The Wine Society of Texas Announces 2012 Scholarship Grant Program

The Wine Society of Texas Announces 2012 Scholarship Grant Program The WST will provide up to $4,000 in assistance for the education, internship or field study, and appreciation of wine The Wine Society of Texas (WST), a 501c3 non-profit educational organization announced that it is accepting applications for its annual …

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Haak Texas Madeira Tasting & Dinner: An Evening with the Maestro of Madeira

Haak Texas Madeira Tasting & Dinner: An Evening with the Maestro of Madeira Think Madeira is just for old people, or worse, just for cooking? Well, those that attended the Haak Winery Madeira Tasting and Dinner last night definitely came away saying, “think again”. Attendees celebrated in grand fashion the …

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Small Scale Winemakers Symposium: May 5, 2012 in Cat Spring, Texas

Small Scale Winemakers Symposium: May 5, 2012 in Cat Spring, Texas The Grape Growers Committee of Austin County will be sponsoring a Small Scale Wine Makers Symposium on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Cat Spring Agricultural Hall in Cat Spring, Texas. You will have the opportunity to hear from …

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And What a Year It Was! Tales from 20th Gulf Coast Grape Growers Day

And What a Year It Was! Tales from 20th Gulf Coast Grape Growers Day Gulf Coast grape growers and an increasing assemblage of the grape-growing-curious assembled at the historical Cat Spring Ag Society Hall last week to hear a series of lectures that included extension viticulturalists, area grower-winemakers and people …

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Old World Charm, New World Adventure – The Wines of Alamosa Wine Cellars

Old World Charm, New World Adventure – The Wines of Alamosa Wine Cellars The other day, after tasting a set of three wines from Alamosa Wine Cellars, I was reading in my Sotherby’s Wine Encyclopedia… “While Spain can claim a 3,000 year history of wine, the diversity of its wine …

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Fairhaven Vineyards TVM 2009 Lomanto: Texas Bred, Texas Savored

Fairhaven Vineyards TVM 2009 Lomanto: Texas Bred, Texas Savored It was truly one of the most incredible wine tastings…in Denison, Texas, at Vinita, the familial home of Thomas Volnay (T.V.) Munson. We had a host of wines, but not a name among them was recognizable from any of my previous …

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Video: Calais Winery in Dallas Deep Ellum Presses 2011 Newsom Vineyards Tempranillo (The Purple Juice)

Video: Calais Winery in Dallas Deep Ellum Presses 2011 Newsom Vineyards Tempranillo (The Purple Stuff) Here is “The Purple Juice”. It’s Newsom Vineyards 2011 Tempranillo (Texas High Plains Appellation) that was pressed at Calais Winery in the Deep Ellum district of downtown Dallas after eleven days of fermentation on the skins. …

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Manifesto: The Texas Wine Discussion Starts with Diurnal Temperature Swings, But Goes So Much Further

Manifesto: The Texas Wine Discussion Starts with Diurnal Temperature Swings, But Goes So Much Further How many times have you heard winery and/or vineyard reps say, “This vineyard location benefits from warm to hot days that develop strong fruit character, but also have cool nights that helps maintain acidity in …

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VintageTexas Sunday “Cyclopedia of Wine: Cold Soak or Extended Maceration

VintageTexas Sunday “Cyclopedia of Wine: Cold Soak versus Extended Maceration Maceration is a winemaking process whereby the phenolic materials of the grape (tannins, coloring agents (anthocyanins) and many flavor/aroma compounds) are extracted from the grape skins, seeds and stems into the must (pulpy juice of the grape). Since most of …

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A Story of the Three Texas Viogniers

A Story of the Three Texas Viogniers As I selected this title, I had in my mind the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You know, when Goldilocks got tired, she found one bed too soft, another too hard and the third was just right. Well, it seems that …

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