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 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 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.