There are many rock stars in the Texas wine industry, and we are proud to feature another rock star, Richard Bowen. Richard is the winemaker behind Silver Dollar Winery’s wines, and they have two locations, one in Bedford near Grapevine and the newest location on US 290 in Johnson City. Read about Richard Bowen and visit one of their locations!
- What did you do before becoming a winemaker (if anything)?
I drove an 18-wheeler from Dallas to Tulsa every day.
- What is the toughest challenge about being a winemaker in Texas?
Definitely the weather, from late frost to hail and wind, and good old Texas heat.
- Is winemaking an art or a science or both?
It’s both. Although you can make wine without the science; constancy and quality come with the science.
- What is your favorite food and wine pairing?
That’s a hard one. I love food and wine and so many great pairings. Mostly a great steak and a Cab Franc.
- If you didn’t make wine, what would you do?
I think retirement, full-time RVing, and just seeing the country.
- What first attracted you to winemaking and how long have you been doing it?
In 2008-2009, my wife Melanie and I were doing the 290 wine trail and she said we can do this. So, she started ordering wine kits and it took off from there.
- What is the most common question you are asked as a winemaker?
I get asked how we got started in wine, and why wine and not beer.
- After a long day in the winery or vineyard, what do you do?
We usually set down and try to relax because tomorrow is another long day.
- What’s the greatest part about being a winemaker?
Watching people smile after tasting our wine, and then taking bottles home to share with their friends and family.
- What is your winemaking philosophy, that is, what are you trying to achieve with your wines?
To never put anything in a bottle I personally won’t drink. If it fails, I have a lot to drink and I’m a picky wine drinker.
- Anything else you would like to add?
The wine industry is growing rapidly, not only in Texas but throughout the country. As a Texas winemaker, you must constantly learn new techniques so we can stay on top and continue to produce some of the greatest wine.
Kenny Scheler says
Proud of you Richard and Melanie!