Umbra Winery

Umbra Winery - outside

Grapevine, Texas is well on its way to achieving critical mass with its Urban Wine Trail, and my husband and I recently got to experience yet another appealing example in the warm, inviting atmosphere of the Umbra Winery tasting room. We were doing a little holiday shopping and visiting a couple of our other favorite wineries along Main Street when we looked into the window of Umbra and liked what we saw. So, while I wasn’t expecting to do a [Read More…]

Messina Hof Grapevine Winery Media Preview

Grand Opening Bottles

Good things come to those who wait—an adage that is true for both me and the Bonarrigos of Messina Hof Winery. The Bonarrigos waited 20 years for the just-right opportunity to establish a presence in Grapevine, Texas, and on Wednesday evening, I got a sneak peek at the brand new Messina Hof Grapevine Winery, which holds its Grand Opening this Friday through Sunday, December 12th through 14th. My wait was mercifully shorter than the Bonarrigos because I only had to [Read More…]

Get Your Holiday Cheer in Grapevine

Grapevine Christmas Capital of Texas

Forget twelve days of Christmas! Grapevine, Texas celebrates the season with 1,400 Christmas events held over more than 40 days! And as usual, Grapevine has some special treats in store for wine lovers and holiday revelers alike. Here are just a few examples:

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:

CrossRoads Winery changes Brand to Umbra


If you have been to CrossRoads Winery in Frisco, changes are on the way! CrossRoads Winery will be changing their brand to Umbra.

Becker Vineyards Named as “Tall in Texas” Award Recipient

Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker

As was reported in July, Becker Vineyards of Stonewall, Texas, and Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker have been named the recipient of the annual “Tall in Texas” Award. The award was presented on September 6 at the Texas Wine Tribute, as part of the 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience in Grapevine, Texas.

GrapeFest Uncorked 2014 Preview

GrapeFest 2014

Sample more than 160 Texas varietals from 44 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States, during the 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience in Historic Downtown Grapevine September 11-14. Tickets for the popular GrapeFest event are limited; therefore, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

Messina Hof to Open Urban Winery in Grapevine

Messina Hof Grapevine Winery logo

Paul M. Bonarrigo, CEO of Messina Hof Winery & Resort, announced Friday night, August 1, at Messina Hof’s Moonlit Harvest event in Bryan that Messina Hof would be opening their first urban winery in Grapevine. This will be the third location for Messina Hof that also has a location in Fredericksburg. First to speak at the event was Grapevine mayor William D. Tate who has been the mayor of Grapevine for 39 years. Tate said, “We became the home for [Read More…]

Grapevine Announces Becker Vineyards as Texas Wine Tribute’s “Tall in Texas” Award Winner

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau

On Saturday, September 6, the 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience will kick off festival week with the Texas Wine Tribute, a black-tie gala and one of the most prestigious annual Texas Wine Industry events. The Texas Wine Tribute features the presentation of the highly-anticipated annual “Tall in Texas” award, bestowed to a Texas winery in recognition of the winery’s leadership role in the dedication to, support of and promotion of the Texas Wine Industry. The 2014 recipient of [Read More…]

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…]