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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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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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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Texas Wine Talk & Tasting:Texas vs. The World Roadshow

Texas Wine Talk & Tasting:Texas vs. The World Roadshow: WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar WHERE: Whole Foods Market (Voss) – 1407 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057 – View Map REGISTER: $25 – Click here The Texas Wine Journal is…

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Wine a l’Orange: 2015 Brennan Vineyards Cellar Select Viognier

Wine a l’Orange: 2015 Brennan Vineyards Cellar Select Viognier While it is possible to ferment a wine made from orange juice and infuse a wine with the juice of citrus (like Sangria), I hope that you realize that this story is NOT going to be about that kind of wine.…

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Four Takeaways from 2015 TEXSOM

Four Takeaways from 2015 TEXSOM Looking back to my first Texsom in 2008, I’ve attended a majority of the TEXSOM conferences over its past eleven years. As I recall, the first one I attended barely broke an attendance of around 200 people. The vast majority were local sommeliers (barely enough to fill…

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The Texas Wine Gulag

The Texas Wine Gulag How Big Retail Is Wrecking The Texas Wine Business VT Guest Blog by: R.L. Winters (Master Horticulturist/Ampelographer Fairhaven American Hybrid Research Foundation), Owner & Winemaker Fairhaven Vineyards — — — — — How many times have you gone into a liquor retailer looking for a specific wine and…

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A “Chardonnay-Year” for the Texas Hill Country & Pilot Knob and Robert Clay Vineyards

A “Chardonnay-Year” for the Texas Hill Country & Pilot Knob and Robert Clay Vineyards It was an early August day 2014, when I visited Dan McLaughlin’s Robert Clay Vineyard in Mason. I was directed by Dan to try a helping of the still remaining Chardonnay grapes in the vineyard. See…

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And the Survey Says….The Right Grapes for Texas Wine!

And the Survey Says….The Right Grapes for Texas Wine! I recently posed the following question to members of the Facebook Texas Wine Drinkers Group: What are the best red and white grapes for Texas? I further specified that my quest was to identify the grapes that liked to grow here,…

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Pedernales Cellars Vermentino and Viognier: Found on My Mediterranean Isle of Texas – Update

Pedernales Cellars Vermentino and Viognier: Found on My Mediterranean Isle of Texas – Update I recently sat down to taste two new white wines from the 2014 vintage, both from Pedernales Cellars. This winery has been long known for their Viognier and expectations were high. After all, Pedernales Cellars has…

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