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...]

Fat Ass Ranch & Winery

Fat Ass Winery - outside

Fat Ass Ranch & Winery is located in Fredericksburg and is owned by Gail and Jennie McCulloch. The winery opened on May 17th and is located on Highway 290, so it is very easy to find. Fat Ass Ranch & Winery flew under the radar as to a new winery opening in Fredericksburg until I was asked by a friend about a week before them opening if I knew who they were. It was a little confusing as they said [Read More...]

Pedernales Cellars Reserve Tasting Room Opens

Reserve Tasting Room

On May 24th, Pedernales Cellars had the grand opening of their new Reserve Tasting Room and we had the pleasure of attending as invited guests. The Reserve Tasting Room is in a remodeled room of the attached house and is available by appointment only. They will take walk-ins if there is space available. The Reserve Tasting Room is available on Saturdays and Sundays, and includes a tasting of Pedernales Cellars wines which were previously available to wine club members only [Read More...]

Texas Hill Country Wine and Brew Festival Preview


  The 2nd Annual Texas Hill Country Wine and Brew Festival in Kerrville takes place on Saturday, May 24th. It promises to be bigger and better than last year. Over ten Texas wineries are scheduled to be present pouring their wines in addition to a couple breweries with multiple food and retail vendors. In addition to the food and beverages, there will be musical acts: Fred Andrews & Honeybrowne, Finding Friday, and Dustin Pittsley Band plus trick roper Kevin Fitzpatrick.

Road trip to Hye, Wine Road 290, and Mason

Hye Trip - bottles

We received an invitation by William Chris Vineyards to attend a concert they were having starring Texas artist Larry Joe Taylor. We gladly accepted and started planning a road trip to Wine Road 290 and the area for the weekend. On the way to our planned first stop, we made a quick change when we realized it had been a little while since we had visited Texas Hills Vineyard so we made a slight detour. Unfortunately we arrived to the winery [Read More...]

Bella Vista Ranch

Bella Vista-featured

http://www.texasoliveoil.com Bella Vista Ranch is located in Wimberley and is owned by Jack and Pat Dougherty. At the same location they also own First Texas Olive Oil Co. It had been a few years since we were last at Bella Vista Ranch so it was definitely time for a return visit. I saw they provide a 1 1/2 hour tour of the olive orchard, olive mill, and winery on weekends, but I could never get the timing correct to visit [Read More...]

Sergio Cuadra of Fall Creek Vineyards Winemaker Profile

Sergio Cuadra Featured

Sergio Cuadra is the new winemaker at Fall Creek Vineyards who started last August, 2013. Sergio came to Texas from Chile and owners Ed and Susan Auler are very excited to have him on board. Sergio was happy to answer our questions about himself and winemaking. What did you do before becoming a winemaker (if anything)? Back in 1994 after finishing my agronomy engineering studies, I went right to work for big guys like Viña San Pedro and Viña Concha y [Read More...]