Vintage Texas: Russ Kane, the Texas WineSlinger

Vintage Texas chronicles Russ Kane’s rants and raves, interviews, and experiences in his search to define the elusive “Texas Terrior”.

Russ Kane (The Texas WineSlinger) is a wine writer with articles and tasting notes that have appeared in local and regional publications including Texas Culinary Thymes, ArtsHouston, Baycomber, My Table Magazine, and He recently did a guest tasting of California Cabernets featured in the My-Table August-September 2008 issue and an article, “Blogs: The Virtual Gutenburg Press” in the My-Table April-May 2009 issue.

Russ has organized and moderated winemaker panels at major festivals including “Hot Weather, Cool Wines” at the SAVUER Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival, and “Mediterranean Cowboys” and “Pinot Gringos” at the Grand Wine and Food Affair.

Yes – “Mediterranean Cowboys” and “Pinot Gringos” are strange names for wine panels; but, this is Texas!

He was a Houston entrepreneur involved in research and technical writing for over 20 years,  traveled extensively and is actively interested in regional cuisines, wine education, and wine/food pairing. Both Russ Kane and his wife, Delia Cuellar, come from families with restaurant ties and understand the qualities of wine and food in a context of family, friends and acquaintances


He has served as a judge in numerous wine competitions including the Houston Rodeo Wine Competition and the Lone Star Wine Competition. Russ was the founder and organizer of the annual Texas’ Best Wine Competition held by the Wine Society of Texas from 2001 through 2005. He has also developed wine training lectures and seminars for the WST and several wineries aimed particularly at developing “a knowledgeable and responsible wine culture in Texas”.

In 1998, Russ and Delia started the Houston Chapter of the Wine Society of Texas, a 501c3 non-profit, educational organization. He has served as its President, on its Board of Directors, and as its Executive Director.  He helped to build the organization to include approximately 400 members statewide with many local chapters.

Russ has also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA). In 2002, Dr. Kane received his first level certificate from the Guild of Master Sommeliers.

A sampling of articles on Texas wines by Russ Kane, wine writer, blogger and aficionado, are available online at:

If you wish to discuss a writing assignment, event coverage, or a proposal for an article, a book or other project, please contact:

Dr. Russell D. Kane –; 2318 Huldy Street, Houston, Texas, 77019; email:

For a listing of Texas wineries go to the website for the Texas Department of Agriculture Go Texas Program at: