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Carl Hudson
January 22, 2022 | Carl Hudson

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 »

Time Posted: Jan 22, 2022 at 10:15 AM Permalink to AVA On The Label – What Does it Mean?  (Jan-2022 TX AVA #2) Permalink
Carl Hudson
January 5, 2022 | Carl Hudson

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 »

Time Posted: Jan 5, 2022 at 12:48 PM Permalink to What’s An AVA, Mama? Permalink
Carl Hudson
December 21, 2021 | Carl Hudson

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 »

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Carl Hudson
December 8, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Cheese Burgers for the Holidays (Dec-2021)

With crazy Texas weather, it can be short sleeve warm or insulated parka cold in late November and December. If warm weather presents itself during the holiday season, backyard grilling can be fun.  Continue »

Time Posted: Dec 8, 2021 at 9:39 AM Permalink to Cheese Burgers for the Holidays (Dec-2021) Permalink
Carl Hudson
November 23, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Holiday Wine Selections – Nov-Dec, 2021

It seems amazing that it is Thanksgiving week, already. And Christmas and the New Year are just a few weeks away. Where has this year gone? We’ve had opportunities to enjoy and share a lot of good wines and good times in 2021, and now it’s time to consider wines that will accompany those 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 23, 2021 at 11:24 AM Permalink to Holiday Wine Selections – Nov-Dec, 2021 Permalink
Carl Hudson
November 18, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Tannins in Red Wines

When hosting wine tasting sessions at Texas Wine Collective, a question often asked is “What are tannins in wine, and why are they there?” I was reminded of this when a friend sent me a tasting note posted on www.cellartracker.com website comparing tannin qualities from two different Texas producers – basically, the taster complained about too much tannin in one producer’s wines. Being a subject that my friend and I had recently experienced and discussed, it seemed like a good topic for Carl’s Corner.  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 18, 2021 at 12:59 PM Permalink to Tannins in Red Wines Permalink
Carl Hudson
October 15, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Texas Cheese and Wine Experience (Oct-2021)

The Texas Cheese and Wine Experience in the comfortable boardroom at Texas Wine Collective is available every day, by reservation. Groups of 2-12 make reservations online (www.texaswinecollective.com) and gather at the appointed time (11:00, 1:00, 2:30, or 4:00) to experience a pairing of 5 Texas cheeses with 5 Texas wines from the TWC partner wineries: Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars. Most Saturdays, I have the privilege to host these pairings, and while sharing with a wonderful group of ladies from Houston this past Saturday (9-Oct-2021), an inspiration came to me to write about this special cheese and wine pairing opportunity.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 15, 2021 at 8:03 AM Permalink to Texas Cheese and Wine Experience  (Oct-2021) Permalink
Carl Hudson
September 27, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Texas vs. Spain: Spanish-origin Grape Varieties

A special wine pairing event is scheduled at Texas Wine Collective on Sunday, 3-October, to provide a fun opportunity to appreciate the similarities and differences between Albarino, Mourvèdre (or Monastrell/Mataro), and Tempranillo grown and produced in Texas versus key regions in Spain. There will be two sessions, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. For more information and to make a reservation, check out the www.texaswinecollective.com website.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 27, 2021 at 2:38 PM Permalink to Texas vs. Spain:  Spanish-origin Grape Varieties Permalink
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
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