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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Rosé All Day – A Twitter Hashtag and a Life Style Fitting of Texans

Rosé All Day – A Twitter Hashtag and a Life Style Fitting of Texans I recently attended the Texas Wine Revolution’s second annual festival held this year at Featherstone Ranch in Stonewall, Texas. After an early morning violent torrential rain (complete with lightning and hail), I wondered if there would …

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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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2016 Texas Black Spanish/Lenoir Symposium: Taming the Beast…

2016 Texas Black Spanish/Lenoir Symposium: Taming the Beast… According to Cat Spring grape grower and a symposium organizer Jerry Watson, “Black Spanish has made world class Port for a long time and we can now add Madeira to that, as well.  What has been missing is a everyday table wine with …

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Bending Branch Winery: Where Bob and John Bring a “Dash of Flash” to the Wine Tasting: New Wine Releases

Bending Branch Winery: Where Bob and John Bring a “Dash of Flash” to the Wine Tasting: New Wine Releases After driving past the cool waters of the Guadalupe River and arriving at Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Bending Branch owner and winemaker Bob Young chauffeured us to the winery building. …

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Kuhlman Cellars: For Love of Vina Vita and the Re-creation of a First Kiss

Kuhlman Cellars: For Love of Vina Vita and the Re-creation of a First Kiss On a busy Fall afternoon, while rushing back to my cottage on the hill at the end of a long drive, I was encouraged by Jennifer Beckmann to stop by the newly opened Kuhlman Cellars. After stopping-in to …

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Sneak Peek of Messina Hof Winery 2015 at Vic & Anthony’s

Sneak Peek of Messina Hof Winery 2015 at Vic & Anthony’s Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo, the seventh generation winemaker in the Bonarrigo family, addressed the assemblage at Vic & Anthony’s Steak House in Houston to taste and savor the wines from Messina Hof Winery and Resort. With Paul Mitchell were his family: …

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Texans Sure Do Like Their Bubbles: Domaine Carneros Provides

Texans Sure Do Like Their Bubbles: Domaine Carneros Provides When Domaine Carneros winemaker Eileen Crane and I met for lunch last week for lunch at Houston’s RDG Bar Annie, nearly the first thing that came up in conversation was the fact that the second largest Domaine Carneros wine club was the …

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Is Texas Wine Like Orange Juice?

Is Texas Wine Like Orange Juice? A friend of mine related the following story to me with the caveat that many wineries were likely tired of hearing people like Andrew Chalk (click here) and I (click here) rant about sourcing of grapes used in Texas wines and how wine labeling …

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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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