Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News – August 24, 2009

Great Grape Stomp Off in New Braunfels, Texas (and Win Free Tickets)

Hosted by the Texas Hill Country Wineries and Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard, this annual event allows couples to test their foot stomping and juice grinding abilities.  The event will be open to over 100 teams scheduled to crush over 1,000 pounds of grapes! Bring your own team to stomp, taste and explore! Arrive early to register for the grape stomp competition conducted by Dry Comal Creek Vineyards!
Not up for stomping, then come for the  wine featuring award-winning Texas wineries pouring the best they have to offer. Food, games, and live music also make the event festive for all ages. Saturday, September, 12, 2009. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets available at www.grapestomp.com or at the gate – $25/adult or $10/ages 12 – 21. Children under 11 are free. Every ticket affords you the following:
– Admission to the Grape Stomp event
– $10 Value in Tasting Coupons
– A Charitable Donation to the Comal Education Foundation

The FIRST 400 online adult ticket purchasers will receive a FREE stemless wine glass compliments of The Texas Department of Agriculture! Event to be held at Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard at the Amenity Center, 1110 Vintage Way, New Braunfels, Texas, 78132. www.vintageoakstexas.com.

Win Free Tickets to this event on VintageTexas.com – Send us a short description  (up to 150 words) of your favorite vineyard/winery/home grape harvesting experience. The winners will be selected to receive a set of two tickets for the Great Grape Stomp Off event. That is a $50 value – each ticket is worth $25. Two winners will be chosen (two tickets for each winner) and they will receive a winners certificate by email and their tickets will be at ‘will call’ at the event. Post your best grape harvest experience in the comments section of this blog (CLick on blog title or icon in upper right or go to http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=1106). Winners will be noftified by Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Email addresses will be held in confidence and not published with comment, and will only be used to notify the winners.

Texas Wine Grape Industry Continues Growth
Aug 19, 2009 10:06 AM, By Cary Blake, from Farm Press Editorial Staff

Twenty-five wineries dotted the Texas landscape in 1900 but were closed in 1919 due to the federal prohibition of alcohol. Wineries reopened in 1933 when prohibition was repealed.

In 2005 the Texas Legislature passed a bill allowing the shipment of Texas wines within the state.

Texas’ modern day commercial wine grape industry took root in the 1970s. The wineries Llano Estacado in Lubbock and Fall Creek in Austin are credited with pioneering today’s wine industry.

Texas’ wine grape industry faces another challenge in bringing the supply and demand of fruit into balance, Hellman says. Texas has 280 commercial wineries with 3,100 acres of vineyards. The acreage represents about 10 percent of the grapes required by the wineries. The other 90 percent is purchased out-of-state, mostly from California.

More at: http://southwestfarmpress.com/news_archive/texas-wine-grapes-0819/

Holy Sh*t! They can make wine in Texas!
Michael Wangbickler on August 22nd, 2009 from Cavemanwines.com

I spent last weekend in Dallas, Texas at the Drink Local Wine Conference and TEXSOM. While the general goal of the DLW Conference was to discuss the topic of local wine, the overall focus was on Texas wine specifically. Afterall, that was where we were.

I have to say that I have tried a few Texas wines in the past and have never been impressed. They were either too tannic and lacking in fruit, or just plain weird. During the conference, we had the opportunity to taste about 50 or so Texas wines. I think my Tweet during the conference sums it up: “Holy Shit! They can make wine in Texas!” I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the wines overall.

More at: http://cavemanwines.com/blog/2009/08/22/holy-sht-they-can-make-wine-in-texas/

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Real Texas Wine Tour
by david on August 17, 2009 from realtexasblog.com

We were in Kerrville earlier in the week and took a drive on over to Fredericksburg.  I really like that area of Texas and of  course it goes without saying that most of that area is  Real Texas and full of Real Texans.  I guess it’s  the German heritage that appeals to me.  I can just see all the old timers there coming to town and staying in their Sunday houses, attending church, visiting, going to the store, and tending to errands they needed to do.  Then it was back to work.

While there, we started looking for a birthday gift for a niece.  We decided on a bottle of Texas wine and started the search. I’m probably still not …..a Real Texas Wino; Wine is just not my thing.  But it is the ‘thing’ for lots of other folks and the manager of D’Vine Wine in Fredericksburg is a very nice young man who can fix you up with a special bottle and a special label to personalize your gift of wine.  We called it Copper Dog Farms Wine, in honor of the young Werst’s passion for copper colored dogs and organic gardening. 

More at: http://realtexasblog.com/2009/08/17/real-texas-wine-tour/

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