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 impact Texas wine prices.

Bending Branch founder John Riverburgh started the story expressing sympathy for the winemakers in Napa, noting that wineries who lost barreled and bottled wine due to the quake lost literally years of work. Riverburgh, like many other Texas winemakers, faced challenges last year due to freezing weather across the state that diminished harvest yields. He noted that there could be a silver lining for Napa winemakers — there might be “a mystique” around the 2014 Napa wines now that they’ll be in more limited supply.

Though Riverburgh didn’t think what happened in Napa would affect wine prices in Texas, he did think that wine tourism in Texas might actually increase due to some people’s hesitation to travel to the region. As Riverburgh told KSAT, “‘Maybe they might (say,) ‘Earthquake? Let’s go to Texas'” Rivenburgh said.

The full story (which includes some praise for Bending Branch from visitors) is available on the KSAT site here.

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 one of his favorites today, as part of a roundup of recommended summer wines.

He praised McPherson Cellars Tre Colore 2013, describing it as “A delicious Rhone-style blend of mourvedre and carignan, with the white grape viognier thrown in to brighten the wine’s aromas. McPherson is Texas’s most consistent winery, and all its wines are worth trying.”

We’ll be releasing what we think of McPherson Tre Colore, and other red blends from Texas wineries, in the coming weeks. The red blends ratings will be the first ones we publish using our newly-adopted system, which uses a 20-point rating system accounting for appearance, smell, taste and overall impressions, which is then converted to the 100-point rating system that consumers are more familiar with. To learn more about our rating system, visit this page of the site.


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 of the wine education conference in growing the profile of Texas wines. The growing number of wineries, award-winning wines, and recognition from wine experts across the nation and around the world are all fantastic. But the growing number of sommeliers in the state — including some of whom participate on our judging panel — are helping to educate and steer Texas wine drinkers to better-informed choices, and is elevating the entire industry. Though there’s a lot of interesting news coming out of the conference, check out Auber’s preview if you haven’t done so yet; it gives some good perspective on how TEXSOM’s progressed in its first decade.