Blue Epiphany Vineyards was recently opened just north of downtown Conroe by a team of law enforcement and military and veterans pursing a new path in life. On my wife’s and my first visit, we had the opportunity to talk with co-founder and vintner James Solomon about the story behind Blue Epiphany Vineyards.
After spending about 13 years in law enforcement in Montgomery County, James decided to go all in to pursue his passion of wine by opening a winery. Fortunately, James had several other friends in law enforcement that shared this passion and joined the team. By bringing them together, Blue Epiphany has a group of founders that really know how to get things done.
After searching for the perfect spot for their winery, the team purchased 15 acres last year from a former Montgomery County Judge. In November of 2017, they quickly began the arduous process of turning the land with what was essentially a storage barn into a functioning winery. They completely renovated the existing building to include cellar and bottling space, office space, a beautiful tasting bar, a large tasting room, and a well done patio space. They even started their vineyard with plantings of Blanc du Bois. Talk about rapid progress! Having 15 acres of wide-open space provides both a relaxing atmosphere and plenty of room for the Blue Epiphany team to grow their business while maintaining the peaceful setting.
Blue Epiphany Vineyards is partnering with a well-known winery in Comfort as they launch their business, giving them access to great grape sourcing. Yes, a majority of Blue Epiphany’s wines are made with Texas grapes. This partnership also provides a wealth of knowledge of the Texas wine industry and guidance that helps them bring high quality wines to market out of the gate.
Blue Epiphany currently ages, blends, and bottles their red wines on site. They have a focus on red blends, but they also offer a few red varietal and white wines. Guests can sample six of their wines through a tasting or can enjoy a glass while relaxing in their tasting room or patio.
On our first visit we got to try:
- Muscat Muscat – A semi-sweet blend of Muscat Giallo and Muscat Blanc – Texas High Plains
- 2016 Pinot Noir – Texas High Plains
- 2015 Tannat – Paso Robles
- Escape Plan (Blend)
- House Divided (Blend)
- Grand Tour (Tannat, Pinot Noir, Fer Servadou)
There’s a story behind each of the blends. I’m not going to share any secrets here, so I would suggest making the trip to Conroe to visit Blue Epiphany. Learn about their journey, enjoy the well-crafted wines, relaxing spaces, and hospitality. They are already starting to host and participate in quite a few events, so be sure to keep up to date with their latest on social media.