A New Way to Elevate Texas Wine Production and Quality: The Champagne Connection

A New Way to Elevate Texas Wine Production and Quality: The Champagne Connection This week, in my Texas wine column in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal (click here), I talked with Austin’s  wines.com and Red Room Lounge sommelier Bill Elsey about interesting and somewhat surprising connections between grape growing and winemaking in…

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Texas Wineries Win Top Awards in the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

Texas Wineries Win Top Awards in the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition The 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition Champions are: Grand Champion Best of Show – Alexander Valley Vineyards CYRUS, Alexander Valley, 2008 Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show – Williams Selyem…

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TXwine Twitter Tuesday – Tempranillo Taste and Tweet Extravaganza (7pm Central Tomorrow 11/12/2012)

TXwine Twitter Tuesday – Tempranillo Taste and Tweet Extravaganza ( 7pm Central Tomorrow 11/12/2012) Well, get ready for the biggest TXwine Twitter Tuesday event of the year. Join us at 7 pm Central at the Tweetchat room set up for #TXwine (http://tweetchat.com/room/TXwine) to taste through a long list of Texas Tempranillos.…

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Sunday at Sandstone Cellars: An Apple for a Drinker to Enjoy

Sunday at Sandstone Cellars: An Apple for a Drinker to Enjoy Fall is here and it’s time roll out on the highways and byways around Texas stopping in to see old friends and meet new ones at Texas wineries. I phoned up to see if Sandstone Cellars proprietors, Scott Haupert…

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Messina Hof Pasta Making Party: Five things We Learned at this Food/Wine Experience

Messina Hof Pasta Making Party:  Five things We Learned at this Food/Wine Experience My daughter and I are always looking for good ways to learn things about food and wine together. We have cross the threshold of cheese making and are now seriously considered making sausage. So, when I got…

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Texas Wines Being Served at Lucille’s Houston

Texas Wines Being Served at Lucille’s Houston Alerted to an impending change in the wine list at Chef Chris Williams’ museum district Lucille’s Restaurant, my wife and I stopped by early last Saturday evening for dinner. Because Lucille’s culinary roots date back to Chef Williams great-grandmother, Lucille Bishop Smith, and…

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Top Ten VintageTexas Blogs (By Views) in September 2012

Top Ten VintageTexas Blogs (by Views) in September 2012 Top Ten Texas Wines of 2011 from VintageTexas: Installment #1 – Five Wines VintageTexas ‘Cyclopedia of Wine: Vintage Charts Texas Wine: Is There Really Anything Behind The HoustonPress “Cellar Door” Article Texas Black Spanish – The Grape Otherwise Known as Lenoir…

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TXwine Twitter Tuesday Celebrates Texas Wine Month and Oktoberfest with Messina Hof Winery and Saint Arnold and Real Ale Breweries

TXwine Twitter Tuesday Celebrates Texas Wine Month and Oktoberfest with Messina Hof Winery and Saint Arnold and Real Ale Breweries Austin’s Denise Fraser (@DeniseFraser) and Matt McGinnis (@MattMcGinnis), and Houston’s Jeff Cope (@TXwineLover) and I (@VintageTexas) invite you to join in the next TXwine Twitter Tuesday at 7 p.m. Central…

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What I’m Drinking Tonight: CapRock Winery Toscano Bianco

What I’m Drinking Tonight: CapRock Winery Toscano Bianco It’s been a “hard” couple days. I flew over to New Orleans for a few meetings. Then, I “had” to have dinner at Galatoire’s on Bourbon Street: lovely Oysters Rockefeller, turtle soup, salad and escargot in magnificent butter accompanied with a French…

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