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…]

Review of Becker Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2012

Becker Merlot bottle

Hill Country breezes, ample sunshine, and intoxicating aromas of fresh lavender awaken the senses when you pull up to Becker Vineyards. The winery sits on a beautiful plot of land just a hop, skip, and a jump from Highway 290. As one of the oldest wineries on the 290 wine trail in the Texas Hill Country, Becker Vineyards has been producing a wide array of wines for some time. Founded in 1992 by Dr. Richard Becker and his wife, Bunny [Read More…]

Epic Helicopters Offers Tours of Texas Wineries


Epic Helicopters has launched its VIP Wine Tours, which will whisk guests from across North Texas for a wine tasting and tour like no other. The exciting new VIP wine tours features six Texas wineries and will accommodate as many as 4 wine enthusiasts per flight. Helicopter pickup locations are customizable as are the number of vineyards visited on this high-flying winery adventure. “Wine connoisseurs want adventurous options to explore Texas wineries and Epic is now offering that option through [Read More…]

Review of Fiesta Winery’s Back Porch Sittin’

Fiesta Winery's Back Porch Sittin'

Fiesta Winery… Laid back, fun and inviting, yet serious enough for the discerning wine aficionado. There are a handful of wineries I have yet to visit and taste in the Texas Hill Country and Fiesta was one of them. A conversation about sparkling wine between Karen Sportsman Taylor “KK” and I turned into a planned trip to visit the tasting room in downtown Fredericksburg for a tasting and a review of a wine. I have been sending guests with the [Read More…]

Texas Hill Country Wineries make changes to Texas Wine Month Trail

Texas Hill Country Wineries

When Texas Wine Month Trail comes in October for the Texas Hill Country Wineries (THCW), there will be some changes from what wine trail veterans are used to. First the basics: The wine trail will be held from October 1-31 With the inclusion of more wineries, there are now 42 member wineries participating in the wine trail Tickets are good all 31 days of the trail and redeemable at all 42 wineries one time Tickets cost $60 per couple or [Read More…]

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…]