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Carl Hudson
 
November 23, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Holiday Wine Selections – Nov-Dec, 2021

It seems amazing that it is Thanksgiving week, already. And Christmas and the New Year are just a few weeks away. Where has this year gone? We’ve had opportunities to enjoy and share a lot of good wines and good times in 2021, and now it’s time to consider wines that will accompany those special dinners and fun gatherings with family and friends. Here are some suggestions from the Texas Wine Collective portfolio that should brighten and enhance your holidays.  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 23, 2021 at 11:24 AM Permalink to Holiday Wine Selections – Nov-Dec, 2021 Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
November 18, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Tannins in Red Wines

When hosting wine tasting sessions at Texas Wine Collective, a question often asked is “What are tannins in wine, and why are they there?” I was reminded of this when a friend sent me a tasting note posted on www.cellartracker.com website comparing tannin qualities from two different Texas producers – basically, the taster complained about too much tannin in one producer’s wines. Being a subject that my friend and I had recently experienced and discussed, it seemed like a good topic for Carl’s Corner.  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 18, 2021 at 12:59 PM Permalink to Tannins in Red Wines Permalink
TWC Insider
 
November 17, 2021 | TWC Insider

Turkey Day Pairings: What’s on the Table?

I have fond memories of Thanksgiving meals with my extended family. Both of my grandmothers were talented cooks who spent much of their days (holiday or not) in their kitchens, making bread and preserves, “putting up” fruits and vegetables, and creating filling meals that made all of us unbutton our pants when the meal was done.  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 17, 2021 at 12:54 PM Permalink to Turkey Day Pairings: What’s on the Table? Permalink
TWC Insider
 
November 4, 2021 | TWC Insider

October: A Month of Giving at TWC

In July, I announced our new “Pay It Forward” initiative at TWC, a program that allows us to give back to our community by donating to several local nonprofits on an annual basis. We kicked off the program in July and August and gave a portion of our sales to the Hill Country Community Needs Council’s Backpacks for Kids program.  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 4, 2021 at 7:46 AM Permalink to October: A Month of Giving at TWC Permalink
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October 20, 2021 | TWC Insider

Funky Food and Wine Pairings: Another Year of Thinking Beyond Cheese

Remember when the pandemic first started and things came to a halt? Well, it was during these slow, confusing times that GM Dave challenged some of our TWC team members to come up with new experiences for our customers who would be more than ready to enjoy wine and have some fun when everything opened up again. My brain got to work, and I presented him with 12 months of food and wine pairings: cupcakes and wine, donuts and wine, popcorn and wine, farmers market fruits and wine. These were some of my ideas that he gently turned down.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 20, 2021 at 2:02 PM Permalink to Funky Food and Wine Pairings: Another Year of Thinking Beyond Cheese Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
October 15, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Texas Cheese and Wine Experience (Oct-2021)

The Texas Cheese and Wine Experience in the comfortable boardroom at Texas Wine Collective is available every day, by reservation. Groups of 2-12 make reservations online (www.texaswinecollective.com) and gather at the appointed time (11:00, 1:00, 2:30, or 4:00) to experience a pairing of 5 Texas cheeses with 5 Texas wines from the TWC partner wineries: Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars. Most Saturdays, I have the privilege to host these pairings, and while sharing with a wonderful group of ladies from Houston this past Saturday (9-Oct-2021), an inspiration came to me to write about this special cheese and wine pairing opportunity.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 15, 2021 at 8:03 AM Permalink to Texas Cheese and Wine Experience  (Oct-2021) Permalink
TWC Insider
 
October 6, 2021 | TWC Insider

The 80’s Are Coming to TWC! Radical!

I started middle school in 1980, finished high school in 1986, and graduated from college in 1990. The 80’s marked almost the entirety of my adolescence, and as you might imagine, it was a turbulent time…particularly for my fashion and musical tastes. I can divide the 80’s roughly in half based on my attire and what I listened to on mixed tapes.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 6, 2021 at 9:44 AM Permalink to The 80’s Are Coming to TWC! Radical! Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
September 27, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Texas vs. Spain: Spanish-origin Grape Varieties

A special wine pairing event is scheduled at Texas Wine Collective on Sunday, 3-October, to provide a fun opportunity to appreciate the similarities and differences between Albarino, Mourvèdre (or Monastrell/Mataro), and Tempranillo grown and produced in Texas versus key regions in Spain. There will be two sessions, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. For more information and to make a reservation, check out the www.texaswinecollective.com website.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 27, 2021 at 2:38 PM Permalink to Texas vs. Spain:  Spanish-origin Grape Varieties Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
September 13, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Fortified Port-style Dessert Wines (Portejas)

The Black Spanish, or Lenoir vines, growing in front of the logo tanks at Texas Wine Collective were discussed in a previous Carl’s Corner posting. Black Spanish is a hybrid grape that grows well in the hot, more humid climates of Texas. The vines were planted in 2013 by folks from Lost Oak Winery, one of our owner/partners, and were intended to be a “show” vineyard, a garden really, so that visitors could see and appreciate grapevines. However, once we saw grape clusters ripening, it seemed only right to each vintage and make something fun with them, like a Portejas.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2021 at 2:51 PM Permalink to Fortified Port-style Dessert Wines (Portejas) Permalink
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