Category: Texas Wine
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.

By Ben Simons with 2 comments
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Review: Are We In Italy or Texas? – 2008 McPherson Sangiovese

In honor of Texas Independence Day, I decided that it was my duty as a Texan to drink a little Texas wine last night.  It's not like I really ever need an excuse to drink Texas wine, but I'll take one anyway.  My selection is the 2008 McPherson Cellars Sangiovese.  This wine is no stranger to me, but I haven't [...]

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West Texas Wine – Llano Estacado Winery

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Greg Bruni, the Vice President of Winemaking at Llano Estacado Winery here in Lubbock, Texas.  Llano Estacado is one of the oldest and largest wineries in the state of Texas, and has long been a fixture here in Lubbock. I have two versions of my interview available.  The video that is embedded [...]

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Texas Tempranillo Grape Harvest

Russ Kane has a cool post up on his VintageTexas blog about the 2008 Landon Tempranillo wine that he tasted at the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) Meeting in Richardson, Texas this weekend.  This wine is made from Tempranillo grapes grown by my friends at Bingham Family Vineyards.  There is a cool video in Russ's post that was [...]

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Review: West Texas’ Great White Blend – 2008 Llano Estacada Viviana

 Sometimes it's easy to overlook the things that are too familiar.  As a wine drinker, I sometimes get so involved in looking to other regions for good wines, that I forget about the four wineries that are less than 15 minutes from my own house.  I have to be honest; I have rarely bought Llano Estacado wines in the past, [...]

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Vinotology Texas Wine Guest Post on VinTuba

  My friend ChrisO from VinTuba was recently kind enough to ask me to write a guest post for his blog, and I was only too happy to do it.  I did my best to provide a nice overview of wine here in my home state of Texas.  Hopefully y'all (yep, I did that on purpose) enjoy reading it as [...]

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