News & Reviews

  • Thu, 26-Sep-2019
    Go Texan! Texas Grown and Texas Proud will fascinate you at the Texas State Fair
    Texas State Fair

    The Texas State Fair Preview tonight featured two wineries: Messina Hof Winery, based in Bryan, TX (also operating an urban winery in Grapevine, TX), and Farmhouse Vineyards, based in Brownfield, TX.

    Leif Ranstrom and Garrett Gomez from Messina Hof's Grapevine winery welcomed us with Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Texas High Plains - certified 100% Texas grown. It's rounder than say, a New Zealand Sauv Blanc, and at 12.5% ABV, it is easy to sip. The label recommends serving at 45 degrees, but the flavors really stood out when it warmed up a little. Next up were two dry reds from varietals we love: Messina Hof Sangiovese 2017 Texas High Plains and - what? Sagrantino? Yes, Messina Hof Sagrantino Reserva 2017 Texas High Plains. The grapes for this bottling are grown at 3600 feet elevation. Messina Hof bottles another Sagrantino - not tasted tonight - from grapes grown in the Bryan vineyard. Beau, recommended for spicy food and barbeque, is a blend of red grape varietals and Muscat Canelli.

    Traci Furgeson, owner of Farmhouse Vineyards, says her goal is to get vineyard designation for their grapes, many of which are sold to other wineries. For generations, her family grew cotton on this land. Farmhouse Vineyards West Texas Cultivated Texas High Plains Red Table Wine is a blend: 50% Dolcetto, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Counoise, 8% Cinsault. According to Traci, they're the first to bring Counoise to Texas to grow commercially and theirs is the same clone grown by Paso Robles, CA-based Tablas Creek Vineyard. Farmhouse Vineyards West Texas Revolution Texas High Plains is a delightful sparkling rosé, 100% Counoise. West Texas Boyfriend is a white sparkling wine, 100% Malvasia Bianca - fresh and bubbly. The white West Texas Sweet, a blend of Malvasia Bianca and Orange Muscat, could complement spicy Asian food.

  • Fri, 16-Nov-2018
    Heritage Radio Network on Tour
    Wine Podcast Series

    Heritage Radio Network (HRN) + RAW WINE's New York Fair = Heritage Radio Network on Tour: a podcast series of panels and tastings from the Speakers Corner.
    Click here to listen to all eight panels, including four that were led by HRN hosts Sam Benrubi of The Grape Nation, Jordan Werner Barry of Modernist BreadCrumbs, and Joe Campanale of In The Drink.
    Learn more about Raw Wine.

  • Sat, 20-Oct-2018
    Counter Culture Dallas 2018
    Counter Culture Dallas 2018

    Our friend Lassa Skinner, co-founder/owner of Culture Magazine, brings Counter Culture to Dallas. #countercultureDAL is an industry-only, free, two-day training and education seminar welcoming attendees from the cheese, charcuterie and specialty food industry who are not always able to travel to food shows, attend conferences, or make training and tasting trips. Check out the Monday cider seminar: you'll taste through varied styles of traditional world ciders and learn to pair them with Wisconsin cheeses. Begoña Medio will show attendees how to "catch" Trabanco Sidra Natural the Asturian way and become a true escanciador. Register online.

  • Fri, 19-Oct-2018
    Wine Scholar Guild Immersion Study Trips slated for 2019
    Wine Scholar Guild Immersion Study Trips

    Registration is now open for the nine intensive, professional-level educational wine study trips offered by Wine Scholar Guild in 2019:

    Piedmont May 19 - 24, 2019
    Tuscany May 26 - May 31, 2019
    Bourgogne May 19 - May 24, 2019
    Bourgogne Jun 02 - Jun 07, 2019
    Champagne Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2019
    Bordeaux Jun 16 - Jun 21, 2019
    Loire Jun 23 - Jun 28, 2019
    Alsace Oct 20 - Oct 25, 2019
    Champagne Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2019