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...]

Review of McPherson Cellars Les Copains Rosé 2013

Les Copains Dry Rosé - front

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.

Angelita Vineyard and Winery

Angelita Vineyard and Winery - wines

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.

Dan Gatlin on Texas Wines and Climate, Part II of II

Dan Gatlin

[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...]