DrinkLocalWine.com 2010 Conference: The Other 47

The DrinkLocalWine.com conference festivities kicked off with an informal gathering of wine writers at Lansdowne Resort to enjoy a tasting of wines from the other 47 states.  Hosted by Dezel Quillen at On The Potomac, we each brought an assortment of wines from New York, Texas, Colorado, Maryland, Hawaii, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia, theRead more

The Grand Finale

Although there’s no snow on the ground outside, the cooler temps have moved in, setting the stage for cooler weather wines. Staring into my wine fridge this evening, I decided to pull the cork on a Texas Tawny Port produced by Landon Winery. Located in historic downtown McKinney, Texas, Landon Winery is an award-winning, family-ownedRead more

Texas Tempranillo

I’ve had the opportunity to sample several Texas wines, both red and white, over the past month. Tonight’s wine, a 2005 Tempranillo, hails from San Martiño Winery and Vineyards located in Rockwall, Texas. Native to Spain, Tempranillo is quickly finding a home in the Lone Star State. The Tempranillo retails for $32.50 and is availableRead more

Texas Value

I write all the time about quality to price ratio (QPR) in the other 46 states. Quality is improving, but prices remain high, especially when compared with the selection available from Spain, South America, and Australia (to only name a few). My latest wine from Texas, a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Llano Estacado Winery, marchesRead more

The Red Headed Stepchild

The second bottle opened for the Texas Twitter Taste-Off was the Red Headed Stepchild Sangria, produced by La Buena Vida Vineyards, located in Grapevine, Texas. Traditionally, Sangria is a wine punch made by adding fresh fruit to red wine and fruit. La Buena Vida has taken the guesswork out of it and produced a winner!Read more

Alamosa Wine Cellars

While monitoring the many tweets during the Texas Twitter Taste-Off, I decided I would open and pour my first ever Texas wine, courtesy of Russ Kane and the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. A Rhone style white blend, the 2007 Scissortail is produced by Alamosa Wine Cellars, located in Bend, Texas. The wine isRead more

DrinkLocalWine.com Conference Day 1

Day 1 of the GOTEXAN DrinkLocalWine.com Conference is in the books, with today’s action including a series of seminars focused on the Texas wine industry, capped off with the Texas Twitter Taste-Off! I’m watching the action from afar leveraging such technologies as TweetDeck and Twitter Search (hash tag #DLW09). Russ Kane, who will be moderatingRead more