Texas Monthly launches a Texas Wine Club

Texas Monthly Wine Club

Texas Monthly has launched the Texas Wine Club which will feature Texas Appellation wines only. Quarterly shipments of Texas wines will be selected by Texas Monthly Texas wine editor Jessica Dupuy. The first shipment from the Texas Wine Club will include wines from the Best Texas Wines of 2014 list. As wines are limited, this will be a 6-bottle mixed case of different wine selections based on availability. This means many of the shipments will differ from others. The wine [Read More…]

Wines of Dotson-Cervantes

Wines of Doston-Cervantes - sign

http://dotsoncervanteswines.com Wines of Dotson-Cervantes is located in Pontotoc and is owned by Alphonse Dotson and Martha Cervantes. The winery opened November, 2014. We have met Alphonse and Martha a few times over the years including the last time we were in Pontotoc and at the time the winery was just being remodeled from a historic building. Now that the winery was open, we were excited to visit.

Lost Draw Cellars

Lost Draw - outside

http://www.lostdrawcellars.com Lost Draw Cellars is located in Fredericksburg and opened recently on November 21, 2014. The winery is owned by Andy Timmons, Andrew Sides, and Troy Ottmers. Kim McPherson from McPherson Cellars and his assistant winemaker Spencer Igo are making the wine under Andy Timmons’ watchful eyes. Besides being the owner of Lost Draw Vineyards, Andy Timmons wants to expand his knowledge and learn how to make wine too. We were fortunate to have a preview of Lost Draw Cellars [Read More…]

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 Update: The Muenster location has closed but Weinhof Winery in Forestburg is open. 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 [Read More…]

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…]