Category: Texas Wine
Hug Your Local Wine Grape Farmer – Guest Post from Jennifer R. Thomson

  I know, I know – “God Bless Texas” where the cattle are bigger, the men aren’t afraid to wear hub caps on their belts, and you can’t get Chardonnay to grow worth a damn! Whoops, that’s sure to rile some of you Texans up. Farmers and ranchers don’t seem to be as much of a dwindling commodity in Texas [...]

By Ben Simons with 6 comments
Cap*Rock Winery Auction Live Blog

  Who knows what has gone on behind closed doors over the last week. It has been one week since the news became official of the Gruet withdrawal from the Cap*Rock sale. Today at 2:30 pm the results of the closed bid auction will be presented to Judge Robert Jones, and we should know who the new owner of the [...]

By Ben Simons with 3 comments
Not All That Sparkles is Gold: A Disappointing Twist to the Gruet Story

  The title of this post is taken from a comment that my friend Luke left me on Facebook yesterday in reference to the Gruet/Cap*Rock debacle. The comment does a good job of giving voice to the disappointment that many are feeling with the outcome of the Gruet purchase of the Lubbock winery. In conversations with Texas wine lovers over [...]

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More Breaking News – Official Word That Gruet is Backing Out of Cap*Rock Sale

Sorry to do a follow up post so soon, but we just received official word that Gruet has backed out on the Cap*Rock sale. VintageTexas posted the following details on his blog moments ago – I received a call from Max Tarbox, attorney for the CapRock Auction Sale early this afternoon indicating the he has received permission from the Bankruptcy [...]

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Breaking News – Update on Cap*Rock Winery Sale to Gruet

It looks like the old axiom about smoke and fire is proving true in the case of the problems involving the sale of Cap*Rock Winery to Gruet. I posted late last week that there were rumors surfacing that the sale of the winery to Gruet was in jeopardy. Since that post I have been working with Russ Kane from VintageTexas [...]

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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
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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