I was first introduced to Almaza Jewelers last year at the 2014 Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) Conference’s gala, where a beautiful ruby ring donated by the jeweler was being auctioned; unfortunately, I was outbid. Every year Almaza Jewelers donates fine jewelry to the TWGGA Conference, which are then used in the auctions. Jeff mentioned that the owner, in addition to being a skilled jeweler, also made wine.
http://www.texasstarwinery.com Texas Star Winery which was located in Richards, Texas and owned by Earl and Lyn Love was sold in 2014 to Jim and Susan Chisolm. Jim and Susan moved the winery to Chappell Hill and opened it there last October. I made a trip to Chappell Hill to visit the new location of Texas Star Winery. I always check ahead of time to ensure wineries are going to be open if there may be any doubt. The doubt this [Read More…]
Chardonnay has long been a well respected and highly produced grape and wine. Born in Burgundy and having grown up across the globe, it is one of the most loved and hated grape varieties in existence. The days of popcorn butter mouthfeel are far from extinct, but more and more winemakers in the New World are seeking to produce Chardonnay wines that are oaky, yet complex and not overly, well, buttered. When we start talking about Texas wine, Chardonnay is [Read More…]
You may have heard about the Women for WineSense which has different chapters around the United States. The Texas Hill Country chapter is holding their 1st Annual Valentine Progressive Wine Dinner on Friday, February 13, which sounds like a fantastic event. Anybody can attend and you don’t need to be a woman! This is how it works. During the evening, you will visit four Hill Country wineries. At each location, you will enjoy a glass of wine and a food [Read More…]
I’ll begin by pausing for a moment to acknowledge that Texas does not have an NFL team going to the Super Bowl, and that is something that deeply saddens my native Texan soul. What I won’t do is wade into controversy and mention that one particularly contentious call (AKA “the play”) during the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game on January 11. Oops. I guess I just did. Well, at least I got that out of my system. Moving [Read More…]
The Cabernet Grill Restaurant at the Cotton Gin Village in Fredericksburg, Texas, will be having a celebratory early-spring Texas wine and food dinner on Friday February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm. It will be a feast featuring fine Texas cuisine prepared from recipes from the new cookbooks from two eminent Texas chefs: Chef and author Terry Thompson-Anderson and the Cabernet Grill’s own Chef Ross Burtwell using local and Texas-sourced ingredients. Texas wine pairings will be selected by Russell Kane, author [Read More…]
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards is an east Texas gem, nestled in the Piney Woods Wine Trail since it’s opening in 2001. For the full story on Los Pinos, read Jeff Cope’s story about his most recent trip to the winery. You can show up for a tasting, a winery tour, or pack an overnight bag, and stay on site at one of their cozy cottages. East Texas wine making is often overlooked in our small industry because the Texas Hill [Read More…]
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performers have recently been announced and there are more wine events in the rodeo calendar. The next wine event is the very popular and already sold out Roundup and Best Bites Competition on February 22nd. After that is the Champion Wine Auction on March 1st. Of course during the rodeo, some of the award winning wines can be tasted in the Champion Wine Garden. Since some of the award winning wines will be available [Read More…]