The Texas Wine Lover – Peru Connection

Pisco Portón

I can connect Texas Wine Lover to Peru in 5 easy steps, moving from the closest link to the most remote: Our team member Gloria is Peruvian. One of my dearest friends just spent 15 days traveling in Peru, uploading amazing photographs to social media along the way. Back in March of this year, Jeff posted an article about his and Gloria’s interview with Johnny Schuler, the Master Distiller for Pisco Portón. Pisco is the national spirit of Peru, and [Read More…]

Review of Landon Winery’s Reserve Meritage 2006

Landon Winery Meritage

We happened to have some free time this past week while in the Dallas area and decided to pop into Landon Winery in McKinney, Texas. I had read about them and had seen many comments on how great the wines were, but I needed to find out for myself. Since it was also Drink Local Wine Week, it made sense to enjoy some local wine.

Texas Fine Wine will be at TEXSOM Again this Year

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CENTRAL TEXAS, July 21, 2014 – Celebrating one of the largest and most prominent wine education conferences for wine, spirits and beverage professionals, Texas Fine Wine is a proud sponsor of TEXSOM in its 10th year. Texas Fine Wine will co-host with Texas Monthly a Hospitality Suite on Sunday, August 10, for TEXSOM participants. Representing four distinguished Texas wineries, Texas Fine Wine will also pour wines for guests attending the August 11 Grand Tasting. Texas Fine Wine members include Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars, a [Read More…]

They Make Wine in Texas?

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I had the privilege of co-authoring an article with Debbie Reynolds, Executive Director of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, for AmericasCuisine Dallas magazine. The magazine is available in Dallas hotels. Many of us who enjoy Texas wine have heard wine drinkers often say, “They make wine in Texas?” Since the magazine would mostly be available for visitors to Texas, that seemed like the appropriate title for the article to educate the visitor that yes, we do make wine [Read More…]

2014 TEXSOM Conference Registration Open

TEXSOM 2014

TEXSOM, the most prominent and influential wine education conference in the United States, is celebrating its tenth year, has announced that registration is now open for TEXSOM 2014. TEXSOM 2014 will take place August 9 -11, 2014 at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas, Texas. TEXSOM 2014 will include presentations by 39 Master Sommeliers, six Masters of Wine, and eight Certified Wine Educators. Seminars will include regional spotlights, variety intensives, sales instruction, and industry/sommelier roundtable discussions. The [Read More…]

Cork Wine Bar in Dallas Offers Wine Education Series

Stephanie Rennells

Cork Wine Bar, West Village’s state-of-the-art wine bar and retail boutique, is proud to announce that after the success of its popular Wine 101 series, they will offer two new courses for wine lovers starting this April.

Texas Fine Wine wins Four Gold Medals at Dallas Morning News & TEXSOM Wine Competition

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We already reported on the Texas appellation winners from the Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition. Out of those wineries, Texas Fine Wine wineries – Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars – won 13 gold and silver medals at the 2014 Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM International Wine Competition. Considered one of the top competitions in the industry and one of the largest outside of California, the Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition received 2,729 wines from 27 [Read More…]

Court of Master Sommeliers Announces Updated Exam Schedule

Court Of Master Sommeliers

(Napa Valley, Calif.) – The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas has announced the 2014 exam schedule for the Introductory, Certified and Advanced Exams through August 2014. Courses and exams offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers are open to all beverage and hospitality professionals interested in pursuing the highest standards of wine service and product knowledge in a fine dining room setting. The Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam is a fast-paced introduction to the world of wine and beverages led [Read More…]

Bending Branch Cabernet Sauvignon wins Double Gold

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October 11: Bending Branch Winery is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a total of 11 medals, including a prestigious Double Gold, in the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition. We feel that the significance of this elusive medal is considerable. The Double Gold is awarded to a wine that has unanimously received a Gold Medal from every judge on the panel. The 2010 Bending Branch Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyards, was awarded this medal in what is [Read More…]

Bishop Arts Winery

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http://bishopartswinery.com Bishop Arts Winery is located in the Bishop Arts district of Dallas and is owned by Elias and Dolores Rodriguez. The winery opened May, 2013. It’s not often when I can’t tell you about my experience at doing a tasting at a winery, and in fact, I think this is the first time. The reason I can’t tell you at Bishop Arts Winery is because I was never able to actually have a tasting. I happened to be in [Read More…]