Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – November 29, 2010
Texas Wine: It’s Time to Wine & Swine!
by Jessica Dupuy (Eat My Words/Texas Monthly)
What comes to mind when you hear the words: Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival? If you said ‘food’ and ‘wine,’ you’re on the right track. (If you didn’t, you may want to work on your reading comprehension.)
And next weekend, the festival architects are throwing an early three-day tasting extravaganza marrying two of the world’s most fêted flavors: wine and pork.
More on Wine and Swine Culinary Weekend (Austin, TX – This weekend December 3-5, 2010) at: http://www.texasmonthly.com/blogs/eatmywords/?p=1622
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The Most-Talked-About Wine in Texas
The wine directors at the Four Seasons Hotels in Dallas and Austin (where it is poured by the glass), legendary Texas chef Stephan Pyles, the Dallas Morning News, Britain’s favorite wine writer Oz Clarke, and Texas’ favorite wine writer Wes Marshall all agree: Duchman Family Vermentino is just one of the wines that has made the Duchman Family Winery “one of the hottest wineries in Texas these days.”
Wes Marshall called the Duchman Family Vermentino “the best of the night” and a “real revelation” in a recent tasting of Texas wines he conducted with Oz Clarke.
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Three Texas Vineyards For Sale
See the listings for three Texas vineyards: Two in the Texas Hill Country AVA and one in the Bell Mountain AVA.
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Wanna Grow grapes in Texas? Texas Wine Grape Network
This portal contains Texas AgriLife Extension fact sheets and guidelines for growing grapes in Texas. Our fact sheets provide general recommendations and considerations for Texas condition. A group of eight fact sheets covers topics pertaining to vineyard establishment. Additional fact sheets address topics of concern in vineyard management. Many of these fact sheets contain links to external websites with related content. These external websites are carefully selected from credible sources.
Topics include: Starting a Vineyard, Site Assessment, Soils, Varieties and Clones, Rootstocks, Plant Materials, Trellis and Training Systems, and other topics.
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Top Ten Holiday Wines Takeover Twitterdom
The Top Ten Holiday wines [from Whole Foods Market] were flowing and the tweets were flying at our first-ever Twitter Tasting last week where we joined a few hundred of our closest friends all across the country (and Canada!) to taste and tweet about these top-notch wines at easy-to-swallow prices.
As the corks popped, the tweet parties began with bloggers and wine-loving tweeters joining in the fun from Austin, TX to Atlanta, GA and from Boca Raton, FL to Kennewick, WA. Many gathered at their nearest Whole Foods Market stores while others hosted their own Twitter Tastings in their homes. In one short hour, we tasted six of these holiday-friendly wines and the twitter-verse was buzzing with nearly 700 tweets sharing comments, photos and kudos for the Top Ten wines – all under $15 a bottle! [VintageTexas was there.]
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Wine and Dine Daily
For more news, go to Denise Fraser’s Wine and Dine Daily