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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Duchman Family Winery Vermentino 2012


    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


    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

    Forum post in the topic Bringing your own wine?

  • 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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  • I'm not an expert on wine at all....but I had a favorite wine that I drank ... ... find a good wine here in Texas that is similar. I'm Brittany and I absolutely love sweet wine!!!! Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'm new to this.

  • Messina Hof Cabernet Barrel Resv


    No written review

    Wine review by Leticia Alaniz

  • Actually got a bottle today from a nice young lad from Scotland!  Last week a fellow from Texas had 3 bottles dropped off for me. Life is good! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Capsules on Wine Bottles

  • Becker Vineyards Chardonnay Texas Hill Country 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by MelH70

  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Syrah 2012


    Low on the nose but true to its varietal roots with soft layers of violet, blood, and blackberry fruit laid over a well integrated base of oaky spice. In the mouth this is a bit low in acid, rich and matte on the palate. The wood tannins immediately intrude on the rich, soft and rather attractive palate with its violet candy and wild plum flavor... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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