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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  • 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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  • I could see East Texas and West Texas fighting over who gets the deep end.Anyway it's Plano. 'nuff said.   ;-)   Read More

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  • Duchman Family Winery Vermentino 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Had this at Mercat Bistro in Dallas. Nice little number. Crisp and Bright with good Acidity and stone fruit and floral and herbal complexity. Had with a quiche and imagine that it would pair well with any number of foods. At this price point, great. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I am a wine lover planning on taking the lvl 1 WSET this summer. ... ... town house in Houston, Texas my options seem limited. Our house temperature through the day ranges from 73-80 and aside from bathrooms, small linen closets, and my our full clothes closet we have no room or real desire to build out a cellar in this house.We currently have... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Freestanding Cooler for Aging


  • Homestead Winery Homestead Red NV

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    Black fruit on the nose. Black fruit on the palate with light acidity and light tannins. A bit thin with short finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Texas is not known to be a particularly forward wine state.  We have only allowed wine to be shipped from out of state to private addresses in the last couple of years.  The laws are written such that if hard liquor is served, a restaurant cannot allow you to bring in your own wines.  Since wine is a huge contributor to a restaurant's profits, m... Read More

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  • Unfortunately, it would be impossible to guess what it was based on that  ... should be at any store in Texas that has wine.  It's inexpensive and fairly sweet.   It's a good place to star Read More

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