Category: Texas Wine
The Three Tier System Bites

Since I've become active in the online wine community, I have always been supportive and empathetic towards those poor misfortunate souls who have the bad luck to live in backwards states that won't allow them to receive wine shipments from out of state.  This morning, I woke up as one of those people, living in one of those states. Texas [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
Review: What’s More Rare Than A Texas Pinot Noir?

The answer is, not a whole hell of a lot.  I found one though.  Turns out that they are actually growing Pinot Noir right here in my own back yard.  I talked about this with the guys at Pheasant Ridge winery in my video interview the other day.  The winery provided me with samples of their Pinot Noir and of [...]

By Ben Simons with 15 comments
Review: An Intriguing Red Blend – 2003 Pheasant Ridge Proprietor’s Reserve

One of the wines that I tasted on my recent trip out to Pheasant Ridge Winery, was the 2003 Proprietor's Reserve, a Bordeaux style blend that is their signature wine.  The winery provided me with a sample bottle to do a more thorough review of the wine than I was able to do while I was there in the tasting [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
The 2010 Texas / Virginia Wine Summit

Ok, so that sounds far too official for what it really is, but that's just how I like to roll.  Everything is bigger in Texas (obligatory double entendre goes here), but are generally not as big as Texans would have you believe.  Still, this is pretty much huge. One of my new favorite people on Twitter is @wineaccguy, who is [...]

By Ben Simons with 11 comments
My First Video Blog: Visiting Pheasant Ridge Winery

I recently decided that I would like to start dabbling in some video segments for the blog.  I'm certainly not interested in trying to be Gary Vaynerchuck or anything, but I thought it would be fun to go out and talk with some people in the West Texas wine community.  This blog has really been an opportunity for me to [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
Review: Grown Organically in Texas – 2008 Cap-Rock Viognier

I've been working on a couple of big projects on the website, so things have been posting a little slower than normal.  I decided that I should take a break from some of my more ambitious endeavors to get out a review of the 2008 Cap-Rock Viognier that I drank this week. There is a lot of fun stuff to [...]

By Ben Simons with 3 comments
Review: To Be Perfectly Franc – 2008 Becker Vineyards Cabernet Franc

I love drinking wine that was grown and/or produced locally, so I have been really excited to try out the 2008 Becker Vineyards Cabernet Franc that is made entirely from grapes grown here in the High Plains of Texas.  These grapes were practically grown in my backyard, and some of them were grown by my good friends at the Bingham [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
Texas Wine Showdown

What a big weekend for Texas, what with the National Championship game tonight, and the big Cowboys playoff game on Saturday.  Now there's even more big news for Texas.  The #txwine hashtag on the Twitterverse has been rocking this morning with announcements about the big Messina Hof Twitter Wine Taste-Off that will be held this weekend, January 10th, 2010.  The [...]

By Ben Simons with 2 comments
Glimpse at the Future of Texas Wine?

Great post on the Vintage Texas blog comparing Argentina and Texas in regards to wine production.  Argentina has certainly produced some really enjoyable wines in recent years, so thinking about the possibility of a mature Texas wine region in these terms is pretty exciting.

By Ben Simons with 3 comments
West Texas Looking For Terrior

If you were to drive through West Texas, the last thing that you would expect to find would be vineyards.  The whole area is one big dust bowl, brown and vacant.  The only interruption to the staked plains is the occasional field of cotton.  That is slowly changing. I have several friends who have farmed in this area for a [...]

By Ben Simons with 1 comment