BarnHaus Vineyards with a Winery Preview

BarnHaus - house

While updating the most up-to-date listing of Texas wineries on the web early last year, I came across a winery which was going to be called BarnHaus Vineyards and Winery. After checking into the winery, I discovered right now it is BarnHaus Vineyards with a winery planned in the near future. I was sent photos of the vineyard and location which looked very impressive. Coincidentally this year at Newsom Grape Day, I sat next to David Straley who does viticulture [Read More…]

La Viña Winery

La Vina - outside La Viña Winery is located in La Union, New Mexico and is owned by Ken and Denise Stark. La Viña Winery is the oldest winery in New Mexico and was founded in 1977. The winery was originally in southern New Mexico but when the Starks bought it in 1993, they moved to La Union, built the winery, and kept the original bond and name.


Inniskillin - outside Inniskillin has two locations in Canada, one in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and the other in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. The winery was started in 1975 by Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser. Inniskillin is often mentioned as Canada’s first maker of Icewine which they produced in 1984. We visited Niagara Falls and were deciding what to do during the day after we visited the Falls. Our hotel had a wine store featuring Inniskillin Icewine and since we love Icewine, the decision [Read More…]

Harvesting at Paradox House Vineyard

Paradox - grapes on vine

Paradox House Vineyard is located in Industry, Texas and owned by Doug and Linda Rowlett. It was time for harvesting white grapes and they were looking for volunteers to help with this year’s harvest, both Blanc du Bois now and Lenoir later. In exchange for the help, a lunch would be served after harvesting along with Texas wine. Besides helping people with their vineyard, Gloria and I thought it would be a good learning experience seeing how Texas grapes are [Read More…]

Messina Hof Port and Moonlit Harvest 2013

Messina Hof Moonlit Harvest - Ports

Messina Hof has started their 2013 harvest celebration and we were invited to the Moonlit Harvest on Friday July 12th which was the first day of the harvest. I attended last year’s Moonlit Harvest alone and this year Gloria was able to attend. Last year Paul M. Bonarrigo became the CEO of Messina Hof and this year he took the responsibility for hosting the event along with his wife Karen. Paul explained how the Bryan vineyard grows Lenoir grapes and those [Read More…]

Heading to Mendoza!


There will be a short hiatus of blog posts while we take a vacation to Mendoza, Argentina. It’s time to explore far outside of Texas and enjoy some Argentine wine. Gloria and I both love Malbec wine and Mendoza is arguably the best place which grows and makes Malbec. We are wine club members at The NICE Winery located in Houston, Texas. Winemakers Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld do not ship in juice or must to make their wine in [Read More…]

Texas Wine Lover’s New Year’s Resolutions


Everybody makes New Year’s Resolutions so I thought I would come up with mine, the Texas Wine Lover’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2013. Undoubtedly the most common resolution is to lose weight so I’ll make that my first resolution. I need to lose a little weight and get back in shape. It’s funny I mentioned starting to exercise and diet a couple months ago on Facebook and said that I needed to cut out either wine or food. The unanimous [Read More…]

“It Takes a Lot of Good Beer to Make Great Wine”


You may have heard the saying before: “It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine.” There are other variations to that statement like, “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine,” but I prefer the first one. After hearing this statement recently, I decided to find out if it was true in the state of Texas by asking some noted winemakers and viticulturists. Update: Kim McPherson from McPherson Cellars sent his beer preferences. The questions [Read More…]

Perissos Vineyard and Winery

Perissos - owners Perissos Vineyard and Winery is located in Burnet and is owned by Seth and Laura Martin. Seth Martin is also the winemaker. Perissos is a Greek word found in the Bible meaning “exceedingly abundant, beyond what is expected, imagined, or hoped for.” We first visited Perissos almost two years ago and for our last visit, we took advantage of the free vineyard tours they were offering. We learned quite a bit about Perissos and grape growing during the vineyard [Read More…]

Messina Hof and the Moonlit Harvest

Messina Hof - winemaker's table

The harvest celebration began at Messina Hof on July 20th and continues until August 19th. I attended the first day of harvest and since it happens during the evening hours, it is called the Moonlit Harvest. Since we are VIP members at Messina Hof, we have visited many times and taken many tours, so I was looking for something unique to write about. I found it as soon as we met Paul Bonarrigo in the tasting room. But first allow [Read More…]