Review of Landon Winery’s Reserve Meritage 2006

Landon Winery Meritage

We happened to have some free time this past week while in the Dallas area and decided to pop into Landon Winery in McKinney, Texas. I had read about them and had seen many comments on how great the wines were, but I needed to find out for myself. Since it was also Drink Local Wine Week, it made sense to enjoy some local wine.

Pedernales Viognier Reserve 2012 – Out of Bounds?

Pedernales Viognier Reserve 2012

By guest blogger Brock Estes, President of Fly Gap Winery As I woke up early one morning in July with no commitments to anything and the wife and kid away, I decided to celebrate my independence day. I stepped outside to watch the sunrise and get some feel good flowing through my body, and then grabbed a bottle of Pedernales Viognier Reserve 2012 and a bottle of Pedernales 2010 Tempranillo and proceeded to celebrate. I was excited to take in all [Read More…]

The New Texas Winery Passport Program

TX Wine Passport - stamp

We first learned about the previous Texas Winery Passport program offered by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) when I made the “mistake” of taking Gloria to Fredericksburg for the very first time in January 2010. What a great idea! Visiting wineries, collecting stamps, and getting rewards for them. How could you go wrong? That prompted our interest in visiting more Texas wineries, getting better and better rewards, and it eventually resulted with us starting this blog in March 2011. [Read More…]

Texas Viognier is Blind Tasted Against California and France

Pedernales Viognier Reserve 2012

Earlier in April we learned Pedernales Cellars had won a grand gold for its 2012 Viognier Reserve at the Lyon International Wine Competition. There were over 3,000 entries and out of approximately 200 grand gold medals, the Pedernales Viognier was the only one from the United States. A grand gold identifies a first place finish but also a unanimous vote among the judges. This past weekend, sixteen Texas Viognier wines went head to head competing with each other, two California [Read More…]

Why Buying Local is Worth Every Cent

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Buying Local makes an impact on local economy. This is similar to what we’ve been saying for years: Drink Local Wine “Why Buying Local is Worth Every Cent” infographic by CustomMade

2013 Lost Pines Wine Fest Preview

Lost Pines Wine Fest

The inaugural 2013 Lost Pines Wine Fest is Saturday, May 11, 2013 from noon – 6:00 p.m. at the Bastrop Brewhouse in Bastrop, Texas. All proceeds from this event will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County. The festival is partnering with the Bastrop Brewhouse to establish a great event they hope will turn into an annual event. The communities of both Bastrop and Smithville have been very supportive of the event and they are encouraging people [Read More…]

2013 Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair

2013 Sugar Land Affair - wine

The 2013 Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair will be held from April 24 – 28. This year marks the 10th year of the festival and is expected to attract more than 7,000 attendees over the five day event. Proceeds support a permanent scholarship endowment at the University of Houston Conrad N.  Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. To date the event has raised more than $250,000 for scholarships awarded to students pursuing careers in the hospitality field. There [Read More…]

2012 Grape Camp

2012 Grape Camp - Bobby Cox

When we stayed at Neal and Janice Newsom’s Bed & Breakfast in the High Plains, their son Nolan said I really needed to go to Grape Camp. Who am I to disagree? I joined TWGGA (Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association) and registered for Grape Camp which occurred November 4-5 in Fredericksburg. Registration started at 7:15am on Sunday which was going to be kind of tough for me since I had tickets to a concert the night before in Houston. [Read More…]

The Empty Glass

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I have never written about a wine bar before but I am making an exception in this case since The Empty Glass wine bar serves approximately 60% Texas wines. The Empty Glass is located in Tomball and opened in September 2012 with a Grand Opening on October 6. Dana Kelly is the owner and Amber Brown is the general manager. Since we are always looking for a good local wine bar, we visited The Empty Glass when it first [Read More…]

“It Takes a Lot of Good Beer to Make Great Wine”


You may have heard the saying before: “It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine.” There are other variations to that statement like, “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine,” but I prefer the first one. After hearing this statement recently, I decided to find out if it was true in the state of Texas by asking some noted winemakers and viticulturists. Update: Kim McPherson from McPherson Cellars sent his beer preferences. The questions [Read More…]