Texas Wine

One’s immediate associations of the state of Texas most often have to do with spurred boots, ten gallon hats, lassos, large portions of barbecue and conservative governors with creative interpretations of the English language. But Texas is also home to the country’s earliest wine industry, and is now the fifth-largest wine-producing state behind California, Oregon, Washington, and New York. We may not even be drinking decent wine from anywhere at all if it weren’t for a Texan. Want to learn more about Texas wine? Well, giddy up!

In the 17th century, as in California, Spanish Franciscan missionaries came to Texas and planted Mission grapes (Listán Negro) for sacramental wines, the first ones near El Paso. This continued to spread into the 18th century. Once European immigrants settled here, especially Italian ones, wines were produced for more pleasurable drinking purposes. Frank Qualia established Val Verde, the oldest continuously operational winery, in 1883 in Del Rio, in Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

    From a fledgling winery in 1998, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards now produces 8,000 cases a year, with ...

  • Sister Creek Vineyards

    Since 1988, Sister Creek Vineyards has been located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in Sis...

  • Circle S Vineyards

    cle S Vineyards is a fully functioning winery located in the suburbs of Houston. Family vineyards...

  • Fawn Crest Vineyards

    Wayne and Patty McNeil broke ground for the vineyard in November 1998, planting the first vines i...

  • Times Ten Cellars

    Our winemaking facility allows us to cellar and bottle wines from select vineyards in California'...

  • Bar Z Wines

    Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America by Franciscan priests circa ...

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Texas on Snooth

  • OK, I have another entry for Al's category.  This is another ... ... ... have actually visited Texas wineries. It was over 25 years ago, and I'm sure my dated experience is not relevent.  Funny story, though.  At one of them we watched a guy from, can you believe this, Los Angeles, buy a mixed case.  Yes, I suppose he can claim to his friends... Read More

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  • hello,palamides! thanks for ur story and happy holiday. Read More

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  • Greg, the BV was their Napa Valley bottling.  It was $11 at Costco.  While I was negative in my comment, above, I don't feel that for $11 I was ripped off.  Like you, I have had better success with the Rutherford bottling. Read More

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  • Same from me - Merry Christmas.EMark - problem is that BV. Their lower end wines are pretty bad. OTOH, if you pick up the Rutherford, which is the bottling next up, it's actually a very credible version of a Rutherford Cab. Price is all over the map though - I usually get it for around $20 but that's when it's on sale somewhere.  More commonly i... Read More

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  • Hi Pal,Welcome to the forum.  If you've been drinking wine for thirteen years, you're not a novice!  Obviously you know what you like and that's what really matters. Forum's a little slow right now, but stick around.  There'll be something you will find interesting being talked about.  Merry Christmas to you too! Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope get comfortable with us and share your wine discoveries.I also buy a fair amount of wine at Costco.  Some are winners, and, sadly, se are not so much.  If you look at the thread titled "Hello Snooth" started by Redacgic, you'll see a pic that I posted of some Costco wines that each were less than $20.  I can... Read More

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  • Welcome, Palamides. Please tell us more about what wines you're drinking! Read More

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  • Greetings, Im a wine drinker from El Paso, Texas. Industry is government with a moderate salary and lifestyle. I first started drinking wine about 13 years ago when I came across some very cheap but drinkable wines from Yellowtail, Lindemans, etc., wineries.  I like cabs primarily and merlot and syrah to a lesser extend. I also enjoy tempranillo... Read More

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  • EMARK  I hoped you would be the one to answer me ! Yes I snuck on over ... three of those years was in TEXAS !!! ( not exactly synonymous with cooler temperatures)  I did keep the house arctic though because I am so darned warm natured . I wonder how long I can keep it. I want to open it when my son graduates from college. My battery is dying ... Read More

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  • Proper storage is crucial for keeping wine longer.  It may not be wine ... wine ... If it had been in Texas for a few years, it might be vinegar by now.  It could be still good.  It's not expensive, so open 'er u Read More

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