Butterfly Bar at the Vortex
"...In fact, back in the mid-Eighties, it was big news when Kim McPherson was the first Texan to win a double gold medal – for his 1984 Llano Estacado Chardonnay – at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. While everyone still gets excited when a Texas winery gets a national or international award, the truth is, Texas wines are winning so many awards that some people are starting to take them for granted..."
"...There were two defining things Moore searched for when scouting out a perfect Texas winery for shooting: proximity to Austin for ease of travel, and permission for a girl in a bikini to ride a motorcycle through the vineyards. For the motorcycle scene, their initial choice was Becker Vineyards near Stonewall, but they eventually settled on Duchman Family Winery near Driftwood, for its proximity to Austin...."
"...The once-happy business partnership between Damian and Trina Mandola and Drs. Stan and Lisa Duchman that brought Trattoria Lisina and Duchman Family Winery to the Driftwood area a few years back has certainly soured..."
"...Wimberley Valley Winery2825 Co. Rd..."
"...Fredrik Osterberg, president of Pedernales Cellars, agrees. His winery is one of Texas' best Tempranillo producers – with a list of international awards as proof. He says that Texas and Tempranillo are a perfect pairing..."
"...Both are 60-90 minutes from town and each makes a remarkably high percentage of top-notch wine. Becker's Viognier ($14, www.beckervineyards.com), the winery's flagship, was a unanimous winner in a tasting I led two weeks ago, where it competed with international Viogniers costing up to $125 a bottle..."
"...Wineries from across Texas, including Duchman Family Winery, Becker Vineyards, McPherson Cellars, Alamosa Wine Cellars, William Chris Vineyards and Winery, Spicewood Vineyards, Pedernales Cellars and yet-to-be-opened Hye Meadow Winery provided ample samples of their wines. Importers and distributors of wines from Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina were also on hand to provide tastes and talk about the regions..."
"...• Blair House Inn Vintner Dinner Series features the Duchman Family Winery this week. Reserve online or by phone..."
"...Those who follow this list annually will notice a few return players, and that indicates that these are not only superb wines, but consistently superb. Bending Branch is the only winery new to the list..."
"...I would describe about 10-15% of our wineries as capable of competing on the world stage, and if that sounds stingy, I would say the same thing about California. Even better, virtually every winery had at least one good wine..."
"...Mandola Estate Winery, outside of Dripping Springs, pairs handmade Italian-style wines with a Texas accent to an Old World-style Italian market and restaurant. Founded by the Mandola family, who also operate the popular Austin eatery under the family name, the winery announced its first release last month after more than four years of preparation...."
"...The Mandolas and Houston Drs. Stan and Lisa Duchman are partners in both Mandola Estate Winery and Trattoria Lisina..."
"...› The Grapevine in Gruene Wine Tasting Sample wines from Duchman Winery and craft beers from Real Ale at this monthly event. Thu., May 15, 6-8pm..."