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.

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...]