How Wes Mickel, a trained chef and hobbyist beer brewer found his way to being one of the first cider makers in Texas is a question he still asks himself on a regular basis. The Arkansas native took on the challenge of making cider from Texas-grown apples purely by happenstance.
Articles by Jessica Dupuy
Jun 29, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
Tuscan in style, with bright red fruits, aromas of smoke, earth, and herbs.
Jun 8, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
Kim McPherson of McPherson Cellars launches one of the first nationally-distributed Texas wines in collaboration with California Winemaker, Dave Phinney’s Locations brand, with the simple name that says it all: TX.
May 31, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
The Wine: Kuhlman Cellars Calcaria, 2013 Who Likes It: Philippe Place, the General Manager of Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery in San Antonio. Originally from the Loire Valley of France, Place came to San Antonio fifteen years ago via the hospitality industry in London and Paris. He recently joined chef…
May 21, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
Wednesday night, at The Little Nell hotel in Aspen, the Court of Master Sommeliers announced the latest class of master sommeliers to earn a diploma for passing what has been referred to as one of the world’s hardest exams. This year, there were seven who passed, one of whom was Texas’…
May 15, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
A native Texan with a sharp business mind honed at Rice University and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, David Kuhlken didn’t originally aspire to be a winemaker. And yet, he’s making wine in Stonewall for Pedernales Cellars, a family operation that is among the…
Apr 30, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
In 2012 Wedding Oak Winery opened its doors in San Saba, at what many call the Top of the Hill Country. Spearheading the endeavor was Mike McHenry, a second-career grape grower and vineyard consultant eager to bring San Saba into the fold as a Texas wine town. He had…
Apr 23, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
A crisp, refreshing white wine, just in time for summer.
Mar 25, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
Texas-based Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fans looking for a safe-bet in their pursuit of quality wines from California should consider an upcoming Houston wine tasting event on Monday, March 30 from non-profit organization In Pursuit of Balance (IPOB). Founded in 2011 by Rajat Parr of Domaine de la Côte…
Mar 24, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
An exclusive selection of wines that best repesent the winners at this year’s competition.
Mar 12, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
Dry rosés are the perfect way to welcome warmer weather.
Feb 27, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
This month, we’re launching a new column to introduce Texas Monthly readers to the people behind Texas Wine. Sometimes it helps to know a little bit about the person behind the wine in your glass. Todd Webster is the winemaker for Brennan Vineyards, a winery in Comanche located halfway between…
Feb 17, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
A special field blend from the winery’s estate vineyard.
Jan 28, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
Made from a grape that grows abundantly in the High Plains and produces a refreshing, crisp white wine you can enjoy all year long.
Jan 21, 2015 — By Jessica Dupuy
“Can you tell me which Texas wine to try? I have a hard time knowing what to look for at the store.” This is question I get all the time. After tasting hundreds of Texas wines throughout the year—and in my life—it’s become a sort of personal…
Nov 21, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
High Plains grape grower, Andy Timmons of Lost Draw Vineyards has fast become a leading force in the Texas wine industry, and now he’s opening his own winery. We talk grapes, technology, wine and how to take Texas to a new chapter in American winemaking.
Nov 14, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
A white wine that pairs well with most Thanksgiving feasts.
Oct 16, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
A big and bold Texas red.
Sep 24, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
Austin Beerworks Einhorn, Real Ale Brewing Company’s 18th Anniversary Gose, and Live Oak Brewing Company's Hefeweissen, just to name a few.
Sep 17, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
Food and wine fans from across the country will have a chance to share in a virtual community dinner in one of four cities on September 20 as part of a special event by Rodney Strong Vineyards. Benefitting the James Beard Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports culinary heritage…
Sep 13, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
A perfect send off to the hot summer days.
Sep 2, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
Despite late spring freezes and lower yields, winemakers in Texas feel good about this year's vintage.
Aug 20, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
A dry rosé that can be enjoyed year-round.
Aug 13, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
TEXSOM, the nation's largest wine education conference, celebrated its ten-year anniverary, and Joelle Cousins, who works at Austin's Red Room Lounge, was named the best Texas sommelier in 2014, the sixth time an Austinite has taken home the honor.
Jul 20, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
A big red grape from Southern Italy takes root in a Central Texas vineyard.
Jun 2, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
This month’s selection, a robust and bold red wine, is produced in the small town of Comfort, Texas, by the Bending Branch Winery. Their Texas Tannat combines a striking mélange of rich color, palate-pleasing tannin, and a balance of dark fruit and rustic earthiness, a well-rounded introduction to a wine…
Jun 2, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
Go on. Pour yourself a cold drink on a hot day.
May 16, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
This month’s pick is made from Sangiovese, a well known Italian red grape variety. But in the spirit of the season, this particular wine is a lighter version of red wine—a classic example of a rich rosé.
Apr 28, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
The festival was in high spirits.
Apr 23, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
This month, we celebrate a red wine blend, the result of something you can get when you put a few different grapes together when there’s not enough to make a single-varietal wine. Sometimes wineries give these wines melodic, artistic names. In the case of Hye Meadow Winery, one of…
Apr 17, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
While many Texans were up late watching the Blood Moons, grape growers in the High Plains and the Hill Country spent their nights tending vines and hoping for the best. Both regions experienced below-freezing temperatures Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights, and late spring freezes like these are the sort of…
Mar 27, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
"I don't know if it was the vintage, the vine age or the winemaking confidence, but that was a particularly motivating flight."
Mar 18, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
A vibrant, crisp white wine, just in time for warm Texas weather.
Feb 18, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
The Dallas Morning News/TEXSOM Wine Competition introduces some of the world's best sommeliers to Texas wines.
Feb 14, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
This bold red blend made from grapes typically grown in Portugal is from one of the Hill Country’s newest wineries and one of the region's youngest wine makers.
Jan 17, 2014 — By Jessica Dupuy
The Wine: Spicewood Vineyards “Estate” Tempranillo 2012, Texas Hill Country Who Likes It: Bill Elsey, advanced sommelier and general manager of the Red Room Lounge in Austin. Elsey got his start in the wine industry eight years ago while working in the Tasting Room at Duchman…