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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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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Sadly, we have to say goodbye to a Grand Lady of Texas Wine: Bunny Becker

Sadly, we have to say goodbye to a Grand Lady of Texas Wine: Bunny Becker Mary Clementine Ellison “Bunny” Becker with her husband Dr. Richard Becker were both life partners and partners in one of Texas’s most respected wineries, Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. In a past issue of the…

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Stop Thief! Barrel Tasting at Ron Yates Wines

Stop Thief! Barrel Tasting at Ron Yates Wines Unfortunately, I missed the 2019 Ron Yates Barrel Experience where participants sampled Ron Yates 2018 Merlot made from grapes harvested in John Freisen’s Vineyard in Loop, Texas. The aim was to taste wine made from the same grapes aged in a variety…

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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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Wedding Oak Winery: New Wines & Digs in Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country

Wedding Oak Winery: New Wines & Digs in Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country It was our first trip to Fredericksburg since the warm summer weather settled in. However, there was a breeze and the wine was flowing in the shade of the front porch of Wedding Oak Winery’s new…

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Vintner’s Hideaway: This Should be Your Next Stop in Fredericksburg, Texas Wine Country

Vintner’s Hideaway: This Should be Your Next Stop in Fredericksburg, Texas Wine Country Recently, I was trying to link back up with Texas winemaker and consultant John Rivenburgh when I asked him where could I find his wines. John said, “Well, have you been to Vintner’s Hideaway in Fredericksbugh?” I…

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Periwinkle Foundation’s Sommelier Competition – A View, Up Close and Personal

Periwinkle Foundation’s Iron Sommelier Competition – A View, Up Close and Personal This was my third time to attend the Periwinkle Foundation Autosol early-November Iron Sommelier Competition held at the Houstonian Hotel. Despite my third take on this competition, it was still fascinating to witness the knowledge and focus of each sommelier’s…

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Saint Tryphon Farm and Vineyards: Texas Wines on the Wild Side

Saint Tryphon Farm and Vineyards: Texas Wines on the Wild Side It is no doubt that, no matter what wine region you are in, “natural wines” are the rage these days, Say the words “natural wines” and “Texas” in the same sentence and anyone that has been in or around…

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Ravenswood Zinfandel and My Journey into Red Wine

Ravenswood Zinfandel and My Journey into Red Wine It sounds funny now, nearly thirty years later, but there was a time when I made trips to the northern California wine country and would bring back cases of Ravenswood Vinter’s Blend Zinfandel purchased from a supermarket. This wine could be bought for…

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