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 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...]

Road trip to Hye, Wine Road 290, and Mason

Hye Trip - bottles

We received an invitation by William Chris Vineyards to attend a concert they were having starring Texas artist Larry Joe Taylor. We gladly accepted and started planning a road trip to Wine Road 290 and the area for the weekend. On the way to our planned first stop, we made a quick change when we realized it had been a little while since we had visited Texas Hills Vineyard so we made a slight detour. Unfortunately we arrived to the winery [Read More...]

Grape Creek Vineyards – Georgetown and Main Street Fredericksburg Tasting Rooms

Grape Creek - Main Street outside

Grape Creek Vineyards is a very popular winery location in Fredericksburg and to help fans of their wines get more access to the wines, Grape Creek Vineyards has two tasting room locations. One is in nearby Fredericksburg on Main Street and the other is in the town of Georgetown. I visited both locations recently. Georgetown The Georgetown location is in a renovated building on the town square across the street from the courthouse. It was easy to find among [Read More...]

Tour of Bending Branch Winery

Bending Branch - barrels

We have gone to Bending Branch Winery when we visit Fredericksburg and can escape south to Comfort and have enjoyed every visit. In the past year, we have met at various times both Jennifer Beckmann, Director of Marketing of Bending Branch, and John Rivenburgh, co-founder & VP of Winery and Vineyard Operations. At TEXSOM this year I got the chance to finally meet co-owner and winemaker Robert (Bob) Young. During my trip to Grape Camp this year, Jennifer Beckmann invited me [Read More...]

Grower Field Day, Seminar, and Benefit Dinner November 22

Grower Field Day

Texas Hill Country Wineries Grower Field Day and Benefit events have already raised over $27,000 for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab. The “Grower Field Day and Consumer Education Seminar and Dinner” will be held starting at noon November 22 at Bending Branch Winery, 142 Lindner Branch Trail in Comfort. The event, presented by Texas Hill Country Wineries and sponsored by Bending Branch Winery and Hoover Valley Vineyards, will benefit the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and [Read More...]