A Sommelier Reveals 9 Incredible US Wine Regions That Aren’t Napa

Posted on August 19, 2016

While most people turn to France and Italy when they think of incredible wine regions, there are plenty right here in the US. And we don’t mean Napa and Sonoma. While those are great, ditch the crowds they draw and check out the many other incredible wine growing regions dispersed throughout the country. James Tidwell, Master Sommelier at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas, revealed some of the most underhyped, up-and-coming wine regions in the country. From the sparkling wines of New Mexico to the signature Rieslings made in upstate New York, here are Tidwell’s favourite US... Read More

Why Its Such A Good Time To Be Drinking Texas Wines

Posted on August 09, 2016

Last year was such a good year for Texas grape growers that the state wrung out its first surplus of juice -- ever. "2015 was picture perfect," says Dr. Russell Kane, influential Vintage Texas blogger and co-author of The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine (Texas Tech University Press, 2012). The state had a nice, long growing season, he says, that was just a little on the wet side. "It was a very good harvest." Read More

Fun In Fredricksburg!

Posted on August 09, 2016

Chris Brundrett, co-owner of William Chris Vineyards said, "Here in the Hill Country, we have such a diversity of different areas and micro-climates that they all taste different." There are dozens of wineries in the Fredricksburg area, each with their own flair. "I think that from the time you drive over the cattle guard into this property I think you feel that," said Brundrett. Read More

2016 Fall Wine Festivals

Posted on August 09, 2016

Here are the 2016 fall wine festivals we are aware of in Texas. It is too early for some planning committees so the dates are not yet set for some festivals. We will update the dates as we know them.  Read More

Hill Country Vineyards Expect 2016 Harvest To Be Best Crop In Years!

Posted on August 04, 2016

During the spring, San Antonio was hit with a few hail storms, but the hill country was mostly spared. That was a plus for vineyards, including the Kuhlken Vineyard, which produces the grapes used for the wines at Pedernales Cellars and Armadillo's Leap. "To not have had any hail is just golden," Pedernales Cellars owner Julie Kuhlken said. "It's very hard to grow the grapes because there all this damage, you have to nurse the grape plants through." Read More

Why It’s Such A Good Time To Be Drinking Texas Wines

Posted on August 04, 2016

Last year was such a good year for Texas grape growers that the state wrung out its first surplus of juice -- ever. "2015 was picture perfect," says Dr. Russell Kane, influential Vintage Texas blogger and co-author of The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine (Texas Tech University Press, 2012). The state had a nice, long growing season, he says, that was just a little on the wet side. "It was a very good harvest." And it marks a Texas-size turning point for Texas wine. Read More

Wimberley: Small Town America, Texas Style

Posted on August 04, 2016

Patti Morgan was born in England and has traveled all over the world. She’s also lived in many cities here and abroad, including New York, Houston and an island in Norway.But when it came time to decide where she wanted to settle down for good, she chose this small town about an hour’s drive from Austin in Texas Hill Country. Read More

Get To Know 10 of the Most Texas Friendly Wine Grapes

Posted on August 04, 2016

Thanks to forward-thinking winemakers and grape-growers, Texas boasts some outstanding Mediterranean-style wines that have put our state on the wine map. Their foreign names may not roll off your tongue, but the eponymous grapes behind them take well to Texas soil. All but one -- an American hybrid -- are native to Spain, Italy or warm-weather zones in France.  Read More

Pet Friendly Texas Wineries

Posted on August 04, 2016

They say a dog is man’s best friend. But do not forget about a cat who many feline lovers would argue that they are a man’s best friend. Regardless, a pet is part of the family. And when a family travels and there is no convenient way to watch for those other members of your family, you may want to take your fur kids along with you on your trip. That also holds true when you want to visit a winery. Read More

How To See 7 Top Texas Wineries In One Hill Country Weekend!

Posted on August 04, 2016

I was giddy as we headed west for a wine trail road trip. It wasn't my first -- I've toured wineries in Spain, Portugal, France and California. But this was my first jaunt on the Texas Hill Country wine trail. My husband and I plotted a scenic course from the Northern edge of the Hill Country, to just west of Austin.  Read More

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