Pemberton Cellars

Pemberton Cellars Pemberton Cellars is located in Granbury and is owned by Jeff and Lynn Pemberton with their son Dax Pemberton. The winery opened on June 14, 2014. I first met Jeff Pemberton at Newsom Grape Day and later had a chance to visit him at his winery. Pemberton Cellars is very easy to find with a large 7.5 acre vineyard planted in front of the vineyard. As I learned later from Jeff, the vineyard was planted in 2009.

Compass Rose Cellars

Compass Rose - outside Compass Rose Cellars has their production located in Mason but the tasting room is in Hye. However, the plan is to eventually move the production to Hye also on the 35 acre lot. The winery is owned by Mark Watson and Robert Nida is the winemaker. The winery opened January 28, 2011, and the tasting room opened in the summer of 2014. While visiting Hye Market and Hye End Tasting Room one time, we ran into Mark Watson who [Read More…]

Becker Vineyards Library Tasting

Becker Vineyard's Library Barrels

If you have ever been to Becker Vineyards on a Saturday, you know how popular the winery is and how crowded the tasting room can be. They have tried to expand outside, but the majority of tastings still happen in the crowded tasting room. A lot of times this can turn customers off and they turn right around upon seeing the mass of people to find the next winery which can accommodate them satisfactorily. I’ll be honest that we are [Read More…]

Pedernales Cellars is Releasing Three New White Varietals

Pedernales Cellars white wines

(STONEWALL) – Pedernales Cellars is pleased to announce the release of three new white varietals from the 2014 harvest over the next couple of months. The long-awaited return of Viognier – made possible by a favorable 2014 harvest – will be available in stores and restaurants across Texas, and both Albariño and Vermentino will be available in the tasting room during the first part of 2015. All three varietals will also be available for order on the Pedernales Cellars website.

Pontotoc Vineyard

Pontotoc Vineyard sign Pontotoc Vineyard is located in Pontotoc with a tasting room in downtown Fredericksburg. The winery is owned by D. Carl and Frances Money. We visited the winery under construction back in May, 2013, and our last visit was to the tasting room in Fredericksburg. A vineyard is located at the Pontotoc winery location which was first planted in 2006. Carl’s uncle Ronnie Money helps manage the estate vineyard. Winemaker Don Pullum provides the winemaking skills for Pontotoc Vineyard. Pontotoc [Read More…]

Review of Llano Estacado Winery Viviano 2010

Vivano label

Wind swept dusty plains and red dirt as far as the eye can see. Is it Mars? Of course not, this is the Texas High Plains! A combination of high altitude and a wide diurnal shift make this region of Texas exquisite for growing grapes. The near constant daytime sunshine and heat fully ripen the clusters as they hang waiting for their new life as a bottle of wine. Llano Estacado Winery has been making wine in Texas since January [Read More…]

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos – Analysis

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos - judging

The Battle of the Texas Tempranillos was a big success with 28 wineries participating and providing their best Tempranillo. After 15 judges finished, there was a list of their favorites and we posted the top 11 wines because there was a tie for 9th place. Let’s take a little closer look at those 11 wines. It was interesting most of the top rated wines were 100% Tempranillo, or at least which was revealed when technical sheets were received as requested. [Read More…]

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos – Video

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos - judging

The Battle of the Texas Tempranillos was held by Texas Wine Lover on November 8th at the Nice Winery in Houston, Texas. The Battle allowed only one Tempranillo from each winery, so if a winery makes more than one Tempranillo, they had a tough decision to decide on their best Tempranillo to enter. 28 wineries entered the Battle meaning there were 28 wines to rate by 15 judges. Following is a short video of the event. Enjoy!

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos - judging

It seems a Battle of Texas wines is a regular event now at Texas Wine Lover. Last year we had the Battle of the Texas Roussannes. Since we had previously done two white wines, it was now time for a red wine. Tempranillo is arguably the signature red wine of Texas, so it was only fitting that the next battle be the Battle of the Texas Tempranillos. We started planning the Battle in May and invited all Texas wineries we [Read More…]

Grape Camp 2014

Grape Camp audience

The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association’s (TWGGA) Grape Camp 2014 was held in Fredericksburg from November 2-3. Like last year’s event, the first day was geared toward New Growers and the second day was for Advanced Growers. The event drew 250 total people for both days which is the highest attendance rate ever. This is great news for the Texas wine industry which needs more vineyards and grapes available for Texas wine. Even though the first day was primarily for [Read More…]