Texas Hill Country Wineries – July 2014 Newsletter

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THCW partners with TexasHillCountry.com
 
Recently THCW has partnered with TexasHillCountry.com to further promote visiting the wineries in the Hill Country.  THC.com have been huge supporters of the industry and we look forward to working with them more.  Be on the lookout for the THCW page on their website and mentions on social media pages.
Hye Meadow Winery honored by Bullock Museum

The boutique winery was selected to provide wine for several of the prestigious museum’s private and public events.  Read more HERE.

Compass Rose Cellars Opens in Hye
One of the newest Hill Country Wineries, Compass Rose Cellars, opened their second location in Hye over Father’s Day weekend.  With stunning views of the Hill Country, a cozy patio and delicious wines, it’s a great stop to add when visiting wineries on 290.


2014 San Antonio Express Readers Choice Awards 

 Congratulations Hill Country wineries!  Texas Winery: Bending Branch Winery wins the Critics Choice, with Becker Vineyards taking Gold and Sister Creek Vineyards winning Silver.   Click HERE for a full list of winners in all categories.

TM: 8 Texas Beers, Wines & Spirits Best Enjoyed During Summer 

“Go on.  Pour yourself a cold drink on a hot day.”  The list includes wines from Lewis Wines and McPherson Cellars (found at 4.0 Cellars) among many other favorite Texas libations.  Read the full article HERE.

Top 15 Small Cities in Texas

We love this list that includes some of our favorite Hill Country cities.  Check out what CitiesJounal has to say about Wimberley, Luckenbach and Fredericksburg HERE.

Wineries to Pair with a City Break

Huffington Post recently posted this great blog on where to taste wines in 6 major cities.  Of course Austin and Texas Hill Country were on the list and we’d like to congratulate our friends at Hill Country Bike & Wine for the shout out!

Growers on Camera!

Newsom Vineyards in the High Plains grow grapes for a number of Texas Hill Country Wineries.  Check out this interview on local Lubbock news station on growing and the next generation.

Penny Adams,
Penny Adams is the winemaker at Wedding Oak Winery located in San Saba. In the two years Wedding Oak Winery has been opened, they have been racking up medals for their wine at wine competitions. Penny answered our questions about her background and winemaking.

 

Q: What is your winemaking philosophy, that is, what are you trying to achieve with your wines?

 

A:  Truly wines begin in the vineyard, from rootstock and variety choices, to planting technique, determination of pruning levels, and canopy management techniques, I want to really coax out the true character of the fruit grown in its place and then to use minimal processing in the winemaking to allow the fruit character to shine. I’m determined to find the best grape varieties for the Texas Hill Country, those that require less management practices and can really ripen to their full potential.
Read full interview with Jeff at  
Lone Star International Wine Competition
Double Gold, Best of Varietal-
2012 Belle Starr Blanc du Bois
Silver- 2008 Almagres Lenoir Fortified (Texas & International)
Bronze- 2013 Ghost Rider Sweet Red Wine

Driftwood Estate Winery
San Francisco Chronicle Int’l Competition
Gold- Alamo Red
Silver- Sangiovese, Viognier, Longhorn Red

Houston Livesock Show Wine Competition
Gold, Texas Champion, International Reserve Champ- Longhorn Red
Silver- Sangiovese, Merlot
  

Tasters Guild

Gold- White Black Spanish VII

Silver- 2011 Black Spanish

Bronze- 1096 Red Port, 2011 Petit Syrah

Lone Star International Wine Competition

Gold- White Black Spanish VI

Silver- French Colombard Bone Dry,

Red Port

Bronze- Black Spanish, Petit Syrah

Duchman Family Winery

San Francisco International  Competition

Gold- 2011 Aglianico

Silver- 2012 Viognier, 2012 Vermentino, 2011 Tempranillo, 2011 Montepulciano,

2011 Sangiovese

Bronze-NV Bianco, 2011 Trebbiano

Fall Creek Vineyards

Los Angeles International Competition

Gold- 2013 Texas Sauvignon Blanc

Silver- 2012 GSM Salt Lick Vineyard

Lone Star International Wine Competition

Gold & Grand Star Award-

2013 Texas Sauvignon Blanc

Silver- 2012 GSM Salt Lick Vineyard

Tasters Guild

Double Gold- 2010 Texas Meritus

Gold- 2013 Texas Chenin Blanc

Silver- 2012 GSM Salt Lick Vineyard

Fiesta Winery

Lone Star International Wine Competition

Gold- 2013 Happy Trails

Silver- 2013 Skinny Dippin’, 2013 Texas Well Water, 2013 Back Porch Sittin’

Bronze- 2012 Tempranillo, 2012 Chenin Blanc, 2013 Savannah Rose

Flat Creek Estate

East Meets West Wine Competition

Best of Class, Gold- 2010 Syrah HC

Silver- 2010 Syrah American, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Texas High Plains

Grape Creek Vineyards

San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition

Double Gold- 2013 Viognier, 2012 Cabernet/Syrah (Best of Class)

Gold- 2012 Mosaic

Silver- 2013 Cuvee Blanc, 2012 Rendezvous, 2012 Merlot, 2012 Bellissimo

Bronze- 2013 Pinot Grigio, 2012 Cabernet Trois, 2012 Serendipity

Lone Star International Wine Competition

Gold, Grand Star Best of Show & Best in Varietal- 2012 Cabernet/Syrah

Silver- 2012 Mosaic, 2012 Bellissimo,

2012 Rendezvous, 2012 Petite Sirah,

2013 Cuvee Blanc, 2013 Muscat Canelli,

2012 Cabernet Trois

Bronze- 2012 Merlot, 2012 Cabernet Blanc, 2012 Serendipity, 2013 Pinot Grigio

Riverside International Wine Competition

Gold, Chairman’s Award- 2013 Viognier, 2012 Grand Rouge

Gold- 2012 Mosaic

Silver- 2012 Rendezvous, 2012 Cabernet Trois, 2012 Cabernet/Syrah,

2012 Bellissimo,

2012 Muscat Canelli, 2012 Serendipity

Bronze- 2012 Merlot

Pacific Rim

Gold- 2012 Riesling

Silver- 2012 Grand Rouge, 2012 Mosaic, 2012 Muscat Canelli, 2011 Petite Sirah, 2014 Viognier

Bronze- 2012 Cabernet Blanc, 2012 Cabernet Trois, 2012 Cuvee Blanc,

2012 Serendipity

Hye Meadow Winery

Lone Star International Wine Competition

Gold- 2012 Orange Muscat, Texas

Silver- 2012 Dolcetto, 2012 Aglianico,

2011 Edelzwicker

Bronze- 2010 Sangiovese,

2011 Chardonnay, 2012 Petite Sirah,

2012 Tempranillo,  2012 Viognier

Perissos Vineyard & Winery

Lone Star Wine International Competition

Double Gold, Gold Medal & Best in Varietal- 2012 Roussanne

Gold- 2012 Estate Petite Sirah

Silver- 2012 Estate Racker’s Blend,

2012 Estate Aglianico,  2012 Sangiovese,

2012 Estate Muscat Rhone

Bronze- 2012 Sweet Lucy, 2012 Estate Malbec, 2012 Estate Syrah

Singing Water Vineyards

Lone Star International Wine Competition

Silver- 2011 Freedom, 2012 Merlot

Bronze- 2011 Vintner’s Reserve,

2012 Sunrise, 2011 Saugivnon Blanc,

2010 Sweet Lupe

Wine Bottle Label Competition- Bronze- 2012 Sunrise

San Francisco Chronicle Int’l Competition

Gold- 2011 Vintner’s Reserve

Silver- 2011 Freedom, 2012 Merlot

Bronze- 2012 Sunrise, 2012 Sweet Lupe

Houston Livestock Show Wine Competition

Silver- 2011 Vintner’s Reserve,

2011 Freedom, 2012 Merlot,

2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Sweet Lupe

Sister Creek Vineyards

East Meets West Wine Competition

Double Gold, Best in Class- 2013 Muscat

Gold- 2011 Cab 5-Blend, 2010 Cab 4-Blend

Solaro Estate

Denver International Wine Competition

Gold- 2013 Chenin Blanc Oak Aged, 2012 Sangiovese, 2012 Barbera

Silver- 2013 Chenin Blanc, Port

San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition

Bronze- Port

Spicewood Vineyards

Lone Star International Wine Competition

Silver- 2012 Tempranillo, 2012 Estate Merlot, 2012 Estate Tempranillo,

2013 Roussanne, 2012 The Good Guy

Bronze- 2012 The Good Guy,

2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Estate Merlot, 2012 Pinot Noir

San Francisco International  

Silver- 2012 Estate Tempranillo, 2012 Syrah

Bronze- 2012 Tempranillo, 2012 Pinot Noir, 2012 The Good Guy

Wedding Oak Winery

Lone Star Wine International Competition

Gold- 2012 Viognier

Silver- 2013 Terre Blanc, 2012 Terre Rouge, 2012 Tioja (Texas)

Bronze- 2012 Tioja (International)

William Chris Vineyards

Lyon International Competition

Gold- 2012 Enchante, 2012 Mourvedre

Silver- 2013 Mary Ruth 
For full results forLone Star Int’l Wine Competition click HERE.

Wine Cocktail of the Month
Sweet Liberty Lemonade
2oz – Westcave Cellars Winery Viognier
1/2oz – fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 oz – Spring’s Berry Basil simple syrup
(recipe below)
1/2oz – Svedka Strawberry Lemonade Vodka
2oz – 7-Up

The ingredients are for one drink. For a great holiday punch, multiply by the desired servings. 
Mix together all ingredients (except 7-up), add berries and let it marinate. When you are ready to serve, top it off with the 7-up and pour over ice. Enjoy ~
Spring’s Berry Basil simple syrup
1cup Sugar
1cup Water  (feel free to use a white wine if you prefer)
Big handful of blueberries and strawberries
3 leafs of basil
Add water and sugar to saucepan, and bring to a boil. Let it simmer until all of the sugar has dissolved, and it has reduced a bit. In a second sauce pan, gently muddle the berries. Once the sugar water has reduced, add it to the berries along with the basil. Allow the syrup to cool. Strain and store for use. It makes a great start to a homemade lemonade for the whole family!
We wish you all a Happy and Safe
4th of July!
Don’t Drake and Drive~
July Winery Events
3rd
- Rib Night with Acoustic Guitarist RU Coleman at Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro

 

4th
- Red, White & Blues 4th at
Westcave Cellars Winery
- Fourth of July Celebration at
Duchman Family Winery
- First Friday! at Stone House Vineyard
- “Bring Your Dog to the Winery” at
Messina Hof Hill Country
- Vinopalooza Wine Fest at Flat Creek Estate
- Live Music by Exit 505 at 4.0 Cellars
5th
- VIP “Wine Library” Cellar & Barrel
Tasting, Food Vendor & Live Music at
Becker Vineyards
- Live Music at Fiesta Winery FBG 290
- Red, White & New at Dry Comal Creek
- Live Music at William Chris Vineyards
- Burgers ‘N Blues Independence Day Celebration at Fall Creek Vineyards
- Live Music at Pedernales Cellars
- Red, White & BBQ and Live Music
by Bob Cheevers at 4.0 Cellars
- Live Music Under the Pavilion at
Torre di Pietra Vineyards
- Live Music at Bell Springs Winery
- Independence Day Celebration at
Singing Water Vineyards
- Buzzie’s BBQ Food Truck & Live Music with Exit 505 at Kerrville Hills Winery
- Baby Back Ribs & Guitarist Bobby Beal at Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro
- First Saturday Wine Dinner at
Flat Creek Estate
- Wein Hall at Pontotoc Vineyard
10th

- Rib Night with Flamenco Guitarist
Ryan Waguespack at Inwood Estates
Winery & Bistro

11th
- John & Edith Maskey Art Show at
Singing Water Vineyards
- Live Music by George Ensle at 4.0 Cellars
12th
- John & Edith Maskey Art Show at
Singing Water Vineyards
- VIP “Wine Library” Cellar & Barrel
Tasting, Food Vendor & Live Music at
Becker Vineyards
- Winery U! The Black Spanish Grape & Grape Growing & Winemaking
at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
- Live Music at Fiesta Winery FBG 290
- Live Music at William Chris Vineyards
- Pizza! at Stone House Vineyard
- Live Music at Pedernales Cellars
- Live Music by Lonnie Lett at 4.0 Cellars
- Live Music Under the Pavilion at
Torre di Pietra Vineyards
- Live Music at Bell Springs Winery
- Baby Back Ribs & Guitarist Bobby Beal at Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro
- Wein Hall at Pontotoc Vineyard
13th
- Live Music by Derek Spence at
Grape Creek Vineyards
- John & Edith Maskey Art Show at
Singing Water Vineyards
- Pig Roast at Hye Meadow Winery
- Live Music by Lonnie Lett at 4.0 Cellars
- Sunday Music at Westcave Cellars Winery
- Happy Sunday! at Kerrville Hills Winery
18th
- Friday Night Live at
Singing Water Vineyards
19th
- Crepes by Crepe Nation & Live Music by Jeff Wood at Grape Creek Vineyards
- Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 “Chili and Chillin” at Wine Road 290 Members
- VIP “Wine Library” Cellar & Barrel
Tasting, Food Vendor & Live Music at
Becker Vineyards
- Live Music at Fiesta Winery FBG 290
- Live Music at William Chris Vineyards
- Live Music at Pedernales Cellars
- Live Music by Lonnie Lett at 4.0 Cellars
- Live Music Under the Pavilion at
Torre di Pietra Vineyards
- Live Music at Bell Springs Winery
- Live Music featuring Trevor Labonte & Corrina Rachel at Kerrville Hills Winery
- Baby Back Ribs & Guitarist Bobby Beal at Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro
- Wein Halle at Pontotoc Vineyard
20th
- Jazz Brunch at Duchman Family Winery
- Live Music by Lonnie Lett at 4.0 Cellars
- Live Music by Jeff Wood at
Grape Creek Vineyards
- Sunday Music at Westcave Cellars Winery
- Happy Sunday! at Kerrville Hills Winery
25th
- Live Music by Brittany Shane at 4.0 Cellars
26th
- Smokin’ Rose of Texas BBQ & Live Music by Lonnie Lett at Grape Creek Vineyards
- VIP “Wine Library” Cellar & Barrel
Tasting, – Food Vendor & Live Music at Becker Vineyards
- Live Music at Fiesta Winery FBG 290
- Live Music at William Chris Vineyards
- Live Music at Pedernales Cellars
- Live Music Under the Pavilion at
Torre di Pietra Vineyards
- Live Music at Bell Springs Winery
Baby Back Ribs & Guitarist Bobby Beal at Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro
- Wein Halle at Pontotoc Vineyard
27th
- Live Music by Lonnie Lett at
Grape Creek Vineyards
- Sunday Music at Westcave Cellars Winery
- Happy Sunday! at Kerrville Hills Winery
31st
Rib Night with Guitarist Alicia Adkins at Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro
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For more information on these events visit
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