December Hill Country Road Trip

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For the conclusion of using our Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass, the last wine trail event was the 2014 Holiday Wine Trail. The trail would include the booklet for marking down the four full wine tastings per day like in the previous wine trail event, but the Holiday trail also included a Christmas ornament. We started the trip on a Friday just like last time as Fridays give a more pleasurable experience at a winery without the crowds. We [Read More…]

Lost Draw Cellars

Lost Draw - outside

http://www.lostdrawcellars.com Lost Draw Cellars is located in Fredericksburg and opened recently on November 21, 2014. The winery is owned by Andy Timmons, Andrew Sides, and Troy Ottmers. Kim McPherson from McPherson Cellars and his assistant winemaker Spencer Igo are making the wine under Andy Timmons’ watchful eyes. Besides being the owner of Lost Draw Vineyards, Andy Timmons wants to expand his knowledge and learn how to make wine too. We were fortunate to have a preview of Lost Draw Cellars [Read More…]

Becker Vineyards Library Tasting

Becker Vineyard's Library Barrels

If you have ever been to Becker Vineyards on a Saturday, you know how popular the winery is and how crowded the tasting room can be. They have tried to expand outside, but the majority of tastings still happen in the crowded tasting room. A lot of times this can turn customers off and they turn right around upon seeing the mass of people to find the next winery which can accommodate them satisfactorily. I’ll be honest that we are [Read More…]

Pontotoc Vineyard

Pontotoc Vineyard sign

http://pontotocvineyard.com Pontotoc Vineyard is located in Pontotoc with a tasting room in downtown Fredericksburg. The winery is owned by D. Carl and Frances Money. We visited the winery under construction back in May, 2013, and our last visit was to the tasting room in Fredericksburg. A vineyard is located at the Pontotoc winery location which was first planted in 2006. Carl’s uncle Ronnie Money helps manage the estate vineyard. Winemaker Don Pullum provides the winemaking skills for Pontotoc Vineyard. Pontotoc [Read More…]

Grape Camp 2014

Grape Camp audience

The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association’s (TWGGA) Grape Camp 2014 was held in Fredericksburg from November 2-3. Like last year’s event, the first day was geared toward New Growers and the second day was for Advanced Growers. The event drew 250 total people for both days which is the highest attendance rate ever. This is great news for the Texas wine industry which needs more vineyards and grapes available for Texas wine. Even though the first day was primarily for [Read More…]

How Much Should Wine Tastings Cost?

Tasting Glasses

I have visited a lot of Texas wineries. Okay, really a lot. The one thing I have learned during my travels is every winery is different as to how much a wine tasting costs, how many wines you get to taste, and if there is any food offered. I have had new wineries even ask me how much they should charge. In a recent visit to the Fredericksburg, Texas area, we visited a number of wineries and took notes as [Read More…]

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.