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Happenings at TWC

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March 24, 2021 | 4.0 Insider

Spring Has Sprung!

The other day I was serving wine from our patio bar, enjoying chatting with customers and coworkers, and regretting that I’d worn a sweater. As I watched people saunter by, glasses in hand, wearing shorts and sleeveless dresses, I realized that it was the actual first day of spring…and that I had once again underestimated the ability of temperatures in Texas to swing from 45 degrees to 75 degrees in a matter of, well, minutes.  Continue »

Time Posted: Mar 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM Permalink to Spring Has Sprung! Permalink
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March 3, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Mac & Cheese - Comfort Food Extraordinaire

Texas Cheese and Wine Experience is a special pairing offered at Texas Wine Collective, and includes 5 different cheeses with 5 wines (usually 2 white and 3 red) from the TWC winery partners: Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery and McPherson Cellars. The pairings are guided by a knowledgeable TWC staff member, and normally last about 45-50 minutes. Advanced reservations are required for the pairings that are regularly scheduled at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm, daily. Having the opportunity to host these pairings on Saturdays allows me to enjoy a wide range of delicious cheeses from a number of wonderful Texas creameries. This always gets me excited to discuss my favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. When guests also get excited about Mac and Cheese, we often talk about my special recipe. Yes, the recipe is special, but it is not a secret, so I am sharing it, including a range of optional upgrades and additions, with all of you in this edition of Carl’s Corner.  Continue »

Time Posted: Mar 3, 2021 at 4:35 AM Permalink to Mac & Cheese - Comfort Food Extraordinaire Permalink
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February 23, 2021 | 4.0 Insider

New Year, New Wine Club Sundays!

As I’ve written about previously in these “Scoops,” 2020 asked us all to be flexible, think creatively, and accept change. Some of these lessons were definitely harder to learn than others, but I’d like to think that we’re all better for having learned them (or for at least trying to learn them). And if you’re like me, you came into 2021 hoping for a little calm and perhaps even predictability. So far, neither of these has panned out. In fact, perhaps 2020 was just prepping us for early 2021.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 23, 2021 at 9:08 AM Permalink to New Year, New Wine Club Sundays! Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
February 18, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Selections for Feb-2021

Special Note: Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, is hosting their 2021 Annual Conference as a Virtual Event on-line, Feb-23,24, and Mar-2,3. There will be presentations and discussions on Vineyards, Winemaking, Tasting Room, and Marketing. There will also be a virtual tasting of Texas Gold Medal wines in which you can choose to participate (with wine purchase). You do not need to be a member of TWGGA – just have an interest in Texas wine. To learn more and see the full program, connect to the registration site – https://www.txwines.org/2021-texaswineandgrapevirtualforum/ Carl will be involved in several of the sessions, including the virtual tasting.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 18, 2021 at 5:35 AM Permalink to Wine Club Selections for Feb-2021 Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
February 1, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Vine Pruning, January 2021

As spring approaches, it becomes time to prune vines in the Texas Wine Collective vineyard. Along US 290, one can see that pruning has started in many vineyards. Although there are numerous posts and videos on FaceBook and Utube addressing the subject of vine pruning, each season I like to offer this brief tutorial on the subject from my own perspective of doing this task now for 18 years. During your next visit to Texas Wine Collective, you are invited to wander out to the “Pet Vineyard” to take a look at the mix of mostly Black Spanish vines, interspersed with some recent additions of Tannat (added in 2019) and Tempranillo (added in 2020).  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2021 at 3:57 PM Permalink to Vine Pruning, January 2021 Permalink
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January 27, 2021 | 4.0 Insider

Wine and Football: An Unlikely, but Must-Try, Match

The Super Bowl is coming up on February 7, and sadly, as usual, my team won’t be in it. Raised an Oilers fan (Luv Ya’, Blue!) and relegated to being a Texans fan when my team moved to Tennessee, I’m used to losing. Well actually, I’m used to watching my team look good for about five games and then losing.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 27, 2021 at 9:37 AM Permalink to Wine and Football: An Unlikely, but Must-Try, Match Permalink
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January 20, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Bench Trials for Winemaking - 2021

Since being involved in winemaking and wine evaluation efforts for well over 20 years, it seems that the subject of wine bench trials should have come up sooner. Bench trials represent an important part of the winemaking process, and even though they require a lot of thought, preparation, and record-keeping, they are typically fun and exciting. This edition of Carl’s Corner will address some key reasons winemakers do bench trials, including: blending for flavor adjustment (acidity, alcohol, tannin), sweetening, fining to remove solids and cloudiness, and treatments to enhance cold and heat stability. Each of these specific topics is briefly discussed below. While doing bench trials, it is best to involve some other interested folks, take notes, and discuss the effects. The goal of bench trials is to determine the least intrusive treatment that will yield the best possible wine.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 20, 2021 at 11:03 AM Permalink to Bench Trials for Winemaking - 2021 Permalink
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January 13, 2021 | 4.0 Insider

Our First TWC Blending Session Is in the Books!

Ten years ago, if you’d told me that I’d be pouring wine in a Texas wine tasting room, I would have laughed. It just wasn’t on my radar back then. And if you’d then told me that I’d actually be making wine, I would have considered you nuts. But that’s exactly what I found myself doing just this morning.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 13, 2021 at 1:54 PM Permalink to Our First TWC Blending Session Is in the Books! Permalink
Carl Hudson
 
January 6, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Sweetening Wines

One doesn’t have to spend much time working in a Texas wine tasting room to learn that lots of folks enjoy sweeter wines. Wines with some residual sugar or sweetness often have bright fruit aromas and flavors, and are very easy to drink, either by themselves or with snacks and meals. The question is often asked how does one make a sweet wine. Many folks believe that certain grapes are just sweeter than others, or some grapes can get riper and thus have greater sugar content. That is the issue to explore in this edition of Carl’s Corner.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 6, 2021 at 11:16 AM Permalink to Sweetening Wines Permalink
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December 30, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

The Year in Review

Whew. Well, that was a strange one. This past year reminds me of a horseback ride I took several years ago through a national forest in northern New Mexico. Things started out just fine, even a little boring, but by the end, I was just glad to get off the horse in one piece.  Continue »

Time Posted: Dec 30, 2020 at 1:16 PM Permalink to The Year in Review Permalink
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