Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – January 18, 2010

Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – January 18, 2010

Answer the Question on Wine Spectator: What Texas Wine to Take to a Blind Tasting?

Go ahead give a recommendation. This discussion needs a bit of input from people from Texas that have actually tried Texas wine and identified their good features.


Wine industry forecasts, resolutions for 2010
By Ron Saikowski (Houston Wine Walk – Greater Houston Weekly)

I have a basket of predications for this new year relating to Texas wineries along with resolutions for the upcoming 12 months that I would like to share with you. These forecasts are based on what I have seen happening in the Texas wine industry. We will need to revisit next January to see how accurate my “crystal ball” is. Well, here goes …

The number of Texas wineries will approach 240, even though the economy is not doing so good. Texas wineries will increase in numbers by at least 20 percent. If the Texas economy had not cooled down, the number of Texas wineries for this next year would be well over 250 with my projected increase of over 30 percent.

Texas will become the fourth largest wine-producing state in the country, surpassing the state of New York.

More at: http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/2010/01/17/greater_houston_weekly/top_of_the_week/0106_houston_wine_walk.txt

Texas Hill Country Winery Recommendations on Frommers

Any recommendations for wineries in the Texas Hill Country area and where to stay? See what Frommers has to say about it online at:


Three Texas wineries medal at San Francisco Wine Competition
By Jennifer McInnis – San Antonio Express-News

The Texas wine industry ranks next to California as one of the top destinations for visitors. Several Texas wineries recently tested the waters to see how they rank with the rest of the world at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Three won multiple awards at the competition, where a world-record breaking 4,913 entries were judged.

Grape Creek Vineyards (www.grapecreek.com) in Fredericksburg entered nine wines and won seven medals lead by a silver medal for their 2007 Bellissimo in the Italian Other Varietals and Blends (Red) Category.

Brennan Vineyards (www.brennanvineyards.com) in Comanche is also proud of three wines that won awards in the first year they entered the San Francisco competition that included a gold medal for their Austin Street 2007 Austin Street Red, in the Italian Other Varietals and Blends (Red) Category

A third Texas winery, Red Caboose Winery (www.redcaboosewinery.com) in Meridian, won two awards lead by a silver medal for their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon in the  Cabernet Sauvignon $20 to $24.99 Category.

More at: http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/food/3_Texas_wineries_medal_at_San_Francisco_Wine_Competition.html

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