Dan Gatlin on Texas Wines and Climate, Part I of II

Dan Gatlin

[Reproduced with permission] Texas Wine: the Conundrum for Media and Sommeliers Introduction After growing grapes for 34 years (in 8 vineyards with 43 varieties), one of the things I find most difficult to accept as I become a cranky old man is reading wine blogs that propagate blatantly non-factual information. One can say about me, and/or my work, whatever you please (and there’s certainly no shortage of opinions out there), but I am, nevertheless, a walking treasure trove of hard [Read More...]

Texas Fine Wine will be at TEXSOM Again this Year

Texas Fine Wine logo

CENTRAL TEXAS, July 21, 2014 – Celebrating one of the largest and most prominent wine education conferences for wine, spirits and beverage professionals, Texas Fine Wine is a proud sponsor of TEXSOM in its 10th year. Texas Fine Wine will co-host with Texas Monthly a Hospitality Suite on Sunday, August 10, for TEXSOM participants. Representing four distinguished Texas wineries, Texas Fine Wine will also pour wines for guests attending the August 11 Grand Tasting. Texas Fine Wine members include Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars, a [Read More...]

The Austin Winery

The Austin Winery wines

http://theaustinwinery.com The Austin Winery is located on the east side of Austin and is an urban winery. Ross McLauchlan is the CEO and President who works on sales and sourcing grapes while Cooper Anderson is the Vice President and head winemaker. Chief of Operations is Matt Smith who handles the accounting and administration. The winery opened early May 2014. Currently they are open on Saturdays for tastings and other days by appointment. Even on Saturdays, it is a good idea [Read More...]

Randy Hester Winemaker – From Texas and Back Again

Randy and Brooke Hester

I met Randy and Brooke Hester last year at Newsom Grape Day. We talked briefly and I learned they were native Texans but currently living in California while making wines there with the name Lightning Wines. However, they would soon be moving back to Texas and had some ideas on what they wanted to do when that time came. I heard from Randy earlier this year when Edible Marin & Wine Country had a post on winemakers who were in California [Read More...]

Review of Fall Creek Vineyards Meritus 2010

Fall Creek Meritus 2010

By Guest Blogger Jeremy Wilson As a state with extreme weather variation including hail, freezes, and severe drought, Texas has become known as one the most difficult winemaking regions of the world. The Lone Star State is not at all new to winemaking, but until recent years had unfortunately been known for less than stellar wines. That is simply not the case any longer. Hardship, varietal experimentation, winemaking style changes, and perseverance have led our local industry to the top [Read More...]

Texas Wine Industry Round Table with Senator Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz

An opportunity came up this past week when Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas was interested in spending time with Texas wine and grape industry leaders. Plans quickly moved to create an event to be hosted at Becker Vineyards on Saturday, July 12, with participants from Texas wineries and vineyards. Senator Cruz first toured Becker Vineyards and then participated in a 45 minute round table discussion with the attendees. Representatives from the Texas wine industry present were: Debbie Reynolds, Executive [Read More...]

They Make Wine in Texas?


I had the privilege of co-authoring an article with Debbie Reynolds, Executive Director of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, for AmericasCuisine Dallas magazine. The magazine is available in Dallas hotels. Many of us who enjoy Texas wine have heard wine drinkers often say, “They make wine in Texas?” Since the magazine would mostly be available for visitors to Texas, that seemed like the appropriate title for the article to educate the visitor that yes, we do make wine [Read More...]

Another East Texas Road Trip

Barrels at Landon Winery in Greenville

We were last in East Texas in April when we were invited to the Kiepersol Estates Distillery and Tasting Rooms Premiere and visited some other wineries at the time too. One of the wineries we tried to make an appointment to visit was Pelle Legna, but the timing was not right. With a free weekend and the Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl happening, I checked on an appointment with Pelle Legna again and the timing was right this time. A Saturday visiting [Read More...]

2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition Texas Results

San Francisco International Wine Competition

The 34th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition took place at the Nikko Hotel in downtown San Francisco on June 20, 21, and 22, 2014. 4,570 products were entered from 26 states and 31 countries. The best of show results were the wines which the entire judging panel selected as the best in each category and these are the Texas wineries who won best of show: Best Rosé Becker Vineyards 2013 Mourvèdre Rosé, Provencal, Tallent Vineyard, Texas Hill Country Best Cabernet [Read More...]

Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery

Pelle Legna - featured

http://www.pellelegna.com Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery is located in Tyler and is owned by Dawn and Harry Leatherwood. The name of the winery, Pelle Legna, is Italian for “leather wood,” their last name. Pelle Legna is pronounced (pèl-le lé-nah). Dawn decided to use the Italian theme for all their wines too. On their 1,500 acre cattle ranch, Rio Neches Ranch, Dawn first planted eight acres of vineyard in 2007. With later plantings, there are now 9.5 acres of vines and [Read More...]