Last Minute Halloween Tips

Witch and wine

Double, double, toil and trouble—sweet Sauternes and Moscato bubble! It’s time for all the ghouls and goblins to awaken and stalk the night in search of wine and mischief because Halloween is coming up this Friday. Whether or not you’re of the ghostly persuasion, you’ll want to haunt one of these fun events around the state. All events take place on Halloween, Oct. 31st, unless otherwise noted:

October Texas Wine Month Road Trip

Becker Vineyards

As you probably are aware, October is Texas Wine Month. That meant there was no doubt Gloria and I had to go on a road trip. We still had the Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass we won at the silent auction at the TWGGA Conference in February, so it was only fitting we head to the Hill Country. Since Texas Wine Lover recently started a podcast (subscribe on iTunes or listen on Stitcher), our first stop was Bending Branch [Read More...]

Preview of Lost Draw Cellars

Lost Draw Cellars wines

Ever since the announcement that Lost Draw Cellars would be opening in Fredericksburg, we have been keeping a watchful eye since we knew the winery had to be good. Lost Draw Cellars is a joint venture between Lost Draw Vineyards owner Andy Timmons, Andrew Sides, and Troy Ottmers. We knew we were going to be in Fredericksburg for the Texas Hill Country Wineries October Wine Trail event, so I contacted Andy Timmons about the winery. He told me, “Kim McPherson [Read More...]

2014 Grape Camp is Coming Up!

TWGGA logo

The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) annual Grape Camp is scheduled for November 2-3 held again at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Park, Fredericksburg. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend Grape Camp, a two-day educational seminar hosted by TWGGA, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, and Texas Tech University. Registration is open for attendees and vendors who will display their products and services at Grape Camp.

Review of Becker Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2012

Becker Merlot bottle

Hill Country breezes, ample sunshine, and intoxicating aromas of fresh lavender awaken the senses when you pull up to Becker Vineyards. The winery sits on a beautiful plot of land just a hop, skip, and a jump from Highway 290. As one of the oldest wineries on the 290 wine trail in the Texas Hill Country, Becker Vineyards has been producing a wide array of wines for some time. Founded in 1992 by Dr. Richard Becker and his wife, Bunny [Read More...]

Prospective Grower Field Day

Peach Creek - vineyard

If you are interested in growing Texas wine grapes, the Texas Hill Country Wineries and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab have you covered. Attend a full day dedicated to informing prospective Texas wine growers about planting and operating a vineyard. The seminars will be presented by current growers, wineries, and experts. All proceeds from the Prospective Grower Field Day will be donated to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture & Fruit Lab.

2014 Annual Memorial Day Weekend Hill Country Road Trip

Hye Meadow winners

We now have an annual ritual to visit the Hill Country the weekend of Memorial Day and meeting up with friends Dave and Kelli Potter of The Grapes Around Texas and future Mary Elizabeth Vineyards along with Laurie and Shelly Ware of Wine’s At Roads End on a road trip. This year we stayed at the Lazy T Bed and Breakfast like we did last year. Unfortunately Gloria had to work again on Memorial Day but this year we were both able to [Read More...]

A Preview of Kuhlman Cellars

Bénédicte Rhyne, Chris and Jennifer Cobb

http://www.kuhlmancellars.com Kuhlman Cellars is a winery which will be opening later this year on Highway 290 in Stonewall, Texas. The winery is owned by Chris and Jennifer Cobb, and the winemaker is Bénédicte Rhyne. I first met Chris and Jennifer Cobb at last year’s Newsom Grape Day where they told me about their plans on building a winery along with a vineyard. At the time they expected it might be open in 2015. I saw Chris again at this year’s [Read More...]

Fat Ass Ranch & Winery

Fat Ass Winery - outside

Fat Ass Ranch & Winery is located in Fredericksburg and is owned by Gail and Jennie McCulloch. The winery opened on May 17th and is located on Highway 290, so it is very easy to find. Fat Ass Ranch & Winery flew under the radar as to a new winery opening in Fredericksburg until I was asked by a friend about a week before them opening if I knew who they were. It was a little confusing as they said [Read More...]

Vinny Lupo – The Face of Passion in Texas Wine

Vinny Lupo

If you stopped by Hilmy Cellars in the past couple years, you most likely would have seen the large, friendly smile of Vinny Lupo greeting you. From all our travels throughout Texas visiting Texas wineries, there is no doubt that a great tasting guide makes your winery experience even more enjoyable, and Vinny does just that. I have often driven down Wine Road 290 and had to stop by Hilmy Cellars just to see Vinny’s smile, see what wines are [Read More...]