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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, Fortified and Dessert categories to follow. As it stands, 107 wines across 37 producers have been evaluated […]

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), many wineries are reporting lower-than-hoped-for yields but excellent qualities. As with 2013, late spring freezes struck a number of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 bi-monthly publication – published by the same professionals with the Tasting Panel Magazine, with a distribution list of more than […]

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 for those vines to start waking up and budding out. Some varieties, such as […]

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 preparations of wild game, Texas Gulf Coast wild-caught seafood and seasonal produce sourced from neighboring […]