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

Texas Viognier Is Tested Against California and France – And Comes Out The Winner

Posted on June 17, 2013

This weekend in a tasting at Texas Viognier soundly trounced California and French wines made from the Viognier grape.  Read More

Bending Branch Winery’s different approach

Posted on June 14, 2013

Most wineries look for ways to set themselves apart from the pack. For Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, it's organic farming techniques and a quest for quality in a range of varietals that will grow successfully in the Hill Country. Read More

Texas Wine Trail visits Perissos Vineyard and Winery

Posted on October 26, 2012

Texas Wine Trail tells the great story of the Martins' and Perissos Vineyard and Winery.  Read More

Formula One fans to get a taste of Austin at Circuit of the Americas

Posted on October 16, 2012

At bars spread throughout the facility, attendees will also be able to try wines from Becker Vineyards near Fredericksburg... Read More

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