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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Spicewood Vineyards

    Edward and Madeleine Manigold began Spicewood Vineyards in 1992 with a goal of making the finest ...

  • Buck Creek Winery

    Buck Creek Winery's roots are in Durm Vineyards, which was established in 1991 by Jeff and Kell...

  • Fall Creek Vineyards

    Fall Creek Vineyards was established in 1975 by Texas businessman/rancher, Ed Auler and his wife,...

  • Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

    At Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards there is an unhurried approach to life, where every visitor becomes ...

  • Bell Mountain Vineyards

    Located on the slopes of Bell Mountain, first identified on the U.S. Geological map of 1885, the ...

  • Messina Hof Wine Cellars

    Messina Hof Winery & Resort, a Texas vineyard established in 1977 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrig...

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Texas on Snooth

  • Enjoy your trip to Texas MW.  It's been a while since I've traveled there (Dallas, El Paso) on business, but I do think the cowboy boot display at the El Paso airport is pretty cool.  I hope you find a wine you can post in this topic while you're doing your tastings. Read More

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  • Leaving for a week in "Texas Hill Country" for a few winery reviews, seminars and better yet...BBQ! It's the Loan Star states answer to Napa valley! I'm sure (maybe) I'll find a few that I wouldn't buy again. BTW, I was looking back at an issue of WS and the Top 100 wines of the year. The Meiomi 2014 Pinot was the #20 wine of the year!!! Go figu... Read More

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  • Geez, they have so many wines (and labels)! Hard to find the sangiovese amongst ... ... all over those labels.Texas wines in the $30s~$70s range? Yikes!   ;-( Frankly, I'm still more interested in Lenoir/Black Spanish. Let us know if you run across any GOOD bottles of it! Then if you can find some wine made from the mustang grape, I'd be truly... Read More

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  • 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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