Bar Z Winery: Mellow and Mature… These are Monty’s Wines

Bar Z Winery: Mellow and Mature… These are Monty’s Wines If you are not familiar Monty Dixon’s Bar Z Winery in Canyon, Texas, I recommend highly recommend a visit – via an extended road trip, an intermediate stop on a cross-country adventure, or a short hop on your private plane.…

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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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TEXSOM Celebrates 11 Years as Nation’s Premier Sommelier Education Conference: Sessions and Registration

TEXSOM Celebrates 11 Years as Nation’s Premier Sommelier Education Conference: Sessions and Registration Presently celebrating its eleventh year, TEXSOM, the most prominent and influential sommelier education conference in the world, announces that registration is now open for TEXSOM 2015. The TEXSOM 2015 conference will take place August 8 -10, 2015 at…

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Dotson~Cervantes Something Red: And, Definitely Worth the Wait

Dotson~Cervantes Something Red: And, Definitely Worth the Wait We met in Mason on a Saturday in September not really knowing much more than what Alphonse Dotson told me over the phone earlier in the week. He said, “Russ, my brother, I’ve got something for you to taste. It’s something red…

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VintageTexas 2012 Top Texas Wines – Honorable Mentions, For Darn Good Reasons Too!

VintageTexas 2012 Top Texas Wines – Honorable Mentions, For Darn Good Reasons Too! As I have learned in previous years, even when I list what I believe to be the ten best Texas wines, there are still stellar wines from the Lone Star state with distinction. I’ve chosen a few…

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And You Thought That Texas Wines Were Only for the Moment!

And You Thought That Texas Wines Were Only for the Moment! Earlier this week I perused an online article on the Dallas Morning New website titled, “The best Texas wines — all made from Texas grapes” penned by Tina Danze. Tina brought together a panel of good Dallas tasters including:…

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Kiepersol Estates: A Wineslinger’s Swirl, Sniff and Taste of a Fine Texas Wine

Kiepersol Estates: A Wineslinger’s Swirl, Sniff and Taste of a Fine Texas Wine This was my first venture back into east Texas this year and the first since my previous visit to Kiepersol Estates that lead to the chapter in my book, The Wineslinger Chronicles. It was also my wife’s…

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Texsom 2012: What a Tasting Opportunity… From Margaux to Mason County Texas

Texsom 2012: What a Tasting Opportunity… From Margaux to Mason County Texas The Sunday morning session began with a rush of servers, Sommeliers of all types with varying degrees of certification, pouring to over a hundred attendees, giving each eight glasses of dark red-purple wine from the French Bordeaux region.…

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VintageTexas Wine Wiz Quiz: Know Your Spanish Wines

VintageTexas Wine Wiz Quiz: Know Your Spanish Wines 1. Spain is ranked where in wine production in the world? a. First b. Second c. Third d. Sixth 2. Which is NOT a Spainsh Wine Producing Region? a. Rioja b. Rías Baixas c. Priorat d. Barbaresco 3. Which of the following…

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