Four Takeaways from 2015 TEXSOM

Four Takeaways from 2015 TEXSOM Looking back to my first Texsom in 2008, I’ve attended a majority of the TEXSOM conferences over its past eleven years. As I recall, the first one I attended barely broke an attendance of around 200 people. The vast majority were local sommeliers (barely enough to fill…

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FLASH: Nathan Fausti of Olive & June Named 2015 Best Sommelier at Texsom

FLASH: Nathan Fausti of Olive & June Named 2015 Best Sommelier at Texsom 2015 (11th Annual) TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition Presented by Texas Monthly TEXSOM co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell last night announced at the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Grand Tasting that Nathan Fausti…

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Sneak Peek of Messina Hof Winery 2015 at Vic & Anthony’s

Sneak Peek of Messina Hof Winery 2015 at Vic & Anthony’s Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo, the seventh generation winemaker in the Bonarrigo family, addressed the assemblage at Vic & Anthony’s Steak House in Houston to taste and savor the wines from Messina Hof Winery and Resort. With Paul Mitchell were his family:…

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TX Locations Wine: A worthy wine as big as the state it represents

TX Locations Wine: A worthy wine as big as the state it represents Dave Phinney’s idea is simple, complicated and a great deal of fun, all rolled into one. As you can see below harvested from the Locations Wine website: The Simple: Make the best possible wine from a given…

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Inaugural Discover Wine Festival in Houston to Feature 19 Texas Wineries

Inaugural Discover Wine Festival in Houston to Feature 19 Texas Wineries The inaugural Discover Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, June 20 in downtown Houston from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The 2015 Discover Wine Festival will be a festival within a festival since we will be part of…

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Russ Kane VintageTexas on SommChat Wednesday 1/28 11AM CT – Discuss Texas Hill Country Wines & Wineries

Russ Kane VintageTexas on SommChat Wednesday 1/28 11AM CT – Discuss Texas Hill Country Wines & Wineries This January marks my 20th year since first finding out that Texas had a native (yet still infantile) wine industry and operating as a consumer, wine group director, wine writer and blogger. In…

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Sneak Peeks: “Texas By The Book” Dinner Offerings from Chef Ross Burtwell

Sneak Peeks: “Texas By The Book” Dinner Offerings from Chef Ross Burtwell Last week I posted an announcement for the upcoming Friday February 27th Six-Course Texas Wine Dinner and book signing event with Chef Ross Burtwell, Chef Terry Thompson Anderson and me. Click here for details. Come to this event…

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A Texas Food & Wine Extravaganza from Three Texas Authors: Texas by the Book

A Texas Food & Wine Extravaganza from Three Texas Authors: Texas by the Book  When: Friday, February 27, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Where: At Cabernet Grill – Texas Hill Country Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas (2805 South State Highway 16, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-5734) Texas wineries: Duchman Family Winery, Grape Creek Vineyards, Texas…

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Texas Hill Country Wineries – December 2014 Newsletter

Texas Hill Country Wineries  – December 2014 Newsletter Reprinted by permission of Texas Hill Country Wineries (click here). Holiday Wine Kick-0ff Tasting at Flat Creek Estate Join us THIS Friday! Friday, December 5, 6-8pm – Hill Country tasting with Flat Creek Estate, Stone House Vineyard, Fall Creek Vineyard, Westcave Cellars…

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