Review of Lost Draw Cellars Reserve Sangiovese 2012

Lost Draw Sangiovese labels

Lost Draw Cellars is a new player in the Texas Hill Country, but don’t let the recent Grand Opening fool you. Andy Timmons has been growing high quality grapes for decades in the High Plains and the winery is an extension of his passion for Texas Wine. The well-known Kim McPherson and Spencer Igo of McPherson Cellars played an integral role in the initial launch of Lost Draw Cellars wine making. I recently attended the Grand Opening of Lost Draw [Read More…]

Cabernet Grill

Cabernet Grill

The Cabernet Grill is a restaurant in Fredericksburg owned by Chef Ross Burtwell and it always receives rave reviews from diners. Also noted at the restaurant, and appropriate since it is located in the famed Hill Country city, is the quantity of Texas wines served at the restaurant. In the same complex is Cotton Gin Village with log cabins ready for a wonderful lodging experience. We talked to owner Ross Burtwell about Cotton Gin Village and the Cabernet Grill. TWL: You [Read More…]

Three Authors with a Texas Food & Wine Extravaganza

Three Authors

The Cabernet Grill Restaurant at the Cotton Gin Village in Fredericksburg, Texas, will be having a celebratory early-spring Texas wine and food dinner on Friday February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm. It will be a feast featuring fine Texas cuisine prepared from recipes from the new cookbooks from two eminent Texas chefs: Chef and author Terry Thompson-Anderson and the Cabernet Grill’s own Chef Ross Burtwell using local and Texas-sourced ingredients. Texas wine pairings will be selected by Russell Kane, author [Read More…]

December Hill Country Road Trip


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 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 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: