2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition Texas Winery Results

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The top winners in the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition were recently announced. Along with that announcement, it stated they judged wines from 40 Texas wineries. I am not sure where they got that number because according to the official results of all medals, there are 47 wineries in the list that operate a winery in Texas. Perhaps it is how the winery entered the competition. As a reminder, the Top Texas Wine was the Bending Branch [Read More…]

Battle of the Texas Roussannes

Roussanne blind tasting - Revealed wines

Following last year’s Battle of the Texas wine Orange Muscats, we decided with the help of some friends to do another blind tasting, the Battle of the Texas Roussannes. Summer heat called for a chilled wine and the decision was to focus on Roussannes from Texas fruit. Coincidentally the month before we made this decision, the Texas Wine and Food Consortium’s Texas vs. The World Monthly Tasting consisted of Roussanne. I contacted Daniel Kelada, Vice President of The Texas Wine [Read More…]

Texas Viognier is Blind Tasted Against California and France

Pedernales Viognier Reserve 2012

Earlier in April we learned Pedernales Cellars had won a grand gold for its 2012 Viognier Reserve at the Lyon International Wine Competition. There were over 3,000 entries and out of approximately 200 grand gold medals, the Pedernales Viognier was the only one from the United States. A grand gold identifies a first place finish but also a unanimous vote among the judges. This past weekend, sixteen Texas Viognier wines went head to head competing with each other, two California [Read More…]

Sister Creek Muscat Canelli Blind Tasting

Sister Creek Reserve Muscat Cannelli

We have always loved the Sister Creek Vineyards Muscat Canelli. The Italian style wine with its slight carbonation is the closest wine to Moscato d’Asti we have found in Texas. Sister Creek makes two versions of the Muscat Canelli, one which you can find at wine stores and a Reserve Muscat Canelli which can only be bought at the winery. Some years do well for Sister Creek in getting Texas grapes and the labels proudly display the Texas word on [Read More…]

NICE Winery Malbec Vertical Wine Tasting

Blind wines

I have previously posted about the NICE Winery located in Houston and owned by Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld. We enjoyed visiting the winery the first time so much that we joined their wine club. NICE Winery makes their Malbec in Mendoza, Argentina and has three vintages available: 2007, 2008, and 2009. The 2009 was their first Reserve wine and just won a silver medal in the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition. We have done a [Read More…]

Cap*Rock Winery

Cap*Rock - barrels and tanks

http://www.caprockwinery.com Cap*Rock Winery is located in Lubbock and is owned by Catherine Bodenstedt. Phillip Anderson is the General Manager and Michael Vorauer is the winemaker. Catherine Bodenstedt purchased the winery in August 2010 after multiple auctions. Instead of retelling the story of the auctions and other proceedings, please read the blog posts on VintageTexas starting at http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2243. We arrived at Cap*Rock Winery when they opened and as soon as we drove to the entrance, we immediately had to stop the [Read More…]

DrinkLocalWine Conference 2012 from the Day After


I had the pleasure of attending the DrinkLocalWine conference 2012 held in Colorado. This was my first DrinkLocalWine conference and hopefully it will not be my last. I was interested in the conference when I saw the schedule and then have the chance to meet some of the people in person who I follow on Twitter. Of course the primary purpose of the conference is to make people aware of regional local wine. The conference was held in a church [Read More…]

Colorado Wineries


When I decided to go to DrinkLocalWine.com’s conference DLW 2012 in Denver, I quickly made airline reservations. Later I learned some of the other attendees were going to take a full day tour on Sunday of various local wineries around Denver and Boulder. Unfortunately my return flight was already scheduled for Sunday morning so I decided I would do my own winery tour as soon as I arrived Friday morning. As soon as I got my rental car, I was [Read More…]

DrinkLocalWine DLW 2012: Colorado


I have certainly enjoyed tasting and drinking Texas wine, my local wine, no matter where it may be made within Texas. When I get a chance to visit other states, I try to find nearby wineries to visit and sample the local wine from that state. Now I am getting the chance to taste some Colorado local wine. DrinkLocalWine.com was created by Jeff Siegel and Dave McIntyre and an annual conference was started in 2009 and held in Texas. Every [Read More…]

One Year Anniversary of TX Wine Lover Blog

I can’t believe March 20th will be the first anniversary since the creation of this blog. I started the blog with some goals in mind and they haven’t changed since: Help consumers discover wineries they may not know about and they should visit Help wineries with marketing Help wine related events with marketing Gloria and I have at this moment visited 125 Texas wineries and have enjoyed every minute. We’re still learning to tell you what the aromas and tastes [Read More…]