Category: The Other 49
All Good Things Must End – 2010 Texas-Virginia Wine Summit – Part 4

I have had so much fun doing this series with Josh from Wine(Explored), that finishing it up is a little bittersweet.  I loved getting to try some Virginia wines, and to learn more about the wine industry in Virginia.  Thanks for the memories Josh! Today our last post is running on Wine(Explored).  I can say that for my part, I [...]

By Ben Simons with 1 comment
Life in the Dustbowl (What it’s Like to Live in West Texas)

Thought you all (or y'all, as they say here in Texas) might like to get a picture for what it's like to live out here on the plains of West Texas.  Last week I took a trip out to visit my friends at Bingham Family Vineyards and get a tour of their place.  It was so windy that I wasn't [...]

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United Slurps of America with Swirl Smell Slurp

"He" and "She" (which I guess would make a "They"), from the Swirl Smell Slurp blog have an ambitious project together that is pairing them with local bloggers across the country to try to taste America.  They are trying to taste wine from every state in this here US of A, and were kind enough to ask me and Jim [...]

By Ben Simons with 3 comments
Independent Research – The 2010 Texas – Virginia Wine Summit – Part 3

This is part three of the 2010 Texas – Virginia Wine Summit.  For part 1 of the 2010 Texas – Virginia Wine Summit, you can find the Dawn of Cooperation here on Vinotology.For part 2 of the Summit, you can find The Great Tasting here on Wine(Explored) Chairman: Welcome to the third session of the 2010 Texas – Virginia Wine [...]

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The Great Tasting – Texas/Virginia Wine Summit – Part 2

I'm really excited about the continuation of the Texas/Virginia Wine Summit over on the Wine(Explored) blog.  Today we are presenting more of our case for our state's merits when it comes to wine, and this time we have brought physical evidence.  Read the results here. Also, if you are on Twitter, follow Josh from Wine(Explored) @wineaccguy.

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An Era of Cooperation Dawns: The 2010 Texas – Virginia Wine Summit – Part 1

Chairman: The Texas – Virginia Wine Summit will now come to order. After years of jostling for the honor of joining California, Washington, New York, and Oregon as the fifth of the future “Big Five,” we have decided to put this question to you, the panel, for reconciliation. We have to my left, representing the great state of Texas, Ben [...]

By Ben Simons with 5 comments
Review: Call us the Rhone Star State – 2008 Llano Estacado Signature Melange

On my recent video interview with Llano Estacado Winery, I promised a review of a few of their wines was coming soon.  So, maybe the "soon" part was a bit of an exaggeration, but I am finally getting around to getting some reviews posted.  I originally thought about letting this one wait until a Mourvedre Monday, in honor of the [...]

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Review: Big as Texas – 2007 Messina Hof Cabernet Franc

This review is another wine produced in Texas that is not truly a "Texas" wine, which is to say that it isn't made from the 75% Texas fruit that is required to be classified as a Texas Appellation wine.  Messina Hof is one of the largest producers of wine in Texas, and they have a mix of "Texas" wines and [...]

By Ben Simons with 3 comments
What is Right and Wrong With the Texas Wine Industry?

There is a great guest post on the VintageTexas website written by Dan Gatlin of Inwood Estates Winery.  Mr. Gatlin has been in the Texas wine industry for 30 years, and has been involved in the wine business even longer.  He offers a unique perspective into grape and wine production in the state.  Gatlin points out the great potential that [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
My SauvBlanc Recap (After I’ve Whined about Twitter Tasting Burnout)

Okay, so my timing for this post is a little weird, given that I was just talking about Twitter Tasting Fatigue in the wake of the #SauvBlanc event.  I really did have a fun time at the event, and met some really interesting people around the world, from locations ranging from here in the US to Germany to New Zealand.  [...]

By Ben Simons with 9 comments