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 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...]
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...]
McPherson Cellars has hit it out of the park again with their 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé. That should be no surprise as it has been winning awards around the country. The 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé was a Grand Star winner for a Texas Rosé at the Lone Star International Wine Competition in June, 2014. They followed that up later that month with a silver medal at the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
http://www.angelitawinery.com Angelita Vineyard and Winery is located in Angus just outside of Corsicana and is Navarro County’s first vineyard and winery. The winery is owned by Beverly and Rodney Spahn. The winery is managed by Beverly while Rodney is the winemaker and vineyard manager. Rodney W. Spahn is Rodney’s father and the resident vineyard keeper at the age of 77 working the vineyard. The name of the winery Angelita came from the name of Rodney Spahn’s late mother.
[Reproduced with permission] Previously Welcome to Part II of the series on hot-climate wine production. Part I stated that 70%+ of the issues with heat can be mitigated by humans. Unfortunately, these actions are expensive and laborious, resulting in only a small number of producers willing to undertake them. Those producers have been rewarded with accolades and higher pricing, while the rest continue to define the body of Texas wine. Part II is the converse: If the effects of hot [Read More...]
[Reproduced with permission] Texas Wine: the Conundrum for Media and Sommeliers Introduction After growing grapes for 34 years (in 8 vineyards with 43 varieties), one of the things I find most difficult to accept as I become a cranky old man is reading wine blogs that propagate blatantly non-factual information. One can say about me, and/or my work, whatever you please (and there’s certainly no shortage of opinions out there), but I am, nevertheless, a walking treasure trove of hard [Read More...]
An opportunity came up this past week when Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas was interested in spending time with Texas wine and grape industry leaders. Plans quickly moved to create an event to be hosted at Becker Vineyards on Saturday, July 12, with participants from Texas wineries and vineyards. Senator Cruz first toured Becker Vineyards and then participated in a 45 minute round table discussion with the attendees. Representatives from the Texas wine industry present were: Debbie Reynolds, Executive [Read More...]
http://www.pellelegna.com Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery is located in Tyler and is owned by Dawn and Harry Leatherwood. The name of the winery, Pelle Legna, is Italian for “leather wood,” their last name. Pelle Legna is pronounced (pèl-le lé-nah). Dawn decided to use the Italian theme for all their wines too. On their 1,500 acre cattle ranch, Rio Neches Ranch, Dawn first planted eight acres of vineyard in 2007. With later plantings, there are now 9.5 acres of vines and [Read More...]
http://www.gowinerymineola.com Grand Oaks Vineyards and Winery is located in Mineola and is owned by Carroll and Martha McHenry. Carroll is also the winemaker. The winery had their grand opening in May 2014. In 2007, a vineyard was planted to see how they could do with growing grapes. Today they grow 2.5 acres of Black Spanish, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Blanc du Bois, and Chenin Blanc.