Category: Texas Wine
Hip Hop, Wine, and the Wild Wild West

I've mentioned before, and it comes as no surprise to anyone, that the Texas wine biz is just a little bit different from what you would see in a lot of other places. Last night I got another taste of one of those differences.     La Diosa Wine Cellars is the local haunt for winos here in my hometown [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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