The Woodlands Wine Walk
The entire month of October has been designated as Texas Wine Month by The Texas Department of Agriculture. Texas Wine Month kicked off last week in BIG ways throughout the State with formal celebrations at the Texas State Fair as well as three huge wine festivals in the Houston area during the last weekend in September. Texas wineries are increasing in numbers with well over 200 Texas wineries in operation. Local wineries within 30 minutes of The Woodlands include, CORK THIS! Winery in Montgomery, Bernhardt Winery near Plantersville, and Retreat Hill Winery in White Hall (Located south of SH 105 on FM 362 between Plantersville and Navasota). Three new wineries just opened in The Woodlands area; Enchanted Manor Winery near Magnolia, Retreat Hill Cellars in the recently converted historic First State Bank Building in Montgomery, and Texas Star Winery south of Richards, Texas on FM 149.
Several local restaurants (i.e. Pappas’, Fleming’s, Red Phoenix Hunan to name a few) and wine bars (i.e. Woodlands Wine Co.-formerly VINO100 and Crescent Moon Wine Bar) are offering great Texas wines complimenting the movement to serve local wines with local foods. CRUSH Wine Bar, overlooking The Woodlands Waterway will be hosting a Texas Wine Celebration from 6:30 to 9 PM on Tuesday, October 7th, offering free wine tastings from Becker Vineyards near Fredricksburg, Llano Estacado Winery near Lubbock, and Messina Hof Winery and Resort in Bryan. These wines will also be featured during the month of October for a big Texas blowout.
The trend in many wine stores, including the wine departments in grocery stores, is in increasing shelf space for Texas wines. In fact, in many shops, the number of available different Texas wines out-number French wines by more than two to one. As a result, Texas wines are now outselling French wines in many Texas wine establishments. Kroger’s in Cochran’s Crossing (Research Forest at Gosling) is one of the first Texas Kroger’s Stores to complete a huge wine shop expansion. A fine selection of Texas wines stand prominently among the nearly 2,000 different wines now offered at that location.
A number of Texas wineries have Gold Medal winning wines. Since 2008, Grape Creek Winery near Fredricksburg has won more than 75 medals for its wines. Wine medals are only given for quality wines and in some wine contests, no medals are given if the wines in a given category do not warrant such recognition. The Gold Medals are only awarded to wines with superior quality; Silver Medals are given to wines which exhibit excellent qualities while Bronze Medals are presented to wines with great qualities. Texas wineries like Messina Hof Winery, Becker Vineyards, and Llano Estacado Winery have hundreds of medals hanging from their wines in their tasting room.
When it comes to taste, Texas wineries like Landon Winery, Kiepersol Estate Wines, and Messina Hof Winery have challenged the best wines from other wine regions throughout the world. In blind wine tastings against these other top contenders, Texas wines consistently hold their own; some even being rated as the preferred wines in several of these blind tastings held under the strictest of conditions.
– guest author: Ron Saikowski
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Posted by Woodlands Traveler on October 6, 2010 in Woodlands Events, Woodlands Texas, Woodlands Waterway, Woodlands Wine Walk | ∞