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Carl Hudson
 
February 1, 2023 | Carl Hudson

Texas Tasting Series - Texas vs France -

This event offers attendees the opportunity to compare and contrast wines made from similar grape varieties and produced in Texas versus France. Chef Amber Saidler, Texas Wine Collective Director of Operations, has prepared delicious small food bites to accompany the wines. Note: The Texas wines from our Texas Wine Collective partners will be offered in a 3-pk at a special discounted price.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2023 at 1:31 PM Permalink to Texas Tasting Series - Texas vs France - Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
January 5, 2023 | Carl Hudson

Texas Wine Collective Texas Tasting Series

South Africa has a long and storied wine history dating back to 1659. Grape growing and wine production is concentrated around Cape Town and the areas along and just inland from the southern coastline. European settlers were key pioneers in developing the South African wine industry, so the grape varieties planted and the delimitation of wine regions are similar to those in central Europe. A Wine of Origin system was begun in 1973 and currently defines about 60 appellations, like Constantia, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Breede River, and Robertson. This WO system is very similar to the Appellation of Origin (AOC or AOP) system used throughout Europe and is designed to help define the origin of grapes, and in some cases even define allowed grape varieties. Wines may be produced from a single grape variety or from blends of two or more varieties.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 5, 2023 at 10:05 AM Permalink to Texas Wine Collective Texas Tasting Series Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
December 13, 2022 | Carl Hudson

Carl’s Corner Annual Summary for 2022 –

It is always fun, and sometimes surprising, to look back at all of last year’s Carl’s Corner blog posts. There is usually a relatively wide range of topics besides the regular Wine Club Release announcements. In 2022, the major theme was the 10-part series on American Viticultural Areas, AVAs, specifically the eight AVAs in Texas. And a newer topic, the Texas Tasting Series events. that compared wines of a specific type or grape variety from various wine regions with similar versions from the Texas Wine Collective winery partners, Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars. Enjoy this review of Carl’s Corner Memories from 2022 and remember that you can always go to the TexasWineCollective.com website to read or re-read any of these posts. May your holidays be truly “wine-derful.”  Continue »

Time Posted: Dec 13, 2022 at 1:46 PM Permalink to Carl’s Corner Annual Summary for 2022 – Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
November 29, 2022 | Carl Hudson

Blended Wines – Why and How?

The production of blended wines, those produced by mixing different grape varieties together in the final wine, goes back thousands of years. One of the key reasons for blending, then and to a large extent now, is to avoid loss of fruit due to calamities – weather, diseases and pests. The goal has always been to have a successful grape harvest to make the final product - wine!  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 29, 2022 at 11:44 AM Permalink to Blended Wines – Why and How? Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
November 16, 2022 | Carl Hudson

Holiday Wine Selections

It’s the middle of November and Thanksgiving week is rapidly approaching. Christmas and the New Year are just a few weeks further on. It’s been a crazy, fast-paced year for Texas Wine Collective, and we’ve had opportunities to enjoy and share a lot of good times with you in 2022 featuring a number of delicious wines from our partners, Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, Lost Oak Winery in Burleson, and McPherson Cellars in Lubbock. Now it’s time to consider wines that will accompany your 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 16, 2022 at 10:59 AM Permalink to Holiday Wine Selections Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
October 31, 2022 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Releases for November-2022

As we approach the holiday season, it is time for the Texas Wine Collective Wine Club Release and Pick-up Events, scheduled on Sundays, 6-Nov and 13-Nov, with sessions at 11:00-1:30 pm or 2:30-5:00 pm. The format will remain consistent with the opportunity to taste all 6 dry wines, red and white, along with 3 small-bite food pairings. Or, club members and their guests may visit the Wine Club Lounge to choose a complimentary single glass of wine from the release list. Tasting the sweet wines is also an option if these are your club selection.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 31, 2022 at 10:29 AM Permalink to Wine Club Releases for November-2022 Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
October 30, 2022 | Carl Hudson

The Impact of Yeast on Wine Aroma and Flavor: Part One

A recent article by Daniel Pambianchi in WineMaker Magazine inspired this Carl’s Corner post on some key impacts of yeast on the development of aromas and flavors in wine. If you would like a deep dive into biochemistry, take a look at the original article. What follows is a less scientific synopsis of key points relating to aromas and flavors that are produced or influenced by yeasts while doing their primary job of converting sugar in the grapes to ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide. A few other actions that create aromas and flavors, not necessarily primary functions of yeasts, are also mentioned. Please enjoy the read.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 30, 2022 at 1:36 PM Permalink to The Impact of Yeast on Wine Aroma and Flavor: Part One Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
September 27, 2022 | Carl Hudson

Efforts to create Additional AVAs in Texas

Some members of the Texas Wine Industry are working on petitions with the required documentation for submission to the TTB requesting the establishment of more AVAs in Texas. The two key goals appear to be 1) better definition of the primary grape growing areas within the very large Texas Hill Country (THC) and Texas High Plains (THP) AVAs and 2) develop AVAs for those large areas of the Lone Star State not already included in an AVA. This author is aware of at least one effort underway to create a sub-AVA in the Texas Hill Country, and suspects that similar efforts are being considered in other parts of the state.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 27, 2022 at 7:47 AM Permalink to Efforts to create Additional AVAs in Texas Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
September 13, 2022 | Carl Hudson

Updated Label Laws to Designate 100% Texas Wines

Since the beginning of the modern Texas Wine Industry, let’s say the mid-1970’s, there have been questions about how to officially designate that a wine sold by a Texas winery was produced from grapes grown in the Lone Star State - or as some folks like to say, a REAL TEXAS WINE. Various categories of definitions and designations are described below, including some recent legislation that narrows the scope and better defines what can be classified a REAL TEXAS WINE.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2022 at 10:11 AM Permalink to Updated Label Laws to Designate 100% Texas Wines Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
September 8, 2022 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Releases for September-2022

It’s been a long hot summer and I know that you, like me, are excited to see some cooler weather in September. The September Texas Wine Collective Wine Club Release and Pick-up Events, are scheduled for Sundays, 11-Sep and 18-Sep, with 11:00-1:30 or 2:30-5:00 sessions. The format will remain consistent with the opportunity to taste all 6 dry wines, red and white, along with 3 small-bite food pairings. Or, club members and their guests may visit the Wine Club Lounge to choose a complimentary single glass of wine from the release list. There is also the option to taste the sweet wines if that is your club selection.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 8, 2022 at 1:55 PM Permalink to Wine Club Releases for September-2022 Permalink
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