2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards – Texas winners

TEXSOM International Wine Awards

The 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards presented by Texas Monthly was recently held February 23-24 and these are the Texas wineries who won medals

2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Texas Results

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

These are the Texas wineries who won medals in the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2015 Spring and Summer Wine Festivals


Here are the 2015 spring and summer wine festivals we are aware of in Texas.

2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition – Texas Winery Results

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

These are the Texas winery results from the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition.

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos - judging

It seems a Battle of Texas wines is a regular event now at Texas Wine Lover. Last year we had the Battle of the Texas Roussannes. Since we had previously done two white wines, it was now time for a red wine. Tempranillo is arguably the signature red wine of Texas, so it was only fitting that the next battle be the Battle of the Texas Tempranillos. We started planning the Battle in May and invited all Texas wineries we [Read More…]

Meet the new Texas Wine Lover Team


I can’t believe it has already been 3½ years since the Texas Wine Lover® blog was born. Before then, my fiancée Gloria made fun of me (and still to this day) for having a box wine in my refrigerator when we first met, so she then introduced me to finer wines – yes, I really did have a box wine. Gloria has lived in Texas for over 30 years and surprisingly, even though she enjoyed wine, had never made a [Read More…]

Taking the Level 1 Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam

Introductory Sommelier Course

I recently took the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1: Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam at the 2014 TEXSOM conference. You may have seen the movie SOMM which documents the efforts of candidates preparing for the Master Sommelier exam, the fourth and final level of the program. In order to start on the journey to be a Master Sommelier, the first step required is the Introductory Sommelier exam, commonly referred to as Level 1. I have friends, including other wine [Read More…]

NewAir AW-180E Wine Cooler Review

NewAir AW-180E - closed

I received the product for review and all opinions are my own. Clicking on or purchasing via the product link may result in commissions for this site at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way! The NewAir AW-180E wine cooler is an 18 bottle single zone wine cooler. It is a thermoelectric wine cooler which means it’s really quiet whereas a compressor wine cooler can be louder. The wine cooler arrived safely in a nicely [Read More…]

An Interview with Johnny Schuler of Pisco Portón

Johnny Schuler - featured

Johnny Schuler, Master Distiller for Portón, was recently in Houston for various events and to further promote Pisco Portón to the United States market. Pisco is a white spirit distilled from fermented grape juice, essentially wine, and is the national drink of Peru where Pisco Portón is made. Gloria and I were invited to meet with Mr. Schuler and since Gloria is also from Peru, we gladly accepted the invitation. Gloria and I have been to Peru and visited Ica, [Read More…]

Ste. Genevieve Winery – Part 1 of 2

Ste. Genevieve - outside

http://www.stegenwines.com Ste. Genevieve Winery is located about 27 miles east of Fort Stockton. It is the largest winery in Texas and the 24th to 26th largest winery in the United States. Outside of California, one winery in Washington which is larger is Ste. Michelle Wine Estates who has multiple wineries in their portfolio including Columbia Crest. Ste. Genevieve used to offer tours at the winery but since it is isolated and largely a commercial business with no romantic feel, which [Read More…]