Review of Compass Rose Cellars Syrah 2012

Compass Rose Syrah

By Guest Blogger Jeremy Wilson I first met Mark Watson when he was visiting Pedernales Cellars. I had the pleasure of hosting a private tasting for him in our reserve tasting room, along with a few other big names in the local wine industry. I knew right away he was a real gentleman. Genuine, honest and direct, that is how a man should be in my opinion. I was fortunate to attend industry night at his newly opened Compass Rose [Read More...]

Review of Fall Creek Vineyards Meritus 2010

Fall Creek Meritus 2010

By Guest Blogger Jeremy Wilson As a state with extreme weather variation including hail, freezes, and severe drought, Texas has become known as one the most difficult winemaking regions of the world. The Lone Star State is not at all new to winemaking, but until recent years had unfortunately been known for less than stellar wines. That is simply not the case any longer. Hardship, varietal experimentation, winemaking style changes, and perseverance have led our local industry to the top [Read More...]

Review of 2009 Flat Creek Estate Syrah

2009 Flat Creek Syrah

By Guest Blogger Jeremy Wilson Nestled between acres of lush estate vineyards near Marble Falls in the Texas Hill Country sits Flat Creek Estate. As you walk up to the tasting room, aromas of delicious food overwhelm the senses from the restaurant on site. Yummy! Flat Creek takes pride in making authentic Texas wine, made from 100% Texas fruit. However, 2009 proved to be a very challenging year for Texas. A hard freeze and large hail ravaged the estate vineyard [Read More...]

Review of Alamosa Wine Cellars Texacaia

Alamosa Wine Cellars Texacaia 2011

By Guest Blogger Jeremy Wilson There are humans on this planet that are determined to climb the highest summits of the largest mountains. Others make the decision to climb the employment ladder to reach the top in their career field. I, however, choose to climb to the “Top Of The Hill Country” and fill my glass with Alamosa Wine Cellars Texacaia 2011. It is no secret that winemaker Jim Johnson, a graduate of UC Davis in California, is a pioneer in [Read More...]

Groundbreaking Ceremony held for Torr Na Lochs Winery

Torr Na Lochs groundbreaking

There’s a new winery coming to Texas in Burnet called Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery. Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery broke ground recently to mark the start of the construction of a $1.2 million Winery building located near Burnet, Texas on June 7, 2014. This iconic 11,000 square foot building will include a Processing room, Barrel room, Pub, Tasting room, and Patio. It will also include a tastefully finished residential space on the second floor. The whole facility [Read More...]

2014 Annual Memorial Day Weekend Hill Country Road Trip

Hye Meadow winners

We now have an annual ritual to visit the Hill Country the weekend of Memorial Day and meeting up with friends Dave and Kelli Potter of The Grapes Around Texas and future Mary Elizabeth Vineyards along with Laurie and Shelly Ware of Wine’s At Roads End on a road trip. This year we stayed at the Lazy T Bed and Breakfast like we did last year. Unfortunately Gloria had to work again on Memorial Day but this year we were both able to [Read More...]

Flat Creek Enoteca

Enoteca - outside

http://www.flatcreekenoteca.com The Flat Creek Enoteca is located in Marble Falls and is a tasting room and more for Flat Creek Estate. The Enoteca officially opened on May 20, 2014. For those of you, like me, who wondered first how to pronounce Enoteca, it is like (ee-no-tech-a). The Italian word is defined as a local tasting room and wine shop with small wine producers and serving artisan food. The Flat Creek Enoteca is very easy to find since it is right [Read More...]

Allan Fetty of Westcave Cellars Winemaker Profile

Allan Fetty

Allan Fetty is the co-owner and winemaker at Westcave Cellars. Along with his wife Margaret, they also have a beautiful vineyard near the winery. Allan took the time to answer our questions about himself and winemaking. What did you do before becoming a winemaker (if anything)? I worked in the semiconductor industry, initially as an equipment engineer, and then as a package development engineer. After completing the Executive MBA at UT in Austin, I moved into operations management, which ultimately [Read More...]

Barking Rocks Tannat 2008 – Reddy Vineyards

Barking Rocks Tannat 2008

By Guest Blogger Jeremy Wilson My first taste of Barking Rocks winery this evening was about as Texan as you can get. The television alarm was blearing Severe Thunderstorm Warning, and the rain and winds were blowing in along with the breathtaking crackles of cloud to ground lightening. Then came the marble sized springtime hailstones, oh so pretty, but oh so damaging to our gorgeous grape vines in the Lone Star State. For those of us familiar with the Tannat [Read More...]

A Preview of Kuhlman Cellars

Bénédicte Rhyne, Chris and Jennifer Cobb

http://www.kuhlmancellars.com Kuhlman Cellars is a winery which will be opening later this year on Highway 290 in Stonewall, Texas. The winery is owned by Chris and Jennifer Cobb, and the winemaker is Bénédicte Rhyne. I first met Chris and Jennifer Cobb at last year’s Newsom Grape Day where they told me about their plans on building a winery along with a vineyard. At the time they expected it might be open in 2015. I saw Chris again at this year’s [Read More...]