2015 East Texas Road Trip

Kiepersol Distillery spirits

We took a trip to visit some great Texas wineries in East Texas

Bella Stella Winery

Bella Stella Winery - outside

Bella Stella Winery is located in Winnsboro and is owned by Peter and Rebecca Thieme. The winery is also a full service restaurant.

Review of Los Pinos Sparkling Rosé 2013

Los Pinos Sparkling Rosé bottle

Jeremy reviews the Los Pinos Sparkling Rosé 2013, a wonderful sparkling wine

Review of Kiepersol Estates Texas Mourvèdre 2011

Kiepersol Estates Mourvèdre 2011

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…]

Texas Sangiovese and Pasta Pairing

Baked Ziti with Sangiovese

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…]

Everything Texas Uncorked wine festival

Everything Texas Uncorked

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…]

Jimmy’s Bourbon now on sale at the Kiepersol Distillery

Jimmy's Bourbon

On the heels of Kiepersol Estates successful debut of Dirk’s Vodka comes Jimmy’s Bourbon now available for sale at the distillery.

Angelita Vineyard and Winery

Angelita Vineyard and Winery - wines

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.

Another East Texas Road Trip

Barrels at Landon Winery in Greenville

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…]

Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery

Pelle Legna - featured

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…]