Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards is an east Texas gem, nestled in the Piney Woods Wine Trail since it’s opening in 2001. For the full story on Los Pinos, read Jeff Cope’s story about his most recent trip to the winery. You can show up for a tasting, a winery tour, or pack an overnight bag, and stay on site at one of their cozy cottages. East Texas wine making is often overlooked in our small industry because the Texas Hill [Read More…]
The Texas Hill Country and High Plains AVA’s are very well known in our local wine industry. Most everyone is familiar with the 290 wine trail and the superb High Plains growers and wineries, but some are unaware that there is major action in the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) metroplex and in East Texas, specifically Tyler, Texas. Kiepersol Estates relies on their 61 acres of estate vines to provide the loving grapes needed to make their superb wines. The vines were [Read More…]
Any cook and wine lover can tell you that pairing wine and vegetables can be a bit of a challenge. But if you’re a vegetarian, or you have vegetarian friends or family members, you’ll eventually have to find some good combinations. In our case, we have both vegetarian friends and family members, so I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve, one of which I’ll share with you in this post. My favorite trick will likely be no big [Read More…]
Texas and Drink Local Wine’s sixth annual Regional Wine Week started October 6, and what better way to celebrate Texas’ Drink Local Wine Week than a trip out to Mount Pleasant for the Everything Texas Uncorked Wine Festival and Ranch Run? Cool temperatures and misty skies couldn’t dampen our spirits as my better half and I set out for Titus County’s first-ever wine festival. An added bonus of my interest in Texas wines is the opportunity to discover more communities and [Read More…]
http://www.angelitawinery.com Angelita Vineyard and Winery is located in Angus just outside of Corsicana and is Navarro County’s first vineyard and winery. The winery is owned by Beverly and Rodney Spahn. The winery is managed by Beverly while Rodney is the winemaker and vineyard manager. Rodney W. Spahn is Rodney’s father and the resident vineyard keeper at the age of 77 working the vineyard. The name of the winery Angelita came from the name of Rodney Spahn’s late mother.
We were last in East Texas in April when we were invited to the Kiepersol Estates Distillery and Tasting Rooms Premiere and visited some other wineries at the time too. One of the wineries we tried to make an appointment to visit was Pelle Legna, but the timing was not right. With a free weekend and the Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl happening, I checked on an appointment with Pelle Legna again and the timing was right this time. A Saturday visiting [Read More…]
http://www.pellelegna.com Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery is located in Tyler and is owned by Dawn and Harry Leatherwood. The name of the winery, Pelle Legna, is Italian for “leather wood,” their last name. Pelle Legna is pronounced (pèl-le lé-nah). Dawn decided to use the Italian theme for all their wines too. On their 1,500 acre cattle ranch, Rio Neches Ranch, Dawn first planted eight acres of vineyard in 2007. With later plantings, there are now 9.5 acres of vines and [Read More…]
http://www.gowinerymineola.com Grand Oaks Vineyards and Winery is located in Mineola and is owned by Carroll and Martha McHenry. Carroll is also the winemaker. The winery had their grand opening in May 2014. In 2007, a vineyard was planted to see how they could do with growing grapes. Today they grow 2.5 acres of Black Spanish, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Blanc du Bois, and Chenin Blanc.
Downtown Tyler held their first Wine Swirl on June 28th in the evening. 18 Texas wineries and 16 restaurants/food vendors participated in the sold out event. The swirl was held around the Downtown Tyler two block square which made it easy to go from one location to the next. There were a total of 14 locations with some larger locations doubling up wineries and food offerings. In addition to the wine and food, art booths and live music added to [Read More…]