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…]

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…]