NEWS & BLOG
“Well, it’s flooding down in Texas” – NOT! If only Stevie Ray Vaughn’s song was true right now. No, we don’t want floods, but a little rain would be nice. 2022 is staring down another hot and dry summer season, although we hope we don’t approach the 40 consecutive days of 100+ degrees we experienced in 2011.
Summer temps are already here so we are going to share some of our favorite Summer Sippers during our Thursday, June 9 Talk and Taste. Pick up a bottle (or two) and join us from 6-7 p.m. on Zoom.
We see many wine enthusiasts looking for wineries near San Antonio so thought we’d put together a day-long outing to hit two fabulous wineries where you will want to spend some time.
Head out I-10 and Highway 87 toward Comfort and within 45 minutes, you will travel down a windy, rural road and arrive at Bending Branch Winery, named Best Winery for the 7th year in a row from the San Antonio Express-News YourSA Readers’ Choice Awards. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Dogs on leash are welcome outside.
We get lots of questions from wine enthusiasts looking for wineries near Austin so thought we’d share a couple of our favorite half-day trips! Both Duchman Family Winery and Spicewood Vineyards are about 30 to 45 minutes from Central Austin. Both are easy drives!
We are looking forward to continuing our series of Talk and Tastes, where we feature favorite and new wines from our four wineries and talk about them as well as other goings-on in the Texas wine industry.
It’s a great way to keep up with news and events happening with Bending Branch Winery, Duchman Family Winery, Pedernales Cellars and Spicewood Vineyards and the growers that they work with.
Congratulations to Pedernales Cellars and Spicewood Vineyards for winning Best of Class awards at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of North American wines. This year, more than 5,800 wines from nearly 1,000 wineries were judged in this prestigious competition.
Pedernales Cellars won for its 2019 Texas High Plains Vermentino and Spicewood Vineyards for its 2019 Black Label Tempranillo, Dutton Vineyards.
Congrats to Pedernales Cellars for winning Double Gold for its 2018 Newseaux Red, Newsom Vineyard at the 2022 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.
Congrats to all four Texas Fine Wine wineries for bringing home Gold awards for their wines:
Congratulations to all four wineries of the Texas Fine Wine group that won gold medals at the 2021 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Celebrating its 22nd year as the only competition that honors the best of the best among American wineries, the Jefferson Cup Invitational awarded Jefferson Cups to Pedernales Cellars for its 2017 Texas GSM Melange and to Spicewood Vineyards for its 2017 Estate Syrah.
For the second year in a row, Texas Fine Wine will offer a special 4-bottle holiday pack of wines that will pair great with your holiday table and is a great gift. This is a great way to experience four exceptional Texas wineries.
Texas Fine Wine is excited to share details about its annual dinner to celebrate Texas Wine Month. We invite you to join us on Friday, October 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Duchman Family Winery and enjoy a reception and four-course paired dinner.
Prepared by Duchman Executive Chef Wes Bracamontes, the menu reflects seasonal Hill Country cuisine paired with exceptional wines.
Just in time for Texas Wine Month, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Uncork Texas Wine program teamed up with Texas Monthly to create the inaugural Texas Vintners Cup 2021 competition to select 12 wines that represent the best in Texas. Congrats to Bending Branch Winery’s 2017 Tannat, Newsom Vineyards for making the Texas Vintners Cup list!
Fall is here, harvest is wrapping up and we are ready to celebrate Texas Wine Month and the holidays.
Join us for our Fall Talk and Taste virtual tasting from 6-7 p.m. CT where we will feature the wines below and you can chat with our winery owners and winemakers. Pick up one of these bottles (or share your favorite Texas Fine Wine) and join us!
Here is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82650979588
October 7 – Celebrate Texas Wine Month
Those of us who live in or near Texas Wine Country know first-hand that it’s a popular and always busy wine region. But it’s always nice to be recognized by others for being one of the top wine destinations in the country.
The Texas Hill Country was recently named the #3 Best Wine Region by USA Today’s 10Best contest.
USA Today’s 10Best contests rely on a panel of experts that partner with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and then USA Today readers vote for the winners. So yes, it’s a bit of a popularity contest, but always glad to see Texas wine lovers show up and vote.
Texas Fine Wine continues its monthly Talk and Taste virtual tastings and happy hours through the summer on the second Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m.
Here is the line-up for each month! Pick up these wines – or your favorite wines from Bending Branch Winery, Duchman Family Winery, Pedernales Cellars or Spicewood Vineyards – and join us for some conversation and laughs.
We are pleased to share the results from the 2021 TEXSOM International Wine Awards, which garnered nearly 2,400 entries representing 29 countries and 16 U.S. states. There were 21 Gold, Platinum and Judges Selections awards given to Texas wines!
We are going to celebrate Texas wines and Texas cheeses during our May 13 virtual tasting from 6-7 p.m. We will share some fun tips and talk about our favorite pairings. Feel free to pick up the wines and cheeses featured in our new Cheese & Wine Pairing Guide or check out the wines and cheeses.
Like Texas grape growers and wineries, Texas cheesemakers are passionate about the land, animals and milk that result in award-winning cheese that often reflect the season. That’s why Texas wines and Texas cheeses are such a great pairing.
Texas Fine Wine teamed up with Antonelli’s Cheese to create our first-ever cheese and wine pairing guide featuring four of our wines with four Texas cheeses. The guide also includes pro tips on how to pair cheeses with wines.
Texas Fine Wine is excited to announce a special Texas Fine Wine bundle for the national #OpenLocalWine celebration on Saturday, April 10. We will host a Texas Fine Wine Talk and Taste from 6-7 p.m. that night to talk about the wines in the bundle, which include:
The Texas Fine Wine group of wineries continues to bring home top honors from prestigious wine competitions, including the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition that evaluated 5,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries.
For many Texans, President’s Day was hardly a holiday. Most woke up that morning without power because of an unprecedented cold spell that plunged temperatures to single digits and brought snow and ice across the state, crippling the state’s electric grid for nearly a week. Days later, residents were hit with a one-two punch with water outages across many communities. By the weekend, temperatures started to rise, snow finally melted away, and everyone finally had a moment to breathe.
Texas Fine Wine invites our friends and wine enthusiasts to join us for a monthly virtual Texas Fine Wine Talk and Taste! Given the pandemic precludes us from hosting in-person tasting events, we are going to host monthly virtual tastings and conversations about various wine topics and new releases. These will be casual and fun and a chance for us to “see you” and catch up on wine news.
Brennan Vineyards owners Pat and Trellise Brennan are transitioning into retirement and will be handing the reins of the day-to-day operations over to the team at the Texas Wine Collective. This change brings a renewed commitment to producing fine wines, but will not include continued membership in the Texas Fine Wine Group.
Texas Fine Wine 2021 Outlook: Run, don’t walk, for 2017 Texas reds. Look for more single-vineyard wines. Fizz and more fizz. Online sales will keep growing. People want to meet the people behind the brand. More barrel-aged whites.