1851 Vineyard Preview

Posted on September 16, 2016

1851 Vineyards is owned by John and Dabs Hollimon and is located just south of Fredericksburg. The General Manager is their daughter, Jeska Haggerty, and the winemaker is John Rivenburgh. The winery plans to open in October 2016. I have had the pleasure of meeting the Hollimons a couple times during the past two years when they were talking about their vineyard and their upcoming winery. When I mentioned to John Rivenburgh that we would be in the Fredericksburg area during Labor Day weekend, he arranged for us to visit 1851 Vineyards winery and get a preview of what was to come. Read More

Penny Adams Texas’ First Female Vineyard Manager

Posted on September 15, 2016

Every so often you encounter an individual who knows where great wine starts.People know you have to have outstanding grapes to make awesome wines. Penny Adams of Wedding Oak Winery knows this oh so well and flourishes in the vineyard, nursing her vines from infancy to awesome wine. She is one of two or three women in Texas who thrives with her grape vines in the vineyards.She got her degree in viticulture from Texas A&M University in 1980 Read More

Stone House Vineyard Consulted Experts For Right Grape

Posted on September 14, 2016

Stone House Vineyard is situated on a high bluff overlooking picturesque Lake Travis. A visit to the Stone House Vineyard and you understand how it got its name. The winery is constructed of massive limestone blocks each weighing more than 2,000 pounds, making it a veritable stone house. Owner Angela Moench's vision, passion, and drive are as strong as the stone house on which the winery sits. Read More

Think You Can’t Take a Winery Vacation in Texas? Messina Hof Proves You Wrong

Posted on September 09, 2016

Messina Hof is more than a run-of-the-mill, grape-to-press winery—not that grape-to-press wineries are too common in Texas to begin with. But Messina Hof is the most awarded winery in the state with the most varieties—more than 30 different grapes—and more than 90 different labels. But for the wine tourist, it’s notable for its three Texas locations in Bryan, Fredericksburg and Grapevine. The family of wineries also features two bed-and-breakfasts, a restaurant and an urban winery in a historic hotel.  Read More

Messina Hof Winery and its new cooperative

Posted on August 25, 2016

By Ron Saikowski / Wine Walk Messina Hof was one of Texas’ “pioneer wineries,” planting their vineyards in 1977. The husband-wife team of Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo kept their “day jobs” while nursing their winery and vineyards along, tenderly growing/raising it just like they would their son Paul VII. I still remember Paul’s fatherly advice to new winemakers, “Keep your day jobs because wineries do not make a lot of money!” Paul followed his advice and kept his day job working the winery and establishing an icon in the Texas wine industry. Read More

Miles & Malbec: Marathon-Running Somms

Posted on August 18, 2016

As a “casual” marathon runner, it’s not uncommon for myself and my husband, a busy sommelier, to be like ships passing in the night. On Sunday mornings, right before my long runs and following my husband’s long nights, we typically only exchange a brief “good morning,” both too exhausted for actual conversation. As I head out to begin my usual 15–20 mile trek, he heads straight to bed.  Read More

Barrels + Beats

Posted on April 29, 2014

Can music played in the vineyard improve the quality of the wine in your glass?  Read More

National Geographic: Top 10 Spring Vineyards

Posted on April 16, 2014

List includes Pedernales Cellars in the Texas Hill Country. Savor the pleasures that come with a spring visit to these outstanding wineries.  Read More

Lewis Wines: A Young Hill Country Winery With Big Aspirations

Posted on September 30, 2013

As I accelerate out of Johnson City, travelling west on 290, I am careful to watch for two propane tanks on the left hand side of the road as I have it on good authority that the entrance right after them is Lewis Wines.  Read More

Hill Country’s Lewis Wines Characterizes the Future of Texas Wine

Posted on July 18, 2013

The Texas wine industry is rapidly expanding every year, and it’s not just the big operations that are making noise. A little place called Lewis Wines, just outside of Johnson City, is a prime example of quality over quantity. The winery opened earlier this year and has been creating buzz ever since. Read More

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