The Incredible “Flash” Machine: Dr. Bob Makes the Case for Better Texas Wine with Flash Détente

The Incredible “Flash” Machine: Dr. Bob Makes the Case for Better Texas Wine with Flash Détente Newsom Grape Day always brings out something new or of timely interesting. This year’s Grape Day, held in the Newsom Vineyards “Barnery” in late-April, did not disappoint. While Bob Young, owner of Bending Branch…

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Newsom Vineyards Grape Day (and The Light at the End of the Vineyard)

Newsom Vineyards Grape Day (and The Light at the End of the Vineyard) Not too long ago, I received a call from long-time winegrower Neal Newsom asking if I was going to make it to his Newsom Grape Day event in Plains, Texas, located southwest of Lubbock and about 14 miles…

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Video – Texas Native Grapes: Characteristics, History and Their International Significance

Video – Texas Native Grapes: Characteristics, History and Their International Significance A presentation by Dr. Russell D. Kane, VintageTexas at the Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter February Meeting It is said that Texas is home to more varieties of native grapes than any other state. Dr. Kane’s presentation…

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Texas Frontier News: Texas Mustang Grape Wine Judged Excellent!

Texas Frontier News: Texas Mustang Grape Wine Judged Excellent! An article in the Galveston Daily News from October 25, 1868, on the front page no less, caused me to ask the question: In the 1860s, what characteristics must a locally produced Texas wine, and especially a local Texas native Mustang…

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Find the Best Texas Wines – Sign Up for the Specialist of Texas Wine Level 1 Class

Find the Best Texas Wines – Sign Up for the Specialist of Texas Wine Level 1 Class What: Specialist of Texas Wine – Certification Level 1 Class. This Class is offered as part of the Texas Wine Schools regional wine specialists classes (United States). Click here for registration. Where: The Texas…

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Sommelier Rachel DelRocco Goes from Teahouse to Texsom Champ (Parts 1 & 2)

Sommelier Rachel DelRocco Goes from Teahouse to Texsom Champ (Parts 1 & 2) This post includes Part 1 that was recently published on Edible Houston’s blog (click here) written by Russ Kane, VintageTexas.com, wine writer, author and naturalist. Part 2 at the bottom of this blog provides more on Sommelier Rachel…

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News Flash: Black Spanish is Cabernet Franc x Vitis Aestivalis

News Flash: Black Spanish is Cabernet Franc x Vitis Aestivalis Previously, I blogged on the Black Spanish/Lenior Symposium being held today in Cat Spring, Texas. In response to this blog post, I received this very interesting email from Dr. Jerry Rodrigues who I believe is now a resident of South Africa:…

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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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Texas Wine: April 19th at Texas Wine School with Texas’s True Wine Pioneers

Texas Wine: April 19th at Texas Wine School with Texas’s True Wine Pioneers and More… Texas Wine – Past, Present & Future with Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo of Messina Hof; Tuesday, April 19, 7-9pm – only $20 per person Messina Hof is the 3rd oldest winery in Texas, and is the most awarded…

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T.V. Munson & the Texas Grape Legacy: How Did Things Get This Screwed Up?

T.V. Munson & the Texas Grape Legacy: How Did Things Get This Screwed Up? Last week, I read Ron Saikowski’s story on the Courier of Montgomery website (Courier article on T.V. Munson) titled “History in the making during Texas Wine Month”. In this article, he discussed perhaps the highest point…

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