Review of Llano Estacado Winery Viviano 2010

Vivano label

Wind swept dusty plains and red dirt as far as the eye can see. Is it Mars? Of course not, this is the Texas High Plains! A combination of high altitude and a wide diurnal shift make this region of Texas exquisite for growing grapes. The near constant daytime sunshine and heat fully ripen theRead More

Review of Llano Estacado Winery’s 2010 “1836”

Llano Estacado Winery "1836"

Llano Estacado Winery in Lubbock has been producing excellent wines since 1976 and is the largest premium winery in Texas. I enjoyed visiting Llano Estacado in May and since that visit, they will be building a new public tasting room and visitor’s center this year. One of their recent releases is the 2010 vintage “1836”Read More

Texas Sangiovese and Pasta Pairing

Baked Ziti with Sangiovese

Any cook and wine lover can tell you that pairing wine and vegetables can be a bit of a challenge. But if you’re a vegetarian, or you have vegetarian friends or family members, you’ll eventually have to find some good combinations. In our case, we have both vegetarian friends and family members, so I’ve gotRead More

Review of Westcave Cellars Reserve Merlot 2012

Westcave Cellars Reserve Merlot - bottle

Westcave Cellars is known for producing boutique, handcrafted wines using only Texas fruit. Estate vines as well as vines from across the Lone Star State provide the fruit for the wine program. Tempranillo is not the staple grape variety chosen by owners/winemakers Allan and Margaret Fetty. The estate vineyard on the winery property sits inRead More

Randy Hester Winemaker – From Texas and Back Again

Randy and Brooke Hester

I met Randy and Brooke Hester last year at Newsom Grape Day. We talked briefly and I learned they were native Texans but currently living in California while making wines there with the name Lightning Wines. However, they would soon be moving back to Texas and had some ideas on what they wanted to doRead More

Meet the Oswalds: The Family behind Oswald Vineyard

Dina-Marie and John Oswald

The Oswald Vineyard is located in Brownfield, Texas, in Terry County of the High Plains. The Oswald Vineyard is owned by John and Dina-Marie Oswald. They may not have the largest vineyard in the area, but they have one of the most unique and interesting stories among Texas growers. Other growers I have talked toRead More

Touring High Plains Vineyards and “That’s a Lot of Vines!”

Wind Machine

Visiting the High Plains requires visiting some of the top vineyards in the state of Texas. With the number of High Plains vineyards, it is very tough to visit all, so I planned with Bill and Gail Day of Buena Suerte Vineyards on which vineyards to visit. Of course, the first vineyard to visit was Buena Suerte Vineyards.Read More