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.

Using FrostGuard units for Frost Protection

FrostGuard unit

Frost protection has become a very important topic for vineyards, especially due to recent years with late frosts harming the year’s harvest. Different methods to help protect the grapevines during these unusually late frosts are used such as burning hay bales around the vineyard to raise the temperature and hiring helicopters to fly over the vineyard to push the warm air back to the vineyard. One of the most common methods now used is wind machines. I toured some High [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…]

High Plains Winegrowers Hires Executive Director and Other News

High Plains Winegrowers Association logo

  February 17, 2015, Lubbock, Texas. Executive Director Katy Jane Seaton of Meadow, TX is new to the High Plains but not the wine and wine grape industry. For 7 years she led the Texas Hill Country Wineries, located in the popular tourism mecca of the Hill Country, from a small grassroots wine trail to a nationally recognized industry organization. “It was always exciting at trade events when growers from the High Plains were present,” Seaton says. “Seeing the souls and [Read More…]

Review of Lost Draw Cellars Reserve Sangiovese 2012

Lost Draw Sangiovese labels

Lost Draw Cellars is a new player in the Texas Hill Country, but don’t let the recent Grand Opening fool you. Andy Timmons has been growing high quality grapes for decades in the High Plains and the winery is an extension of his passion for Texas Wine. The well-known Kim McPherson and Spencer Igo of McPherson Cellars played an integral role in the initial launch of Lost Draw Cellars wine making. I recently attended the Grand Opening of Lost Draw [Read More…]

2015 Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day

2015 Cat Spring program

The 23rd annual Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day was held as usual on the first Friday of every February in Cat Spring, Texas. The event drew a large crowd of people interested in growing grapes in the Gulf Coast area and beyond. The all day event had many seminars with over eight presenters ranging from topics about training systems and vineyard irrigation to winemaking discussing Yeast Assimilable Nitrogen (YAN). Here is the list of seminars presented:

Hill Country Wine Symposium 2015 in March

Hill Country Wine Symposium

Texas Hill Country Wineries will be hosting the Hill Country Wine Symposium 2015 on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24-25 at the Hill Country University Center. The cost for the Symposium varies if you are a Texas Hill Country Wineries (THCW) member or not: THCW members – $75 for one day, $100 for both days Non-members – $125 for one day, $200 for both days Here is the planned schedule:

23rd Annual Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day to be held on Feb. 6

Red grape cluster

The 23rd annual Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day will be February 6 at the Agricultural Society Hall, 13035 Hall Road, located in Cat Spring. This is an all-day event providing educational seminars for growers provided by Austin County Grape Grower Committee and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. The event starts with registration at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. The current agenda is as follows:

Grapevine and Red River Road Trip

Sloan & Williams barrel sign

I have been to the Red River Valley area a couple times to visit wineries Arché and Blue Ostrich Winery but unfortunately Gloria has never been able to make it. That changed recently when we made our road trip plans to drive up on a Saturday, spend the night, and return on Sunday. Plans changed last minute and we were to meet Laurie and Shelly Ware along with Bob Wonacott and Susan Ramp—owners of Eperon Vineyard—at Arché, and then spend [Read More…]

TWL010: Sergio Cuadra of Fall Creek Vineyards

Sergio Cuadra Podcast: Play in new window | Download I had a chance to sit down recently with Sergio Cuadra, winemaker at Fall Creek Vineyards when he was judging the Battle of the Texas Tempranillos in Houston, Texas. He has brought a Chilean cool climate background, to a hot climate winemaking scene, and in this podcast episode he offers us a glimpse into his world of winemaking. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of the Texas Wine Lover Podcast. How to [Read More…]