Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignon - 2017

The panel tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon category on February 22nd and featured 24 wines from 16 producers and 11 single vineyards. The panel demonstrated an acute degree of consensus with average Panel Consensus score of 0.55, which means…

Mouvedre Symposium - 2017

This moderated panel discussion is a focus on Mourvèdre in Texas. The goal is to better understand the characteristics, both positive and negative, and things to consider when planting, growing and producing Mourvèdre...

TCEQ Compliance 2017

If you supply water for drinking, hand washing, dishwashing, or cooking to at least 15 service connections or 25 people for at least 60 days out of the year...

Trends & Styles of Rosé

This session is a moderated panel discussion about the various styles of rosé wines being produced in Texas and how the global rosé trend affects the marketability of Texas rosé.
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Top 10 Tempranillo- 2016

The panel tasted the Tempranillo category on November 17th and featured 29 wines from 19 producers and 9 single vineyards with the category split between 45% being Texas High Plains wines, 45% being Texas and the remaining 10% consisting of…
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Top 10 Syrah/Shiraz - 2016

Syrah is one of those categories that continues to show well, and not just for current vintages. Here is our Top 10 and Top 3 with reviews and ratings of the best Syrah/Shiraz we tasted in 2016.  
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Top 10 Viognier - 2016

Here is our Top 10 list of the best Viognier starting with the Top 3 we tasted in 2016.   Below are also the panel reviews for the top 3. TOP 3 Viognier...                               Here…
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Top 10 White Blends - 2016

The Texas Wine Journal announces the Top 10 and Top 3 White Blends out of the producer submissions from all over Texas.  While there are some familiar names on the list there are also many new producers making the top 10 list this year.  The…
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Top 10 Dry Rosé - 2016

The Dry Rosé category featured 20 Texas wines from 17 producers, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; ten (43%) were appellated Texas, three (13%) were appellated Texas Hill Country, and seven (30%) were appellated Texas…
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Top 10 Other Red Varietals - 2016

The Other Red Varietals category featured 45 Texas wines from 23 producers and 10 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; twenty-four (53%) were appellated Texas, ten (22%) were appellated Texas Hill Country,…

Part I and II - Texas vs. The World (Sangiovese) on Another Bottle Down Radio

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Alive and Well

by Daniel Kelada, Tasting Director of the Texas Wine Journal In fact, better than well, great! There are a select few moments in every wine lover's journey, that they drink something so profound that it makes them arrive at a deeper level…

Texas Wine Talk & Tasting - A Quarterly Roadshow

The Texas Wine Journal is proud to present Texas Wine Talk & Tasting, a quarterly Texas vs. The World® roadshow. Join us for an interactive and educational tasting and talk followed by a mixer with Texas wine producers, the Journal team…
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Top Wines of 2015

Syrah/Shiraz Llano Estacado, Texas, Mont Sec Vineyard, Syrah, 2012 - 88 points, $20 Lost Oak Winery, Texas, Shiraz, NV - 92 points, $30 Perissos  Vineyard  & Winery, Texas Hill Country, Estate Syrah, 2013 - 91 points, $68 Salt Lick Cellars,…
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Cabernet Sauvignon | 2015

The Cabernet Sauvignon category featured 26 Texas wines from 17 producers and 7 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; eleven (42%) were appellated Texas, two (8%) were appellated Texas Hill Country, eleven…
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Tempranillo | 2015

The Tempranillo category featured 31 Texas wines from 27 producers and 11 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; eleven (33%) were appellated Texas, six (18%) were appellated Texas Hill Country, fifteen (45%)…
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Red Blends | 2015

The Red Blends category featured 35 Texas wines from 21 producers and 9 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; Thirteen (37%) were appellated Texas, eleven (31%) were appellated Texas Hill Country and eleven…
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Blanc Du Bois | 2015

The Blanc Du Bois category featured 27 Texas wines from 15 producers and 5 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; twenty-six (96%) were appellated Texas and one (4%) was appellated Texas Hill Country.   The…
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Dry Rosé | 2015

The Dry Rosé category featured 20 Texas wines (from 15 producers and 6 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; Ten (50%) were appellated Texas, Four (20%) from the Texas Hill Country and Six (30%) from the…
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Roussanne | 2015

The Roussanne category featured 8 wines, from 7 producers.  Three (38%) were appellated Texas and the remaining five (62%) from the Texas High Plains.  The average prices of the wines submitted was $25.43, which ranged from $16 to $42 and…
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Viognier | 2015

The Viognier category featured 20 wines (from 15 producers and 5 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; Ten (50%) were appellated Texas, two (10%) from the Texas Hill Country and eight (40%) from the Texas…
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White Blends | 2015

The White Blends category featured 25 wines (from 20 producers) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; nineteen (76%) were appellated Texas, three (12%) from the Texas Hill Country and three (12%) from the Texas High Plains.  The…
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Syrah | 2015

The Syrah category featured 18 wines (11 producers and 6 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; twelve (67%) were appellated Texas, five (28%) from the Texas Hill Country and one (6%) from the Escondido Valley.…

From the SAHMmelier: Visit to Hye Meadow

In case you missed it, the SAHMmelier (Texas Wine Journal contributor Alissa Leenher) visited Hye Meadow Winery a couple of weeks back, and posted this fun column on her site last week. She highlighted some of the varietals and blends that…
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Tempranillo - 2014

The Tempranillo category featured 36 wines (25 producers and 13 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; 15 (42%) were appellated Texas, seven (19%) from the Texas Hill Country and 14 (39%) from the Texas High…
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Sangiovese - 2014

The Sangiovese category featured 12 wines (12 producers and 3 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; eight (67%) were appellated Texas and four (33%) from the Texas High Plains. The average prices of the…
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A Look Inside The Journal

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From the SAHMmelier: An Enchanted Weekend (Comparing Two Tempranillos)

Alissa Leenher, who blogs about Texas wine over at The SAHMmelier, recently posted about a weekend trip she made to Enchanted Rock with her family. Anyone who's been there knows it's a gorgeous and quintessentially Texas destination; she made…
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Food and Wine's Ray Isle praises Texas wines for magazine's video series

This great recent accolade for Texas wines (in particular, for Bending Branch's Tannat Reserve) comes courtesy of Ed Tijerina at the San Antonio Express-News -- last week, he posted about Food & Wine's Ray Isle (a native Texan and a big…

From the SAHMmelier: Toast and Roast Review

We're pleased to announce that we'll be featuring articles from Alissa Leenher, who blogs about Texas wine over at The SAHMmelier, in the coming months -- including both original content for Texas Wine Journal and links to articles originally…
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LIVE Broadcast | Blanc du Bois Symposium - Session 1

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Blanc du Bois Symposium - 2015

The Texas Wine Journal is hosting a Blanc du Bois Symposium at the 39th annual Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association conference being held on February 19th from 11:15am-12:15pm and 3:15pm-4:15pm at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos. The Symposium…
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Blanc du Bois - 2014

The Blanc du Bois category featured 19 wines (10 producers and 2 estate vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; 19 (100%) were appellated Texas. The prices of the wines submitted ranged from $15 to $45 ($24 category…
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Cabernet Sauvignon - 2014

The Cabernet Sauvignon category featured 26 wines (17 producers and 11 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; Ten (38%) were appellated Texas, five (19%) from the Texas Hill Country, ten (38%) from the Texas…
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Merlot - 2014

The Merlot category featured 12 wines (10 producers and 4 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; six (57%) were appellated Texas, two (25%) from the Texas Hill Country and four (18%) from the Texas High Plains.…
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Red Blends - 2014

The Red Blends category featured 28 wines (17 producers and 9 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; sixteen (57%) were appellated Texas, seven (25%) from the Texas Hill Country and five (18%) from the Texas…

A Look Back. And A Leap Forward.

To date, the panel has evaluated and rated five varietal/style categories: Syrah, White Blends, Red Blends, Merlot and Dry Rose. Next week, the panel will meet to taste through Blanc du Bois and Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo,…

How Is This Year's Grape Harvest Looking?

Last week, Jessica Dupuy put together an informative roundup for Texas Monthly on this year's grape harvest. Though some vineyards experienced excellent quantities (namely, Messina Hof's Bryan vineyards and the William Chris vineyards in Hye),…

In Response to Tyler Colman's 'A Critical Time' by Tyler Colman

by Daniel Kelada- Tasting Director of Texas Wine Journal I recently read Tyler Colman's End Post in the current issue of Vineyard & Winery Management titled A Critical Time. I find the topic discussed to be incredibly interesting, particularly…

How Will the Napa Quake Affect the Texas Wine Industry?

This past week, KSAT-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio, ventured out to Bending Branch Winery in Comfort to talk about the recent earthquake that rocked the Napa Valley, wondering how it might affect wine production there, and how that might…

Washington Post Praises McPherson Tre Colore In Today's Column

Dave McIntyre, the wine columnist for the Washington Post, recently attended TEXSOM and had a number of nice things to say on Twitter about the various Texas wines he tried during his stay in Dallas. Now, he's taken to his weekly column to recommend…

TEXSOM: Ten Years of Touting Texas Wines

All of us at Texas Wine Journal would like to raise a glass to TEXSOM for celebrating 10 years this past weekend. Ari Auber at the Austin American-Statesman had an excellent preview last week on the Liquid blog, talking about the importance…

Somm Journal to Partner With Texas Wine Journal to Feature Texas Wine Ratings

To help in its mission of building greater awareness of Texas wines, which includes providing credible, juried ratings, the recently launched Texas Wine Journal has announced a partnership with Somm Journal. Starting with  August 2014, the…

"The Best Wines Are The Ones We Drink With Friends": Pedernales Cellars' New Reserve Room Tasting

Pedernales Cellars recently opened the doors to its new Reserve Room, with tastings every Saturday and Sunday. The experience is decidedly different than a standard Texas Hill Country winery tasting. First off, it takes place in a small cottage…

Betty Bingham On Pruning and New Plantings

by Betty Bingham Bingham Family Vineyards & Pheasant Ridge Winery   We have had a nice, cold winter here on the High Plains of Texas allowing the grapevines to sleep through and the elimination of harmful insects. Now is the time…
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White Blends - 2014

The White Blends category featured wines from across the state including the two prominent Texas AVAs; the Texas High Plains and the Texas Hill Country. Most of the wines submitted however (15 out of 20), were simply labeled under the state…

Ross Burtwell: An Ambassador for Texas Wines

By Ginny Bell There is perhaps no better ambassador to the flavors of the Texas Hill Country than Chef Ross Burtwell. As executive chef of The Cabernet Grill, located in Fredericksburg, Texas, Burtwell is known for his Lone Star State-inspired…

Pruning Fundamentals

By Sergio Cuadra | Fall Creek Vineyards Director of Winemaking 1st Quarter Winemakers are much like pilots, as we both are people who have to be aware of the weather. Staying on top of weather conditions may not be a matter of human life-survival,…

2013 Texas vs. The World Recap

By Ashley Johns and Daniel Kelada Texas wines have really hit their stride in the last several years. The state is the 5th largest wine-producing state in the country.  The Texas Hill Country is the second most traveled wine region in the…