March 1, 2015 – Houston: The 2015 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction and Dinner overflowed with generous bids from supportive buyers of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Approximately 900 people interested in purchasing the award-winning wines attended the auction Sunday, March 1 at NRG Center. The auction sold award-winning wines from the 2015 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition held in November. For a record price of $232,000, the 2015 Grand Champion Best of Show Wine sold to buyers Mimi [Read More…]
Garrison Brothers Distillery, Texas’ first legal whiskey distillery and the maker of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, is pleased to announce that it will be introducing its Single Barrel Bourbon this spring. The Single Barrel Bourbon from Garrison Brothers is a three-year-old, 94-proof big brother to its flagship Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey and just like its predecessor, it is made from organic Panhandle corn, soft red winter wheat, two-row malted barley and pure, clean Hill Country rainwater. [Read More…]
The 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards presented by Texas Monthly was recently held February 23-24 at the Irving Convention Center. Here are the Texas wineries who won medals.
Blue Lotus Winery and Texas Mead Works are at the same location and that is in Seguin, Texas. When I visited there in 2013, they were doing tastings in the production area and were planning on building a tasting room near the road frontage and the neighboring vineyard. The tasting room has now been built and while we were at the TWGGA Conference in San Marcos, we made a quick trip to Seguin to visit the tasting room.
FEB. 23, 2015 – HOUSTON: Thousands toasted award-winning wines and tasted outstanding food from 91 distinguished Houston restaurants, chefs, and caterers to celebrate the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In November, the International Wine Competition boasted 2,578 entries, including wines from 43 Texas wineries and 16 different countries. Medals were awarded to 2,221 wines by 20 panels of judges, consisting of wine experts, collectors and knowledgeable consumers. The champion wines are: Grand Champion Best of Show – Rombauer Vineyards [Read More…]
http://www.carmelawinery.net Like most people, I faced a learning curve when I first came into my enthusiasm for and appreciation of wine. I made my share of unwitting gaffs and faced down a couple of scornful "experts" who lived near Napa and went out of their way to make me feel like a real rube about a decade ago. So, I could certainly empathize with the story I overheard told by a … [Read More...]
Frost protection has become a very important topic for vineyards, especially due to recent years with late frosts harming the year's harvest. Different methods to help protect the grapevines during these unusually late frosts are used such as burning hay bales around the vineyard to raise the temperature and hiring helicopters to fly over the vineyard to push the warm air back to the vineyard. One … [Read More...]