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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
Carl Hudson
August 31, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Selections for Sept-2021

It has been an unusual summer, milder temperatures and a LOT more rain. Can you remember seeing the Texas Hill Country this green?! Grape growers all over the state have been working hard to control fungal diseases and mildew problems that wet weather and warm temperatures have promoted. Now it’s harvest time and most growers and winemakers are really busy getting the 2021 vintage underway and under control  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 31, 2021 at 2:06 PM Permalink to Wine Club Selections for Sept-2021 Permalink
Carl Hudson
August 19, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Picardan – White Rhône Grape for Texas

Because of the rolling hills and rocky landscape, sandy, gravelly soil types, and hot, dry, windy climate conditions in the southern Rhône Valley of France, grape varieties that thrive there also tend to do quite well in many regions of the Lone Star State. Classic Rhône white varieties like Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier, plus red varieties like Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre are well-known in Texas for producing quality wines. A much less-known white grape variety, Picardan, is now showing up in Texas wine blends. Float Blanc 2020 Texas High Plains is a refreshing white wine blend that contains Picardan, accompanied by Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. It was produced by McPherson Cellars for Texas Wine Collective. This Carl’s Corner post explores Picardan – a bit of history, some characteristics, and potential here in Texas.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 19, 2021 at 1:30 PM Permalink to Picardan – White Rhône Grape for Texas Permalink
Carl Hudson
August 7, 2021 | Carl Hudson

TWC Vineyard Grape Harvest

Those of you who have visited or even driven by Texas Wine Collective probably noticed grape vines growing near Hwy 290, in front of the three Logo tanks at the entrance to the tasting room and patio area. These are mostly Black Spanish, or Lenoir, vines, 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 partner/owners, and were intended to be a “show” vineyard, a garden really, so that visitors could see and appreciate grapevines.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 7, 2021 at 3:24 PM Permalink to TWC Vineyard Grape Harvest Permalink
Carl Hudson
July 22, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Italian Grape Varieties for Texas

Two sessions of an Italian-origin grape variety wine pairing are scheduled for August 22, 2021 – 12:30 and 2:30 pm. McPherson Cellars Reserve Sangiovese, Brennan Vineyards Super Nero, and Lost Oak Winery Montepulciano will be paired with comparable wines from the appropriate regions in Italy accompanied by tasty Italian food bites. It will be a lot of fun to develop this pairing, and it should be a lot of fun to attend and learn more about these grape varieties.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 22, 2021 at 10:42 AM Permalink to Italian Grape Varieties for Texas Permalink
Carl Hudson
July 7, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Sparkling Wines – Ways and Styles

This edition of Carl’s Corner was inspired by McPherson Cellars Sparkling Wine currently available and often enjoyed at the Texas Wine Collective tasting room. Sparkling wines are very popular in the wine world today, including Texas. Making sparkling wines can be technically challenging and time-consuming, but for those who enjoy the final product, it certainly seems worthwhile. There are actually a number of methods used to produce sparkling wines, and this post will explore five (5) primary methods, each providing a level of carbonation and a particular style of wine.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 7, 2021 at 2:25 PM Permalink to Sparkling Wines – Ways and Styles Permalink
Carl Hudson
June 20, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Cinsault – A Blending Specialist

Cinsault (sin-SOH or san-SOH) or Cinsaut (without the “l”) is a common red grape in the Rhône Valley of southern France. Because Cinsault is heat and drought tolerant, it is also important in the southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon and former French colonies of Algeria and Morocco. The origin of the grape is uncertain, but it likely came from some place along the eastern Mediterranean. Cinsault produces brightly colored red wines with a softer, less tannic character, and is often blended with grapes like Grenache, Carignan (care-in-yawn) and Syrah to impart softness, spicy flavors, and fresh fruit aromas  Continue »

Time Posted: Jun 20, 2021 at 11:45 AM Permalink to Cinsault – A Blending Specialist Permalink
Carl Hudson
June 8, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Blanc du Bois – For the Hot & Humid

Blanc du Bois is a hybrid grape generated by Professor John Mortenson (a Texan) at the Univ of Florida in 1968, by crossing another hybrid, Florida D 6-148 with Cardinal, a CA table grape. The variety was named for Emile DuBois, a grower who emigrated from France to the U.S. in 1882. It was released to commercial growers in 1987, and has now spread across the southeastern states from Florida to Texas. Hallmark characteristics include crisp acidity, fresh fruit and floral aromas, along with citrusy flavors. Blanc du Bois can be used to produce dry, off-dry, sweet, sparkling and even fortified dessert wines, such as in the style of Madeira.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jun 8, 2021 at 9:28 PM Permalink to Blanc du Bois – For the Hot & Humid Permalink
Carl Hudson
May 10, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Tempranillo - From Spain to Texas with Style

Tempranillo is a wine grape variety native to Spain and Portugal. It is famous for making the fine red wines of the Rioja & Ribera del Duero regions of Spain, and as one of the key grapes (called Tinta Roriz) in Port wines. The climate in these regions is hot & dry with a desert-like diurnal temperature shift of 20-40 degF between the nighttime low and daytime high. These Iberian regions sit at relatively high elevations and look a lot like many Texas wine-growing regions, especially the High Plains. When Tempranillo was brought to Texas, it shrugged off the difficult conditions and adapted to become a key grape in both the Hill Country and High Plains AVA’s.  Continue »

Time Posted: May 10, 2021 at 1:37 PM Permalink to Tempranillo - From Spain to Texas with Style Permalink
Carl Hudson
April 29, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Brennan Vineyards Mistelle 2018

A wine newly released at Texas Wine Collective is the latest Mistelle Dessert Wine, 2018 vintage, from Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, Texas. Different from the previous edition of Mistelle made from the Bordeaux variety Semillon, this delicious wine is comprised of white Rhône varieties. The wine is relatively high in alcohol, 16%, and carries a balancing 7% level of residual sugar. Armed with this information, you may have already developed a notion of what this wine tastes like and whether you would enjoy it. Before making a final decision, please read on to get the rest of the story behind how Todd Webster, Brennan’s talented wine maker, produced this wine.  Continue »

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2021 at 1:41 PM Permalink to Brennan Vineyards Mistelle 2018 Permalink
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