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10/21/20

Alan Dreeben, the widely admired and respected partner in Republic National Distributing Company, will step down from the board of directors at the end of 2020, bowing out of management of the second largest wholesale wine and spirits distributor in the United States. Dreeben, 77, will hand off his board seat to his son-in-law Marc Sachs and will take a part-time role as advisory director after 54 years with RNDC.

10/21/20

October is Texas Wine Month, and that means I've asked Dr. Russell Kane - who has written two books on Texas wine -to tout bottles that have turned his head and turned on his taste buds. But, because all four of his selections would be reds, I have contributed a couple of excellent white options from other producers.

10/21/20

The city of Fredericksburg, Texas has long been a favorite destination for its quaint Main Street shops and German heritage. Now, it has become the epicenter of the Texas Hill Country American Viticultural Area (AVA), the third largest in the country and second most visited wine region in the U.S., home to more than 80 wineries. The lovely town is also home of the Cabernet Grill, the perfect place to experience wines from the state's eight different AVAs.

10/20/20

The abstract benefits of biochar for long-term storage of carbon and nitrogen on American farms are clear, and now new research from Rice University shows a short-term, concrete bonus for farmers as well.

10/15/20

The business of recommending wine is busier than ever, even though it looks much different

10/14/20

The merger of William Chris Vineyards and Lost Draw Cellars will fall under a new parent company, William Chris Wine Company.

10/14/20

The highly anticipated arrival of a new winery, wine club and restaurant is almost here: The Scottsdale location of Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant finally has an opening date.

10/14/20

For as long as Jennifer Beckmann can remember, Texas wine tastings generally involved one of two scenarios: straight-backed waiters pouring it in a dining room full of haughty guests or tipsy thirtysomethings posing for selfies with glasses of rosé.

10/14/20

"Three-hundred and fifty years after the first vineyards were planted, Texas wine is finally having a moment." I wrote these words last year in a Texas wine holiday gift guide.

10/12/20

With President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis early in the month and many in Trump's inner circle coming down with the virus, the United States has been on edge about the disease.

10/12/20

Golden Knights owner Bill Foley felt the effects of the wildfires in Northern California, as several of his wineries were temporarily shut down and one of his properties sustained extensive damage.

10/09/20

With the success of the university's licensed beer, NMSU follows with a wine

10/08/20

The 2019 Texas International Wine Competition held a judges' tour at Ron Yates Wines. One of the judges was John Salvi, Master of Wine (MW), a venerated elder who earned the MW in 1970 (becoming one of only 20 in the world at that time). Other judges around Salvi warned Yates that "he may not drink anything".

10/07/20

A company affiliated with the Gabriel's Liquor store chain has lost a bankruptcy court fight over whether it can transfer its shares to a publicly traded company despite a state law that bans public corporations from holding package-store permits.

10/05/20

Organizers of the H-E-B Wine Walk, normally part of the Wine & Food Week festivities hosted in June each summer, were already having challenges to the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10/02/20

"Some may think the only reason to drink a white wine from Texas is because of our hot weather, but that's not it," shares Cheramie Law, co-founder of Salt and Pepper Wine. "The diverse Texas terroir supports a dozen white grape varieties, meaning one can go on a wine trip around the world without ever leaving the state!"

09/28/20

The Texas law now facing legal challenge from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. prohibits publicly traded companies from obtaining the retail permits needed to sell spirits.

09/28/20

Flying Leaps Wines General Manager Nicole Maddox said the crops yield was down about 60 percent this year. Some of the grape clusters only grew about half their traditional size.

09/23/20

Greg and Nikhila Narra Davis debut new Kalasi Cellars tasting room.

09/22/20

Texas winery and full-service custom crush facility Slate Mill Wine Collective and cooking and date night experts, Couple in the Kitchen, have partnered to introduce Date Night Wines. The initial release curated by Couple in the Kitchen includes Date Night White and Rosé wines made with 100 percent Texas grown grapes. Proceeds from the sale of the wine will benefit Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation.

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