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Category: "Texas"

McPherson Cellars: A legacy of Texas winemaking

Kim McPherson would probably prefer that you judge McPherson Cellars by the taste of its wines, and not by its rich Texas winemaking pedigree, but since you have printed words and not a glass of wine in front of you, indulge me for a moment.

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Cork This! Winery Staycation Chardonnay

In a way, Cork This! Winery is a bold, risk-taking venture. It’s producing Malbec, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Barbera and a “Riesling type wine,” which is quite a variety of varietals, especially since none of them are ideal for Texas (though the grapes generally come from Texas at this winery)

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Carillon’s Patrick Jones faces Texas wine prejudices and geeks out at Mulberry

In the second part of this interview with Carillon beverage director Patrick Jones, we explore Texas wine prejudices, cocktails and where Jones likes to geek out on wine when he’s not working.

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Carillon’s Patrick Jones opens up about sipping wine at 12 and grapes that work in Texas

Patrick Jones’ first experience with Texas wine wasn’t good — these things happen when you are 12. Luckily, he kept an open mind as he approached adulthood.

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March 31–April 1: Clark Gardens Spring Festival

Spring means gardening, and wine. In our world anyway. The good folks at Clark Gardens in Weatherford agree. They are hosting an annual garden party that will include food and entertainment for all ages. This, of course, includes Texas wines (Barking Rocks Winery among others) and Texas cheeses. The weekend event will also feature art, [...]

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Barking Rocks Winery: From Little Italy to Granbury

Tiberia grew up in the upstate New York town of Ravina, home to many Ellis Island arrivals, including his parents. “It was like Little Italy,” he says, down to the constant presence of wine: “there was always a barrel of wine in the basement.”

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March 24: Wine Road 290′s vino and pasta

  Vino and Pasta returns, but this event is far more than just a little wine and pasta. It’s an invitation to explore the 10 wineries along Route 290 near Fredericksburg and taste the culinary delights of area restauranteurs. For example, Grape Vineyards will showcase a special wine with tastes of Ross Burtwell, the owner and [...]

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Arche Vineyards: Saving Texas vines

Arché Vineyards started with old vines, but not in the sense that’s used to market Zinfandel. Before the Davies family rebuilt the vineyard in 1999, the vines were completely hidden under brush and trees; the land had been planted for table grape production in 1984 and abandoned not long after.

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The top (well, most common) grapes of Texas

Every good wine growing region in the world has figured out which grapes it grows best, and which to let alone. Given the diversity of grape plantings in Texas, we’re clearly in the figuring phase. New wineries are appearing, drinkers’ tastes are changing and producers are getting better senses of which grapes will succeed on their land.

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March 14: Botox, Wine & Chocolate

Cork This! purports to be a unique winery experience. This goes well beyond being able to custom bottle. It’s regular Botox, Wine & Chocolate event includes everything listed in the title. Yes, botox is part of the evening — and so is a little boutique shopping to pair with plenty of wine and chocolate (from [...]

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