“Texas Wineries: A Guide” book review

Texas Wineries - front

The updated Texas winery guide called “Texas Wineries: A Guide” by Barry Shlachter and Amy Culbertson was recently printed in its 12th printing. The guide is designed to be a pocket guide sizing in at a small 5½ inches by 4¼ inches. The book starts out with a statement I definitely agree with: “What could be finer than sitting on an oak-shaded patio, sipping a refreshingly crisp white wine or a full-bodied red – made just a few feet away?” [Read More…]

Wine Bloggers – Are We in a Competition?

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This subject was actually asked of me last year. I got thinking more about it with last week’s fantastic Watermelon Thump & Chef Throwdown event at William-Chris Vineyards where media including bloggers and writers were invited. Now that I am being invited to some media events or attending conferences which bloggers and writers can attend, it made me sit back and think. For example, I went to the DrinkLocalWine Conference in Colorado where bloggers attended from around the country. I [Read More…]

Hilmy Cellars

Hilmy Cellars - Erik Hilmy

http://www.hilmywine.com Hilmy Cellars is a new winery located in Fredericksburg and opened March 17, 2012. It is owned by Erik Hilmy who is also the winemaker producing Texas wines. Erik Hilmy planted Sangiovese in 2009 which is in a vineyard beside the winery. They also plan on planting a vineyard in front of the winery. In the vineyard on the side of the winery you can see guinea fowl roaming around which makes for excellent pest control. Because of the [Read More…]

The Wineslinger Chronicles by VintageTexas

The Wineslinger Chronicles

Most people know Russ Kane as VintageTexas, the self-proclaimed Texas Wine Czar. @VintageTexas is his Twitter name and accordingly he writes a blog called Vintage Texas in which he imparts his knowledge of Texas wines and his experiences traveling throughout Texas and other wine regions in the United States. I was visiting a Texas winery near the start of my winery visits and after talking to the winemaker for a while, he said I should really follow Vintage Texas as [Read More…]