2014 Pittsburg Art and Wine Festival Preview

Pittsburg, TX

http://www.pittsburgtexas.com/artandwinefestival.html Pittsburg, Texas, is holding their second annual Art and Wine Festival this year on May 31 from 12 pm to 7 pm in the Pittsburg historic downtown district.

2014 East Texas Road Trip

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

Gloria and I were invited to the Kiepersol Estates Distillery and Tasting Rooms Premiere so we made plans to visit other wineries in East Texas for the weekend too. We both had the Friday off and that gave us more time to plan something for our East Texas road trip. Gerald Jones from Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards has been a friend for a number of years having met and worked with him at wine festivals before and seeing him at other events. [Read More...]

2014 Bending Branch’s Kentucky Derby Event

2014 Bending Branch Kentucky Derby Extravaganza

Bending Branch Winery will be having their 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Event on Saturday, May 3rd. The event has grown in popularity every year and this year they are expecting the event to be even bigger and better. The event is free to attend and the winery will feature Traditional Hot Brown Sandwiches, Picpoul Blanc Mint Juleps, and Award Winning Wines for purchase. Live Jazz will be performed from 1-5 pm by Phil Grota and Friends, a horseshoe tournament will [Read More...]

Majek Vineyard & Winery

Majek Vineyard sign

http://majekvineyard.com Majek Vineyard & Winery is located in Moravia and is owned by Lynne and Randy Majek. The grand opening of the winery was on March 15, 2014. Lynne Majek handles a lot of the winery work including the vineyard, but recently Anthony, who we also met, has started taking over the vineyard manager role. Randy Majek fills in every gap where needed and actually greeted us at the front porch. He told us the winery is located on a [Read More...]

Messina Hof 2014 Wine & Roses Festival Preview

Messina Hof Wine & Roses Festival-featured

Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc, will be hosting their 30th Annual Wine & Roses Festival at the winery in Bryan on April 26, 2014. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. The annual event celebrates the budding of the vines and the blooming of the roses-incorporating local vendors, food trucks, artisans, wine pairing and art events, grape stomping competitions, and live music. Local businesses and organizations will also take part in a [Read More...]

Kiepersol Estates Distillery and Tasting Rooms Premiere

Kiepersol wine and Dirk's Vodka

When I visited Kiepersol Estates last August, I was fortunate to be on a winery tour when owner Pierre de Wet joined us and let the tour group be the first to taste the new vodka he was making. It was going to be called Dirk’s Vodka named after his father and could be available on the Kiepersol Estates grounds because of recent TABC law changes. Distilleries are now allowed to sell two 750ml bottles per person per month. In order [Read More...]

Road Trip to April’s Texas Hill Country Wineries Kick-off

kickoff-featured

Gloria and I were the highest bidder in the silent auction of a season pass for the Texas Hill Country Wineries at the 2014 Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association annual conference in February. The month of April came and it was time to take advantage of the Wine & Wildflower Trail. The kick-off tasting to start the first day of the trail was held on Friday, April 4th, at Perissos Vineyard & Winery. Fortunately we were both able to get the [Read More...]

2014 High Plains Winegrowers Wine and Music Fest

High Plains Wine & Music Festival

The early part of May is going to be a great time in the High Plains. If you are attending Newsom Grape Day and the Tempranillo Conference on May 9th in Plains, TX, the next day you can enjoy the 2nd Annual Wine and Music Fest on May 10th in Levelland, TX sponsored by the High Plains Winegrowers.

Hye Market and Hye End Tasting Room

Hye Market - outside

http://www.hyemarket.com While driving down Wine Road 290 rushing to get to Fredericksburg, you have to slow down for a tiny bit through the small town of Hye. And you probably always wonder why you have to do that when there are only a couple buildings there. Depending on when you first drove through Hye, you may have noticed a post office and then a Hye Market. I remember back in 2010 when we couldn’t catch the correct tour time for [Read More...]

2014 Newsom Grape Day Preview

Newsom Vineyards - Sign

Every year Neal Newsom and the Newsom family have a Grape Day in their “Barnery” to educate potential growers and winery owners, in addition to networking with involved Texas wine industry members and friends. This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 9. Neal Newsom believes they have the best conference ever planned. Dr. Ed Hellman of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech helped get some of the best speakers from Texas.