Standing at the Crossroads (Part III – What you can do) – Adaptive Variety Selection and the Uncertain Role of Imidacloprids in the future of Southern Grape Culture

Standing at the Crossroads (Part III – What you can do) – Adaptive Variety Selection and the Uncertain Role of Imidacloprids in the future of Southern Grape Culture By: R.L. Winters, Fairhaven Vineyards Master Horticulturist/Ampelographer Fairhaven American Hybrid Research Foundation [VT – Please welcome back VintageTexas guest blogger R.L. Winters…

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Standing at the Crossroads (Part II) – Adaptive Variety Selection and the Uncertain Role of Imidacloprids in the future of Southern Grape Culture

STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS (Part II) ADAPTIVE VARIETY SELECTION AND THE UNCERTAIN ROLE OF IMIDACLOPRIDS IN THE FUTURE OF SOUTHERN GRAPE CULTURE   By: R.L. Winters, Fairhaven Vineyards Master Horticulturist/Ampelographer Fairhaven American Hybrid Research Foundation [VT – Please welcome back VintageTexas guest blogger R.L. Winters in this three part blog on the…

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It’s A Fine Wine Harvest in Texas This Year – Could be the Biggest!

It’s A Fine Wine Harvest in Texas This Year – Could be the Biggest! Early in the year, I kept getting inquiries from friends and associates in the wine business asking about the impact of the rainy spring weather in the Texas hill country. I’d just say, “So far, what I’m…

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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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A Difference You Can Taste: Perissos Vineyards 2014 Viognier

A Difference You Can Taste: Perissos Vineyards 2014 Viognier You might say that the Perissos Vineyard 2014 Viognier is a “whole bunch better”.  OK, there was no 2013 Perissos Viognier due to the series of late Spring frosts. So, you might ask, “better than what”. I first got the feeling that…

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Texas Wine Quality Alliance is Up and Running!

Texas Wine Quality Alliance is Up and Running! I’m pleased to accounce that the new Texas Wine Quality Alliance (at www.texaswinequalityalliance.org) is up and running. This group is organized to “Advance the Excellence of Texas Wines” through quantitative and organoleptic testing as well as education and marketing. The goal is to develop consumer…

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And the Survey Says….The Right Grapes for Texas Wine!

And the Survey Says….The Right Grapes for Texas Wine! I recently posed the following question to members of the Facebook Texas Wine Drinkers Group: What are the best red and white grapes for Texas? I further specified that my quest was to identify the grapes that liked to grow here,…

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TM Wine Club by Texas Monthly – Focuses on REAL Texas Wines

TM Wine Club by Texas Monthly – Focuses on REAL Texas Wines It was announced this week that Texas Monthly is starting a new wine club. Details were provided on their website at: http://www.texasmonthly.com/promotions/TMwineclub According to this site, members will receive a regular supply of the world–class wines currently being…

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Part 2 – 2014 Top Texas Wines that Titillated My Taste Buds List

2014 Top Texas Wines that Titillated My Taste Buds List (Part 2) Well, I think that we’re about half way through my list. Memories keep popping-up and neurons flashing in my brain that keep reminding me of the wonderful Texas wine experiences that I’ve had this year. This has also…

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Part 1 – 2014 Top Texas Wines that Titillated My Taste Buds List

2014 Top Texas Wines that Titillated My Taste Buds List (Part 1) As in previous years, if you recall, the year finishes with lists of “Best Texas Wines” and then the discussion starts about why everyone’s favorite wine was not on the list, and how deficient the “best wine” process…

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