Happenings at TWC
Texas Wine Collective – Carl’s Corner Financial Value of an AVA Designation
One certainly may wonder about the value, financial and otherwise, to having an AVA designation and using such on a wine label. Many studies have been done to explore this issue, and some of the most informative ones are noted in the Journal of the American Association of Wine Economics Continue »
Spring Break Isn’t the Only Thing Happening Here in March!
Read on to find out about the fun happening at TWC this month…there’s something for everybody! Continue »
Carl's Corner - How is an AVA Established?
To start the process of creating an AVA, in any state, a petition to the Alcohol and Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is required. This involves a relatively complicated set of guidelines specified under the Code of Federal Regulations 27 CFR 9.12. Continue »
TWC Is Smashing the Ceiling!
Groups of women have made their marks throughout history. Without the suffragettes who fought long and hard for almost a century, women in the U.S. wouldn’t have won the right to vote with the 19th amendment. The women of NASA made famous by Hidden Figures literally propelled our space program forward. Three-fourths of the team who ultimately broke the German Enigma code were women called the “Bletchleyettes.” And if you want to learn about some really bada$$ women, check out the Soviet “Night Witches.” Continue »
Carl's Corner: Texas vs. France: French-origin Grape Varieties
A special wine pairing event scheduled at Texas Wine Collective on Sunday, 27-February, provides a fun opportunity to appreciate the similarities and differences between several key French origin grape varieties and the wines they produce both in France and Texas. There will be two sessions, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. To make this event even more special, Chef Amber, TWC assistant manager (tasting room and events), will prepare several delicious small bites to accompany the wines. Have fun tasting these delicious wines and join in the fun discussions. For more information and to make a reservation, check the www.texaswinecollective.com website. Continue »
Fun TWC Events Abound!
The days are getting slightly longer, and despite a few cold days here and there, we’re all looking forward to warmer weather. But whether we get that when we want it or not, here at TWC we’re making plans for indoor and outdoor fun. And of course, it all involves WINE! Continue »
Wine Club Release- February 2022
The new year, 2022, is well underway and it’s time for the February Texas Wine Collective Wine Club Release and Pick-up Events, scheduled for Sundays, 13-Feb and 20-Feb, 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 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 »
AVA On The Label – What Does it Mean? (Jan-2022 TX AVA #2)
Following the most recent Carl’s Corner that introduced Texas AVAs, you may wonder what is the point for having such territorial designations. An AVA designation on a wine label allows vintners to more accurately describe to consumers the origin of the grapes used to produce their wines and help consumers identify wines with characteristics they prefer to purchase. This involves a relatively complicated set of guidelines from the Alcohol and Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) under 27 CFR 4.25, some of which are summarized below. Continue »
What’s An AVA, Mama?
It has been suggested that to start this new year, 2022, a series of posts on AVAs, specifically Texas AVAs, be the focus for Carl’s Corner. So, what is an AVA, and what does an AVA mean for Texas? We will get to answers for these questions, and many more, below and over the next few issues. Let’s start with what is an AVA. Continue »
Carl’s Corner in Review for 2021
At year’s end it is rewarding to look back over the topics included in Carl’s Corner posts over the past 12 months. Twenty-five posts covered a range of topics that are summarized below. Unfortunately, I missed one publication date (03-15) due to hip replacement surgery. There was a 2020 summary post (12-21) that noted topics covered during the difficult 2020. Hopefully, during this more “normal” 2021, you have enjoyed the stories and the information provided has both enlightened and entertained. Here’s a look back at Carl’s Corner - 2021. Continue »