First Annual Empty Glass Wine Festival

Empty Glass Festival

The Empty Glass is a wine bar located in Tomball, Texas, and the majority of wines they offer are from Texas wineries. On October 5th, they held their 1st Annual Texas Wine Festival. The festival was held in the park opposite the Empty Glass and winery and beer tents lined the park along with live entertainment at one end. Tickets could be purchased online or when you arrived at the festival. There were two different tickets available. One was a [Read More…]

Cork Wine Bar in Dallas Offers Wine Education Series

Stephanie Rennells

Cork Wine Bar, West Village’s state-of-the-art wine bar and retail boutique, is proud to announce that after the success of its popular Wine 101 series, they will offer two new courses for wine lovers starting this April.

Nolan Creek Winery

Nolan Creek - outside

http://winesofnolancreek.com Nolan Creek Winery is located in downtown Belton and is owned by Phil Monge and Vira Chudasma. The urban winery opened in February 2013. I found the winery in “The Gin” which is a marketplace in Belton with restaurants and stores. As their website states, “they have joined winemaking with a wine bar,” and what a nice wine bar with a large wine selection they have. The menu is often changed so it is different.

The Boerne Wine Company

Boerne Wine Company - outside

http://www.boernewinecompany.com The Boerne Wine Company is located in Boerne and they opened on April 1, 2010. This is a business where the owner prefers to remain anonymous. I received an email from Tom Geoghegan last year inviting me to visit The Boerne Wine Company when I was in the area. I had previously looked at their website while making sure my list of Texas wineries was up-to-date, but they seemed like a wine bar instead of a winery. Tom confirmed they [Read More…]

NICE Winery Tasting Room to Open Friday Nights with Us!

Nice Winery - outside

Update: Thanks to those who came out to visit us on Friday nights but the Friday night’s Nicer After Hours has now closed. Gloria and I have some exciting news which we have been eager to share. First, I want to apologize for my April Fool’s joke this year about us opening a winery. I thought it would be funny and obvious, but a lot of people took it seriously. I swear today’s news is the truth! When we joined [Read More…]

New Year’s Eve at Messina Hof

2012 New Year's Eve - Us & Wares

Gloria and I decided to do something for this past New Year’s Eve instead of sitting at home so the decision was made to attend Messina Hof’s Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve Celebration. Wine friends Laurie and Shelly Ware from Cleburne decided to join us. Laurie and Shelly had visited Messina Hof once before but never had the chance to take a tour. We decided to go early to Messina Hof to enjoy a tour before the evening’s festivities. Unfortunately [Read More…]

The Cellar Door

Cellar Door - outside

http://www.cellardoorkaty.com The Cellar Door is located in Katy and is owned by Ron and Don Ray Holsomback. When we first visited The Cellar Door, we were immediately impressed with the winery as it has one of the most beautifully adorned tasting rooms we have seen. The furnishings and décor make it a place where you can feel comfortable relaxing. There are many high tables in the center of the room with booths also around the room. A lounge area with [Read More…]

The Empty Glass

Empty Glass - inside

I have never written about a wine bar before but I am making an exception in this case since The Empty Glass wine bar serves approximately 60% Texas wines. http://www.theemptyglass.com The Empty Glass is located in Tomball and opened in September 2012 with a Grand Opening on October 6. Dana Kelly is the owner and Amber Brown is the general manager. Since we are always looking for a good local wine bar, we visited The Empty Glass when it first [Read More…]

La Buena Vida Vineyards – Grapevine and La Bodega Winery

La Buena - fountain

http://www.labuenavida.com Update: La Bodega Winery has closed and La Buena Vida Vineyards – Grapevine is no longer a winery. La Buena Vida Vineyards is in Grapevine and is owned by Gina Puente. There is also a La Buena Vida Vineyards location in Springtown which is owned by Dr. Bobby Smith and was first bonded in 1978. He opened a second location which was moved to Grapevine in the early 1990’s and was Grapevine’s first winery and tasting room. In 2006, [Read More…]

KE Cellars Winery

KE Cellars Winery - owner

http://www.kiepersol.com/kecellars/rockwall.shtml KE Cellars Winery is located in Rockwall and is owned by Jenniffer and Bill Norman. KE Cellars, owned by Kiepersol Estates Vineyards in Tyler, has now opened two other locations in Texas. The location in Rockwall however is actually a franchise which differentiates it from the others with the Winery name. KE Cellars Winery first opened at The Harbor in Rockwall on August 9, 2011. They closed the location on March 9 and then re-opened in their new location [Read More…]