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

http://traffic.libsyn.com/texaswinelover/TWL010_Sergio_Cuadra.mp3 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…]

Wines of Dotson-Cervantes

Wines of Doston-Cervantes - sign

http://dotsoncervanteswines.com Wines of Dotson-Cervantes is located in Pontotoc and is owned by Alphonse Dotson and Martha Cervantes. The winery opened November, 2014. We have met Alphonse and Martha a few times over the years including the last time we were in Pontotoc and at the time the winery was just being remodeled from a historic building. Now that the winery was open, we were excited to visit.

Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood

Fall Creek at Driftwood - outside

After 39 years of winemaking in Tow, Texas, owners Ed and Susan Auler have opened a second Fall Creek Vineyards location in Driftwood, Texas. The property is a perfect fit for the Aulers who were looking to purchase land to build a green (energy saving) building in close proximity to Salt Lick Vineyard. A gorgeous and very spacious home with property recently became available and it was quickly fashioned into what is now the new tasting room. The new building [Read More…]

2014 Year in Review for Texas Wine Lover


I can’t believe another year has quickly passed and a new year is about to begin. It has been a very busy year for Texas Wine Lover and this hobby has definitely turned into a passion. Let’s see what happened during the year in review for 2014. I visited more Texas wineries over the year in order to help new or existing wineries get more exposure to consumers. I have now visited over 240 Texas wineries and tasting rooms in [Read More…]

Lost Draw Cellars

Lost Draw - outside

http://www.lostdrawcellars.com Lost Draw Cellars is located in Fredericksburg and opened recently on November 21, 2014. The winery is owned by Andy Timmons, Andrew Sides, and Troy Ottmers. Kim McPherson from McPherson Cellars and his assistant winemaker Spencer Igo are making the wine under Andy Timmons’ watchful eyes. Besides being the owner of Lost Draw Vineyards, Andy Timmons wants to expand his knowledge and learn how to make wine too. We were fortunate to have a preview of Lost Draw Cellars [Read More…]

TWL009: Marta Lastowska of Haak Vineyards and Winery

Marta Lastowska

http://traffic.libsyn.com/texaswinelover/TWL009_Marta_Lastowska.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Warm gulf breezes surround the vines at Haak Vineyards and Winery in Santa Fe, Texas. Here, Blanc du Bois rules the roost, but Vitis vinifera grapes are a big part of the wine program at Haak Winery as well. Marta Lastowska is the winemaker and also tends to the vineyard. Her Spanish roots and Texas terroir make for very special wines, specifically the staples of Tempranillo, Madeira, and Blanc du Bois. Black [Read More…]

Pemberton Cellars

Pemberton Cellars

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pemberton-Cellars/1963402563800457 Pemberton Cellars is located in Granbury and is owned by Jeff and Lynn Pemberton with their son Dax Pemberton. The winery opened on June 14, 2014. I first met Jeff Pemberton at Newsom Grape Day and later had a chance to visit him at his winery. Pemberton Cellars is very easy to find with a large 7.5 acre vineyard planted in front of the vineyard. As I learned later from Jeff, the vineyard was planted in 2009.