December Hill Country Road Trip

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For the conclusion of using our Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass, the last wine trail event was the 2014 Holiday Wine Trail. The trail would include the booklet for marking down the four full wine tastings per day like in the previous wine trail event, but the Holiday trail also included a Christmas ornament. We started the trip on a Friday just like last time as Fridays give a more pleasurable experience at a winery without the crowds. We [Read More…]

Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood

Fall Creek at Driftwood - outside

After 39 years of winemaking in Tow, Texas, owners Ed and Susan Auler have opened a second Fall Creek Vineyards location in Driftwood, Texas. The property is a perfect fit for the Aulers who were looking to purchase land to build a green (energy saving) building in close proximity to Salt Lick Vineyard. A gorgeous and very spacious home with property recently became available and it was quickly fashioned into what is now the new tasting room. The new building [Read More…]

2014 Year in Review for Texas Wine Lover

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I can’t believe another year has quickly passed and a new year is about to begin. It has been a very busy year for Texas Wine Lover and this hobby has definitely turned into a passion. Let’s see what happened during the year in review for 2014. I visited more Texas wineries over the year in order to help new or existing wineries get more exposure to consumers. I have now visited over 240 Texas wineries and tasting rooms in [Read More…]

Lost Draw Cellars

Lost Draw - outside

http://www.lostdrawcellars.com Lost Draw Cellars is located in Fredericksburg and opened recently on November 21, 2014. The winery is owned by Andy Timmons, Andrew Sides, and Troy Ottmers. Kim McPherson from McPherson Cellars and his assistant winemaker Spencer Igo are making the wine under Andy Timmons’ watchful eyes. Besides being the owner of Lost Draw Vineyards, Andy Timmons wants to expand his knowledge and learn how to make wine too. We were fortunate to have a preview of Lost Draw Cellars [Read More…]

Umbra Winery

Umbra Winery - outside

Grapevine, Texas is well on its way to achieving critical mass with its Urban Wine Trail, and my husband and I recently got to experience yet another appealing example in the warm, inviting atmosphere of the Umbra Winery tasting room. We were doing a little holiday shopping and visiting a couple of our other favorite wineries along Main Street when we looked into the window of Umbra and liked what we saw. So, while I wasn’t expecting to do a [Read More…]

2014 Lost Pines Christmas Swirl

Lost Pines Christmas Swirl crowd

It’s that time of year again folks! The Christmas season is upon us, with family, food, and great wine all being part of the grand agenda. Every year there are Christmas Swirls in the towns around Texas and this year I had the pleasure of representing Kuhlman Cellars at the 2014 Lost Pines Christmas Swirl in Bastrop, Texas. Cripple Creek and Company hosted us, with owner DeeDee Peddy at the helm. When I arrived, she had everything organized and well [Read More…]

Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood opens December 16

Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood

It was announced previously that Fall Creek Vineyards would be opening a tasting room in Driftwood. Now the official date has been announced and it is Tuesday, December 16. At the opening you’ll be able to taste Fall Creek Vineyard wines and enjoy complimentary small plates by Chef David Garrido. Located in the heart of beautiful Driftwood, Texas, on 18059A FM 1826, Driftwood Texas 78619, the winery sits directly across the road from the legendary Salt Lick BBQ and Salt [Read More…]

Texas Fine Wine “Wish List” for the Holidays

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The wineries of Texas Fine Wine have won new gold medals at recent competitions and received other accolades for their wines. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in full swing, now is the perfect time to remind your loved ones that “all I want for Christmas is wine,” and not just any wine, but some of the best Texas wines representing the Lone Star State. Here are some recent award-winning wines from Texas Fine Wine, which are [Read More…]

Braman Winery – Hallettsville

Braman Winery - Hallettsville - outside

http://bramanwine.com Braman Winery in Richmond has their distribution center located in Hallettsville. Along with the distribution center, they have a beautiful tasting room which opened in April 2014. We found the tasting room driving through the pouring rain, but there was plenty of parking and did not have a long run to the front door. Upon entering we were immediately greeted by a large gift shop which was already full with Christmas gifts and décor. The tasting bar was in [Read More…]

Messina Hof Grapevine Winery Media Preview

Grand Opening Bottles

Good things come to those who wait—an adage that is true for both me and the Bonarrigos of Messina Hof Winery. The Bonarrigos waited 20 years for the just-right opportunity to establish a presence in Grapevine, Texas, and on Wednesday evening, I got a sneak peek at the brand new Messina Hof Grapevine Winery, which holds its Grand Opening this Friday through Sunday, December 12th through 14th. My wait was mercifully shorter than the Bonarrigos because I only had to [Read More…]