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    Kerrville 2014: They really like Texas wine

    …Rosanne Palacios rose to her feet, took a breath, and then slowly and carefully, in front of the hundred or so people in the audience, said: “I”m a recovering Texas wine snob.” The crowd cheered and there was even a ripple of applause. “Five years ago,” said Palacios, a hospital development director in Laredo, “I thought all Texas was wine…

    6 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

    WC returns to Grapefest next week

    …That’s three days of appearances at Grapefest — at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 and noon on Sept. 14. We’ll talk wine, the cheap wine book, and Texas wine as part of the People’s Choice Awards, one of the largest consumer-judged wine festivals in the country. I’ll be at the Palace Theater in historic downtown Grapevine. In air conditioning, always a plus this time of year. Stop by, ask questions, buy books, and talk about wine. The post WC returns to Grapefest next week appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon.…

    1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

    This Year’s Vintage Didn’t Begin With Bud Break

    …Harvest has begun, not just in California but also here in the East. We think of a vine’s growing season as bud break to harvest, but the 2014 vintage throughout much of the United States has been shaped and even defined by what came before — the harshest winter in memory. I had seen reports of the devastation in wine regions such as Michigan…

    4 readers - By Dave McIntyre's WineLine

    The Wine Curmudgeon’s annual Kerrville Texas wine extravaganza

    … be making reds from tempranillo, sangiovese, and Rhone grapes instead. The winery lineup this year is as good as it gets in the state, with eight of the top producers. We’re doing reds on the panel in honor of Rod Kennedy, the Kerrville founder, Texas music impresario, and local wine guy, who died last year. The cheap wine book signing is from 5…

    4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

    Michigan’s Varietal Variety

    …My recent visit to the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas in northwest Michigan led to me Lansing, where I helped judge the 37th annual Michigan wine competition. Michigan’s emergence into our wine consciousness seems too recent for the state to … Continue reading →…

    By Dave McIntyre's WineLine

    Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three

    … wine to this tasting, there appeared to be universal agreement on the fact that these local wines were on the cutting edge of diversity. Cevola said, “These wines could infuse an interesting new diversity to wine lists.” Cevola’s reference was aimed directly at restaurant wine lists that are far too long on the same group of Chardonnays…

    9 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Texsom 2014: Ten Years Old and Thanks to These Guys

    … at the Four Seasons Las Colinas Resort) the best wine beverage symposium and educational experience around. According to Hendricks (quoted previously my lubbockonline column), “It all started with just a few people at the first symposium, but every year the conference has grown. This year will be the biggest ever with several hundred people…

    15 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    My Cup O’ Texas Chardonnay from Robert Clay Vineyards

    … a Texas oxymoron.” Before I knew it, Dan hauled me over to the bar and asked someone to find the last bottle of Pilot Knob Vineyard Chardonnay. As I found out shortly thereafter, his interest in this wine was because the grapes were grown in his Mason County vineyard. After also requesting a handful of glasses, Dan poured out the golden liquid…

    11 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Divine (and Gold Medal Winning) Wines of Eden Hill Vineyard

    …Label Art from Eden Hill 2013 Divine White Divine (and Gold Medal Winning) Wines of Eden Hill Vineyard Every now and then, I taste a wine and makes me realize why I spend so much time tasting Texas wines. In this case, there were two: Eden Hill Vineyard 2013 Roussanne (Oswald Vineyard) and their 2013 Divine White. Both wines are well made…

    10 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit

    …Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit It was back in 2010 when I first trekked out to Perissos Vineyards (in the Texas hill country near Burnet, TX) to visit Seth Martin, then a new face on the Texas hill country wine trail, not knowing much more than he worked with Roussanne. Then, sight unseen as to my winemaking skills (which were…

    12 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    At Texsom, Go For The Gold: Texas Monthly/Texas Fine Wine Reception

    …At Texsom, Go For The Gold: Texas Monthly/Texas Fine Wine Reception Celebrating one of the largest and most prominent wine education conferences for wine, spirits and beverage professionals, Texas Fine Wine is a proud sponsor of TEXSOM in its 10th year. Texas Fine Wine will co-host with Texas Monthly a Hospitality Suite on Sunday, August 10…

    2 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog