, Texas is the 5th largest wine producing state and 7th in production in wine grapes. But, what made the Texas Hill Country worthy of being…

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Wine Enthusiast Names Texas Hill Country One of the 10 Best International Wine Travel Destinations

Wine Enthusiast Names Texas Hill Country One of the 10 Best International Wine Travel Destinations The Texas Hill Country Wineries announced today, it has been selected as one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in their January issue.  The non-profit association boasts 38…

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TWGGA Holds First Legislative Forum: For Sale in Texas Only Makes the Initial Cut

TWGGA Holds First Legislative Forum: “For Sale in Texas Only Makes” the Initial Cut The first in a series of Legislative Forums was held on Wednesday, August 14 in Austin. The Legislative Forums came out of a discussion at the June TWGGA Board of Directors meeting. The Texas Wine and…

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On the Northern Fringes of the Texas Wine World: BarZ Winery

On the Northern Fringes of the Texas Wine World: BarZ Winery After four trips to the Texas vineyards and wineries in the Texas High Plains AVA, I finally found an afternoon to break free from the Lubbock-Brownfield-Plains “Metroplex” to explore the northern fringes of the Texas wine world and visit…

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It’s Time to Put Their Money Where Your Mouth Is – 2012 AF&WA Grant Applications

It’s Time to Put Their Money Where Your Mouth Is – 2012 Austin Food & Wine Alliance Grant Applications The Austin Food & Wine Alliance will award three (3) grants (1 at $10,000 and 2 at $5,000) to selected organizations and/or individuals for the purpose of culinary innovation that contributes…

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What I’m Reading Tonight: Texas Monthly – Working Life Feature on Neal Newsom

What I’m Reading Tonight: Texas Monthly – Working Life Feature on Neal Newsom From my decade or more covering the Texas wine industry, I believe that there just couldn’t be a more deserving person for this feature in Texas Monthly but Neal Newsom. The man’s been around and through with…

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Write Off the Vine – Texas Wine News (Harvest 2012 Edition)

Write Off the Vine – Texas Wine News (Harvest 2012 Edition) The 2012 Texas Wine Harvest is Coming Fast: Both On Vine and Online Grape harvest time in Texas usually starts on or around July 1st. This year it’s already here; a bit earlier than normal with some gulf-area vineyards…

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