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Carl Hudson
 
January 23, 2024 | Carl Hudson

Taste of Texas – Mac and Cheese for the WIN(e)

This Taste of Texas event celebrates my favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese, on Sunday, 25-February-2024, and will feature three variations of mac and cheese accompanied by six (6) delicious wines from the TWC winery partners, Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars. It will be fun to compare and contrast the rich, creamy flavors in the bowls to the bright flavors in the bottles. For cooler winter weather, or really any weather, mac and cheese is a good mealtime choice, either as a hopped-up entrée or a delicious side. Mac and cheese is now found on the menu in almost every type of food establishment – food trucks, snack stands, and restaurants that focus on family fare as well as high end cuisine.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 23, 2024 at 10:01 AM Permalink to Taste of Texas – Mac and Cheese for the WIN(e) Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
January 2, 2024 | Carl Hudson

Carl’s Corner – Stellar Choices for Chili (and Wine)

The first Taste of Texas event for 2024 comes early on Sunday, 07-January-2024, and will feature Stellar Choices for Chili with three types accompanied by six (6) delicious wines from the TWC winery partners, Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars. It will be fun to compare and contrast the bold flavors in the bowls to those in the bottles.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 2, 2024 at 9:34 AM Permalink to Carl’s Corner – Stellar Choices for Chili (and Wine) Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
December 26, 2023 | Carl Hudson

Carl’s Corner – Annual Summary for 2023

Carl’s Corner for 2023 comprised 19 separate posts and most were accompanied by short videos for Facebook and Instagram. Hopefully they were informative, enjoyable, and you learned something along the way. Here is a summary of the 2023 Carl’s Corner posts along with their posting dates. There were posts describing the seven Texas Tasting Series Events held on Sundays in the TWC Event Center. For each of these pairings 6 wines were served, one or two each from the 3 TWC winery partners (Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars) and, when appropriate, versus three wines from various wine regions that best matched composition and style with the Texas wines. For each of these pairings, selected food bites were prepared to match the wines and enhance the experience.  Continue »

Time Posted: Dec 26, 2023 at 7:45 AM Permalink to Carl’s Corner – Annual Summary for 2023 Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
November 21, 2023 | Carl Hudson

Texas Tasting Series - World of Blends

A new Texas Wine Pairing event featuring Blended Wines is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, 2023, with sessions at 12:30 and 2:30 held in the TWC Event Center. Advanced reservations and ticket purchase are required. See the website: www.texaswinecollective.com  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 21, 2023 at 12:03 PM Permalink to Texas Tasting Series  -  World of Blends Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
November 20, 2023 | Carl Hudson

Holiday Recommendations Nov-2023

Thanksgiving week is rapidly approaching. Christmas and the New Year are just a few weeks further on. It’s been an eventful, fast-paced year for Texas Wine Collective, and we’ve had opportunities to enjoy and share a lot of good times with you in 2023 featuring many delicious wines from our partners, Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, Lost Oak Winery in Burleson, and McPherson Cellars in Lubbock. TWC has even added offerings from Hye Cider to the portfolio. Now it’s time to consider beverages that will accompany your holiday dinners and fun gatherings with family and friends. Here are some suggestions.  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 20, 2023 at 9:22 AM Permalink to Holiday Recommendations  Nov-2023 Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
October 31, 2023 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Release – Nov-2023

It sure seems like a short fall here in the Texas Hill Country and football season is in full swing. This brisk winter storm front has been a surprise but we can be thankful for the rain. It is now time for the TWC November Wine Club Release events – scheduled for Sundays, November 5th and November 12th with sessions at 11:00-1:30 and 2:30-5:00 each Sunday. Reservations are required and wine club members are encouraged to sign into the website at www.texaswinecollective.com to select your session. Four adults are allowed per wine club membership to attend one of the sessions.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 31, 2023 at 8:35 AM Permalink to Wine Club Release – Nov-2023 Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
October 11, 2023 | Carl Hudson

Délestage, An Important Winemaking Technique

The term délestage often comes up when discussing wines and winemaking techniques, so it seems appropriate to define this term for Carl’s Corner readers. The word is pronounced “day-leh-staj” and literally means “making lighter” in French, referring to the process of making the grape juice less dense by separating the grape solids (skins and seeds). Délestage is a technique used in fermenting red grapes that helps produce softer wines with less astringent tannins, more fruit character, and a mellower finish.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 11, 2023 at 4:58 AM Permalink to Délestage, An Important Winemaking Technique Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
August 30, 2023 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Release – Sep-2023

Summertime is nearly over (maybe?), even though temperatures are still flirting with that 100+ degree mark each afternoon. Labor Day holiday is just around the corner and football season has begun. That means it is time for the TWC September Wine Club Release events – scheduled for Sundays, September 10 and September 17 with sessions scheduled for11:00-1:30 and 2:30-5:00. Reservations are required and wine club members are encouraged to sign into the website at www.texaswinecollective.com to select your session. Four adults are allowed per wine club membership to attend one of the sessions.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2023 at 10:03 AM Permalink to Wine Club Release – Sep-2023 Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
August 11, 2023 | Carl Hudson

World of Blends

Another Texas Wine Collective Texas Tasting Series is planned for Sunday, 20-Aug-2023 with sessions at 12:30 and 2:30 pm. The topic is Blends and attendees will taste six wines produced from multi-variety grape blends – 3 from TWC winery partners, Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars – and 3 wines from other important wine regions – Rhône Valley, France, and Southern Australia. Tasty food bites will be provided to accompany the wines. Advance registration and payment are required. See the www.texaswinecollective.com website.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 11, 2023 at 8:17 AM Permalink to World of Blends Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
July 15, 2023 | Carl Hudson

Texas Tasting Series - Texas vs Spain

A tasting to compare and contrast Spanish grape variety wines made in Texas and Spain is scheduled Sunday, July 23, in the Texas Wine Collective Event Center with sessions at 12:30 and 2:30 pm. Many regions in Texas have similar climates and soil compositions to those in Spain, and the same grape varieties can thrive in both places. That is a key reason so many Spanish-origin grape varieties show up in Texas tasting rooms. Attendees will taste wines from traditional Spanish grape varieties – Albarino, Mourvèdre/Monastrell, and Graciano, produced by the TWC winery partners – McPherson Cellars, Lost Oak Winery, and Brennan Vineyards – paired with three Spanish wines from the regions of Rias Baixas, Alicante, and Rioja. Amber Saidler, TWC Operations Manager and Chef, has arranged three delicious small food bites to accompany the wines. Skewer with ham, cheese, olives, cherry tomato Black Bean Empanada Buñuelos with Chocolate Dipping Sauce  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 15, 2023 at 2:38 PM Permalink to Texas Tasting Series - Texas vs Spain Permalink
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