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...]
Downtown Tyler is the place to be on the evening of Saturday, June 28 from 6 – 10 pm for the first annual Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl. The wine swirl will allow visitors to sample wine from 18 different wineries and food from 18 different locally owned restaurants in the downtown area. Live music, art booths, and more will be available during the evening. All proceeds go to the City of Tyler Main Street Program which supports the downtown revitalization [Read More...]
http://www.castleoakswinery.com Castle Oaks Vineyard and Winery is located in Athens and is owned by Roger and Benita Littleton. They started building the winery June, 2011, and it officially opened June of 2013. We found the winery on the back roads of East Texas. Next to the winery is a vineyard which we learned was one acre of Black Spanish (Lenoir) planted in 2006. They had their first harvest in July, 2012.
http://www.pittsburgtexas.com/artandwinefestival.html Pittsburg, Texas, is holding their second annual Art and Wine Festival this year on May 31 from 12 pm to 7 pm in the Pittsburg historic downtown district. Admission is $5 which includes a commemorative wine glass with reusable bag. You will also be able to buy tastings at the winery booths by the taste, glass, or bottle. Wineries scheduled to appear are Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, St. Rose Vineyard & Winery, Red 55 Winery, Fairhaven Vineyards, Maydelle [Read More...]