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Breaking Rumor: Sale of Cap*Rock Winery to Gruet In Trouble?

Date: Sat, Jul 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

At this point this is all very much hearsay, but I spoke to a source today who said that the sale of Cap*Rock winery to Gruet that had been reported earlier on this blog is in jeopardy. Again, this has not been substantiated yet. For now I don't really have anything concrete on this, but I will be looking into it further. I'm hoping that this rumor is false. I will post new information as it arises. Update - I continue to hear rumors from various sources that there is a problem with the Cap*Rock sale, but have yet to...

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July 23 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Jul 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good There have been a lot of good posts about the recent #PinotNoir blowout that took place. The entire event was so much fun, and represents an international community Twitter event the likes of which I've never seen before. So, with all of the great posts on the event, how did I choose the one to feature here? Easy, I picked the one that has a video that mentions my hometown of Lubbock, Texas. :) This video is from the WineTonite blog. This is the first time I have ever heard Lubbock associated with a wine event before a...

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Help a Wino Out..., Not Me, Ed from WineTonite

Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

Just thought I'd make it clear from the title, as I have my suspicions that a post titled Help a Wino Out might not get viewed a single time. I know how much everyone loves to be asked for stuff, but really all that's needed here is a few minutes to go vote for Ed Thralls in a contest that Lapostolle has put together to send an aspiring wine maker to Chile to work. That's right, the prize is work. Anyway, Ed has been working really hard to pursue his passion over the last several years, including getting his wine...

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Is Biodynamics a Hoax?

Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

There are few topics that are more controversial in the wine world right now than that of Biodynamic wines. Both proponents and opponents seem to be equally passionate in their opinions on the subject. Jeff Lefevere has an outstanding post up on his Good Grape blog right now about the need for a change in the dialogue (or dueling monologues) on this topic. Jeff does a good job of showing the parallels between wine and politics or religion that this issue has created. From the post - By now, I think most seasoned wine enthusiasts are not only familiar with...

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Good Wine, Prostitutes, and Capitalism - Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards

Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

If you spend enough time reading about wine or talking to winos, there is no doubt that the topic of marketing will come up at some point. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to marketing, wine labels, and the like. My favorite wine labels are the ones that have a unique story behind them. I think that this can serve a winery well in making a personal connection with the consumer. On my recent trip to Oregon and Washington, I found some really great story labels, but one of my favorites was the story behind Hard Row to Hoe...

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Summertime (and the Livin's Easy) - 2008 Laurenz V. Singing Grüner Veltliner

Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

When the temperatures start moving North here in Texas, my tastes gradually turn from red to white. The Summer heat makes many of my favorite reds darn near undrinkable for the next couple of months. So naturally I just stop drinking during the Summer, right? Sure. One great variety for these hot summer days is the Austrian superstar white, Grüner Veltliner. I recently received some Grüner samples from crackerjack PR gal Constance Chamberlain from The Brand Action Team. One of the wines that I received was the 2008 Laurenz V Singing Grüner Veltliner. This wine will set you back around...

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Ain't No Party Like a Hardy Party: An Interview With Hardy Wallace

Date: Mon, Jul 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

One of the great things about the 2010 Wine Bloggers' Conference was getting to meet and hang out with some really awesome wine people from around the country. One of the guys that I have always wanted to meet is Hardy Wallace of Dirty South Wine, Murphy-Goode, and now NPA (Natural Process Alliance) fame. Hardy went from being a total rock star to being an even bigger rock star when he emerged victorious from the Murphy-Goode contest for A Really Goode Job. The gig got Hardy relocated to California, where he did some great work for Murphy Goode. When his...

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The Wino Fantasy Continues: From Baseball to Football

Date: Sat, Jul 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

This baseball season saw the advent of a new league that brought together two of my favorite things, wine and baseball. A great group of winos from around the country came together to participate in the Major Wino Fantasy Baseball League. The first order of business here today is some gloating on my part. As of the start of today's games, I am enjoying a pretty sizable lead in the league. I was fortunate enough to pick up a couple of studs that didn't cost me very much (players were selected in an auction format), such as Ubaldo Jimenez and...

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July 16 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good The good this week goes out to the wine community that participated in the #pinotnoir Twitter tasting last night. I think that anything that provides an excuse for drinking some great Pinot deserves to occupy this space. I would especially like to note the power trio of Ed Thralls from Wine Tonite, Tamara Belgard from Sip With Me (made sure I got your URL right this time), and Joe Herrig from Suburban Wino, who did most of the heavy lifting for the event. Great job guys, and thanks for bringing this together, and involving so many people from...

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Contemplations on France, Texas, and Bubbly

Date: Thu, Jul 15, 2010 Wine Tasting

The events of the last week have gotten my brain churning on some things. For those who haven't read my last couple of posts, a local winery was purchased at auction by Laurent Gruet, of the sparkling wine powerhouse from New Mexico, Gruet Winery. Although I think the overall reaction around the state has been pretty positive, there are always complainers in a situation like this. Among the complaints, a major one has been about a big European concern (Gruet is originally from Champagne France) stepping into the Texas wine pool. For those of you who have never lived among...

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A Late Harvest Gem from Spokane: 2007 Lone Canary Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

It has been a little while since I last posted a review, so I thought it was high time I get some tasting notes out into the wild. Tonight I'm drinking a little desert wine that I picked up on my recent visit to Spokane, the 2007 Lone Canary Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. Lone Canary was the last stop on my recent winery tour with fellow bloggers, Eric Hwang (Bricks of Wine) and Josh Wade (Drink Nectar). We had tasted several of the wines produced at the winery, and as what seemed like an afterthought, we were served this wine....

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The CapRock Sale - The Most Expensive Three Minutes in Texas Wine History?

Date: Tue, Jul 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

It's not every day that you see an established winery up on the auction blocks, although the sight does seem to be becoming more common all the time. This afternoon saw the sale of Cap*Rock Winery, which is one of the most troubled, but also most beautiful, wineries in West Texas. The winery itself is an approximately 23,000 sq ft facility that is situated on almost 25 acres of land. Cap*Rock winery filed for bankruptcy last December, with unpaid creditors accumulating over time. The auction date was set for yesterday, July 12th, and interested parties attended from around the state,...

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Breaking News - Texas Winery Purchased by Gruet

Date: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 Wine Tasting

I will have more details on this coming up this evening, but the New Mexico bubbly house, Gruet Winery, has purchased the CapRock Winery, and does have plans to begin production of Texas "Champagne". Early estimates that I had been hearing for the purchase price of the winery had been in the $2-3 million range, but when the smoke had cleared, the final damage came in at $6.5 million. The auction took little more than a minute and a half, and the tall, handsome Frenchman was left holding the winning number. Should be interesting to see what this means for...

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Kicking the Tires on a Texas Winery

Date: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 Wine Tasting

As of this writing, I am preparing to attend the auction of the Caprock Winery. For those who don't know, this is a West Texas winery with an absolutely beautiful facility, that unfortunately has not been able to make wines to match over the years. Photo taken from Williams Auction website I will be posting the details of the experience tomorrow, but I wanted to point you to a couple of posts that my friend Russ Kane from VintageTexas has up about the auction. You can find details about the auction, as well as a great suggestion for some High...

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