Pedernales Viognier Reserve 2012 – Out of Bounds?

Pedernales Viognier Reserve 2012

By contributing writer 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 grabbedRead 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? ThatRead 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 finishRead 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 atRead More

The Empty Glass

Empty Glass - inside

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 andRead 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 wasRead More