Texas Wine

Texas has a long history of wine production. The sunny and dry climate of the major wine making regions in the state have drawn comparison to Portuguese wines. Some of the earliest recorded Texas wines were produced by Spanish missionaries in the 1650s near El Paso. The state is home to over 36 members of the Vitis grape vine family with fifteen being native to the state, more than any other region on earth. As of 2006, the state had over 3,200 acres (1,300 ha) planted with Vitis vinifera. Despite being the largest of conterminous states, this relatively small amount of planted land is dwarfed by the production of even the smallest French AOCs like Sancerre.
Posts about Texas Wine
    • 8 Texas wineries to explore off the beaten path

      The popular wineries clustered along U.S. Route 290 and near Fredericksburg regularly draw big crowds to their tasting rooms. While these wineries are great, there are several hidden gems just a short drive from Austin. On January 17 and 18, the Top of the Hill Country Wine Trail held a barrel tasting event from the 2014 harvest to highlight a handful of off the beaten path local wineries.

      Matt Mcginnis/ What Are you Drinking?- 12 readers -
    • 2015 Spring and Summer Wine Festivals

      Here are the 2015 spring and summer wine festivals we are aware of in Texas. Note: It is too early for some planning committees so the dates are not yet set for some festivals. We will update the dates as we know them. If you know of dates or a festival we missed, please let us know. DatesCityFestival January 17BrenhamUptown Swirl January 17KilleenKNCT Wine Classic February ...

      Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 10 readers -
    • 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Texas Results

      After receiving 6,417 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, recognized as the largest competition of American wines in the world and presented by BevMo!, released their results. Following are the Texas wineries who won medals. WineryClassVintageAVAVineyardVarietalPriceAward Becker Vineyards439 A _ Rhone Blends2013Texas Hill CountryPrairie Rotie$21.

      Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Loverin Syrah- 12 readers -
  • Review of Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

    … that are oaky, yet complex and not overly, well, buttered. When we start talking about Texas wine, Chardonnay is not the first grape that comes to mind as an industry driver. However, a handful of winemakers like Inwood Estates and Fall Creek Vineyards continue to produce this challenging wine, and I can tell you exceptional Chardonnay can…

    Jeremy Wilson/ Texas Wine Loverin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Hill Country: Women for WineSense Valentine Progressive Wine Dinner

    … You may have heard about the Women for WineSense which has different chapters around the United States. The Texas Hill Country chapter is holding their 1st Annual Valentine Progressive Wine Dinner on Friday, February 13, which sounds like a fantastic event. Anybody can attend and you don’t need to be a woman! This is how it works. During…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 3 readers -
  • Score a Touchdown with these Super Bowl Pairings

    … I’ll begin by pausing for a moment to acknowledge that Texas does not have an NFL team going to the Super Bowl, and that is something that deeply saddens my native Texan soul. What I won’t do is wade into controversy and mention that one particularly contentious call (AKA “the play”) during the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game…

    Rebecca Marmaduke/ Texas Wine Lover- 2 readers -
  • Todd Webster of 4.0 Cellars Winemaker Profile

    … and would do anything. I was hired to be The Wine Frog’s first delivery driver. Several years later The Wine Frog was looking for a Texas winery to distribute. The winery we selected was Brennan Vineyards. That is how I met Pat and Trellise Brennan. What is the toughest challenge about being a winemaker in Texas? The toughest part of being…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 3 readers -
  • Discovering Texas Vineyards

    … About 10 years ago, one of the people I was working with was living in Texas, and I remember he mentioned in one of the conversations – Texas makes world-class wines. I said – really? He insisted that he knew some people visiting from France who were literally raving about the Texas wines. This stuck in my head – but I had no way of verifying…

    Talk-A-Vino- 6 readers -
  • Review of Los Pinos Sparkling Rosé 2013

    … Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards is an east Texas gem, nestled in the Piney Woods Wine Trail since it’s opening in 2001. For the full story on Los Pinos, read Jeff Cope’s story about his most recent trip to the winery. You can show up for a tasting, a winery tour, or pack an overnight bag, and stay on site at one of their cozy cottages. East Texas wine…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 2 readers -
  • Sneak Peeks: “Texas By The Book” Dinner Offerings from Chef Ross Burtwell

    … Crisped Kitchen Pride Portabella Mushroom Sneak Peeks: “Texas By The Book” Dinner Offerings from Chef Ross Burtwell Last week I posted an announcement for the upcoming Friday February 27th Six-Course Texas Wine Dinner and book signing event with Chef Ross Burtwell, Chef Terry Thompson Anderson and me. Click here for details. Come…

    Vintage Texas Blog- 3 readers -
  • Valentine’s Day Special Events are Plentiful at Texas Wineries

    … Valentine’s Day is coming up next month and what better way to celebrate it with your loved one than a dinner at a Texas winery. Here are some of the Texas wineries that are holding special lunch or dinner events, all on February 14th. Becker Vineyards Valentine’s Dinner SOLD OUT! Enjoy four courses of luscious food paired with award-winning…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 4 readers -
  • 23rd Annual Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day to be held on Feb. 6

    … The 23rd annual Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day will be February 6 at the Agricultural Society Hall, 13035 Hall Road, located in Cat Spring. This is an all-day event providing educational seminars for growers provided by Austin County Grape Grower Committee and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. The event starts with registration at 8:30…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 3 readers -
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Awards Summary

    … winning wines can be tasted in the Champion Wine Garden. Since some of the award winning wines will be available during all three events, let’s take a look at the Texas wineries which were awarded the most medals during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo 2015 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. The Texas wineries which won medals can…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Loverin Cabernet Sauvignon- 4 readers -
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