Review of Llano Estacado Winery’s 2010 “1836”

Llano Estacado Winery "1836"

Llano Estacado Winery in Lubbock has been producing excellent wines since 1976 and is the largest premium winery in Texas. I enjoyed visiting Llano Estacado in May and since that visit, they will be building a new public tasting room and visitor’s center this year. One of their recent releases is the 2010 vintage “1836” Texas Red Table Wine which is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Syrah. There was a 2008 vintage of the “1836” with a [Read More...]

Texas Sangiovese and Pasta Pairing

Baked Ziti with Sangiovese

Any cook and wine lover can tell you that pairing wine and vegetables can be a bit of a challenge. But if you’re a vegetarian, or you have vegetarian friends or family members, you’ll eventually have to find some good combinations. In our case, we have both vegetarian friends and family members, so I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve, one of which I’ll share with you in this post. My favorite trick will likely be no big [Read More...]

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.

Meet the new Texas Wine Lover Team

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I can’t believe it has already been 3½ years since the Texas Wine Lover® blog was born. Before then, my fiancée Gloria made fun of me (and still to this day) for having a box wine in my refrigerator when we first met, so she then introduced me to finer wines – yes, I really did have a box wine. Gloria has lived in Texas for over 30 years and surprisingly, even though she enjoyed wine, had never made a [Read More...]

Local Artists Unveil New Works at Majek Vineyard & Winery

Jay and Paula Pattterson

In an exciting weekend event at Majek Vineyard & Winery near Schulenburg, a short drive from Houston and San Antonio, Paula Patterson Walker and Jay Walker will unveil their latest works of contemporary art Saturday October 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Preview of Lost Draw Cellars

Lost Draw Cellars wines

Ever since the announcement that Lost Draw Cellars would be opening in Fredericksburg, we have been keeping a watchful eye since we knew the winery had to be good. Lost Draw Cellars is a joint venture between Lost Draw Vineyards owner Andy Timmons, Andrew Sides, and Troy Ottmers. We knew we were going to be in Fredericksburg for the Texas Hill Country Wineries October Wine Trail event, so I contacted Andy Timmons about the winery. He told me, “Kim McPherson [Read More...]

Everything Texas Uncorked wine festival

Everything Texas Uncorked

Texas and Drink Local Wine’s sixth annual Regional Wine Week started October 6, and what better way to celebrate Texas’ Drink Local Wine Week than a trip out to Mount Pleasant for the Everything Texas Uncorked Wine Festival and Ranch Run?  Cool temperatures and misty skies couldn’t dampen our spirits as my better half and I set out for Titus County’s first-ever wine festival. An added bonus of my interest in Texas wines is the opportunity to discover more communities and [Read More...]

Kuhlman Cellars

Kuhlman Cellars people

http://kuhlmancellars.com Kuhlman Cellars is located in Stonewall and is owned by Chris and Jennifer Cobb. The winemaking is done by Bénédicte Rhyne. We were fortunate to get a preview of what would be offered at the winery when it was still under construction this past May. Now the winery building is almost complete and they officially opened on October 3rd. At first they were planning on appointment only and then changed their mind to “by appointment please.” That means to [Read More...]

First Annual Empty Glass Wine Festival

Empty Glass Festival

The Empty Glass is a wine bar located in Tomball, Texas, and the majority of wines they offer are from Texas wineries. On October 5th, they held their 1st Annual Texas Wine Festival. The festival was held in the park opposite the Empty Glass and winery and beer tents lined the park along with live entertainment at one end. Tickets could be purchased online or when you arrived at the festival. There were two different tickets available. One was a [Read More...]

Review of Westcave Cellars Reserve Merlot 2012

Westcave Cellars Reserve Merlot - bottle

Westcave Cellars is known for producing boutique, handcrafted wines using only Texas fruit. Estate vines as well as vines from across the Lone Star State provide the fruit for the wine program. Tempranillo is not the staple grape variety chosen by owners/winemakers Allan and Margaret Fetty. The estate vineyard on the winery property sits in a valley at a lower altitude than some of the surrounding area therefore the temperature is several degrees cooler in the afternoon and evenings. This [Read More...]