Podcast #5: Bill Blackmon of William Chris Vineyards

Bill Blackmon of William Chris

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In Podcast #3, Jeremy Wilson talked to Chris Brundrett of William Chris Vineyards. Chris mentioned how co-owner Bill Blackmon handled the vineyard management at William Chris, so it was only natural that we visit again and talk to Bill.

October Texas Wine Month Road Trip

Becker Vineyards

As you probably are aware, October is Texas Wine Month. That meant there was no doubt Gloria and I had to go on a road trip. We still had the Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass we won at the silent auction at the TWGGA Conference in February, so it was only fitting we head to the Hill Country. Since Texas Wine Lover recently started a podcast (subscribe on iTunes or listen on Stitcher), our first stop was Bending Branch [Read More...]

Fall Creek Vineyards announces Second Location in Driftwood

Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood

AUSTIN, TX, October 22, 2014 — One of Texas’ first and most respected wineries, Fall Creek Vineyards, is expanding by opening a new tasting room and production facility in Driftwood, Texas. The second winery location will feature an elegant Hill Country estate on 17 beautiful acres adjacent to Onion Creek, and is well situated to become tasting destination for both tourists and locals alike.

Podcast #4b: Bending Branch Winery’s Flash Détente Video

Dr. Bob Young and John Rivenburgh with Flash Détente

iTunes apparently has problems with podcasts that have videos so here is the video of Bending Branch Winery’s Flash Détente in action. And be sure to check out the podcast episode. Enjoy!

Podcast #4: Bending Branch Winery’s Flash Détente

Dr. Bob Young and John Rivenburgh with Flash Détente

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Bending Branch Winery has always been on the forefront of finding new grape varieties for Texas like Tannat for their now signature wine. They also do the same when it comes to technology to improve their wines and their latest piece of equipment is a Flash Détente unit from the Della Toffola Group. Even though the technology has been in Europe for 17 years, there are only five units in the United States [Read More...]

Kuhlman Cellars

Kuhlman Cellars people

http://kuhlmancellars.com Kuhlman Cellars is located in Stonewall and is owned by Chris and Jennifer Cobb. The winemaking is done by Bénédicte Rhyne. We were fortunate to get a preview of what would be offered at the winery when it was still under construction this past May. Now the winery building is almost complete and they officially opened on October 3rd. At first they were planning on appointment only and then changed their mind to “by appointment please.” That means to [Read 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 in a valley at a lower altitude than some of the surrounding area therefore the temperature is several degrees cooler in the afternoon and evenings. This [Read More...]

Robert H. Fritz of Solaro Estate Winemaker Profile

Robert H. Fritz

Robert H. Fritz is the winemaker and co-owner at Solaro Estate now with two locations. The primary winery is located in Dripping Springs and a new Urban Winery is in Houston. Solaro Estate has been winning many awards with their Texas wines including wines from their large estate vineyard. Robert Fritz answered our questions about his background and winemaking.

Review of Kuhlman Cellars Texas Red 2012

Kuhlman Cellars Texas Red Wine

The renowned 290 wine trail that runs from Johnson City to Fredericksburg, Texas, is a world all its own. Many years ago there were open fields and a winery or two here and there scattered amongst the sparsely populated small towns within the region. In 2014, the change is very obvious. This is wine country, folks, and the gettin’ is good! There is a new winery on Highway 290, one that will be providing world class Texas wines made by [Read More...]

Review of Spicewood Vineyards The Good Guy 2012

The Good Guy label

Spicewood, Texas, is a quiet little town off Highway 71 in the Texas Hill Country. A few miles journey off the highway on 409 takes you to Spicewood Vineyards. Rows and rows of lush vines, fresh air, and wide open spaces welcome you to your destination. Edward and Madeleine Manigold founded Spicewood Vineyards in 1992. After winning a silver medal immediately with their very first Chardonnay, the Yates family took over and have grown the estate into a world class [Read More...]