It’s that time of year again folks! The Christmas season is upon us, with family, food, and great wine all being part of the grand agenda. Every year there are Christmas Swirls in the towns around Texas and this year I had the pleasure of representing Kuhlman Cellars at the 2014 Lost Pines Christmas Swirl in Bastrop, Texas. Cripple Creek and Company hosted us, with owner DeeDee Peddy at the helm. When I arrived, she had everything organized and well [Read More…]
The 2014 Houston Wine Fest was held this past weekend and it again was an indication of how to not put on a wine festival. The fifth installment of the Houston Wine Fest showed that the organizers of the festival have not learned anything in past years as the festival keeps getting worse. Let me give you a little history of the Houston Wine Fest. The festival is usually held at the end of September except for this year.
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…]
The Empty Glass is a wine bar located in Tomball, Texas, and the majority of wines they offer are from Texas wineries. On October 5th, they held their 1st Annual Texas Wine Festival. The festival was held in the park opposite the Empty Glass and winery and beer tents lined the park along with live entertainment at one end. Tickets could be purchased online or when you arrived at the festival. There were two different tickets available. One was a [Read More…]
Were you aware there is a TX Wine Lover Facebook page? If not, please go there and do a Like right now so you can follow all the news and interaction on Facebook. Go ahead and please do it now. I’ll wait. Okay, thanks! But now since Facebook is being particular these days and wanting people who have Facebook pages to buy ads to promote their statuses there, you probably will not see much of what we post. So here’s [Read More…]
Lone Hen Winery is located in College Station and is owned by Steve and Vicki Kirkpatrick. Their first vines of Blanc du Bois and Champanel were planted in 2004 on their ten acre lot where they live. They continued by planting Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006 and will be replanting with Lenoir soon. They currently have 1.5 acres of vines and will have four acres of vineyard when completed. In 2009, Lone Hen Winery officially became a winery. We first saw [Read More…]
Sample more than 160 Texas varietals from 44 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States, during the 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience in Historic Downtown Grapevine September 11-14. Tickets for the popular GrapeFest event are limited; therefore, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
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…]
Here are the 2014 Fall wine festivals we are aware of in Texas. Note: It is too early for some planning committees so the dates are not yet set for some festivals and those have question marks. We will update the dates as we know them. If you know of dates or a festival we missed, please let us know.
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…]