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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Wimberley Valley Wines

    Founded in 1983, Wimberley Valley Winery employs imaginative, creative processes to reach out to ...

  • Duchman Family Winery

    The Duchman Family Winery is a small, family-owned winery located in the beautiful Texas Hill Cou...

  • Spicewood Vineyards

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

  • Singing Water Vineyards

    After buying this beautiful property near Comfort, Texas in 1993, Dick & Julie Holmberg found the...

  • Cross Timbers Winery

    Cross Timbers Winery is located at 805 N. Main St. in Grapevine, TX. In the main house, we offer ...

  • Times Ten Cellars

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

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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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  • Took the day off Friday--my seniority means lots of vacation, my house project ... party (Glen and Julie from Texas) to the mansion where Ish poured five Cab Sauv-based wines.  We started with a 2001 CS.  One of my favorite vintages in Napa ever (second in my adult lifetime to 1990), and this wine was singing.  The fruit was still there, but t... Read More

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  •  will visit Texas in October I am looking for some best place to dine in Dallas the city of Texas. I love American food.I will be staying near Greenville Ave in Dallas so searched around some nearby restaurants. Some one recommended Clark food and wine restaurant but dont know the address .. Do you guys know the location of the place. ? Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, CapnG.  We hope you hang around and continue ... ... pretty sure that in Texas it is leagal for a consumer to receive wine shipped directly from the winery.Good luck.  Let us know what you lear Read More

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  • Al - if not world heritage, maybe some kind of landmark status! Check this guy .../texas-pool-landmark-status-plano/29816003 Read More

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