2014 High Plains Winegrowers Wine and Music Fest

High Plains Wine & Music Festival

The early part of May is going to be a great time in the High Plains. If you are attending Newsom Grape Day and the Tempranillo Conference on May 9th in Plains, TX, the next day you can enjoy the 2nd Annual Wine and Music Fest on May 10th in Levelland, TX sponsored by the High Plains Winegrowers.

2014 Newsom Grape Day Preview

Newsom Vineyards - Sign

Every year Neal Newsom and the Newsom family have a Grape Day in their “Barnery” to educate potential growers and winery owners, in addition to networking with involved Texas wine industry members and friends. This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 9. Neal Newsom believes they have the best conference ever planned. Dr. Ed Hellman of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech helped get some of the best speakers from Texas.

McPherson Cellars “Brothers Blend”

McPherson - outside

The current controversy in the Texas wine industry over the use of For Sale In Texas Only (FSITO) and the GO TEXAN program has affected even those wineries who do not use the GO TEXAN logo and use FSITO as a last resort. When the 2013 harvest produced few white grapes due to the late freezes, McPherson Cellars was faced with three hard choices: Produce a very limited amount of their three major white wines, which was not practical Label [Read More...]

Christoval Vineyards and Winery

Christoval - Tasting Room

http://www.christovalvineyards.com Christoval Vineyards and Winery is located in Christoval which is south of San Angelo. The vineyard was first established in 1985 with Cabernet and Riesling being planted in the first two fields. In 2008, San Angelo natives Drexell “Drex” and Nancy Vincent purchased the estate. More vines were planted in 2008 and the winery was bonded in November 2010. The tasting room opened the day after Thanksgiving in 2011. Drex manages the vineyard and estate. The winery and tasting [Read More...]

Val Verde Winery

Val Verde - outside

http://www.valverdewinery.com Val Verde Winery is located in Del Rio and is known as the oldest continuously running winery in Texas. The winery was established by Italian immigrant Frank Qualia in 1883. When he arrived in Del Rio, he found Lenoir grapes growing and founded the winery. After his death in 1936, his youngest son, Louis Qualia took over the vineyards. He introduced the French Herbomont grape to Texas. He in turn passed the winery in 1973 to his youngest son [Read More...]

Bingham Family Vineyards completes purchase of Pheasant Ridge Winery

Pheasant Ridge - outside

It had been previously announced that Bingham Family Vineyards purchased Pheasant Ridge Winery. December 9, 2013 – Continuing its mission of providing exceptional quality products to Texans, Cliff Bingham, President of Bingham Family Cellars, LLC announced today that the company has completed its acquisition of Pheasant Ridge Winery and its vineyards. “We’re excited to welcome Pheasant Ridge to the Bingham family,” said Bingham. “Pheasant Ridge has a long standing tradition of making award winning wine from High Plains grapes. Acquiring [Read More...]

Tour of Bending Branch Winery

Bending Branch - barrels

We have gone to Bending Branch Winery when we visit Fredericksburg and can escape south to Comfort and have enjoyed every visit. In the past year, we have met at various times both Jennifer Beckmann, Director of Marketing of Bending Branch, and John Rivenburgh, co-founder & VP of Winery and Vineyard Operations. At TEXSOM this year I got the chance to finally meet co-owner and winemaker Robert (Bob) Young. During my trip to Grape Camp this year, Jennifer Beckmann invited me [Read More...]

Bingham Family Vineyards buys Pheasant Ridge Winery

Pheasant Ridge - outside

It had been previously announced that Bingham Family Vineyards will be opening a winery at some point with Bobby Cox, original owner of Pheasant Ridge Winery and the Bingham Family Vineyards’ vineyard consultant, as the winemaker. When I was in Fredericksburg this past weekend, I spoke to Clint Bingham, general manager, about breaking ground for the winery and he said they were hoping to do so by the end of this year. Forget about breaking ground now because Bingham Family [Read More...]

Bending Branch Cabernet Sauvignon wins Double Gold

Bending Branch Winery logo

October 11: Bending Branch Winery is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a total of 11 medals, including a prestigious Double Gold, in the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition. We feel that the significance of this elusive medal is considerable. The Double Gold is awarded to a wine that has unanimously received a Gold Medal from every judge on the panel. The 2010 Bending Branch Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyards, was awarded this medal in what is [Read More...]

Bill and Gail Day – Long Distance Winegrowers

Days - Bill and Gail Day

If you have been following the Texas wine industry for any length of time, you have most likely heard there are not enough grapes being grown in Texas. We have heard different viewpoints from winegrowers in the High Plains and winery owners as to the reason why there are not enough grapes and why more are not being grown. We have become friends with Bill and Gail Day who live near us in Houston, however they own a vineyard in [Read More...]