Podcast #5: Bill Blackmon of William Chris Vineyards

Bill Blackmon of William Chris

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In Podcast #3, Jeremy Wilson talked to Chris Brundrett of William Chris Vineyards. Chris mentioned how co-owner Bill Blackmon handled the vineyard management at William Chris, so it was only natural that we visit again and talk to Bill.

October Texas Wine Month Road Trip

Becker Vineyards

As you probably are aware, October is Texas Wine Month. That meant there was no doubt Gloria and I had to go on a road trip. We still had the Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass we won at the silent auction at the TWGGA Conference in February, so it was only fitting we head to the Hill Country. Since Texas Wine Lover recently started a podcast (subscribe on iTunes or listen on Stitcher), our first stop was Bending Branch [Read More...]

Fall Creek Vineyards announces Second Location in Driftwood

Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood

AUSTIN, TX, October 22, 2014 — One of Texas’ first and most respected wineries, Fall Creek Vineyards, is expanding by opening a new tasting room and production facility in Driftwood, Texas. The second winery location will feature an elegant Hill Country estate on 17 beautiful acres adjacent to Onion Creek, and is well situated to become tasting destination for both tourists and locals alike.

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...]