What’s on Your Wine Labels: From Appellation to “For Sale in Texas Only”

What’s on Your Wine Labels: From Appellation to “For Sale in Texas Only” I get more emails about wine labeling than just about any topic. The questions can vary from….”What is the minimum amount of grapes a wine can contain?” to “If a wine’s label doesn’t indicate sulfites, does that…

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A True California Wine Country (High Country) Experience: Cannabis Cuvées

A True California Wine Country (High Country) Experience: Cannabis Cuvées Source: The Daily Beast…Apr 14, 2012 Wines fermented with weed were a novelty in the early 1980s, but now quite a few California winemakers are producing cannabis cuvées on the sly-with cabernet the variety of choice. Last year, at a…

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“Big Bottle Boy” (@TXwineLover) Celebrates Opening His 6-Liter Bottle of Gold Medal Winning Texas Muscat Blanc

“Big Bottle Boy” (@TXWineLover) Celebrates Opening His 6-Liter Bottle of Gold Medal Winning Texas Muscat Blanc A grand time was had by all last night with Jeff (@TXwineLover) and Gloria as Jeff opened his large format (6 Liter) bottle of Gold Medal Winning Texas Muscat Blanc. You can “see” the…

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Caldwell Family Winery: An Urban Oasis of Texas Wine in Downtown Houston

  Caldwell Family Winery: An Urban Oasis of Texas Wine in Downtown Houston If you go to Google.com and type in the words “Caldwell” and “Winery”, at the top of the results page you will find links that will launch you into a website for a winery in Napa, California.…

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A Sunny Sunday Afternoon at Bending Branch Vineyards

A Sunny Sunday Afternoon at Bending Branch Vineyards I’d met winery owner and winemaker, Bob Young, before. It was at the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association meeting this past February. He was seated next to me on a bus as it navigated its way to our dinner destination at…

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Texas Grape Growers, Winery Affiliates and Serious Wannabes

Texas Grape Growers, Winery Affiliates and Serious Wannabes Viticulture Calendar and Updates There are several excellent educational events coming up for prospective, new and advanced grape growers.  Please see the calendar of dates below and register where appropriate. Two Prospective Grower Workshops October 12, 2010, Pittsburg, Texas, Instructor – Fran Pontasch November…

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CapRock Auction Analysis & Video: A Bit of France Comes to Texas Via New Mexico; Hopefully, a Bit More of Texas Will Reach More of America, Too

A Bit of France Comes to Texas Via New Mexico; Hopefully a Bit More of Texas Will Reach the Rest of America, Too This might not be a French Chateau, but inside this simple winery facade there is a sister/brother duo, Nathalie and Laurent Gruet, who moved to the high…

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CapRock Winery Auction Today: What Do You Think About This Scenario?

CapRock Winery Auction Today: What Do You Think About This Scenario? Will it happen? Could it Happen? In a perfect world…. Several of the Texas High Plains growers get together and not only run a common crush facility at the CapRock WInery in Lubbock, but actually get together for the…

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Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – July 8, 2010

Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – July 8, 2010 The Best Place to Drink Texas Wine From Gray Market Report (7/1/2010) Recently I visited Texas wine country, about which I wrote this column for Wine Review Online. Texas may be the 5th largest wine-producing state in the US,…

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VintageTexas Sunday ‘Cyclopedia of Wine: Frizzante

VintageTexas Sunday ‘Cyclopedia of Wine: Frizzante An Italian term meaning slightly carbonated or sparkling. It is the same as what in French is known as “pétillant”. Many wines (white, rosé and red) are bottled frizzante to add a slight prickle on the tongue or a slight cracking taste. It can…

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