Don’t Miss the 2017 Bending Branch Derby Extravaganza

Don’t Miss the 2017 Bending Branch Derby Extravaganza On May 6th, Bending Branch Winery will host its seventh annual Derby Extravaganza, one of the most anticipated events of the year. Attendees with be served winery owner Bob Young’s famous mint juleps. They are made with Bending Branch Winery Single Barrel …

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Texas Wine Revolution: Like Your Texas Wine Hot and Pink?

Texas Wine Revolution this Sunday: Like Your Texas Wine Hot and Pink? According to the Wine Enthusiast, consumers the world over have finally caught on to Rosé – they are not only pink but HOT with consumers. Consumption of premium dry rosé is growing rapidly, led by the wines of Provence. …

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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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Two White Wines to Start out Texas Wine Month

Two White Wines to Start out Texas Wine Month Why is October Texas Wine Month? Well, because it is! In many wine producing regions, the grape harvest takes place in September and October. In Texas, the fact that it is a warm growing region, usually leads to the grape havesting …

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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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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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Texas Hill Country Wineries – Video Interview

Texas Hill Country Wineries – Video Interview Check out this video interview I did with John DeMers, Fischer & Wieser’s Texas Food and Wine Ambassador. As illustrated in his book, Russ Kane – aka Texas Wineslinger – says the Texas Hill Country wineries have roots as old as any around. …

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Tasting with Fall Creek’s Winemaker Sergio Cuadra: What Grows Well in Texas (Part I)

Tasting with Fall Creek’s Winemaker Sergio Cuadra: What Grows Well in Texas (Part I) I love sunny winter days in Texas. Being raised up north, it is something that I appreciate almost as much as well made wines. Recently, I had the opportunity to score both of them on the same …

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Texas Wine School Offers First-Of-Its-Kind Texas Wine Authority Course

Texas Wine School Offers First-Of-Its-Kind Texas Wine Authority Course This course will meet in three classes, 3 hours each on consecutive Wednesday evenings (January 13/20/27, 2016), 6:30 – 9:30 pm each day at Houston’s Texas Wine School. Course instructor: Dr. Russell D. Kane (Doc Russ, Texas Wineslinger) of VintageTexas.   Course Summary Texas Wine Authority …

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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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