NEWS & BLOG
TEXAS FINE WINE 2021 HOLIDAY PACK
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 CELEBRATES TEXAS WINE MONTH
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.
BENDING BRANCH WINERY WINS NEW TEXAS VINTNERS CUP AWARD
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!
JOIN OUR FALL TALK AND TASTES
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
TEXAS WINE COUNTRY REMAINS TOP DESTINATION
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.
SUMMER TALK AND TASTES
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.
TEXSOM INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS
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!
JOIN OUR MAY 13 TALK AND TASTE – TEXAS WINE & TEXAS CHEESE
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.
A CELEBRATION OF TEXAS WINE AND TEXAS CHEESE
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.
SPECIAL WINE BUNDLE FOR APRIL 10 #OpenLocalWine
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:
MORE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS FROM SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION
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.
SNOW & ICE COVER TEXAS WINE COUNTRY
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 TALK AND TASTE
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 UPDATE
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
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.
TEXAS FINE WINE WINERIES WIN TOP HONORS AT RECENT WINE COMPETITIONS
Texas Fine Wine group of wineries announces its top honors from recent wine competitions, with many accolades given to the red wines just being released from the 2017 vintage, arguably the best vintage in Texas wine history.
TEXAS FINE WINE OFFERS FIRST-EVER HOLIDAY CELEBRATION PACK
You’ve asked for it and now here it is! Texas Fine Wine is offering its first-ever Holiday Celebration Pack that includes a stellar wine from each of these five exceptional wineries – Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood, Pedernales Cellars in Stonewall and Spicewood Vineyards in Spicewood.
CELEBRATE TEXAS WINE MONTH
Texas Fine Wine invites you to join us for some fun activities to celebrate Texas Wine Month! We hope to “see” you at these virtual tastings. But we’d also love to see your pics of the wines you love from Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, Pedernales Cellars and Spicewood Vineyards!
A TOAST TO TEXAS PECANS: A VIRTUAL TEXAS PECAN AND WINE TASTING
Texas Pecans and Texas Wine make a perfect partnership when paired together at the table. Join the Texas Pecan Board and Texas Fine Wine to celebrate Texas Pecan Month and Texas Wine Month with a virtual pecan and wine tasting! We are super excited...
LABOR DAY WEEKEND WINE TRIP
It’s time to get out of town and visit some wineries over the long weekend. People have called recently looking for recommended road trips – check out our website for some itineraries. In case you haven’t visited in a while, here’s what you’ve been missing! Hope to see you this weekend!
TEXAS FINE WINE MISSES YOU
We miss you! Unfortunately, our winery tasting rooms remain closed, but we are still busy with guests picking up wines, wine deliveries, virtual events, and of course, harvest! Wine production and harvest does not slow down despite the pandemic, and so far, this year’s fruit looks fabulous.
2020 HARVEST UPDATE
In a bit of a turn of events, the Texas Hill Country along with other parts of the state look to dominate this year’s wine harvest due to an unexpected fall freeze last October in the Texas High Plains, which caused significant damage for some large High Plains vineyards that historically provide the bulk of fruit for Texas wineries. As a result of the low yields and excellent vineyard management, however, the Texas High Plains vineyards are expected to deliver high-quality fruit.
STOCK UP FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND — SUPPORT OUR LOCAL WINERIES
While wineries are closed again, you can still order wines for pick-up or have them shipped to you. Support your local wineries and stock up for the holiday weekend. Pedernales Cellars is offering specials on its Vermentino and Tempranillo. Six...
CORONAVIRUS TAKEAWAYS AND “SILVER LININGS”
While the coronavirus brought wineries to a standstill, there are some silver linings from the new experiences.
ENJOY TEXAS FINE WINE AT OUR MEMBER WINERIES
Bending Branch Winery – Duchman Family Winery – Pedernales Cellars – Spicewood Vineyards