A “Chardonnay-Year” for the Texas Hill Country & Pilot Knob and Robert Clay Vineyards

A “Chardonnay-Year” for the Texas Hill Country & Pilot Knob and Robert Clay Vineyards It was an early August day 2014, when I visited Dan McLaughlin’s Robert Clay Vineyard in Mason. I was directed by Dan to try a helping of the still remaining Chardonnay grapes in the vineyard. See…

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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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Pedernales Cellars Vermentino and Viognier: Found on My Mediterranean Isle of Texas – Update

Pedernales Cellars Vermentino and Viognier: Found on My Mediterranean Isle of Texas – Update I recently sat down to taste two new white wines from the 2014 vintage, both from Pedernales Cellars. This winery has been long known for their Viognier and expectations were high. After all, Pedernales Cellars has…

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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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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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BENDING BRANCH WINERY WELCOMES JENNIFER McINNIS NEW MARKETING & SALES MANAGER

BENDING BRANCH WINERY WELCOMES JENNIFER McINNIS NEW  MARKETING & SALES MANAGER Bending Branch Winery is proud to announce that Jennifer McInnis will join its team January 26 as the company’s Marketing and Sales Manager. Jennifer will be responsible for marketing initiatives, social media and on premise restaurant sales. Jennifer comes…

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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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Your Guide to the Texas Hill Country Wine Experience

Your Guide to the Texas Hill Country Wine Experience The Texas Hill Country Wineries have roots as old as any around. Texas grapes grow in soils made from ancient calcareous sea deposits, similar to many of the grape-growing regions of Europe. Texas wine culture arrived in the 1600s with Spanish…

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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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Tonight 7 pm – Join Us for International Tempranillo Day Twitter Tasting

Tonight 7 pm – Join Us for International Tempranillo Day Twitter Tasting Well, wake up and get out of bed! It’s International Tempranillo Day! People around the world rejoice. Tempranillo (the national red grape of Spain) is also finding a new second home…Texas. Texas (with its arid hilly wine country,…

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