Four of Texas’ most distinguished wineries – Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars – have launched a new marketing initiative called “Texas Fine Wine” to promote their award-winning wines as some of the best in the state and their wineries as top wine tourism destinations. “Texas Fine Wine represents a distinctive group of highly respected wineries recognized for making quality Texas appellation wines, delivering excellent customer experiences, and setting the highest standards in the Texas wine industry,” [Read More...]
http://www.zinvalle.com Zin Valle Vineyards is located in Canutillo which is near El Paso and is owned by Victor and Kathi Poulos. In August 2000 they purchased ten acres of land in the Mesilla Valley Appellation (AVA). The AVA is located both in Texas and New Mexico, and the portion in Texas is located north and west of El Paso. They first planted Zinfandel grapes. Today they also grow Gewürztraminer and Malvasia on four acres.
New Texas winery Majek Vineyard & Winery will be having the grand opening of their tasting room on Saturday, March 15. The winery is in Moravia located between Austin and Houston. However to prepare for the grand opening, there will be a soft opening starting today, March 7th through Sunday, March 9th. Be one of the first to sample their wines. Hours for their soft opening are the same as their normal operating hours for the winery: Friday, 4-7 pm, Sat-Sun, [Read More...]
The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association is inviting entries for the 2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition which will be held June 2-3, 2014. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the competition which is three competitions in one – a Texas competition, an International competition, and a Limited Production competition. Experienced judges from Texas and California will select the award-winning wines that span over eight divisions. Returning in 2014 is a Wine Bottle Label competition, judged by local [Read More...]
The 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction was held Sunday night, March 2nd. Everyone had a great time with award-winning wines, great food, and high bids for large format wine bottles. Gloria and I did not get a chance to go the Rodeo’s Best Bites Competition so when we were asked by friends Bill and Gail Day, Texas winegrowers of Buena Suerte Vineyards, if we wanted to join them at their ten person table for the [Read More...]
Sergio Cuadra is the new winemaker at Fall Creek Vineyards who started last August, 2013. Sergio came to Texas from Chile and owners Ed and Susan Auler are very excited to have him on board. Sergio was happy to answer our questions about himself and winemaking. What did you do before becoming a winemaker (if anything)? Back in 1994 after finishing my agronomy engineering studies, I went right to work for big guys like Viña San Pedro and Viña Concha y [Read More...]
http://www.starcanyonwinery.com Star Canyon Winery is located in El Paso and is owned by Donna J. Alba who is also the winemaker. The winery opened in 2006. Tastings are done while sitting at the tasting bar. There is a tasting fee for a selection of five wines and the tastings are poured from the uncorked bottles. The tastings are served in order from sweet white wines to dry white and then sweet red wines to dry red. Food can be purchased [Read More...]
The 38th annual Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) conference and trade show was held in Frisco from February 13-15. During the three days attendees could attend educational sessions, visit a trade exhibit hall, a special Riedel tasting, dinner and train ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, and ending with the ever popular Vintner’s Gala and Auction.
http://www.stegenwines.com In part 1 about Ste. Genevieve Winery we learned about the history and took a tour of the winery. The continuation of my visit follows by visiting the vineyard and tasting room. The Vineyard When the vineyard was first planted it was 1,000 acres. When owner and president Pat Prendergast came to Ste. Genevieve it was 800 to 900 acres. Over the course of several growing seasons, the vineyard was hit with freezing temperatures, hail, and strong winds which damaged a [Read More...]
http://www.stegenwines.com Ste. Genevieve Winery is located about 27 miles east of Fort Stockton. It is the largest winery in Texas and the 24th to 26th largest winery in the United States. Outside of California, one winery in Washington which is larger is Ste. Michelle Wine Estates who has multiple wineries in their portfolio including Columbia Crest. Ste. Genevieve used to offer tours at the winery but since it is isolated and largely a commercial business with no romantic feel, which [Read More...]