Texas High Plains Report: It’s Alive! It’s Alive!

Texas High Plains Report: It’s Alive! It’s Alive! I just received a photo from a certain (and notable) viticulturist on the high plains. Like many that reside near him, he didn’t hold out much hope for the naked and infantile buds on the vines in his area after last week’s…

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Exciting Times in Chile: Redefining Their Terroir & Wines

Exciting Times in Chile: Redefining Their Terroir & Wines If you think you know Chilean wines, take another look. The Chileans are redefining their terroir and in the process are redefining their wines and improving quality using a simple concept – find the right grape varieties for the right location…

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The New Texas Wine Business Model: Response to “The Bacchus Rewrite” Blog

The New Texas Wine Business Model: Response to “The Bacchus Rewrite” Blog My question is directed at Andy Chalk at CraveDFW who recently wrote a creative and penetrating blog titled, “The TWGGA President’s Speech Replacement”. Click here to link to it. For those not involved in the Texas wine industry or…

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The Texas Winemakers/Winery Owners Pledge (and Good for Other Local Wine States, Too)

The Texas Winemakers/Winery Owners Pledge (and Good for Other Local Wine States, Too) Some of you have seen the blog and reader comments over the past few days on CraveDFW (click here) on “For-Sale-in-Texas-Only” wine. I made an attempt to re-frame the discussion on my subsequent blog (click here) away…

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Duchman Winery Dinner at Houston’s L’Olivier Restaurant: High Time for Texas Wines on the Gourmet Scene

Duchman Winery Dinner at Houston’s L’Olivier Restaurant: High Time for Texas Wines on the Gourmet Scene A splash of Vermentino on a knee and hearty conversation around well-matched gourmet food and excellent wines made for a lovely evening this week at Houston’s French-inspired, Montrose-area L’Olivier Restaurant. But what if I…

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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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Texsom 2012 “Be There or Be Square”: August 11-13, 2012

Texsom 2012  “Be There or Be Square”: August 11-13, 2012 You may remember the line “Be there, or be square” from The Wiz, the modern-day version of the Wizard of Oz. Well, this line could not be more appropriate for the up coming Texas Sommelier Conference – TEXSOM 2012. It…

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Austin Food & Wine Fest Sunday, April 29th – What a Texas Wine Panel! A Gold Medal Line Up

Austin Food & Wine Fest Sunday, April 29th – What a Texas Wine Panel! A Gold Medal Line Up I’ll admit, when I was asked to assemble a Texas wine panel for the Austin Food & Wine Festival, I had my doubts. Texas wines did not exactly draw the top…

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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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