Category: The Other 49
Breaking Rumor: Sale of Cap*Rock Winery to Gruet In Trouble?

At this point this is all very much hearsay, but I spoke to a source today who said that the sale of Cap*Rock winery to Gruet that had been reported earlier on this blog is in jeopardy. Again, this has not been substantiated yet. For now I don't really have anything concrete on this, but I will be looking into [...]

By Ben Simons with 5 comments
Help a Wino Out…, Not Me, Ed from WineTonite

Just thought I'd make it clear from the title, as I have my suspicions that a post titled Help a Wino Out might not get viewed a single time.   I know how much everyone loves to be asked for stuff, but really all that's needed here is a few minutes to go vote for Ed Thralls in a contest [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
Ain’t No Party Like a Hardy Party: An Interview With Hardy Wallace

One of the great things about the 2010 Wine Bloggers' Conference was getting to meet and hang out with some really awesome wine people from around the country. One of the guys that I have always wanted to meet is Hardy Wallace of Dirty South Wine, Murphy-Goode, and now NPA (Natural Process Alliance) fame. Hardy went from being a total [...]

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Contemplations on France, Texas, and Bubbly

The events of the last week have gotten my brain churning on some things. For those who haven't read my last couple of posts, a local winery was purchased at auction by Laurent Gruet, of the sparkling wine powerhouse from New Mexico, Gruet Winery. Although I think the overall reaction around the state has been pretty positive, there are always [...]

By Ben Simons with 6 comments
The CapRock Sale – The Most Expensive Three Minutes in Texas Wine History?

It's not every day that you see an established winery up on the auction blocks, although the sight does seem to be becoming more common all the time. This afternoon saw the sale of Cap*Rock Winery, which is one of the most troubled, but also most beautiful, wineries in West Texas. The winery itself is an approximately 23,000 sq ft [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
Breaking News – Texas Winery Purchased by Gruet

  I will have more details on this coming up this evening, but the New Mexico bubbly house, Gruet Winery, has purchased the CapRock Winery, and does have plans to begin production of Texas "Champagne". Early estimates that I had been hearing for the purchase price of the winery had been in the $2-3 million range, but when the smoke [...]

By Ben Simons with 20 comments
Kicking the Tires on a Texas Winery

As of this writing, I am preparing to attend the auction of the Caprock Winery. For those who don't know, this is a West Texas winery with an absolutely beautiful facility, that unfortunately has not been able to make wines to match over the years. Photo taken from Williams Auction website I will be posting the details of the experience [...]

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A Rose By Any Other Name – Duchman Family Winery

Things have been hopping recently for the folks at Duchman Family Winery. First, they started up their Movie in the Vineyard series, which sounds like a ton of fun, then they put the finishing touches on their name change (from Mandola Estate Winery), and then they pull down some major praise for their 2008 Dolcetto, which won Double Gold at [...]

By Ben Simons with 8 comments
Raising a Glass to a Friend – 2008 Montaluce Viognier

There are many events in this life that seem to call for a celebratory drink, and perhaps none falls higher on the list than the birth of new child. My vino amigo Joe, aka the Suburban Wino, aka the wild unbranded calf of wine blogging, just became a proud papa yesterday (though I hear that his wife did all the [...]

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A Special Mission From Michigan

One of the things that I have really enjoyed over the last few months has been getting to know the wines of some of the less common wine growing regions. Thanks to my friends Shannon and Cortney Casey from the Michigan By The Bottle blog, I have had the pleasure of trying several wines from Michigan recently. The Casey's are [...]

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