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TEN OF NORTH AMERICA’S MOST INTRIGUING WINE REGIONS

Posted on October 19, 2018

There’s nothing quite like going to source: sipping that perfectly crisp Chardonnay amidst the rustic, rolling landscapes that brought it into being. And with a land mass of approximately 2.7 million sq km between them, the USA and Canada offer up a mind-boggling diversity of dynamic terroirs resulting in a wine list greater than your wildest dreams. Uncork these 10 locales that’ll whisk you, glass in hand, through some of North America’s most notable winemaking regions.  Read More

MEET THE WOMEN GROWING THE TEXAS WINE INDUSTRY

Posted on October 19, 2018

From the first woman to plant wine grapes in the Lone Star State and one who employed her gardening expertise to grow the local wine boom, to two transplants making names for themselves in the male-dominated wine industry, these enterprising ladies are proving that, in Texas, in vino veritas—in wine, there is truth. Read More

GREAT TEXAS WINES TO TRY FOR TEXAS WINE MONTH

Posted on October 19, 2018

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t actually make wine in Texas who has more knowledge of or passion for our state’s increasingly varied and sophisticated offerings than my friend, neighbor and engineer turned oenophile Russ Kane. Some would say Kane wrote the book on Texas wine. Fact is, he has written a couple: “The Wineslinger Chronicles — Texas on the Vine” (Texas Tech University Press) and “Texas Hill Country Wineries” (Arcadia Publishing).  Read More

WHAT TO DRINK NOW: TEXAS WINES

Posted on October 19, 2018

The wine scene in our state continues to expand, with new wineries opening and vineyards expanding from one end of Texas to the other. Here are a few local selections to sip. (Some selections were sent for editorial consideration.) Read More

 

TANNAT IS THE NEW TEXAS WINE EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT

Posted on October 19, 2018

The growing throngs of oenophiles traveling what is known as Wine Road 290—the winery-heavy stretch of US 290 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg—have become very familiar with once-exotic wines like tempranillo, sangiovese, and viognier that thrive in the Texas heat and soil.  Read More

 

5 TEXAS WINERIES THAT CAN HELP YOU TAILGATE WITH CANNED WINE

Posted on September 24, 2018

Are you ready for some fooootbaaaall? If you will be attending a football game this season, you may be ready to enjoy some tailgating before the big game. To make it easier, and also for those stadiums where you cannot have glass, canned wines from Texas wineries are here to help you!  Read More

 

2018 FALL WINE FESTIVALS

Posted on August 24, 2018

Here are the 2018 fall wine festivals we are aware of in Texas. Note: 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. If you know of dates or a festival we missed, please let us know. Read More

 

TEXAS WINEMAKERS SHARE WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS YEAR’S HARVEST

Posted on August 20, 2018

Celebrating the grape harvest in late July would be unheard-of in the world’s great wine regions, where some varietals aren’t ready for picking until early November. In Texas, however, “la vendange” for 2018 is upon us.  Read More

 

10 OF THE BEST WINERIES IN TEXAS TO ADD TO YOUR ROAD TRIP LIST

Posted on July 19, 2018

 

Texas might be a state where you expect to see cowboys drinking whiskey and beer, but it’s also the fifth largest wine producer in the United States. With 436 licensed wineries in the state, wine is a growing part of Texas culture, but did you know that wine has been around in Texas for a long time? That’s right; over a hundred years ago, Texas saved wine and these days, the state is producing outstanding wines in some of the most beautiful country around. Read More

RECORD HARVEST AGAIN FORECAST FOR TEXAS WINES THIS YEAR

Posted on July 19, 2018

2018 could be another banner year for Texas’ $13 billion a year wine industry. Producers are optimistic that Texas vineyards will out-produce last year’s record 1.8 million cases of wine. Wine America produced an in depth state- by-state report on the industry last year. Texas’ totals surprised industry observers. Read More

2018 TEXSOM INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS RESULTS – TEXAS WINERIES

Posted on June 14, 2018

The 2018 TEXSOM International Wine Awards results were released from the judging that was held February 12-14, 2018. There were over 3,200 entries representing 30 countries and 21 U.S. States, with the most diverse selection of wines in the history of the competition.  Read More

THE TOP 10 HILL COUNTRY WINERIES

Posted on June 14, 2018

For the least few years, Texas wine has started to rise in national profile, in no small part because it’s making better wine than ever. The state has set itself apart from other wine regions by experimenting with and planting varietals well suited to the heat and drought cycles here. Read More

 

2018 LONE STAR INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION – TEXAS RESULTS

Posted on June 14, 2018

These are the Texas winery results from the 2018 Lone Star International Wine Competition in the 35th year of the competition. The competition was held from June 4-5 and it is the oldest wine competition in Texas. Read More

 

YES WAY, TEXAS ROSÉ! OUR TOP PICKS FOR SUMMER

Posted on May 23, 2018

A quintessential crowd-pleaser, dry rosé bridges the gap between red and white wine, balancing bright fruit characteristics with crisp, lemony acidity. In Texas, producers are turning out high-quality rosé like never before. We tasted more than fifty new selections from around the state and found strong and impressive flavor profiles, with something for every palate, from light and fruity to dark and rich.  Read More

 

BATTLE OF THE TEXAS SANGIOVESE 2018

Posted on May 21, 2018

In 2017, we held the Battle of the Texas Mourvèdre where 17 Texas Mourvèdres were judged by a diverse group of judges. We had previously held the first Battle of the Texas Orange Muscats six years ago. A year later we were doing the Battle of the Texas Roussannes. Then, it was the biggest Battle yet which was the Battle of the Texas Tempranillos with 28 wines from 28 wineries.  Read More

 

PÉT-NAT WINES – TEXAS RISING STARS

Posted on May 21, 2018

The term Pét-Nat is the cute, short nickname for a type of sparkling wine called pétillant-naturel, meaning “sparkling naturally.” These Pét-Nat wines have become increasingly popular over the past decade, and now are being produced by an increasing number of Texas winemakers. Read More

 

WILDFLOWER SIGHTINGS ABOUND AMONG TEXAS HILL COUNTRY WINERIES

Posted on April 19, 2018

Wildflower safaris in the Texas Hill Country are a true staple of spring. Add in the verdant vineyards and rich histories of the region’s many wineries, and a wine and wildflower experience will afford you an opportunity to indulge in a gratifying and memorable stimulation of the senses.  Read More

 

THE TOP 30 TEXAS WINES FOR SPRING

Posted on March 23, 2018

It’s a great time for Texas wine. The state’s vintners have never been so flush with acclaim from international competitions, national publications, and wine professionals. And this spring’s selection exemplifies the improvements happening across Texas.  Read More

SPRING 2018 FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

Posted on March 23, 2018

Though it may not feel like it now, Spring is just around the corner, and with warmer days comes food and wine festivals galore. Even better for you, some of the biggest and best of these festivals are hosted here in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Whether you’re looking to groove to the best in local music with your vino, or savor your wine with culinary bites, we encourage you to grab a pen and your planner because there’s no shortage of options for such an occasion!  Read More

 

WINE & DINE IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

Posted on February 16, 2018

Love is in the air, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching. As it does every year, the month of February ushers in a time to celebrate romance and intimate friendships. What better way to celebrate these connections than with fine wine? Read More

 

ALLURING TEXAS HILL COUNTRY ONE OF FASTEST-GROWING VACATION SPOTS IN U.S.

Posted on January 15, 2018

For years, the Texas Hill Country has been a go-to getaway destination for residents of Dallas and other Texas cities. Now, it appears travelers outside of the state have learned about the Hill Country’s allure. Austin-based vacation rental marketplace HomeAway has named the Texas Hill Country one of the 25 fastest-growing vacation rental markets in the U.S. Read More

 

TOP 10 REASONS TEXAS WINES ARE UNIQUE VS. NAPA VALLEY

Posted on January 15, 2018

As much as many of us love California wine, we simply shouldn’t expect that style of wine to be made in Texas. Not a week goes by that I don’t have a conversation with someone in the tasting room about how different Texas wines are compared to other regions of the world, especially California. Now don’t get me wrong, these are fun and educational conversations to have with guests, but all too often I feel people genuinely expect Napa Valley-type wines to be made in the Lone Star state. Let’s discuss a few reasons why Texas… Read More

 

AMERICA’S MOST ROMANTIC WINTER DESTINATIONS

Posted on January 15, 2018

“When we venture out to the wide, open plains and drive up the mountains, it feels like we’re the only ones there,” says Dan Warner, reflecting on the appeal of Jackson, WY. The L.A.-based COO of Atlas Digital production company and his wife vacationed there winters ago and returned again for a romantic, kid-free getaway. Read More

TEXAS WINE: ON THE CUSP OF GREATNESS?

Posted on January 04, 2018

Among all the U.S. wine regions we have visited, which includes most of the county by now, Texas is closest to the West Coast in overall wine quality. The High Plains near Lubbock, where most of the Texas fruit is grown, boasts fertile, sandy loam soils that drain well, hot summer days and cool nights due to their elevation that encourage both ripeness and good acidity, and generations of farmers who understand row crops but need a more profitable product than their traditional cotton crop. Read More

TIPS FOR WINE TASTING IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Posted on November 28, 2017

Nothing brightens the holiday season more than a festive wine-tasting experience with friends and family. With luxurious tastings, intimate settings and plenty to celebrate, the seasonal events Texas Hill Country wineries have in store are sure to fill you with holiday cheer. Texas Hill Country is a popular choice for wine tasting during the holidays, and it boasts many cellars, events and holiday features for local and out-of-town guests. Each attraction offers a different take on the holidays, and you can choose from a variety of wineries and special events that appeal to your own personal preference and style. Get… Read More

MUST SEE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY WINERIES

Posted on October 12, 2017

The Texas Hill Country has become the second most visited wine region in the United States, only behind Napa and and was named one of the 10 wine destinations by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. For good reason… The wine is excellent and there is so much to see and do in the area. With nearly 80 wineries in the Texas Hill Country AVA – wine growing region – narrowing down which wineries to visit can be a chore. Here’s Carpe Travel’s top Texas Hill Country wineries to visit. Read More

UNAFFECTED BY HARVEY, TEXAS’ WINE GRAPE HARVEST ‘PROBABLY THE BEST’ EVER

Posted on September 28, 2017

The fickle Texas weather can make or break a grape harvest in the state’s Hill Country and High Plains regions where the fruit is grown to make wine. This year? Winemakers are more excited than usual about their prospects.Consumers who love Texas wine should also be excited. Chances are, we’ll have some high-quality bottles of the 2017 vintage to look forward to starting next year Read More

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

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

MUST VISIT WINERIES IN FREDERICKSBURG

Posted on June 29, 2017

Our Favorite Texas Hill Country Wineries: – Becker Vineyards: Gorgeous setting with lavender fields off to the side. Live music on the weekends. Becker wines have even been recognized by the White House! Our favorites are the Reserve Malbec, Ravenswood, Reserve Cab and Claret – Grape Creek Vineyards: Has a wonderful Tuscany meets Texas vibe. We love their Viognier and Bellissimo – Pednernales Cellars:Boasting beautiful sweeping views of the Pedernales River Valley and set back off of the main road. We love driving up and taking in the landscape which includes cows and Rose Hill Manor. They also have… Read More

 

BEST TEXAS HILL COUNTRY WINERIES TO VISIT

Posted on June 29, 2017

From finely tuned Tempranillo, crisp Viognier to beautiful rhone-style red blends, Texas Hill Country Wineries are not only situated around beautiful scenery, the wines they’re producing are only beginning to gain world-wide recognition. That’s because the majority of Texas Hill Country vineyards only sell their wines within Texas – otherwise the Texas wine bug would have gone viral long ago. That’s why I’m aiming to expose this juice. It’s a relatively new revelation for many, but Texas Hill Country was largely overlooked until the past few years. (It wasn’t until the early 1990s that much… Read More

 

THE NEXT GENERATION OF TEXAS WOMEN WINEMAKERS

Posted on June 21, 2017

There are some Texas women winemakers, and lately there are even more young female winemakers who are making award-winning wines for wineries in Texas and the Hill Country. Here are some of the newest winemakers making their mark in the Texas wine industry. 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

 

AMERICA’S BEST OVERLOOKED SPOTS FOR WEEKEND TRIPS

Posted on May 22, 2017

The United States is a huge country with more beautiful, interesting, and exciting places than you could ever count — but it tends to be the same ones you hear about again and again. Lucky for us, we’ve got friends all over the country who can tell us about some of the lesser-known spots where we can guarantee you’ll have a great time — but without the crowds and the fuss of other splashier places. Here are 22 of our favorite places in America that not enough people talk about, but still fill up our daydreams. Read More

TOP U.S. CITIES FOR WINE THEMED VACATIONS

Posted on April 18, 2017

Even though Wine Enthusiast’s list of the top wine destinations for 2017 only included two wineries in the United States, you don’t have to go overseas to do some quality wine tasting and sightseeing. Read More

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