Texas Wine, Explained

Posted on September 18, 2017

They say that everything’s bigger in Texas, and while the state’s wine industry may not be quite bigger than California’s, or Washington’s, or Oregon’s, it certainly has come a long way in a short amount of time. In fact, the multi-billion dollar Texas wine industry vies for fourth place in size with New York from year to year, despite the fact that a wine lover is far more likely to find a New York State wine in their shop than one from Texas. Read More

Messina Hof 40th Anniversary Harvest Celebration

Posted on September 15, 2017

Messina Hof Winery & Resort has been celebrating their 40th Anniversary all year and for good reason. They were one of the first Texas wineries and after 40 years, they have grown into a winery now located in three areas of the state and possibly more coming. Messina Hof has always promoted Texas wine and this year will now be using 100% Texas fruit and producing over 70,000 cases of wine for themselves, not to mention the other 14,000+ cases of wine made for other Texas wineries.  Read More

Warm winter makes for early wine harvest in Texas Hill Country

Posted on August 10, 2017

As the rising sun cleared the mist over the Kuhlken Vineyards, Larry Kuhlken, patriarch of one of the Hill Country’s more than 50 wineries, donned his trademark work belt and set out to start picking the season’s first blocks of deep-blue tempranillo grapes. July 14 was an early start to the harvest, the timeline pushed forward by about two weeks thanks to a fast freeze followed by an unusually warm winter. There were fewer clusters on the vines than last year and only about half as many as 2015, which was a banner year for Texas grapes.  Read More

2017 Texas Wine Grape Harvest On Track To Be Early, With Excellent Fruit Quality

Posted on July 17, 2017

The five wineries of Texas Fine Wine are optimistic about this year’s harvest, predicting it will be one of the best in Texas’ history. Barring any unexpected weather challenges, this year’s crop looks great in terms of yield and quality in both the Texas Hill Country and Texas High Plains AVAs. Here’s a harvest snapshot from the Texas Fine Wine wineries:  Read More

Summer Fun at Perissos, New Releases!

Posted on July 17, 2017

The cycle of wine vintages is such an extraordinary thing if you think about it. Something such as wine that is very common, is a commodity that could become a bit boring fairly quickly. However, each new year brings about an awareness of something fresh, something new. I think that is one of the reasons wine tends to draw us in with its beauty and majesty. It is reborn each and every vintage, as to provide our minds and palates with a cyclical cleansing affect. How kind of our little friend called wine to provide us such sustenance for our... Read More

Expedia - America’s Ultimate Wine Regions, Rated

Posted on July 07, 2017

You’ve heard about Napa, the Finger Lakes, and Columbia Valley—and we can’t say enough how gorgeous they are—but you’ll find some of the country’s top wineries and vineyards in surprising locations. Each wine region is different and awesome in its own way, so we’ve taken the guess work out of selecting the drinking destination that best suits your sip style. Read More

2017 Lone Star International Wine Competition Results – Texas Wineries

Posted on June 14, 2017

These are the Texas winery results from the 2017 Lone Star International Wine Competition in the 34th year of the competition. It is the oldest wine competition in Texas. Almost 600 international wines were submitted to the 2017 Lone Star International Wine Competition and 30 judges tasted and judged the wine in the two-day competition.  Read More

7 Must Visit Wineries & Vineyards in the Lake Travis Area

Posted on June 07, 2017

There’s no need to fly to Sonoma or Napa to celebrate glorious grapes, because you have plenty of delicious handcrafted wine in and around the Lake Travis area.With sweeping views, tasting rooms and laid-back friendly vibes, the vineyards and wineries nestled throughout the Texas Hill Country are not to be missed. And now that summer is here, perhaps you have more time to get acquainted with your local wine producers.  Read More

The 8 American Wineries With The Best Restaurants On Site

Posted on April 18, 2017

Visiting a winery is a fantastic activity, but after all that wine tasting, you’re probably going to be extremely hungry. While lots of wineries provide snacks and even boxed lunches you can purchase, some go the extra mile by having a restaurant on site, and many of these restaurants are half of the reason to head to that winery in the first place. Here are the 8 winery restaurants across the country that are worth the trip for the food alone…. Read More

Two Wineries Join Texas Hill Country Wineries!

Posted on December 19, 2016

The news this week is that Texas Hill Country Wineries has added two new wineries to its association making a total of 52 wineries! The two new wineries joining are 1851 Vineyards and Ron Yates. 1851 Vineyards is owned by John and Dabs Hollimon and is just south of Fredericksburg. The winemaker is John Rivenburgh. A seven-acre vineyard is part of the estate property. You can read more about 1851 Vineyards on our recent visit. Read More

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