Category: The Other 49
Hitting the Texas Wine Trail

The Texas Department of Agriculture has recently announced a series of videos featuring eight different wine trails around the state of Texas. The first video was released last week, with a new video debuting every Tuesday.  The first trail to be featured is the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, which is in South-East Texas. The trail runs from Brennan to Montgomery. There [...]

By Ben Simons with 1 comment
What the Hell Does “For Sale in Texas Only” Mean Anyway?

Okay, you all know that I like to bring it for Texas wine. I love my Texas wine, and I love getting to know all of the great people at Texas wineries. One thing I don't love is confusing labeling on wines produced in the state of Texas. I don't love the fact that it is all too common for [...]

By Ben Simons with 18 comments
Better Than Kissing Your Sister – 2008 Sister Creek Muscat Canelli

There are a lot of things about Texas that make it different from the other wine producing regions of the United States. There are the obvious differences, such as our climate, and then there are the things that you have to look a little harder to find, like a winery that resides within an old cotton gin. Sister Creek has [...]

By Ben Simons with 13 comments
A Taste of Texas, Twitter-Style

I've been lucky enough to have been able to participate in some really great wine events on Twitter recently, including the recent Tweet and Taste Michigan event that was hosted by Shannon Casey from Michigan by the Bottle. The really great thing about that event was that the folks from the winery were very involved in the whole process, and [...]

By Ben Simons with 5 comments
Drinking Down on Shady Lane

 Tuesday night may well have seen more Michigan wine being consumed in the state of Texas than there ever has been before.  Okay, so I have no idea if that is true or not, but what I can tell you that this was the most Michigan wine that has ever been enjoyed at my place. I invited a couple of [...]

By Ben Simons with 15 comments
A Taste of Michican in the Lonestar State

Last night I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in Tweet and Taste Michigan, hosted by Shannon Casey from Michigan by the Bottle.  I had a couple of friends over to get their first taste of Michigan wine with me, and had a great time talking with all the other wine lovers who were involved in the event.  [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
A Platinum Performer: 2008 LangeTwins Generations Viognier

Last week I came upon a tweet on Twitter from LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards that announced that their 2008 Generations Viognier had won a Platinum metal at the Monterey Wine Competition. I had been looking for an excuse, and admittedly I didn't really need much of an excuse, to open the bottle of this wine that Joe Lange had [...]

By Ben Simons with 9 comments
A Taste of Michigan Terroir – Adam Satchwell of Shady Lane Cellars

I am honored to have been asked to participate in the upcoming Twitter Taste Michigan event that is being organized by my good friend Shannon Casey from Michigan by the Bottle. This tasting will feature the wines of Shady Lane Cellars. The event takes place next Tuesday, April 13th. Join in on the fun by grabbing some Shady Lane wine, [...]

By Ben Simons with 12 comments
Review: Not Quite Bubbly – Llano Estacado Moscato

  On my visit to the Llano Estacado Winery last month, I was introduced to a new wine that they have just started making.  Executive Winemaker Greg Bruni and I tasted the Llano Estacado Moscato wine in their tasting room, and I purchased a bottle to try here at home as well. This is definitely not the kind of wine [...]

By Ben Simons with 11 comments
Review: Getting to Know Virginia – 2005 Kluge Estate Red Blend

Those of you who have been reading the blog over the last few weeks have seen my series of posts with Josh from Wine(Explored) contrasting the Texas and Virginia wine industries.  I've really enjoyed getting to know the Virginia wine world a little, and my man Dezel from My Vine Spot helped make the introduction complete by sending on a [...]

By Ben Simons with 5 comments