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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  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Times Ten Cellars

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

  • Torre di Pietra

    The Maxwell Family members are 4th and 5th generation Texans, whose family has been farming and ...

  • La Diosa Cellars

    It began with a personal vow to her father, who taught her early on the flavors of true Spanish c...

  • La Buena Vida Vineyards

    La Buena Vida Vineyards has all flexibility one might expect from a large venue set in more allur...

  • Bar Z Wines

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

  • Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

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

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  • Why the backhanded stab at Napagirl? Are you sexist? She has an outstanding ... you should have stayed in Texas. Seems you deserved them there un-bad wine Read More

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  • Nice story, 101. Any more Texas vignettes? Sounds about right for what I know of the area (Dallas and Austin and the hills)Another poster awhile ago told us about Nevada wineries sourcing from CA fruit. Seems the whole experience only gets bizarre the further down the truck trail the winemaking gets from CA. Wondering, now, about the Ozarks, or ... Read More

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  • Hello Duncan, Dmcker, Jonderry and Gregt -My purchase was four bottles of 1995 ... ... was in competition with Texas for a title of "Most Sovereign State," by behavior.  I settled upon Sanibel Island, FL.Otherwise, the Madiran is yet in the decanter.  I haven't cared to commence the blending titration.  I'll keep you informed. &nbs Read More

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  • Anyone have any experience?I've noticed Kelley mentioned among the best ... and a minor in Biology from Texas AM University. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University and was admitted to the PhD program in Biochemistry. Before completing the doctorate, I changed my path to pursue ... Read More

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  • Just thought I'd add a little something to the "wine I would not drink ... ... thread. I returned from Texas last month, and must say things haven't changed much in "Hill Country", basically Lodi on steroids. For those of you that haven't experienced the Lone Star State's take on wine, it's quite interesting. I started off mid-month in Dallas ... Read More

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  • 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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