Lone Star Three Day Road Trip


When I was asked to be a judge at the latest Lone Star International Wine Competition, that meant a drive to Grapevine for the Monday and Tuesday competition. If I was going to drive that far from Houston, I decided to take advantage of the weekend to visit wineries in that area which I have not been to yet and also return to some favorites. It turned out I had the Friday before off too, so that gave me almost [Read More...]

2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition results

Lone Star International Wine Competition

These are the results from the 2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition in the 31st year of the competition. It is the oldest wine competition in Texas. The first two tables include both Texas and non-Texas winery wines. The last table is just Texas wineries with their medals. Some of the Gold medal photos can be seen on the TXWineLover Facebook page. Grand Star Awards Brand Name Label Grape Varieties Vintage International Late Harvest, Dessert, & Ice Wine Arrington Vineyards La [Read More...]

2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition Call for Entries

Lone Star International Wine Competition

The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association is inviting entries for the 2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition which will be held June 2-3, 2014. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the competition which is three competitions in one – a Texas competition, an International competition, and a Limited Production competition. Experienced judges from Texas and California will select the award-winning wines that span over eight divisions. Returning in 2014 is a Wine Bottle Label competition, judged by local [Read More...]

Messina Hof Winery is GrapeFest’s Texas Wine Tribute’s First “Tall in Texas” Award Winner

Grapefest 2013

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (July 25, 2013) – On Saturday, September 7, GrapeFest’s Texas Wine Tribute will unveil the brand new “Tall in Texas” award. One of the most exciting events held during GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest, is the Texas Wine Tribute, a prestigious black-tie gala celebrating the growth and development of the Texas wine industry. In an effort to keep pace with the Texas Wine Industry’s changing landscape, the leadership of GrapeFest will now recognize each year a single Texas winery for its [Read More...]

Wine Trail Events

I recently published a post about spring and summer wine festivals. A comment was added from Bruce Anderson of Sunset Winery that I should list wine trail events. What a great idea! A lot of Texas wineries are on wine trails and they often have events throughout the year which feature different themes, special activities/wines at each winery, etc. It makes it easy to visit a number of wineries which are in close proximity to each other. Bottom line, they [Read More...]

Su Vino Winery

Su Vino - inside

http://www.suvinowinery.com Su Vino Winery is located in Grapevine and opened in 2003. David and Chari Scott bought the winery in 2005. If you want to walk to the different wineries in Grapevine, Su Vino Winery is the most northern winery within walking distance. The winery is located in a nice brick building next to other stores and has parking in the back of the winery. When you enter the winery, a large gift shop is on the left and you [Read More...]

La Buena Vida Vineyards – Grapevine and La Bodega Winery

La Buena - fountain

http://www.labuenavida.com Update: La Bodega Winery has closed and La Buena Vida Vineyards – Grapevine is no longer a winery. La Buena Vida Vineyards is in Grapevine and is owned by Gina Puente. There is also a La Buena Vida Vineyards location in Springtown which is owned by Dr. Bobby Smith and was first bonded in 1978. He opened a second location which was moved to Grapevine in the early 1990′s and was Grapevine’s first winery and tasting room. In 2006, [Read More...]

Delaney Vineyards & Winery

Delaney - gift shop

http://www.delaneyvineyards.com Delaney Vineyards & Winery is located in Grapevine. It is one of the only wineries in Grapevine which actually has a vineyard next to the winery. The winery is owned by Jerry Delaney. The winery was completed in 1996 and the first bottling production was in the summer of 1997. I stopped at Delaney Vineyards & Winery during my tour of the Grapevine wineries. The winery is a beautiful 8,000 square foot French chateau inspired building with a 10 [Read More...]

Homestead Winery

Homestead - Grapevine-inside

http://www.homesteadwinery.com Homestead Winery has three locations in Texas: Ivanhoe, Denison, and Grapevine. Homestead Winery is owned by Gabe and Barb Parker who started it to continue the Parker family farming tradition begun by Gabe’s grandfather more than 100 years ago. The main location in Ivanhoe is the oldest continually operated winery located in the Red River Valley of North Texas. Winemaking is under the direction of Dr. Roy Mitchell. I have had the opportunity to visit all three locations. Each [Read More...]

Texas 2012 Autumn Wine Festivals

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about cooler weather (yes, sometime soon in Texas) but most of all Wine Festivals which occur in the Fall or if you prefer Autumn. Here is a listing of 2012 Wine Festivals coming up this year. Please let me know if I missed any and I’ll be sure to add it. Dates City Festival August 31 – September 2 Kerrville Kerrville Wine & Music Festival (http://www.kerrville-music.com) September 8 Dripping Springs Dripping [Read More...]