Review of Landon Winery’s Dolcetto 2012

Landon Winery's Dolcetto 2012

Landon Winery, founded in 2005, offers world-class wines to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and beyond. Having two locations, the original winery being in downtown McKinney, TX and the second location in Greenville, TX, Landon Winery produces a wide array of wines. As a bonus, they also make custom personalized labels that are perfect for gift giving or events such as birthdays and weddings. They also have a custom winemaking program which allows an individual to make their own wine at [Read More…]

Eden Hill Holiday Wine Dinner

Eden Hill Winery Holiday Wine Dinner

If you haven’t heard of Eden Hill Vineyard & Winery yet, you will soon. They are a small winery making excellent wine in Celina, Texas, just 30 minutes north of Dallas. They recently put out this announcement of their Holiday Wine Dinner event which sounds fantastic and since seating is limited, make your reservations now!

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.

State Fair Wine Garden, Cheese, and Pickles

State Fair Wine Garden

Anyone with a long history of State Fair of Texas attendance has a list of favorites they typically have to check off, and I’m no exception. When I go, I have to hit the Texas Star Ferris wheel, the Backyard Circus, the Pig Races, and the Creative Arts building.  I’ll even try my hand at the Midway games, where I’m a winner even when I lose because then I don’t have tote a huge stuffed animal around. Then, of course, there’s all [Read More…]

C’mon Down to Dallas

Dallas Skyline

About two weeks ago when I was busier than a one-legged cat in a sandbox, Douglas Trapasso, a Chicago Sommelier/Blogger and TEXSOM alum dropped in on the Texas Wine Drinkers (TWD) Facebook page and laid down a small challenge: Ok TWD: Make your case. It’s been a month since TEXSOM and I can’t wait to see your state again! But where should I go next? I want to visit some cool wineries and restaurants, as well as work in some tasting and service practice with [Read More…]

Texas Fine Wine will be at TEXSOM Again this Year

Texas Fine Wine logo

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?


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, 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.