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Since the end of prohibition, Texas has prevented huge corporations from selling retail hard liquor inside the state-laws Wal-Mart desperately want to change through a federal complaint it has filed in an Austin court. But not if Alan Waldrop and his client have anything to do with it


This cooperative spirit is a step forward adding to the fellowship of Texas winemakers


When the 29-year-old Ron Yates bought Spicewood Vineyards in 2007, he made good on his promise to make it a serious destination for Texas-made Spanish grape varietals like tempranillo - but he's fulfilling a very different dream with the September opening of Yates, a winery carrying his family name


TEXSOM co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell today announced at the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Grand Tasting that Rachel DelRocco of Camerata at Paulie's in Houston, Texas is the 2016 TEXSOM Best Sommelier. The 2016 TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition, presented by Texas Monthly, takes place during TEXSOM, the most prominent and influential wine education conference in the United States, held annually at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.


The competition, staged at Texas' big internationally known wine education conference this weekend in Irving, pitted winner Nathan Fausti, of Italian restaurant Olive & June, against 23 other sommeliers in a rigorous three-part wine examination


A local winery has given Napa Valley, California a run for its money. Thursday was the first day of harvest season at the Pahrump Valley Winery


will celebrate its 35th anniversary Saturday


Texas wine grapes and wines are gaining popularity and the state's industry is booming, said Michael Cook, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service viticulture program specialist in Denton


"We know from a science standpoint that if there's one thing states could do to improve public health, in terms of reducing alcohol consumption, it's raising taxes on alcohol."



Last year was such a good year for Texas grape growers that the state wrung out its first surplus of juice -- ever.


will include more diverse topics focused on the home grower than in the two previous years


Texas boasts some outstanding Mediterranean-style wines that have put our state on the wine map. Their foreign names may not roll off your tongue, but the eponymous grapes behind them take well to Texas soil.


In between customers' arrivals on an early Friday evening recently, Bill Smoot, owner of Prescott Winery, talked about how he came to open such a business in Prescott. The idea came to him seven or eight years ago, he said, while on a wine tour in Sonoita, southern Arizona, when he asked the owner how he was doing


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The concept of winery incubators, common in the Pacific Northwest, has already begun to catch on in Texas with San Saba's Wedding Oak Winery, which helped Old Man Scary Cellars get up and running late last year.


A legal dispute between Aridus, one of Arizona's largest winemaking facilities, and Rob Hammelman of Sand-Reckoner, one of the state's most celebrated winemakers, has ended. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed....


For a time, Scott Dahmer, co-owner of Aridus, held thousands of gallons of Sand-Reckoner at the Aridus facility in Willcox until Hammelman secured a court order to remove it. Hammelman, in his filings, suggested that Aridus was deceiving customers with its wine labels, a claim Aridus disputed in its filings.


In another potentially historic case, McLane Company Inc., which has sold food products in Texas sine since the 1980s through the AmeriServ and McLane Foodserice trademarks, has called into question Texas' "One Share Rule," by filing a complaint with the Texas Alcohol Control Board (TACB) in Austin. Its parent company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., owns a two-percent share in Walmart and doesn't believe that this is a justifiable reason for McLane not to be able to distribute alcoholic beverage in Texas.


In an effort to stem the depletion of groundwater and keep Arizona's prized Verde River flowing, two vineyards are buying water credits through a new exchange designed to balance the basin's water use for the good of the river and the local economy.

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