VintageTexas Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – Texas Wine Month Edition

VintageTexas Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – Texas Wine Month Edition

Tale of Two Gregs: Far Flung Wine and River Paddling

Many years ago, two Gregs became friends.  One Greg made wine and loved paddling rivers.  The other Greg paddled rivers and loved wine. So, in a flash, the annual Far Flung wine tasting trip was born.

Greg Bruni (known as Greg 1) wine maker extraordinaire and Vice President of Llano Estacado will be our master of vino ceremony on this three day, two night adventure on Big Bend’s Rio Grande River. Greg Henington (known as Greg 2), owner of Far Flung Outdoor Center, will be the river master and wine drinker. Whether you are a novice to the art of wine or a connoisseur, you don’t want to miss Greg 1’s river of enology knowledge.

2011 Trip Date: October 14-16, 2011

Trip Details: Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure: 8:30 a.m. on Day 1

Return: (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Approximately 3-4 p.m. on Day 3

Method of Travel: Raft or canoe

Far Flung Provides: Guides, river equipment, all meals, wine, waterproof bags, tents, park use fees and shuttle service to and from the river.

You Provide: Sleeping bag, pad and personal gear (see packing list).

Difficulty: Easy; paddling will be required on trips traveling by canoe.

Minimum Age: 21

Price and Details:

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Texas Wine Month: Dust Off Your Boots, Polish Your Wine Glasses, and Drink Some Texas Wine!

by Jessica Dupuy (Eat My Words / Texas Monthly)

Texas Wine Month Courtesy of Go Texan Wine

Though it hardly feels like it outside, Fall is officially upon us. For most people, that means football, autumn foliage and closed-toe shoes. For me it means, Texas Wine Month is here! And there’s no better way to enjoy Texas wine than on a few select road trips along the Texas Wine Trails, signing up for a few Texas wine pairing dinners, or stopping by for a few of the seasons wine and food festivals across the state. With something going in virtually all parts of the state, there’s really no excuse not to find a fantastic way to enjoy Texas wine this month. Here are a few choice events to check out.

September 29–October 23, 2011

The State Fair of Texas Wine Garden

Join Big Tex and a world of fried food for the great State Fair of Texas. While you’re there, stop over at the Texas Wine garden where each day there are tastings from different wineries across the state. Aside from tasting wines you may not have tried before, the garden offers a few great shady spots to sip wine, nibble cheese (that hasn’t been deep fried), watch fair-goers and on the weekends, listen to live jazz. Click here for details.

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Texas Wine Month full of wine celebrations

By Ron Saikowski / Wine Walk

The Texas Department of Agriculture has declared the entire month of October as “Texas Wine Month.” These 31 days will be loaded with events celebrating Texas wines. The State Fair of Texas will be hosting Texas wineries and Texas winemakers through the entire fair with Texas wines showcased in the Texas Wine Garden during the State Fair. Upcoming local wine events include:

Oct. 7-8 – Texas REDS Festival in downtown Bryan in celebration of Texas red wines and Texas steaks.

Oct. 8 – Monterey Square Arts and Wine Fair in Wharton

Oct. 12 – Botox, Chocolate and Wine at Cork This Winery in Montgomery from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Reservations suggested for Boxtox by calling 936-597-4030.

Oct. 15-16 – Autumn Art and Texas Wine Festival in Old Town Spring


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October happenings: Texas Wine Month is full of special events.

by Jennifer McInnis (San Antonio Express News)

October is Texas Wine Month, and there are many ways to raise a toast to the fifth-largest wine-producing state.

To get the most out of the cooler months, plan a trip to some of the more than 220 wineries around the state. A complete list of wineries and trails can be found on the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Go Texan wine page,, which includes a link to wine trails.

Some of the smaller trails have events scheduled for the first or second half of the month. The two closest trails, Wine Road 290 ( and Texas Hill Country (, include wineries with food and wine events throughout the month. Visit individual winery websites for schedules.


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Are you a weekend wine warrior? I want your tips, tales

by Addie Broyles (Relish  Austin / Autin360)

Next week, in conjugation with the start of Texas Wine Month, the Wednesday food section will be dedicated to Texas wine.

I was in Bryan yesterday, visiting with Paul Bonarrigo, who founded Messina Hof way back in 1977, when there were fewer than five wineries in the entire state. Now, there are more than 220 Texas wineries that have a $1.7 billion impact on the state’s economy.

I’m headed out to Fredericksburg today to explore some of the exciting things happening out there, but there are dozens if not hundreds of activities are going on at wineries throughout the year, and I just can’t get to them all.


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Schedule for Texas wineries at the State Fair

by Kim Pierce/Reporter (Dallas  Morning News)

I was saddened to see last year that at the State Fair of Texas Wine Garden, Texas wineries had been nudged aside by supermarket wines that sponsoring supermarket Kroger wished to feature (which had nothing to do with Texas). The Go Texan people tell me that Kroger’s sponsorship is a given, and the sponsor can pour non-Texas wines if it wishes. (Memo to Kroger: Get a clue.)

However, on any given day at the fair this year, at least two Texas wineries will be pouring their wines, and during Texas-OU weekend, there will be three.

Check out the jump for which Texas wineries are scheduled to pour each day. Go visit and check them out. These are some good producers.


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