Snow Day Survival with Gumbo and Tempranillo

Eden Hill gumbo

My friends up north get a chuckle out of the way Dallas-Fort Worth responds to a little snow and ice. Where they would just shovel the driveway, strap on the tire chains, and calmly go about their business, we here in the Sunny South descend into widespread panic and chaos. That’s exactly what happened when a winter storm struck over the weekend, and everywhere North Texans were trying to cope with the sudden, dramatic onslaught of snow and sleet.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2015 Champion Wine Auction

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

March 1, 2015 – Houston: The 2015 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction and Dinner overflowed with generous bids from supportive buyers of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Approximately 900 people interested in purchasing the award-winning wines attended the auction Sunday, March 1 at NRG Center. The auction sold award-winning wines from the 2015 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition held in November. For a record price of $232,000, the 2015 Grand Champion Best of Show Wine sold to buyers Mimi [Read More…]

2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards – Texas winners

TEXSOM International Wine Awards

The 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards presented by Texas Monthly was recently held February 23-24 at the Irving Convention Center. Here are the Texas wineries who won medals.

Blue Lotus Winery Upcoming Events

Blue Lotus Winery tasting room

Blue Lotus Winery and Texas Mead Works are at the same location and that is in Seguin, Texas. When I visited there in 2013, they were doing tastings in the production area and were planning on building a tasting room near the road frontage and the neighboring vineyard. The tasting room has now been built and while we were at the TWGGA Conference in San Marcos, we made a quick trip to Seguin to visit the tasting room.

2015 Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

FEB. 23, 2015 – HOUSTON: Thousands toasted award-winning wines and tasted outstanding food from 91 distinguished Houston restaurants, chefs, and caterers to celebrate the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In November, the International Wine Competition boasted 2,578 entries, including wines from 43 Texas wineries and 16 different countries. Medals were awarded to 2,221 wines by 20 panels of judges, consisting of wine experts, collectors and knowledgeable consumers. The champion wines are: Grand Champion Best of Show – Rombauer Vineyards [Read More…]

Vino & Pasta on Wine Road 290

Wine Road 290 logo

“Vino & Pasta” is an event that will be taking place on Saturday, March 21st. All 15 wineries making up the Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 will be participating to help you find the perfect pairing of wine (vino) and pasta. Each winery will work with a top restaurant to create the perfect pairing with their wine. There is no ticket to buy so just drive to each of the wineries and get a sample of pasta paired with one of [Read More…]

Review of Haak Vineyards & Winery Blanc du Bois Madeira 2010

Haak Madeira bottle

Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe, Texas has long been growing Blanc du Bois grapes and making still wines, as well as Madeira style wines with said grapes. Blanc du Bois has struggled with identity issues in the past and even I was very guilty not too long ago of judging the hybrid grape too harshly. I procured and enjoyed a bottle of the Haak Winery Lenoir (Thomas Jefferson series) Madeira around the holidays and I was utterly impressed. [Read More…]

Haute Cuisine “Behind the Pine Curtain” at Los Pinos


Back in 2011, the dark comedy Bernie directed by Richard Linklater cast a spotlight on Carthage, Texas and a rather infamous murder case involving octogenarian Marjorie Nugent and her 38-year old companion Bernie Tiede. Whether or not you saw the movie, much less liked it, I think the movie provides some funny moments and true cultural insight into small-town Texas. I also like to think we Texans are big enough to see the humor and laugh alongside everyone else. However, [Read More…]

“A piece of their world, the tale of a private tasting”

William Chris glasses

Recently, Chris and June Brundrett from William Chris Vineyards thought it would be a fun idea to entice people on Facebook to participate in a game. Whoever guessed the vineyard in which the 2014 Cinsault Rosé fruit came from, would win a complimentary private Rosé tasting for eight people at the winery. Naturally many people jumped in hoping to win the tasting, including myself. After many guesses that were oh so close, Jeff Cope finally picked the correct vineyard and [Read More…]

Texas Fine Wine Previews new Vintages for 2015

Texas Fine Wine logo

Wine enthusiasts can look forward to some new and interesting Texas wines as well as 2013 and 2014 vintages of old favorites from the four wineries that make up Texas Fine Wine – Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars. Here’s a preview of what to expect from these wineries in 2015.