2014 Newsom Grape Day Preview

Newsom Vineyards - Sign

Every year Neal Newsom and the Newsom family have a Grape Day in their “Barnery” to educate potential growers and winery owners, in addition to networking with involved Texas wine industry members and friends. This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 9. Neal Newsom believes they have the best conference ever planned. Dr. Ed Hellman of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech helped get some of the best speakers from Texas.

2014 TWGGA (Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association) Conference

2014 TWGGA Exhibits

The 38th annual Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) conference and trade show was held in Frisco from February 13-15. During the three days attendees could attend educational sessions, visit a trade exhibit hall, a special Riedel tasting, dinner and train ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, and ending with the ever popular Vintner’s Gala and Auction.

2013 Grape Camp

2013 Grape Camp - crowd

I attended the first day of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) 2013 Grape Camp. Grape Camp is a two day event with educational sessions for grape growers. Also available are vendor exhibits with the focus on grape growing. This year the first day was geared toward the new grape grower or people wanting to start growing grapes. The second day included educational sessions leaning toward topics for experienced growers. One of the nice things about Grape Camp is [Read More...]

TEXSOM 2013 – Reflections Through a Wine Glass

TEXSOM 2013 - wine glass

After attending TEXSOM 2013 (Texas Sommelier Conference), I did a little reflection on what had taken place and wanted to put down my random thoughts of the conference. Okay, I tried to think of a clever title for this post and “Reflections Through a Wine Glass” was the best I could come up with quickly. With double the amount of people attending the conference, it required separating the people into multiple parallel sessions instead of everyone being in the ballroom [Read More...]

TEXSOM 2013 – Day 2


I started my second day at TEXSOM in the amphitheater watching the SOMM documentary by director Jason Wise. I had seen the movie previously at home but decided watching the movie among Master Sommeliers, including some who were in the movie, along with director Jason Wise being present would be a treat. We started the session with a toast of sparkling wine by Iron Horse Vineyards. The sparkling wines available were Iron Horse Brut Classic, Russian River 2008 and Iron Horse [Read More...]

TEXSOM 2013 – Day 1


The TEXSOM (Texas Sommelier Conference) is being held from August 11-12 in Las Colinas, Texas. This year’s conference was set up differently by holding parallel sessions instead of one session for everybody. The primary reason is the number of attendees has grown every year and separating into different rooms helped that. In addition it also allowed people to select the topic they were most interested in. The first session I attended Sunday morning was “Traditional Method: Sparkling Wines from Around [Read More...]

2013 TEXSOM Registrations Are Open


The 9th annual TEXSOM conference will be held August 10th through August 12th at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas. This has always been a fantastic conference and you will want to register before they are sold out which happened last year. TEXSOM’s mission is “To promote professional wine service standards, outline paths for further wine education and certification, and raise public awareness with respect to the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers and other beverage professionals.” [Read More...]

2013 Newsom Grape Day


Friday, April 26, was the annual Newsom Grape Day held at Neal Newsom’s barnery or barn for those who didn’t read my post on visiting Newsom Vineyards. Reading the post also is a good introduction to one of the best High Plains grape growers. The seminars for this year’s event were: Mechanized Balanced Cropping: A Strategy to Reduce Crop Loss from Adverse Weather Conditions by Dr. Keith Striegler from Flint Ridge Winegrowing Services Clarification of Unfermented White Juice Using Flotation [Read More...]

2013 TWGGA (Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association) Conference

TWGGA Conference - glassware

The 2013 TWGGA (Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association) Conference was held in San Marcos at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa, & Conference Center. The conference was held from February 14 to 16. I had a great time at TWGGA’s Grape Camp last year so I had to attend the conference. Gloria joined TWGGA and unfortunately since the conference was held from Thursday to Saturday and we work during the week, we could only attend on Saturday. Saturday morning’s schedule [Read More...]

Texas Wine Lover’s New Year’s Resolutions


Everybody makes New Year’s Resolutions so I thought I would come up with mine, the Texas Wine Lover’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2013. Undoubtedly the most common resolution is to lose weight so I’ll make that my first resolution. I need to lose a little weight and get back in shape. It’s funny I mentioned starting to exercise and diet a couple months ago on Facebook and said that I needed to cut out either wine or food. The unanimous [Read More...]