Ste. Genevieve Winery – Part 1 of 2

Ste. Genevieve - outside 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...]

Bottling at Eaglefire Winery with a Mobile Bottling Line

Mobile bottling - line

Eaglefire Winery announced they would be bottling four wines early on a Saturday morning: Muscat Blanc, Blanc du Bois, Meritage, and Reserve Meritage. Since we had helped owner/winemaker Chris Caldwell bottle before, I decided to volunteer again. In the past when we bottled, there were multiple people needed for each stage of the process from filling the bottles, inserting the corks, foil capsules, and then inserting the bottles into the boxes. It took time but we had fun doing it. [Read More...]

Cork This! Winery

Cork This! - outside Cork This! Winery is located in the center of Montgomery and is owned by Karla Nash who is also the winemaker. Mike Phillips does help with the winemaking. The winery was opened in 2009. The last time we visited Cork This! we were fortunate Karla Nash was also present. Besides always being fun to talk to, Karla gave us a tour of the winery and their recent expansion which happened in June, 2013. Tours are available if Karla is [Read More...]

Nomacorc Launches Next Generation NomaSense Oxygen Analyzer for Wine Industry

Nomacorc - NomaSenseScreen

July 1, 2013 – Nomacorc, the world’s largest producer of alternative wine closures and leader in oxygen management technology, announced today the launch of its breakthrough next generation NomaSense™ oxygen analyzer system. The new NomaSense offering is the first portable Total Package Oxygen (TPO) meter designed specifically for the wine industry and allows users to measure and control the total amount of oxygen in wine, particularly during bottling. “Nomacorc continues to serve as an important partner to wineries and academic [Read More...]

Lewis Wines

Lewis - barrels Lewis Wines is located in Johnson City and is owned by Doug Lewis and Duncan McNabb. Both Doug and Duncan handle all the winemaking, sales, etc. The winery opened February 2013. Doug and Duncan were roommates in college and have been friends since. Doug worked at Pedernales Cellars helping winemaking, harvesting, and anything else which needed doing. Duncan would also help out too. They started making a few barrels of wine at Pedernales to learn the craft of winemaking, [Read More...]

D’Vine Wine

D'Vine Wine - Lubbock D’Vine Wine is a boutique winery specializing in custom wines. Besides enjoying the wine D’Vine Wine makes, the vintners can guide you through the process of customizing your very own wine. You can then create a personalized label for your wine bottles. D’Vine Wine starts their winemaking process by using the juice rather than using grapes. This gives them the ability to select from a wide variety of wines. All grape juice used is from outside Texas. If you [Read More...]

Holiday Wine Gifts I Would Like This Year

Private Reserve

The holidays are a time for giving and I’ll be doing my share of that this year, but over the weekend I thought what would it be like to be on the receiving end. If someone asked me what gifts I would like to receive, I would most likely include wine. I thought of doing this post over the weekend and was going to include Texas wines which I have enjoyed during the year and would like to receive. On [Read More...]

The Cellar Door

Cellar Door - outside The Cellar Door is located in Katy and is owned by Ron and Don Ray Holsomback. When we first visited The Cellar Door, we were immediately impressed with the winery as it has one of the most beautifully adorned tasting rooms we have seen. The furnishings and décor make it a place where you can feel comfortable relaxing. There are many high tables in the center of the room with booths also around the room. A lounge area with [Read More...]

Water 2 Wine

Water 2 Wine - Austin South Water 2 Wine is a custom winery offering a wine experience with wine tasting and making your own private label wine. Water 2 Wine was started by John McFadden and the first Water 2 Wine opened in 2003 in San Antonio. In 2005, John opened another Water 2 Wine in Austin. That location became the corporate headquarters and training center. Water 2 Wine continued to expand its franchises across the country through franchising and today there are locations in [Read More...]

Texas Hills Vineyard

Texas Hills - owner Texas Hills Vineyard is located in Johnson City and is owned by Gary and Kathy Gilstrap along with their son Dale Rassett. Dale manages the vineyard, Gary is the winemaker, and Kathy manages the tasting room. Texas Hills Vineyard planted their vineyard in 1995 and the winery opened in 1999. We have been to the winery more than a few times and as you arrive at the winery, the large vineyard is located along the driveway. Grapes grown at [Read More...]