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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A Difference You Can Taste: Perissos Vineyards 2014 Viognier

A Difference You Can Taste: Perissos Vineyards 2014 Viognier You might say that the Perissos Vineyard 2014 Viognier is a “whole bunch better”.  OK, there was no 2013 Perissos Viognier due to the series of late Spring frosts. So, you might ask, “better than what”. I first got the feeling that…

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Part 2 – 2014 Top Texas Wines that Titillated My Taste Buds List

2014 Top Texas Wines that Titillated My Taste Buds List (Part 2) Well, I think that we’re about half way through my list. Memories keep popping-up and neurons flashing in my brain that keep reminding me of the wonderful Texas wine experiences that I’ve had this year. This has also…

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Part 1 – 2014 Top Texas Wines that Titillated My Taste Buds List

2014 Top Texas Wines that Titillated My Taste Buds List (Part 1) As in previous years, if you recall, the year finishes with lists of “Best Texas Wines” and then the discussion starts about why everyone’s favorite wine was not on the list, and how deficient the “best wine” process…

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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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November 2014 #TXwine Twitter Thursday – Tempranillo Day Event

November 2014 #TXwine Twitter Thursday – Tempranillo Day Event Writer, blogger and food/wine commentator, Andrew Chalk at www.cravedfw.com has put Texas Tempranillos to the test (click here). For consumers, he recommends “Consider a Texas Tempranillo with your next steak, lamb or barbecue. Also, on day trips, consider visiting some producers…

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Tastes of Badia a Coltibuono: Wines that Entwine The Past and Future of Chianti Classico

Tastes of Badia a Coltibuono: Wines that Entwine The Past and Future of Chianti Classico I recently tasted a selection of wines of Badia a Coltibuono and met its general manager and winemaker Roberto Stucchi-Prinetti, the great grandson in the family that came to own this winery with a long…

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VintageTexas: It’s Good to Know We’ve Made a Difference

VintageTexas: It’s Good to Know We’ve Made a Difference I was perusing my recent issue of Food & Wine Magazine (November 2014), when I spotted F&W Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle’s article titled “The Great American Wine Challenge”. He talked about his wine tasting experiences in places like Arizona, Texas,…

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Time to Show Us Your Stuff: Austin County Wine Show & Non-Commercial Competition

Time to Show Us Your Stuff: Austin County Wine Show & Non-Commercial Competition Are you an non-commercial or amateur wine maker? Well, show us your stuff. This is a professionally judged competition that will give you a side-by-side comparison of how your wines stack up versus other wines. The annual…

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Llano Estacado Winery’s Best Wines Keep Coming: Viviano and 1836

Llano Estacado Winery’s Best Wines Keep Coming: Viviano and 1836 While many of the recent accolades for the Texas wine industry have come from relative newcomers with boutique wineries, it’s good to see that long established Texas wineries continue to define quality and character of some of Texas’s finest wines…

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