2009 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Guide

If you live in Florida, especially close to the Mouse (for those not familiar, Walt Disney World), the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a highlight every year. Great food and more importantly, lots of wine. This year 2 of the other 46 states make an appearance, North Carolina and Florida, represented by Biltmore EstateRead 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

A Napa Valley Alternative

Michigan wines are in the news again! CNN recently recommended Michigan’s Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas as a nice alternative to Napa Valley in the online Travel Companion. Here you’ll discover more than 850 acres of land and more than 20 wineries for your choosing. The area offers tastings and gourmet meals, and Kantrowitz says,Read 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