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:


  1. mr. kane just finished your book for the 2nd time, much time and love spent by you and your wife ,,,,thanks. a bit of info for you,,,,,,,,,,,, at the 29th LSIWC Chisholm Trail Winery (Paula Williamson’s) Belle Starr Blanc du Bois–took Grand Star Award and Gold Medal–Texas White Wine. point of interest,,,, 100% of Blanc du Bois grapes were from the Rio Grand Valley produced by your friend Andy Scott of Rio Farms at Monte Alto, Texas, and the grapes were delivered to the winery by the 21st day of June , 2011.

    As of this day June 16th the santander valli region of the LowerRegion of the Rio Grande has been shipping Blancs for the past two weeks with brics as high as 27.

    just thought that you would like to be aware of the new grape growing area of Texas.

    looking forward to your next book./,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    thanks fred mccaleb june 16 2011 15.20 hrs

  2. Many thanks for your comments and best wishes.

    I was a judge in the LSIWC in Grapevine earlier this month. I tasted the Chisholm Trial Blanc Du Bois and it was a stellar wine. This wine could be poured at any table and Texans could be proud of how it will show.

    Get some and be proud!

    Russ Kane

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