Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – March 18, 2012 | Top Stories this Week

Houston Rodeo - Messina Hof Solera Sherry $105,000 at Auction

Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – March 18, 2012 | Top Stories this Week

Asador at Dallas Renaissance Hotel: Better Than Ever. Why Don’t Locals Eat There?

Posted on March 13th, 2012 12:35pm by Andrew Chalk – Andy asks a good Question…

One thing I would like them to revisit is their wine list. They need to carry over the local element of the food to to the list. There is not a single Texas wine on the list. This is at the very time in Texas wine history at which there is least justification for such an omission. I suspect that it happened because the list is sourced from ‘central listing’ and, rather like the case at the similarly focused Central 214, the local people need to bring the issue to the attention of the powers that be. If Hunter Hammett at The Pyramid Restaurant can sell Texas wine, then so can others.

More: http://sidedish.dmagazine.com/2012/03/13/asador-at-dallas-renaissance-hotel-better-than-ever-why-dont-locals-eat-there/

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Houston Rodeo Uncorked breaks another record

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 4:00 am By Ron Saikowski / Houston Wine Walk

The Texas Champion Wine, Messina Hof Solera Sherry broke another record garnering $105,000 for scholarships. Paul Bonarrigo VII was very proud of his family’s creation. As the second generation of the family at Messina Hof Winery, Paul VII is equally excited about another creation expected around the middle of July, being Paul Anthony Bonarrigo. Congratulations to a wonderful Texas wine family!

When the dust settled after 52 wine lots were auctioned, the scholarship fund for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was richer by $1.41 million dollars.

More: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/greater_houston/entertainment/houston-rodeo-uncorked-breaks-another-record/article_46bbb755-67ad-518b-832b-de401d034b07.html

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Wine Time

Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

By Jeremy Parzen | Eating Our Words, HoustonPress Blog, Wed., Mar. 14 2012 at 11:12 AM

TX Wine Lover: Although the Texas Hill Country Wineries website does have a calendar of wine events, the Texas wine industry as a whole still relies on bloggers like Jeff Cope for exhaustive coverage of upcoming events and winery profiles. Someone ought to give Jeff a medal for his newly updated calendar here, including events through July of this year.

Vintage Texas: And speaking of upcoming Texas wine industry events (and medals that ought to be awarded to Texas wine bloggers), we wouldn’t know about the March 19 Viognier Symposium in Comanche if it weren’t for top Texas wine blogger and industry insider Russ Kane and his preview of the conference.

While Blanc du [Bois] remains the “great white hope” for Texas in our view, Viognier is quickly gaining traction as a top white grape variety here. Its sturdiness in the vineyard and its unctuousness in the glass seem to play well here in the Lone Star state.

More: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2012/03/oysters_wine_fake_wine_labels.php

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From the Twitterverse:

@FourPointWine: 4.0 Cellars is progressing swiftly….we R excited about being open soon! Plan2 join us for the #Txwine Experience soon!

@VintageTexas: Top 3 Wineries in Central Texas http://t.co/iOYzpXiE @flatcreekestate @VintageTexas @CityWineJournal @DuchmanWinery

Hilmy Cellars – Grand Opening this weekend between Stonewall and Fredericksburg. http://t.co/ub8wYCmE #TxWine #wine http://t.co/WHo0AiXl

@Vino50Wines: Delish! TX Reserve Roussanne. Lush! @mcphersoncellar Wine America Spring Congressional.) http://t.co/2ztPrevd #TXWine

@RetreatHillWine: St. Patty’s Day Retreat Hill Cellars Montgomery, Tx. The big leprechaun, 2much grn Riesling http://t.co/LWzrDovg #TXwine

@seanbuckley: Yes http://t.co/gu1fNZix” <<Bet this looks even worse the morning after! #greenbeer

@alawine: Wine Blogs, Dirty PIctures and Growing Your Anatomy http://t.co/HO8iQMi6 #fb #wine

Perhaps it’s not local wine quality the problem but the wine bloggers? http://t.co/Xv4SNyX0 #drinklocal #localwine #txwine #vawine #wbc12

The folks at Arche’ had to rip up some serious old vines! Kudos. (via Texas Wino) #txwine http://t.co/Wko62hAi

Local Wine Movements active in Colorade & Texas > http://t.co/qPFLKniM < @DrinkLocalWine #COwine #TXwine

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