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...]

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 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 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...]