Category: Texas Wine
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 9 comments
The Top Ten Things I Learned During Taste Texas

The Taste Texas event last week was not only a lot of fun, but it was also informative. There were several lessons that I learned during the tasting, and a few things that I was reminded of. Here are ten observations: 1. Different folks, different strokes – This was really an old lesson that was reinforced during the tasting. There [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
The Wines of Texas Are Upon You

Last night's Taste Texas Twitter tasting with Mandola Estate Winery was a big success, with over 50 people tweeting more than 500 times about the wines of this Texas Hill Country winery. In addition to those who were tweeting about the wines, there were tweetups being held all around the state.   The fun thing about any wine tasting is [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
Taste Texas Featuring Mandola Estate Winery is Today!

That's right, today is the big day. If you live somewhere that has distribution of Mandola wines (see list here), it's not too late to grab any Mandola Estate Winery wines and join in on the fun! Participating in Taste Texas is easy, all you have to do is – Tell your friends about Taste Texas on Twitter and Facebook. [...]

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Taste Texas Guest Blogger Profile: Jim Wilkerson of VineGeek

Today I'm rounding out the field of featured bloggers for Taste Texas (though there are some other great bloggers that will be participating, and I will make sure and throw some love their way after the tasting). Jim Wilkerson is easily one of my favorite wine reviewers, throwing down some serious wine knowledge on his VINEgeek blog, and in a [...]

By Ben Simons with 2 comments
Taste Texas Guest Blogger Profile: Joe Power & Amy Corron Power of Another Wine Blog

One of the great things about working on organizing the Taste Texas Twitter tasting has been getting to know some of my fellow bloggers a little better. One of the blogger tandems that I was really looking forward to getting to know a little better are the power-couple behind Another Wine Blog, Joe Power and Amy Corron Power. Joe and [...]

By Ben Simons with 9 comments
Taste Texas Guest Blogger Profile: Russ Kane of Vintage Texas

If you were to ask me for the one person who I most associate with Texas wine, the first name that would come to mind is Russ Kane. Based on his extensive knowledge and experience with Texas wine, one could hardly argue against Russ Kane for the title of Texas Wine Czar. In addition to writing the VintageTexas blog, he [...]

By Ben Simons with 3 comments
Taste Texas Guest Blogger Profile: Melanie Ofenloch of Dallas Wine Chick

We are down to the final countdown to the Mandola Estate Winery Taste Texas tasting, and I've been working my way through profiles of the bloggers who will be participating in the event with me. Today I'm talking with a fellow Texas resident, Melanie Ofenloch from I have been following Melanie's blog since day one, and have really enjoyed [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
Taste Texas Guest Blogger Profile: Josh Wade of Drink Nectar

If the wine blogging world were a high school, I would expect to see Josh Wade's picture in the Most Likely to Succeed category of the yearbook.  Josh and I started blogging around the same time, and it has been a lot of fun to see what he has done in such a short period of time. He has quickly [...]

By Ben Simons with 10 comments
Taste Texas Guest Blogger Profile: Joe Herrig of Suburban Wino

We are just a week away from the first Taste Texas Twitter event with Mandola Estate Winery, and I thought that it would be a good idea to profile a few of the bloggers who will be participating in the event with me.   Joe Herrig is the one and only wily unbranded calf of wine blogging, launching his assault [...]

By Ben Simons with 11 comments