I was at the Katy Wine Fest the other night and overheard a conversation which I had to interrupt. The wine festival had five Texas wineries pouring wines and Republic National Distributing Company with tables of non-Texas wine.
I was walking by a table when I overheard a woman explaining to a man, “Texas doesn’t grow grapes. They can’t, so they buy the grapes or juice from California.”
After hearing that, I had to stop and interrupt their conversation. I said, “That’s not true. They do grow grapes in Texas.”
She replied to me, “Well maybe they do grow grapes, but the majority of the juice comes from California.”
I said, “Maybe not enough for everybody to use 100% Texas grapes, but they do grow them. The majority of wineries in Texas have some amount of Texas grapes.”
I gave both of them my Texas Wine Lover business card and said if you really want to know about Texas wineries and vineyards, you need to follow our website.
I walked away and started thinking, why would she think that? First, people questioned if Texas even makes wine. Now for some reason they’re wondering if Texas even grows grapes. Why??
Perhaps it’s from what they read on the Internet because of course, if it’s on the Internet, it has to be true (sarcastic). We would love to have ALL Texas wineries use and make 100% Texas wine. But those in the Texas wine industry know that is not realistic at this stage for every winery to do so. Texas grows grapes and it is one of the hardest locations in the country to do so. One year like 2015 may be fantastic for viticulture, but the next year there may be hail or frost damage which drastically damages and reduces the crops. Hence there is the need at those times if wineries want to have wine for their customers, to go elsewhere in order to make wine.
I love Texas wine and want everyone to know that Texas does make fantastic wine from wonderful Texas grapes. But perhaps in the example I encountered, the direction some people are wanting with no California juice or grapes is damaging the Texas wine industry more than it is helping.
What do you think?