GrapeFest Uncorked 2014 Preview

GrapeFest 2014

Sample more than 160 Texas varietals from 44 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States, during the 28th Annual GrapeFest - A Wine Experience in Historic Downtown Grapevine September 11-14. Tickets for the popular GrapeFest event are limited; therefore, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

Review of Fiesta Winery’s Back Porch Sittin’

Fiesta Winery's Back Porch Sittin'

Fiesta Winery… Laid back, fun and inviting, yet serious enough for the discerning wine aficionado. There are a handful of wineries I have yet to visit and taste in the Texas Hill Country and Fiesta was one of them. A conversation about sparkling wine between Karen Sportsman Taylor “KK” and I turned into a planned trip to visit the tasting room in downtown Fredericksburg for a tasting and a review of a wine. I have been sending guests with the [Read More...]

Texas Hill Country Wineries make changes to Texas Wine Month Trail

Texas Hill Country Wineries

When Texas Wine Month Trail comes in October for the Texas Hill Country Wineries (THCW), there will be some changes from what wine trail veterans are used to. First the basics: The wine trail will be held from October 1-31 With the inclusion of more wineries, there are now 42 member wineries participating in the wine trail Tickets are good all 31 days of the trail and redeemable at all 42 wineries one time Tickets cost $60 per couple or [Read More...]

Messina Hof to Open Urban Winery in Grapevine

Messina Hof Grapevine Winery logo

Paul M. Bonarrigo, CEO of Messina Hof Winery & Resort, announced Friday night, August 1, at Messina Hof’s Moonlit Harvest event in Bryan that Messina Hof would be opening their first urban winery in Grapevine. This will be the third location for Messina Hof that also has a location in Fredericksburg. First to speak at the event was Grapevine mayor William D. Tate who has been the mayor of Grapevine for 39 years. Tate said, “We became the home for [Read More...]

Texas Wineries at the 2014 TEXSOM


Several Texas wineries will be showcasing their wines at this year’s 2014 TEXSOM (Texas Sommelier Conference) in Irving, Texas. It was previously announced that Texas Fine Wine will co-host with Texas Monthly a Hospitality Suite on Sunday, August 10, in addition to pouring wines at the Grand Tasting on August 11. Texas Fine Wine comprises the Texas wineries Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars. Four wines will be poured from the four wineries at the Grand Tasting: [Read More...]

William Chris Vineyards Texas Wines Win Gold and Silver Medals in France

William Chris 2012 Mourvèdre

Texas wines from William Chris Vineyards earned three medals – two gold and one silver – at the 2014 Concours International de Lyon, France. Chris Brundrett, co-owner of William Chris Vineyards, said, “While our Texas wine growing focuses on sharing a piece of our world with our guests here in the Hill Country, the competition in Lyon, France is important in that it allows us to benchmark a few wines we believe are special for the future of Texas wine. [Read More...]

Grapevine Announces Becker Vineyards as Texas Wine Tribute’s “Tall in Texas” Award Winner

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau

On Saturday, September 6, the 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience will kick off festival week with the Texas Wine Tribute, a black-tie gala and one of the most prestigious annual Texas Wine Industry events. The Texas Wine Tribute features the presentation of the highly-anticipated annual “Tall in Texas” award, bestowed to a Texas winery in recognition of the winery’s leadership role in the dedication to, support of and promotion of the Texas Wine Industry. The 2014 recipient of [Read More...]

Robert Nida of Compass Rose Cellars Winemaker Profile

Robert Nida

Robert Nida is the winemaker at Compass Rose Cellars. Compass Rose is one of the more recent wineries in the Texas Hill Country Wineries and with a new tasting room located in Hye, Robert Nida is ready to show off his winemaking skills. Robert answered our questions about his background and winemaking. What did you do before becoming a winemaker (if anything)? I was fortunate enough to fall into the wine industry my senior year at Texas A&M and have [Read More...]

Wine Society of Texas Announces Scholarship Grant Program Awards

Wine Society of Texas

The Wine Society of Texas announced the scholarship grant program awards totaling $5,000 in assistance for wine education, internship or field study, and the promotion of the Texas wine Industry. The Wine Society of Texas (WST), a 501c3 non-profit educational organization, announced that it is awarding grants totaling $5,000 in support of five individuals from around the State. This scholarship assistance program is consistent with the founding ideas of WST and its continued mission to enhance the appreciation of wines, [Read More...]

Review of Compass Rose Cellars Syrah 2012

Compass Rose Syrah

By Guest Blogger Jeremy Wilson I first met Mark Watson when he was visiting Pedernales Cellars. I had the pleasure of hosting a private tasting for him in our reserve tasting room, along with a few other big names in the local wine industry. I knew right away he was a real gentleman. Genuine, honest and direct, that is how a man should be in my opinion. I was fortunate to attend industry night at his newly opened Compass Rose [Read More...]