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Wine of the Week

There are so many wines from Italy that you could spend your whole life tasting and never get through them all. Dalla Terra is one company that seems intent on discovering the tiniest small-production vineyards, especially those that focus on the most obscure grapes the country has to offer. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Fri. Apr. 4, Wes Marshall

Wines of the Week

One of the best things that happens to wine lovers in spring is we start seeing the new vintages of Italy’s brilliant wines from the northeast quadrant. The specific areas in question are Friuli (free-OO-lee) and its subset Collio (COE-leo), and Alto Adige (al-toe ODD-eh-shay). Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Fri. Mar. 21, Wes Marshall

Hints from professionals on how to pair wine and food

Siduri’s Sophisticated Pinot Noirs Meet Jasper’s Gourmet Backyard Cuisine

We recently had a prime opportunity to talk with renowned winemaker Adam Lee. Adam was in town to do a wine pairing dinner with Chef Dustin Pustka at Jasper’s in the Domain. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Fri. Mar. 7, Wes Marshall

Wines of the Week

Could spring be coming soon? With all the beautiful days we’ve been having, nothing beats a picnic or just a little outdoor time with your lover, accompanied by a beautiful glass of delicious, ice-cold rosé. Read More | Comment »

4:21PM Fri. Feb. 21, Wes Marshall

Brancott Estate’s New Low Calorie Wines

When I got a call from the PR firm that manages the Brancott Estate’s portfolio of wine, I have to admit a little trepidation. They wondered if I would like to have lunch with their Chief Winemaker, Patrick Materman. It sounded like a good idea, given the fantastic single vineyard Sauvignon Blancs he makes. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Fri. Feb. 7, Wes Marshall

Wine Enthusiast Picks Texas Hill Country as One of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2014

Wine Enthusiast is committed to travel and wine is the ultimate entrée into the world’s most amazing destinations,” says Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa. “This year’s list represents the best—and in some cases still unknown— places in which to marry a love of wine, food, and culture right now." Read More | Comment »

3:25PM Tue. Jan. 14, Wes Marshall

Wine of the Week

In the mood for a luscious bottle of wine under $10? Wines from Argentina are always a good bet in that price range. Read More | Comment »

10:15AM Fri. Jan. 3

A Dozen Choice Champagnes and Sparkling Wines For Your Holiday Cheer

With Christmas and New Year’s upon us, it’s time to stock some bubbly in your refrigerator. We always recommend that you keep a bottle of Champagne cold year round and use any excuse possible to pop a cork. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Fri. Dec. 20, 2013, Wes Marshall

Former Becker Winemaker Russell Smith's Wines Now In Austin

Russell Smith spent 13 years as winemaker at Becker Vineyards. During that time, the winery’s reputation continually grew as their wines kept getting better and better. Becker fans know Russell eventually followed his dream and bought a vineyard in the Montsant area of Spain just south of Barcelona. Read More | Comment »

9:50AM Thu. Dec. 5, 2013, Wes Marshall

Wine of the Week

Chalk it up to increased competition and a stunning number of new winemakers. Whatever the reason, Texas wines are getting better and better. Here are a few examples ready-made for your Thanksgiving meals. Read More | Comment »

9:15AM Thu. Nov. 21, 2013, Wes Marshall

Four Wines of the Week for Holiday Parties

While we usually like to focus on tiny, lesser-known wineries, we also love finding huge winemaking operations that are good enough that we can just recommend their portfolio. There are only a couple dozen wineries like this in the world and it is really valuable to know them. That way, no matter where you are, you can always find a good bottle of wine. Read More | Comment »

9:45AM Thu. Nov. 7, 2013, Wes Marshall

Texas Wines Take Awards

Two interesting news items came in recently regarding Texas Tempranillo wines. If the grape doesn’t ring a bell, it’s the standard grape for Spanish Rioja wines and it is pronounced Temp-rah-NEE-yo. Read More | Comment »

10:15AM Wed. Aug. 7, 2013, Wes Marshall

Food for Every Wine, Wine for Every Food

Wednesday night, we attended the first wine dinner at Central Market's week-long Food for Every Wine - Wine for Every Food celebration. Chehalem Wines and their winemaker, Wynne Peterson-Nedry, partnered with Central Market to host a knock-out six course tasting dinner at the Cooking School. Read More | Comment »

10:15AM Fri. Jul. 12, 2013, Margaret Shugart

Old World-Style Retailer Attracting Connoisseurs to Westlake Store

The German franchise operation Vom Fass is fast becoming a world-wide brand. The company operates on an old world concept where people can talk to knowledgeable owners and taste a variety of things. It’s close to a bespoke clothing kind of operation, because customers basically pick whatever they want and buy it in virtually any size. Read More | Comment »

6:33PM Wed. Jul. 10, 2013, Virginia B. Wood and Wes Marshall

Ten of Austin's Top Sommeliers

As we wind down our Drink, Drank, Drunk issue and as Somm winds down its run at the Violet Crown Theater, we spoke to 10 trendsetters and tastemakers in the Austin wine scene. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Tue. Jul. 9, 2013, Margaret Shugart

Luxurious winemaker Amici Cellars also offers a couple of steals

Want to Start a Winery?

Houstonian John Harris went to U.T. in the Seventies and got a great sales job for a high tech company. After that company sold well, Harris moved to a smart start-up called eFax, which did extremely well. So Harris and a few friends pooled their resources to start a winery called Amici Cellars. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Thu. Jun. 20, 2013, Wes Marshall

Dirk Miller Memorial Service Set

A celebration of Dirk Miller's life will be held in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana this Saturday, according to his family. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Thu. Apr. 11, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Local Man Follows His Dream: Wine

We usually don’t profile wine importers or distributors because often they are just big, anonymous companies. But lately, we’ve run into a few intrepid entrepreneurs with small, specific wine portfolios worth checking out. Read More | Comment »

9:07AM Mon. Mar. 25, 2013, Wes Marshall

Looking for Champagne on a Budget?

The most romantic holiday of the year is upon us and wine aficionados everywhere will be looking for the one wine synonymous with love. The generic term most commonly used is Champagne, but that is incorrect. Champagne refers specifically to wines grown and made in a small area 90 miles east of Paris. Read More | Comment »

11:45AM Wed. Feb. 13, 2013, Wes Marshall

Drinking Tequila for a Good Cause

Great Tequilas, inventive food, and hand-rolled cigars: what’s not to like? That was the scene at Jack Allen’s Oak Hill during the annual benefit for the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Sat. Feb. 2, 2013, Wes Marshall

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