Compass Rose Cellars

Compass Rose - outside

http://www.compassrosecellars.com Compass Rose Cellars has their production located in Mason but the tasting room is in Hye. However, the plan is to eventually move the production to Hye also on the 35 acre lot. The winery is owned by Mark Watson and Robert Nida is the winemaker. The winery opened January 28, 2011, and the tasting room opened in the summer of 2014. While visiting Hye Market and Hye End Tasting Room one time, we ran into Mark Watson who [Read More…]

Preview of Lost Draw Cellars

Lost Draw Cellars wines

Ever since the announcement that Lost Draw Cellars would be opening in Fredericksburg, we have been keeping a watchful eye since we knew the winery had to be good. Lost Draw Cellars is a joint venture between Lost Draw Vineyards owner Andy Timmons, Andrew Sides, and Troy Ottmers. We knew we were going to be in Fredericksburg for the Texas Hill Country Wineries October Wine Trail event, so I contacted Andy Timmons about the winery. He told me, “Kim McPherson [Read More…]

Texas Winery Club Includes other Texas Wineries

Texas Winery Club

Texas Winery Club was established in May 2014, following the April 2013 opening of Red Road Vineyard and Winery located in Texarkana, Texas. The concept of Red Road Winery is to represent every Texas vineyard and winery in all four regions of the state and to help organize the industry. Owner Terry Willet said, “Our goal is to represent each bottle of Texas wine as if it were our own.”

The Austin Winery

The Austin Winery wines

http://theaustinwinery.com The Austin Winery is located on the east side of Austin and is an urban winery. Ross McLauchlan is the CEO and President who works on sales and sourcing grapes while Cooper Anderson is the Vice President and head winemaker. Chief of Operations is Matt Smith who handles the accounting and administration. The winery opened early May 2014. Currently they are open on Saturdays for tastings and other days by appointment. Even on Saturdays, it is a good idea [Read More…]

Lone Star Three Day Road Trip

Grapes

When I was asked to be a judge at the latest Lone Star International Wine Competition, that meant a drive to Grapevine for the Monday and Tuesday competition. If I was going to drive that far from Houston, I decided to take advantage of the weekend to visit wineries in that area which I have not been to yet and also return to some favorites. It turned out I had the Friday before off too, so that gave me almost [Read More…]

Weinhof Winery

Weinhof Winery - Muenster outside

http://www.weinhofwinery.com Weinhof Winery has two locations with the winery in Forestburg and a tasting room in Muenster. Weinhof Winery is owned by Larry and Brenda Thompson. Brenda is also the winemaker. The Forestburg winery opened in February 2007, and the Muenster tasting room opened in 2010. Since my friend Dave Potter and I would be stopping at both locations, we decided to wait until we got to the tasting room in Muenster for a tasting of their wines.

Fat Ass Ranch & Winery

Fat Ass Winery - outside

Fat Ass Ranch & Winery is located in Fredericksburg and is owned by Gail and Jennie McCulloch. The winery opened on May 17th and is located on Highway 290, so it is very easy to find. Fat Ass Ranch & Winery flew under the radar as to a new winery opening in Fredericksburg until I was asked by a friend about a week before them opening if I knew who they were. It was a little confusing as they said [Read More…]

Solaro Estate Winery – Houston

Solaro Estate Winery - Houston - outside

http://solaroestate.com Solaro Estate is located in Dripping Springs and is owned by Barbara Haderlein and business partner Robert Fritz. When we last visited Solaro Estate in 2012, we were told they would be opening a Houston tasting room and we couldn’t wait to visit. It has been a long wait, but that time finally came this past weekend when we attended their grand opening. People could make reservations and times were listed at 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm. [Read More…]

2014 East Texas Road Trip

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

Gloria and I were invited to the Kiepersol Estates Distillery and Tasting Rooms Premiere so we made plans to visit other wineries in East Texas for the weekend too. We both had the Friday off and that gave us more time to plan something for our East Texas road trip. Gerald Jones from Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards has been a friend for a number of years having met and worked with him at wine festivals before and seeing him at other events. [Read More…]

Colorado River Winery

Colorado River Winery - outside

http://www.coloradoriverwinery.com Colorado River Winery is located in Bastrop and is owned by Brad and Sylvia Cook. The winery opened in December, 2013. I visited the winery before it was officially open during the 2013 Lost Pines Christmas Swirl. I then returned to visit after they opened.