Press Release: Becker Wins in the Sunset International Wine Competition

Posted on August 21, 2012

Menlo Park, CA: It was announced today the results of the Sunset International Wine Competition. Becker Vineyards won a Bronze with the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Canada Family Vineyard and a Silver with the 2011 Viognier. There were 2,837 entries from the United States and around the world. The judging, held at Sunset’s campus on July 9 and 10, was conducted by 51 of the most respected wine experts in the country, led by honorary chairs Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker, Ravenswood; Tim Gaiser, MS, Former Education Director, Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas; and Sara Schneider, Sunset’s wine editor. We have awarded 61 Best in... Read More

Texas Hill Country pours up some Kick Butt Cab

Posted on August 20, 2012

Cowboys and Indians magazine features Texas Hills Vineyard Read More

Tuscan Winemaker’s Dinner at Duchman Winery

Posted on August 20, 2012

We were very excited to be able to attend the first bi-monthly Tuscan Winemaker’s Dinner at Duchman Winery. We hadn’t been there in a couple of months, so we enjoyed catching up with the people we’ve befriended there, and were eager to meet Dave Reilly, the Winemaker. Read More

Alamosa Wine Cellars- One LONG Round Trip

Posted on August 20, 2012

Poor Julie. You know, she really must love me. My little bit of OCD really kicked in today and I acted a bit beyond rational and drove all the way from Pearland to Bend, TX so we could visit Alamosa Wine Cellar. It’s 5-1/2 hours each way.  Read More

Bending Branches, Crushing Grapes, Making Wine

Posted on August 20, 2012

We’re a little crazy. We’ll drive hundreds of miles and hours on end just to visit a winery. We’ll even pass by closer wineries we have yet to visit for one special winery or one special wine, or sometimes to visit just one special winemaker. Read More

Tasting Notes: Dave Reilly’s Unlabeled Hill Country Blend

Posted on August 20, 2012

Waaaaaaaay back in March, Julie and I were able to attend the first Duchman Winemaker Dinner. At the end of the meal Dave poured from unlabeled bottles and told us the story of his “Hill Country Blend”. Totally experimental blend of grapes from the Hill Country – and I have no idea what the blend is. Read More

Wild Hair Road Trip to Alamosa Cellars

Posted on August 20, 2012

In my post about Haak Winery, I mentioned picking up some wine for Jim Johnson (@AlamosaWineGuy) at Alamosa Cellars (@alamosawine). Wanderlust was getting the better of me this week, so I messaged Jim and Karen to see if they were going to be hanging around and ready to get their wine.  Read More

On the Road Again- William Chris Vineyards

Posted on August 20, 2012

“I WANNA ROAD TRIP. Haven’t visited a winery in FOR-EV-ER, and “3 MORE WEEKS” just seems so far away. Read More

On the Road Again- Chisholm Trail Winery

Posted on August 20, 2012

Our first road trip of the year started like most of our road trips: on a whim. Our destinations are usually selected the same way, and Chisholm Trail Winery was no exception. Read More

Duchman Family Winery- Introducing the 2011 Edition White

Posted on August 20, 2012

We almost didn’t go to the Houston release party for the Duchman Family WInery 2011 White Wines. I sidetracked our departure from home with a quick duckling-rescue-op, much to the surprise and delight of my favorite crazy duck lady; and when we had the ducklings and their momma out of harm’s way it looked like we would be too late to participate. Nevertheless, we decided to get to Memorial Wine Cellar as quickly as Wanda and the law would allow and take our chances. Read More

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