The New Texas Winery Passport Program

TX Wine Passport - stamp

We first learned about the previous Texas Winery Passport program offered by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) when I made the “mistake” of taking Gloria to Fredericksburg for the very first time in January 2010. What a great idea! Visiting wineries, collecting stamps, and getting rewards for them. How could you go wrong? That prompted our interest in visiting more Texas wineries, getting better and better rewards, and it eventually resulted with us starting this blog in March 2011. [Read More...]

Change of Jobs for Bobby Champion, Jr

As we identified in an earlier post, Robert “Bobby” Champion Jr., State Coordinator for Wine Marketing, would be taking a new position in the Texas Department of Agriculture on September 1st. Today, Bobby sent out an email discussing his new job and the growth of the Texas wine industry. Ten  years of Texas Wine Marketing – this calls for a toast! As most of you know, this is my last day as State Coordinator for Wine Marketing at TDA. Beginning [Read More...]

For Now, the Texas Winery Passport Program will Continue

There have been reports recently that the Texas Winery Passport program will end on August 31st, 2011 because the Texas government cut the wine marketing budget. Even some Texas wineries we have visited recently have told us the same thing, and one even had a sign posted with that information. I decided to find out the correct information straight from the main source, Robert (Bobby) Champion Jr., State Coordinator for Wine Marketing at the Texas Department of Agriculture. Things of course [Read More...]

Landon Winery

Landon Winery - private wine tasting

http://www.landonwinery.com Landon Winery has two locations, the square in McKinney and in the city of Greenville. Owner Bob Landon opened the first location in McKinney as a D’Vine Wine winery. After a year he then opened in 2005 what we know today as Landon Winery. We were first introduced to Landon Winery from the Texas Winery Passport program. We had reached the reward level where wineries start giving rewards and our first reward was a private wine tasting with a [Read More...]

Texas Winery Passport – Hey All Texas Wineries

Passport stand

The Texas Winery Passport program is a fantastic program to get into if you are a consumer of Texas wines and especially enjoy visiting Texas wineries. The problem is not many people know about it! We did not know about the program until we happened to be at Texas Hills Vineyard in Johnson City (http://www.texashillsvineyard.com) and the pourer asked if we wanted the Texas wine passport code for their winery. Not knowing what she was asking, she explained what the [Read More...]

2011 Texas Wine Budget Cuts

We as consumers heard that funding for Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) programs which support the Texas wine industry was going to be cut. We had a request to write to our state representatives and senators, and educate them how important the funds are to the Texas wine industry. I wrote to a senator and a representative, and surprisingly got a quick response from my representative Patricia Harless. Here is the letter I wrote: Dear Rep. Harless, I have heard [Read More...]