Battle of the Texas Tempranillos

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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…]

November 2014 #TXwine Twitter Thursday

TXwine Twitter Tuesday International Tempranillo Day

November’s #TXwine Twitter Tuesday will actually be held on Thursday, November 13. This change comes as our normal #TXwine Twitter event will be celebrating International Tempranillo Day along with many other Tempranillo lovers on that Thursday.

Meet the new Texas Wine Lover Team

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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…]

2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition Texas Results

San Francisco International Wine Competition

The 34th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition took place at the Nikko Hotel in downtown San Francisco on June 20, 21, and 22, 2014. 4,570 products were entered from 26 states and 31 countries. The best of show results were the wines which the entire judging panel selected as the best in each category and these are the Texas wineries who won best of show: Best Rosé Becker Vineyards 2013 Mourvèdre Rosé, Provencal, Tallent Vineyard, Texas Hill Country Best Cabernet [Read More…]

2014 Fall Wine Festivals

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Here are the 2014 Fall wine festivals we are aware of in Texas. Note: It is too early for some planning committees so the dates are not yet set for some festivals and those have question marks. We will update the dates as we know them. If you know of dates or a festival we missed, please let us know.

2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition results

Lone Star International Wine Competition

These are the results from the 2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition in the 31st year of the competition. It is the oldest wine competition in Texas. The first two tables include both Texas and non-Texas winery wines. The last table is just Texas wineries with their medals. Some of the Gold medal photos can be seen on the TXWineLover Facebook page. Grand Star Awards Brand Name Label Grape Varieties Vintage International Late Harvest, Dessert, & Ice Wine Arrington Vineyards La [Read More…]

NewAir AW-180E Wine Cooler Review

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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

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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

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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…]

2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Texas Winners

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition results are in on their website and Texas was very well represented. A total of 5,825 entries from 1,500 wineries from over 25 states in America participated. 20 Texas wineries won a total of 87 medals.