"...At the beginning of this month, over 30 Texas winemakers congregated with wine lovers at Featherstone Ranch in Stonewall for the second annual Texas Wine Revolution. The aptly named festival was started not only to celebrate rosé made from 100% Texas-grown grapes, but to shed light on our state's rapidly growing wine industry..."
"...By now most Austinites – perhaps even most SXSW visitors flooding Downtown this week – are familiar with the political rhetoric of the "Texas Miracle." Coined by state business boosters to describe the relatively booming state economy of the last decade, the term was popularized on the stump in former Gov. Rick Perry's ill-fated 2012 presidential campaign, where its arithmetic was simple: limited government + low taxes + light regulation = booming economy..."
"...If I had told you last year that the Texas Longhorns would finish their football season with a 5-7 record, you would have done one of two things. Either you would have sent me to a psychiatric ward to get my head examined, or you would have stayed away from watching Longhorn football that season...."
"...Pete Gallego, the influential state rep from Alpine, recalled in a committee meeting earlier this year that when he was growing up in West Texas, he was sometimes called a "good minority" -- the unspoken implication being that, to many Anglo-Texans, blacks are the "bad" minority. There may be some truth in that: The Alamo notwithstanding, relations between Anglos and Hispanics in Texas have rarely shown the sharp edges of the seemingly perpetual discord between whites and blacks..."
"...Above is this year's Texas Writer's Month poster: all previous posters appear throughout this article. Any day now, Peggy Hubble will find an elongated envelope with the Office of the Governor as a return address on her desk, which anchors the southwestern corner of public relations firm MEM/Hubble Communications' downtown Austin office..."
"...Readers and fans of the literary, you might want to grab a napkin before feasting on the newly announced list of authors for the 2016 Texas Book Festival. With 280 authors on board – among them Don DeLillo, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, Jane Alexander, and Nick Offerman – you're sure to start salivating...."
"...Hey readers! We here at the Austin Chronicle Food section have finally cut a sliver of our busy Pokéstoppin’ time to clean out our reader mailbag full of craft beer-related queries. This week, we’re answering questions about the Texas Craft Brewers Festival presented by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild...."
"...Over the last 10 years, the quality of Texas wines has been on an exponential upward arc. At the turn of the millennium, you could count the good wineries in Texas on your two hands..."
"...Carole Belver, executive director of Community Action Inc. of Central Texas, spent Tuesday, Jan..."
"...When the invitation to judge at the first Texas Olive Oil Tasting & Contest – Texas vs. the World – landed on my desk, I was immediately intrigued..."
"...Let me set the scene. On a perfectly sunny day in spring, two men square off on a ranch in West Texas..."
"...After the jump is the speech Rick Noriega just gave to the Texas Democratic Party Convention. (No, I didn't type it in as he spoke; his campaign e-mailed it to me.)..."
"...There's a new trend in the Texas adult-beverage business: liquor. Locally produced vodka, rum, limoncello, and orange liqueur are all available now, and shortly we'll be seeing cask-aged spirits, boozed Popsicles, and gin..."
"...Samantha Smoot, executive director of the Texas Freedom Network since 1998, recently announced her resignation, effective Jan. 1, 2005..."
"...Former Chronicle reporter Robert Bryce's new book, Cronies, recounts "the long history of cronyism that has bound the Texas energy business to the Texas political system and the way that tradition has now been transferred to Washington, D.C." In this week's issue, we publish a chapter from the new book under the title, "The Military-Petroleum Complex." News editor Michael King spoke to Bryce about his new book, about Pipe Dreams, his earlier book on the fall of Enron, and his argument that Texas money and Texas politics now dominate the national agenda and drive much of U.S. foreign policy..."
"...On the evening of October 17 -- while much of the nation was watching either George W. Bush and Al Gore impersonate Disney World robots, or the Yankees finally pummel the hapless Mariners into submission -- a real, live, up-close and personal political event was in progress up in East Texas..."
"...In the 1995 film Search & Destroy there is a brief scene that's set in Dallas; Don Graham, the president of the Texas Institute of Letters, English professor at the University of Texas, and author, is probably aware of the film for that reason alone, even though the film's subject is not really Texas. Nothing, absolutely nothing, about Texas literature or film escapes him..."
"...Hey everyone! It’s time to break out one of my favorite yearly beer stats, which isn’t really a stat at all, but a giant list of all the statewide beers that will be pouring at the annual Texas Craft Brewers Festival over in Fiesta Gardens (see the full bill below)...."
"...Fall just got a little closer, readers, not in a meteorological sense but a literary one. The Texas Book Festival has released the full list of authors for its 2018 event, and you can look forward to more than 280 great guests to attend, among them Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, Susan Orlean, and Dessa...."
"...Following last year's ICE raids and the passage of Senate Bill 4, Liam Garcia considered moving away from Texas. The 31-year-old Austinite – brought to this country from Mexico by his parents when he was 2 years old – sees protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program..."
"...When Leslie Moody Castro accepted the job of curating the 2017 Texas Biennial, she wasn't simply agreeing to select the art for another round of this statewide survey of contemporary art. She was also agreeing to help jump-start the Biennial after a four-year gap, to re-energize the show in the minds of artists all across Texas...."
"...Okay, readers, your wait to learn who will be attending the literary banquet of the year is over. The Texas Book Festival has announced the full menu of authors on tap for the 2017 event, and it's massive: 295 names, among them such luminaries as Jeffrey Eugenides, Jennifer Egan, Dan Rather, and Min Jin Lee...."
"...Amid threats from performers and various groups promising to boycott Texas over its plans to pass anti-LGBTQ legislation, one organization this week took definitive action...."
"...With the goal of eliminating abortion, Texas Republicans have stripped Planned Parenthood of funding and steadily obstructed patient access to care over the past few years. Turns out, their ideological, anti-choice crusade is having the opposite effect..."
"...Welcome to the best a Texas hot spell has to offer. It doesn’t get any better..."
"...If recent Oscar nominee Michael Shannon hasn't returned his tux yet from Sunday's ceremony, he might want to hold on to it another couple of weeks for the Texas Film Awards...."
"...Don't call them film incentives. For nearly a decade, the creative industries have been explaining that the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program isn't just for cinema, but TV and video games, too..."
"...Texas officials have followed through with their months-long promise to boot Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid...."
"...Despite thousands of objections from the medical community and pro-choice advocates, the Texas Department of State Health Services this week finalized an error-riddled booklet required for abortion-seeking women...."
"...Summertime in Texas goes better with the cooling effects of dipping your body in water, sipping an adult beverage, and eating barbecue...."
"...In a historic victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down two key parts of Texas’ draconian omnibus law, House Bill 2...."
"...In the next few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of the most significant reproductive rights cases in more than two decades, is expected to determine the future of abortion access in Texas and possibly for other states across the country..."
"...Planned Parenthood has filed suit against the state of Texas over its decision to exclude the reproductive health provider from the Medicaid program...."
"...As America equates Independence Day with a meat hangover, consider instead freedoms, like the First Amendment: a right to free speech, but not to be heard. Over the last few weeks, it's become blindingly clear: whether you're in the press or on the Supreme Court of the United States, Texas Republican leaders are defiantly deaf to you...."
"...The telling quotation making the social media rounds this week is from an unnamed state meteorologist in 1927: "Texas is a land of perennial drought, broken by the occasional devastating flood." I first saw it posted on the city's "atxfloods" web site (still trying to keep up on Wednesday with the nearly 300 closed low-water crossings, while more rain threatened). It put me in mind of Elmer Kelton's elegiac 1973 novel, The Time It Never Rained, set in West Texas during the devastating 1950s drought..."
"...The Alamo could well be the only place Austin's globetrotting Top Chef Paul Qui hasn't been photographed. That is until tonight when he walks the red carpet at the gala Texas Honors event being held at the "Shrine of Texas Liberty" in San Antonio...."
"...By now, they're nearly household names in Texas, identified by supporters on the street for their historic partnership. Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, the Austin lesbian couple who quietly wed in a ceremony outside Travis County offices last week, ignited a firestorm of opposition from state officials, yet spurred renewed hope for those fighting for marriage equality...."
"...UPDATED: Conservative Attorney General Ken Paxton swiftly filed and was granted a temporary emergency stay by the Texas Supreme Court to halt gay marriages in Travis County after this morning’s historic order that allowed a long-time lesbian couple to wed...."
"...There's a few billion dollars missing from the Texas education budget, and every capitol and education reporter was a witness while the crime was committed. Plus everyone know who did it...."
"...Texas’ defense came to play, but it wasn’t enough to keep Baylor at bay for four quarters. The Bears walked out of Austin with a 28-7 victory that dropped the Longhorns to 2-3 overall, and catapulted Baylor to the top of the Big 12...."
"...In a long-awaited turn for Texas education, Judge John Dietz today issued his final ruling on the state's school finance system: It is unconstitutional, and it is failing Texas children...."
"...The fourth annual Foodways Texas Symposium. This year’s “Farm to Market” program was held at the Agrilife Center on the Texas A&M campus and provided attendees with the opportunity to explore and learn about agriculture through various lenses...."
"...Do the rules for Texas’ film production incentives violate the US constitution? That’s what one of the production companies behind 2013 action-comedy Machete Kills argue in their lawsuit against five current and former Texas Film Commissioners. However, director Robert Rodriguez is actively distancing himself from their claim...."
"...It's perhaps as clear a sign as anything that Texas still has a long way to go towards LGBT equality. Tuesday Equality Texas endorsed Republican incumbent Sarah Davis in her House bid..."
"...During a Thursday panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Gov. Rick Perry made national headlines by saying not only that Washington and Colorado had every right to legalize pot, but also that he's long been a supporter of drug decriminalization policies in Texas...."
"...Even in a state as red as Texas, the national trend toward LGBT equality gained momentum. Social conservatives tried vainly to throw on the brakes, but 2013 wins kept on coming...."
"...In order for a Texas to grant a divorce, must the state actually recognize a couple's marriage? And, does the Texas Attorney General have the right to involve itself in private civil actions that don't directly challenge state law and to which the state is not already a party?..."
"...Thanks to some coincidental scheduling, Kansas hadn’t beat Texas since the year before the twister of ‘39 swept Dorothy and Toto away. The Jayhawks may have enough courage, brains, and heart to field football teams, but they haven’t had much to work with since going to the Orange Bowl in 2007...."
"...Sixteen-year-old Jacob Baran knew his brain was injured, though any memory of the hit is lost. His recollection is limited to remembering it occurred in the first quarter of the Anderson Trojans’ clash with the McCallum Knights in the first game of the 2013 season, one of many involving thousands of high school football players in Texas...."
"...Last night, nestled in the country town of Lometa, about an hour-and-a-half outside of Austin, Fiesta Winery lead the way into Texas Wine Month with a kickoff party for an all-month sojourn across the Texas Hill Country Wineries Trail...."