Jul 152010
 

Write Off The Vine: Texas Wine News – July 15, 2010

Texas Terroir: Wine in the Lone Star state? You bet.

By Amy Zavatto, Wine Enthusiast

When you think about Texas, there are at least a dozen or so things that come to mind: barbecue, boots, broncos, and Bushes, for starters. But wine? It’s probably not even on your radar—or not yet, anyway.

Texans don’t do small. Holding true to that reputation, the state department recently pumped $4.5 million into the wine industry indicating they’re ready to expand production (and maybe even export more frequently outside state borders).

More at: http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/July-2010/Texas-Terroir/

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Prospective wine-grape grower workshop on Aug. 6 in Houston

By Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M

The viticulture team of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service has set a date and location in Houston to present one of its Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshops. The workshop will be held Aug. 6 at the AgriLife Extension office for Harris County, located at 3033 Bear Creek Drive. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., with sign-in starting at 8:30 a.m.

“The Prospective Wine-Grape Growers Workshop is a one-day educational program designed to provide an overview of the unique requirements and risks associated with establishment and operation of a commercial vineyard in Texas,” said Fritz Westover, Gulf Coast viticulture advisor for AgriLife Extension and state viticulture program coordinator.

More at: http://www.ntxe-news.com/artman/publish/article_63207.shtml

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New Mexico’s Gruet Winery has purchased Texas’s CapRock Wine Company for $6.5m

As the fourth owners of the 21-year old winery siblings Laurent & Nathalie Gruet plan to use the facility to augment its renowned New Mexico sparkling wine production with that of Texas sparkling wines. The auction took less than two minutes.

Having estimated its worth at $2.5m CapRock’s managing partner Don Roark had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 23 2009 with debts, including unpaid county property taxes and a $4 million loan from former owner PlainsCapital Bank, estimated at more than $5 million.

Gruet currently owns 150 acres of vineyards near southeastern New Mexico’s Elephant Butte along with its winery, offices, and tasting room located along I-25 in Albuquerque.

More at: http://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=76047

Still more at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=1904

Still more yet at: http://www.vinotology.com/2010/07/the-caprock-sale-the-most-expensive-three-minutes-in-texas-wine-history.html

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Summer Texas Wine Tasting Series offers people the opportunity to “un-wine”

By Examiner, Rebecca Alizadeh

The Summer Texas Wine Tasting Series by The Grapevine Texas Wine Bar in Gruene, Texas offers individuals the opportunity to spent their Thursday evenings “un-wineing” while sampling wines from all over the state of Texas.  Recently extended, this event will go on each Thursday evening until August 26, 2010.

A short drive outside of San Antonio, Gruene is a beautiful community nestled amongst the Hill Country.

Join your friends (what a great meet-up for your single parents group) or meet new people while soaking in the ambiance of Gruene sampling the best wines of the region.  A live jazz band will also be performing until 11 PM so the party can continue even after the wine tasting event ends.

More at: http://www.examiner.com/x-53114-San-Antonio-Single-Parenting-Examiner~y2010m7d14-Summer-Texas-Wine-Tasting-Series-offers-people-the-opportunity-to-unwine

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Vineyards and Wineries for Sale in Texas

Canyon Lake Cellars (near San Antonio)

Price: $988,000

Location:United States, Texas, Hill Country AVA

Details: Total Acreage: 2

Planted Acreage: 1-10 Acres

Case Production: Under 500 Cases

Granite Hill Vineyards

Price: $1,800,000

Location: United States, Texas, Bell Mountain AVA

Details: Total Acreage: 104

Planted Acreage: 10-50 Acres

Square Feet: 4,000

Peter’s Prairie Vineyard

Price: $950,000

Location: United States, Texas, Hill Country AVA

Details: Total Acreage: 23

Planted Acreage: 10-50 Acres

Square Feet: 3,000

Luz de Estrella Winery

Price: $699,000

Location: United States, Texas

Details: Total Acreage: 166

Planted Acreage: 1-10 Acres

Case Production: Under 500 Cases

Square Feet: 4,211

More details at: http://vineyardagent.net/texas-vineyards-for-sale-texas-wineries-for-sale.html


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