Jul 292009
 

I’m All Ears about Texas Wines and I am Giving Away Prizes

NOTE: The deadline to comment to this blog is August 2, 2009. Don’t delay.

You can win a free private tour and tasting for up to 25 people at Haak Vineyards (www.haakwine.com) or other prizes by telling me what your experience has been with Texas wines. To comment, simply click on the icon in the upper right side of this blog or go to http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=1022  and comment in the space provided at the bottom of the page (or simply email me at russ@vintagetexas.com or Twitter @VintageTexas).

Why We Get Excited about Texas Wine?

Texas is the fifth largest wine producing state and it has a long history on wine production going back to the Spanish settlers and missionaries in 17th centuries. While only one Texas winery, Val Verde Winery in Del Rio, Texas, successfully made it through the period of prohibition. It is now one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in North America.

Since the mid-1970’s the number of Texas wineries has grown substantially and now numbers over 170 wineries across the state. We have our big volume producer in St. Genevieve, some are medium to large size premium wineries with Llano Estacado, Fall Creek Vineyards, Becker Vineyards, and Messina Hof Winery and Resort. Yet, most are small boutique wineries with some being literally ma and pa operations. Many have said that the wine experience in Texas today is like it was in the 1960s in California.

There are currently over 3,500 acres of Texas vineyards planted across the state ranging from small two acre plots to somethat amass over 100 acres with literally tens of thousands of vines.

Some Texas wineries are producing classical style wines from Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and even Pinot Noir grapes. Others are delving into vines that come from warm weathered regions and Mediterranean countries with varietals that include red grapes like Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo and Sangiovese, and white grapes like Viognier, Roussanne and Muscat. There are still Texas wineries that are banking on wine made from two very interesting French-American hybrids: Bland du Bois and Black Spanish, and are making wines from these grapes like no others in the world.

Let me know what you think and become eligible to win prizes.

Examples of comments I am looking for are:

What has been your experience with Texas wines? The good or bad?
Have you walked in a Texas vineyard, tasted ripe grapes right off the vine, or helped harvest?
What do you think about the up and coming Texas wine experience?
Can you find the Texas wines you like at your favorite wine shop?
Have you tried to direct ship from a Texas winery to your home?
How do you think Texas wines compare with those from other wine regions?

Tell me what you like or what you don’t.

As I said above, I am all ears! So, give me your comments and be eligible to win free prizes. Let’um rip!

How to win

First you have to post a comment telling me about your experience with Texas wines, wineries or vineyards. Good or Bad!

VintageTexas readers that respond by posting a comment to this blog no later than Sunday, August 2, 2009, will be eligible to win a free gift. We have ten sets of Texas wine journals and Texas winery guides courtesy  of the Texas Department of Agriculture (www.gotexanwine.org). They will be given away to ten people selected in a drawing of the names submitting their comments. The drawing will be held on August 3, 2009.

But, Wait There’s More…

As an added benefit, the person submitting the best overall comment or comments as judged by VintageTexas will receive a complimentary tour and tasting at Haak Vineyard and Winery (www.haakwine.com) in Santa Fe, Texas, for up to 25 people.

Winners will be notified by email during the week of August 2, 2009, and prizes and the certificate for the Haak Vineyards tour and tasting will be sent to the winners by mail shortly thereafter.

I want to hear from you. This is your change to speak up about Texas wines.

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