Archive for the ‘Wineries’ Category

Texas Wine Makers Conference 2010- Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

  

The 2010 Annual Conference is set to be hosted February 18, 19, and 20 at the Dallas Richardson Renaissance Hotel just north of Dallas. Registration, schedule and a list of sponsors and vendors for the Annual Conference is available online at txwines.org.

 

The Dallas Wine Trail (2)……

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

The Dallas Wine Trail is hosting its Grand Tasting Part Duex on Saturday, September 5 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Visit Inwood Estates Vineyards, Calais Winery, Fuqua Winery and Times Ten Cellars.  Jump to the info here.

Deep Ellum Wine?

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

One of the things that make Texas wineries so interesting is the people behind the wine.  We first met Benjamin Calais at his Dallas Deep Ellum winery.  Calais Winery has a cool Deep Ellum wine lounge vibe but Benjamin is serious about his wine and wines from old world and new world artisanal wine producers. Benjamin, a cool young French winemaker, makes his own wine that he names after streets in Deep Ellum and he sources wines that he personally selects from around the world, offering tasting and purchase by the bottle.  Take a seat at the tasting bar and Benjamin will tell you about what he is doing and why.  He will also recommend his own picks and tell you about the source and why he likes it.  For his own wines Benjamin is straight forward about his grape sources.  Right now most of his grapes come from California because Texas grapes have a limited supply and are more expensive.  Benjamin tells us he never could have started his own winery in France so we all benefit from the Texas wine laws that allow young winemakers to start small.  For more info on Calais Winery check out calaiswinery.com.  The Calais Winery tasting bar is a comfortable place to increase your wine knowledge and get to know the new generation of Texas winemakers.  

Benjamin Calais on Food Roots Eat Green DFW Tour July 11, 2009

Benjamin Calais on Food Roots Eat Green DFW Tour July 11, 2009

Texas Wine and the Twitter Taste Off

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

 

Drinklocalwine.com was started by Jeff Siegel and Dave McIntyre to discuss regional wine, defined as wine that is not from California, Washington or Oregon.  Among many other writing activities Jeff and Dave write The Wine Curmudgeon and the WineLine blogs.  Regional wine is regional because it is distributed regionally, locally or not at all (some is available only at the winery).  Texas wine clearly falls into the category of regional wine, and on August 15th drinklocalwine.com held its first-ever conference and tasting in Dallas. Called the GO TEXAN DrinkLocalWine.com Conference, the all day event, co-sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Go Texan program, focused on Texas wine and featured some of the state’s best wines, top winemakers, and leading growers.  We were fortunate to be asked to participate.  Mary sat on the first panel of the day discussing Texas wine trends from an agri-tourism and locavore perspective.  I thought a big point of the day was hit home when high plains grower Neal Newsom stated the volume of his high yield and a guy from California laughed out loud and said “That’s not high”.  Growing grapes in Texas is way different from growing grapes in California.  Each grape growing and wine making region in the U.S. has its own unique challenges, successes and failures and the guys from drinklocalwine.com want to talk about it.  And talk they did.  The day ended with a Texas Twitter Taste Off with a room full of some of the best wineries in the state each pouring two of their wines and wine and food writers from all over the U.S. Twittering and blogging about it.  Check out some of the Tweets here and view a couple of YouTube videos here and here.  You can also read more on the conference on Jeff’s and Dave’s blog.

La Buena Vida Springtown

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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As far as we know, no one sells true Texas sparkling wine, but Dr. Bobby Smith is still making his own méthode champenoise sparkling wine at his La Buena Vida Vineyards and winery at Springtown.  Dr. Smith is a Texas wine pioneer who planted his vineyards in the 1970s and helped change the Texas law that eventually allowed wineries to sell wine in dry areas and to ship to customers inside the state creating our current boom in Texas wine.  Dr. Smith grows a number of varietals in his vineyard and makes wine under his private label as well as for the La Buena Vida label.  He occasionally also makes honey mead which he bottles and sells at the winery.  He makes the sparkling wine for his own enjoyment.  As a young man he worked in some of the top Champagne houses in France.  He tells us he still does riddling by hand just to keep in practice but being a man of many interests he also has a modern roto-pallette.  A visit to his winery is a trip back in time where winemaking is an adventure to be shared and a taste of unfiltered wine from the vat is a treat he enjoys sharing.  Dr. Bobby Smith is a true gentleman and an icon of Texas winemaking. He welcomes visitors to his vineyard and winery in Springtown but if you want to visit it is best to call ahead. 

2009 grapes ready for harvest at La Buena Vida Springtown

2009 grapes ready for harvest at La Buena Vida Springtown