Vintage Texas: Texas is really a wine country! 1868
“We have received a sample of the pure Mustang wine from Mr. L.N. Halbert of Long Point, Washington County, Texas. All we can say is, that the best judges of our office (who, by the way, ought to be good judges, as they have often tried similar samples of Texas wine) have given it a fair trial, and they all pronounce it “excellent”, with increasing emphasis after the second and third trial.
We venture to say that no one, after tasting this wine, will question that Texas is really a wine country!
We may remark that, even now, without any [cultivation], or other expense than gathering grapes, we have thousands of gallons of this wine now made annually in nearly all parts of the State.”
From: Galveston Daily News, October 25, 1868