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