New Book from Doc Russ Texas WineSlinger on the Texas Hill Country Wineries

New Book from Doc Russ Texas WineSlinger on the Texas Hill Country Wineries Upon reviewing my previous best-selling book, The WineSlinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine, international wine luminary Oz Clarke rattled off the following blurb: “Doc Russ is the kind of guy who can mix blues, barbecue and Barbera…

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Need Some Muscrat Love? It’s at Kerrville Hills Winery

Need Some Muscrat Love?  It’s at Kerrville Hills Winery I like this Kerrville Hills Muscrat Love wine for several reasons. The first reason is because at the first public wine tasting that I think that ever did (in Old Town Spring, TX, in the mid-to-late 1990s) I included a sweet…

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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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November 2014 #TXwine Twitter Thursday – Tempranillo Day Event

November 2014 #TXwine Twitter Thursday – Tempranillo Day Event Writer, blogger and food/wine commentator, Andrew Chalk at www.cravedfw.com has put Texas Tempranillos to the test (click here). For consumers, he recommends “Consider a Texas Tempranillo with your next steak, lamb or barbecue. Also, on day trips, consider visiting some producers…

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Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas

Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas The biggest news that I’ve heard is some time started with an email out of the blue from Susan Auler that said, “Just wanted to let you know about our wonderful new venture.” The details that followed were about a…

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The Sip – Season One Shows Its Time to Go Texan or Go Thirsty

The Sip – Season One Shows Its Time to Go Texan or Go Thirsty I exited the bright afternoon Austin street scene through a ruddy red door under a black awning. Not much else other than the 306A address on the door told me I was in the right place.…

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2014 Newsom Grape Day & Tempranillo Symposium: Five Things I Learned About Texas Wine

Newsom Grape Day & Tempranillo Symposium: Five Things I Leaned About Texas Wine Last Friday was the annual gathering of grape growers and winemakers from around the state in Neal Newsom’s “Barn-atorium” surrounded by his Newsom family vineyards near Plains, Texas. The big white metal structure was filled nearly to…

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Grape Creek Vineyards Releases Euphoria: Texas Sparkling Wine

Grape Creek Vineyards Releases Euphoria: Texas Sparkling Wine A long time ago, I mused in the blog about Texans and their love for sparkling wines (click here). However, there have been darn few sparklers actually made right here in the Lone Star state. That’s why I was so excited when…

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