Austin History Center
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Wrist band: check. Wine glass: check..."
"...8, from 6:30-9:30pm, at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin hotel, the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Foundation will be offering Austinites a bargain food-and-wine experience..."
"...Registration for the events listed below is closed, but unsold tickets can be purchased at the festival registration desk at the Four Seasons Hotel throughout the festival. Call 542-WINE for more information, or visit www.texaswineandfood.org...."
"...It sits hard up against Slovenia and just below Austria and has been part of the Hapsburg Empire, Napoleon's France, a Slavic state, and part of the Venetian Republic, only becoming part of Italy after World War II. This mishmash of influences has left the region with a fascinating mix of cultures and cuisines, with wines to match...."
"...Despite the seemingly endless devaluation of the dollar against the Euro, most Spanish wines are still bargains compared to wines of similar quality from France or California. For the uninitiated, the breadth of Spanish wines and their price points can be quite confusing..."
"...After hundreds of wineries, breweries, and brewpubs had gotten Texans' attention, we knew one day someone would jump through all the federal and state regulatory hoops and start offering distilled spirits. That someone was Tito Beveridge, creator of Tito's Handmade Vodka..."
"...Those looking for some out-of-town entertainment should consider the San Antonio Express-News Wine Competition and Festival taking place Friday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb..."
"...Back in 1970, a San Francisco firefighter named Cecil DeLoach bought a few acres of land planted in Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley with the goal of having something to work with on his days off. He eventually made wine, enjoyed some success, and kept plowingthe profits back into the company, finally creating a huge winery called DeLoach...."
"...Or deeply concentrate on a statue of Bacchus or the Green Man or Sucellus (or Padma Lakshmi, whatever) while reciting a spell. We all need to work together to make sure the rain doesn’t wash out the Austin Food + Wine Festival again...."
"...They've added popular Wimberley caterer Linda Allen as a consulting chef for conferences, weddings, and other special events. They're also negotiating with GrapeVine Market chef Ike Johnson and some winery representatives about an ongoing series of wine dinners in the coming months..."
"...The idea of pitting a new product from America against established Old World contenders reminded me of another historic tasting in the early Seventies. That time, brash, young vintners from California entered a red wine from Stag's Leap and a white from Chateau Montelena in a prestigious blind tasting in Paris..."
"...Texas summers are the right time for dry Rosé wines. They go perfectly with all the foods we love, from burgers and barbecue to creative salads and cold soups..."
"...Wine sales guy Andy Bartee had finished his day making the rounds in Austin, checking on clients for his employer, Copain Wines. He'd wrapped up at Whole Foods, Sway, Cafe Blue, Austin Wine Merchant, among others, and was headed back home to Dallas...."
"...The Austin Food & Wine Alliance held their second annual Wine & Swine event on the pastoral grounds of Pioneer Farms last Sunday. The charming rural setting of the living history museum that depicts 1880's farm life in Central Texas fit the event like a vintage pig-skin glove...."
"...It was a hot summer afternoon, and I was at a picnic at a friend's home just outside of Fredericksburg. Due to an odd confluence of events, there just happened to be three French winemakers also in attendance..."
"...Now it's possible to enjoy a mixture of Tex-Mex standbys and Interior Mexican specialties based on family recipes that have been in use for more than 50 years. The facilities here are such that you can eat in or enjoy alfresco dining on the patio and, as they have no liquor license, it's possible to bring your own beer, wine, or margaritas to the table..."
"...Charlie FayeYou Were Fine, You Weren't Even Lonely (Wine & Nut)..."
"...While our bodies were nourished by Texas ingredients, our minds were nourished by the various thought-provoking topics. Friday’s program was more loosely organized, focusing on agricultural products like wine, olives, and grapefruit, as well as an introduction to Robyn Metcalfe’s intriguing new project, The Miracle of Feeding Cities..."
"...More than a decade into their existence, Austin's Lower Class Brats haven't lost an ounce of adolescent piss and vinegar. If anything, the veteran quartet's sneering Brit-punk broadside has aged like a not-so-fine wine, slowly honed to its embittered essence..."
"...Yesterday's Wine (Justice)..."
"...Deep in the heart of the Fall Creek Vineyards is a set of massive wooden doors. They're obviously far older than the rest of the structure, and they bear a small brass plaque that reads, "Original Stable Doors, Louis Pasteur Hospital, Paris, France." There's also a quote from Pasteur, the 19th century scientist who discovered the nature of fermentation: "Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages."..."
"...As soon as we published our "Guide to Food and Wine in the Hill Country" (Vol. 17, No..."
"...A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou..."
"...Since the last time we visited Rose Hill, owners Robert and Patty VanderLynn have added two lovely cottages and the weekend dinners served by Fredericksburg chef Ernie Briggs have developed a very loyal following, making advance reservations a necessity. Another weekend feature here is that Rose Hill serves as the wine tasting room for both Alamosa Cellars and Pilar Bluff Winery, since both are located in dry San Saba county..."
"...The room was crowded with people making the happy noises of folks who had been drinking fine wines for the past hour. Everyone went silent as local radio personality Jim White approached the microphone..."
"...Looking for a trip with spectacular wine, food equal to any in the world, myriad museums, sophisticated cities, and a dazzling countryside? Let me recommend the northwestern part of Spain as a perfect 10-day to two-week trip. I was over there for a week of touring the wineries and vineyards of Rioja, followed by a driving tour of Spain that covered about 1,500 miles (2,500 kilometers)..."
"...My annual spring drive through the Hill Country to update this guide in time for the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival is something I look forward to all year. This year in late March, the area was buzzing with activity and development, though late freezes dictated that I saw more Sonic drive-ins than wildflowers..."
"...Excerpts From Swine Lake (Tangible Music)..."
"...Last Night's Wine (Open Lane)..."
"...Pairing wine or cocktails with a food is much less daunting than most people think. There's nothing wrong with pairing a Sauvignon Blanc with a steak, and it's just fine to drink a walloping Sonoma Zinfandel with your roasted turkey..."
"...Desserts are made in-house and attractively presented. The wine list offers Texas wines from area vineyards..."
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"...Over a jagged, tense groove created by guitarist Robert Quine and Patti Smith drummer Jay Dee Daugherty, he railed at a woman who lied to him about being pregnant with his child. "Sitting on the dock of the bay / Drinking port wine and listening to `Sister Ray' / Wondering why I wasn't born gay / Sometimes I feel just like an offay," he sang..."
"...Scholars-in-residence are Hervé Mons, distinguished affineur from Roanne, France, and international specialty-cheese consultant Ivan Larcher of France's Limousin region. Other participants are cheesemonger Ari Weinzweig of Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Laura Werlin, award-winning author of The All American Cheese and Wine Book; and Sue Conley and Peg Smith of Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes, Calif...."
"...There’s lots of good cheer between the crew. It’s also a nice piece of news for Texas wines, because Mandola has decided to carry the Dotson’s wine “Gotas de Oro” in all his restaurants and stores..."
"...It was music so evocative that it still commands classic status on jukeboxes, and should be recognized for its unselfconscious Nashville influence. That's precisely the balance Watson achieves on I Hate These Songs, where he evokes the traditional country themes of home and family ("Count on You"), broken hearts ("Wine Don't Lie"), a little drinking here and there ("Hair of the Dog"), and some sure-fire dance-floor ditties ("That's Pride")..."
"...A slightly more colorful version of the Sir Douglas Quintet's origin may be apocryphal but just as memorable. Louisiana producer Huey Meaux, the Crazy Cajun, locked himself in a hotel room with a stack of Beatles records, drinking wine and trying to decipher the secret of the Fab Four's musical appeal..."
"...This guy, who shall remain nameless, employed nearly every trite melody and tired lyric he could possibly squeeze out no matter what century it came from. The only thing that made it tolerable was the boxed wine and teeny grilled sausages..."
"...What better place to enjoy beef, wine, craft beer, and hospitality than a wild-flower bedecked ranch pasture in the Texas Hill Country? Vaca y Vino is one of our new favorite outdoor food events, inspired by the live fire cooking of famed Argentine chef Frances Mallman and hosted by accomplished restaurant chefs and one of the most hospitable Texas ranch families you're ever likely to meet. [image-2]..."
"...The group leader's more-is-more production worked miracles on Roky Erickson's 2010 comeback, True Love Cast Out All Evil, on which every detail summoned a different ghost from the past. Here, with shackled opener "The Valley" and manic "Wake and Be Fine," Sheff, like local contemporaries Bill Callahan and Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, hits the proverbial brick wall, then decides to throw everything against it to see what sticks..."
"...Following his debut novel, Letters to Emma Bowlcut, an epistolary account of a long-distance relationship, the former Smog songsmith ventures even further out to pasture. Above all else, Apocalypse is an album about identity and rebirth, as Callahan shuffles through a variety of guises (gardener, sailor, songwriter) and styles (the Middle Eastern-accented "Universal Applicant") in a manner not unlike Sam Beam on Iron & Wine's recent Kiss Each Other Clean..."
"...Their biggest hits were popcorn: 1963 No. 1 "Sugar Shack" and '67 boozer's cartoon "Bottle of Wine," both with singer Jimmy Gilmer..."
"...Phillips Cab at the bargain price of $20. The wine came first, and it was Texas room temperature -- warm..."
"...For the past few weeks, writers in other sections of this paper have shared their opinions about the cutting-edge discoveries in interactive media, the most controversial documentaries, the must-see independent films, and the visiting bands that were just not to be missed. Meanwhile, the Food section had to wait our turn until this week, when the Saveur Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival kicks off today, Thursday, April 1, and runs through Sunday, April 4...."