2014 Newsom Grape Day Preview

Newsom Vineyards - Sign

Every year Neal Newsom and the Newsom family have a Grape Day in their “Barnery” to educate potential growers and winery owners, in addition to networking with involved Texas wine industry members and friends. This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 9. Neal Newsom believes they have the best conference ever planned. Dr. Ed Hellman of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech helped get some of the best speakers from Texas.

Road trip to Hye, Wine Road 290, and Mason

Hye Trip - bottles

We received an invitation by William Chris Vineyards to attend a concert they were having starring Texas artist Larry Joe Taylor. We gladly accepted and started planning a road trip to Wine Road 290 and the area for the weekend. On the way to our planned first stop, we made a quick change when we realized it had been a little while since we had visited Texas Hills Vineyard so we made a slight detour. Unfortunately we arrived to the winery [Read More...]

Bella Vista Ranch

Bella Vista-featured

http://www.texasoliveoil.com Bella Vista Ranch is located in Wimberley and is owned by Jack and Pat Dougherty. At the same location they also own First Texas Olive Oil Co. It had been a few years since we were last at Bella Vista Ranch so it was definitely time for a return visit. I saw they provide a 1 1/2 hour tour of the olive orchard, olive mill, and winery on weekends, but I could never get the timing correct to visit [Read More...]

La Viña Winery

La Vina - outside

http://lavinawinery.com La Viña Winery is located in La Union, New Mexico and is owned by Ken and Denise Stark. La Viña Winery is the oldest winery in New Mexico and was founded in 1977. The winery was originally in southern New Mexico but when the Starks bought it in 1993, they moved to La Union, built the winery, and kept the original bond and name.

McPherson Cellars “Brothers Blend”

McPherson - outside

The current controversy in the Texas wine industry over the use of For Sale In Texas Only (FSITO) and the GO TEXAN program has affected even those wineries who do not use the GO TEXAN logo and use FSITO as a last resort. When the 2013 harvest produced few white grapes due to the late freezes, McPherson Cellars was faced with three hard choices: Produce a very limited amount of their three major white wines, which was not practical Label [Read More...]

We Almost Lost Wine Forever

We Almost Lost Wine Forever

You may have heard in the late 1800s French grape vineyards were suffering from a parasite called phylloxera. This caused many vineyards to be destroyed and the severe blight soon spread to other European countries. Names of people come up which discovered the solution to the problem but unless you’re from Texas, you usually do not hear the name of Thomas Volney “T.V.” Munson from Denison, Texas. T.V. Munson was a horticulturist responsible for developing a rootstock which was resistant [Read More...]

Zin Valle Vineyards

Zin Valle - sign

http://www.zinvalle.com Zin Valle Vineyards is located in Canutillo which is near El Paso and is owned by Victor and Kathi Poulos. In August 2000 they purchased ten acres of land in the Mesilla Valley Appellation (AVA). The AVA is located both in Texas and New Mexico, and the portion in Texas is located north and west of El Paso. They first planted Zinfandel grapes. Today they also grow Gewürztraminer and Malvasia on four acres.

Ste. Genevieve Winery – Part 2 of 2

Ste. Genevieve - Texas wines

http://www.stegenwines.com In part 1 about Ste. Genevieve Winery we learned about the history and took a tour of the winery. The continuation of my visit follows by visiting the vineyard and tasting room. The Vineyard When the vineyard was first planted it was 1,000 acres. When owner and president Pat Prendergast came to Ste. Genevieve it was 800 to 900 acres. Over the course of several growing seasons, the vineyard was hit with freezing temperatures, hail, and strong winds which damaged a [Read More...]

Ste. Genevieve Winery – Part 1 of 2

Ste. Genevieve - outside

http://www.stegenwines.com Ste. Genevieve Winery is located about 27 miles east of Fort Stockton. It is the largest winery in Texas and the 24th to 26th largest winery in the United States. Outside of California, one winery in Washington which is larger is Ste. Michelle Wine Estates who has multiple wineries in their portfolio including Columbia Crest. Ste. Genevieve used to offer tours at the winery but since it is isolated and largely a commercial business with no romantic feel, which [Read More...]

Red Wing Dove Vineyard and Winery

Red Wing Dove - outside

http://www.redwingdove.com Red Wing Dove Vineyard and Winery is located in Hamilton and is owned by Ellis and Susan Vandiver. Ellis manages the vineyard while Susan handles the winemaking duties. They planted a vineyard in 2006 and the winery opened Labor Day weekend in 2013. In July 2004, Ellis and Susan purchased approximately 80 acres of land in Hamilton County. Hamilton also happens to be the Dove Capital of Texas where a yearly Dove Festival is held. The Vandivers both love [Read More...]