Grapevine and Red River Road Trip

Sloan & Williams barrel sign

I have been to the Red River Valley area a couple times to visit wineries Arché and Blue Ostrich Winery but unfortunately Gloria has never been able to make it. That changed recently when we made our road trip plans to drive up on a Saturday, spend the night, and return on Sunday. Plans changed last minute and we were to meet Laurie and Shelly Ware along with Bob Wonacott and Susan Ramp—owners of Eperon Vineyard—at Arché, and then spend [Read More…]

Sloan & Williams Winery

Sloan & Williams - outside Sloan & Williams Winery is owned by Alan W. Kunst Jr. and Ralph S. Mattison Jr. and is located in Grapevine. Alan Kunst is also the winemaker. The winery opened in July, 2014. The name Sloan & Williams actually comes from the middle names of the two owners.

Messina Hof Grapevine Winery

Messina Hof Grapevine - outside

Messina Hof Grapevine Winery is located in Grapevine and is the third location for Messina Hof based in Bryan. During the start of the 2014 Moonlit Harvest in August, Paul M. Bonarrigo announced the upcoming winery in Grapevine. Unbeknownst at the time, three-quarters of the future Texas Wine Lover team were present including Gloria and me in addition to Rebecca Marmaduke. When Messina Hof Grapevine Winery had their media preview on December 10, Rebecca was there again this time representing [Read More…]

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 2014 Gets a Big Texas Toast

Mike Morris, GrapeFest Volunteer

GrapeFest—the name alone is sufficient to send shivers down the spine of any wine lover, but particularly fans of Texas wine. Every year, I wonder, “How could they top last year?” but then the city of Grapevine rolls out the welcome mat, pulls out all the corks, and outdoes itself yet again. The 28th annual GrapeFest 2014 was no exception. Granted, this year’s GrapeFest was definitely a bittersweet event for me—sweet in that I made it out for a couple of visits, bitter [Read More…]