Review of Kiepersol Estates Texas Mourvèdre 2011

Kiepersol Estates Mourvèdre 2011

The Texas Hill Country and High Plains AVA’s are very well known in our local wine industry. Most everyone is familiar with the 290 wine trail and the superb High Plains growers and wineries, but some are unaware that there is major action in the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) metroplex and in East Texas, specifically Tyler, Texas. Kiepersol Estates relies on their 61 acres of estate vines to provide the loving grapes needed to make their superb wines. The vines were [Read More...]

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.

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.

Kuhlman Cellars

Kuhlman Cellars people

http://kuhlmancellars.com Kuhlman Cellars is located in Stonewall and is owned by Chris and Jennifer Cobb. The winemaking is done by Bénédicte Rhyne. We were fortunate to get a preview of what would be offered at the winery when it was still under construction this past May. Now the winery building is almost complete and they officially opened on October 3rd. At first they were planning on appointment only and then changed their mind to “by appointment please.” That means to [Read More...]

2014 Grape Camp is Coming Up!

TWGGA logo

The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) annual Grape Camp is scheduled for November 2-3 held again at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Park, Fredericksburg. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend Grape Camp, a two-day educational seminar hosted by TWGGA, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, and Texas Tech University. Registration is open for attendees and vendors who will display their products and services at Grape Camp.

Review of Westcave Cellars Reserve Merlot 2012

Westcave Cellars Reserve Merlot - bottle

Westcave Cellars is known for producing boutique, handcrafted wines using only Texas fruit. Estate vines as well as vines from across the Lone Star State provide the fruit for the wine program. Tempranillo is not the staple grape variety chosen by owners/winemakers Allan and Margaret Fetty. The estate vineyard on the winery property sits in a valley at a lower altitude than some of the surrounding area therefore the temperature is several degrees cooler in the afternoon and evenings. This [Read More...]

Review of Kuhlman Cellars Texas Red 2012

Kuhlman Cellars Texas Red Wine

The renowned 290 wine trail that runs from Johnson City to Fredericksburg, Texas, is a world all its own. Many years ago there were open fields and a winery or two here and there scattered amongst the sparsely populated small towns within the region. In 2014, the change is very obvious. This is wine country, folks, and the gettin’ is good! There is a new winery on Highway 290, one that will be providing world class Texas wines made by [Read More...]

Prospective Grower Field Day

Peach Creek - vineyard

If you are interested in growing Texas wine grapes, the Texas Hill Country Wineries and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab have you covered. Attend a full day dedicated to informing prospective Texas wine growers about planting and operating a vineyard. The seminars will be presented by current growers, wineries, and experts. All proceeds from the Prospective Grower Field Day will be donated to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture & Fruit Lab.

Lone Hen Winery

Lone Hen - adding the dosage

Lone Hen Winery is located in College Station and is owned by Steve and Vicki Kirkpatrick. Their first vines of Blanc du Bois and Champanel were planted in 2004 on their ten acre lot where they live. They continued by planting Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006 and will be replanting with Lenoir soon. They currently have 1.5 acres of vines and will have four acres of vineyard when completed. In 2009, Lone Hen Winery officially became a winery. We first saw [Read More...]

Mitas Hill New Facilities are now open

Mitas Hill

http://www.mitashill.com Mitas Hill located in McKinney, Texas, has now opened the doors to their new Wine Tasting Bar & Pizza Oven along with Justine’s Steak House. The Mitas Hills wines can be enjoyed with specially paired tapas, a gourmet wood-fired pizza, and a delicious steak dinner. Also available is a 3,000-square-foot Ballroom which is the perfect setting for sophisticated, large occasions, including weddings, receptions, anniversary celebrations, corporate meetings, banquets, and charitable events. The Ballroom features panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking The [Read More...]