Archive for the ‘WINE’ Category

Wild Ed's Mustang Grapes

Came across this wonderful blog by Wild Ed which has useful hunting info and unique recipes. His formula for mustang grape jelly/jam/preserves seems a winner, as I prefer my preserves a bit tart.  For hardcore mustangensis fans, you can also make wine from the drought tolerant grape resulting in a nice dry red. You can also save the ripe skins of the grapes and dry them for the winter. On a cold and stormy night, simply pour boiling water over the dried grape skins, add some sugar or agave nectar and ta da! A delicious hot grape drink.

I bet a little Tito‘s in there would go nicely.


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Texas Wines + Flowers

This is a fun little distraction. Go to the Go Texan Wine website where they have paired local flowers that match the wines. One of my favorite Texas viogniers is from Becker Vineyards, the description seems pretty spot-on, but then again I am a sucker for astrology readings, too.

When the Sunflower opens, it’s not just beautiful — it shines. It’s the same way with a bottle of fine Viognier. Light emanates from the glass and, like the face of that sunny bloom, there is a friendliness in the crisp, lingering flavor. And if you think Sunflowers brighten a meadow, wait until you see what a Viognier can do for your dinner table.

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South Texas Tequila

El Grado Tequilas brought home several honors at two recent competitions.

El Grado’s Blanco, Reposado and Añejo last month received the gold medal at the 7th annual Spirits of Mexico tasting competition in San Diego, Calif. El Grado Blanco received the gold medal at the 2009 Beverage Testing Institute’s International Review of Spirits.

El Grado Tequila’s three grades are Tequila Blanco (clear in color with hints of fruit and black pepper), Tequila Reposado ( light amber in color with lingering vanilla sweetness and spicy notes) and Tequila Añejo (amber-gold in color with amooth, complex maple flavor and hints of fruit and spice)

Here’s a great article from the Corpus Christi Caller Times about this tasty tequila.

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South Texas Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi, TX

South Texas Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi, TX

The South Texas Wine & Herb Festival will be held this year at the South Texas Botanical Gardens on Saturday, October 16, from 9am – 5pm.
There will be a variety of seminars and demonstrations under the Rose Pavilion on the half hour by members of the Rockport Rose and Herb Study Group and other wine and herb enthusiasts.   Partnering with the Texas Department of Agriculture’s ‘Go Texan’ program, there will be wine tastings in the afternoon and cooking demos using Texas seafood. Vendors will be on site with potted herbs and other herb or wine-related merchandise.  Home Grown editor Judy Barrett will present her new book, “What Can I do with my Herbs?”.

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
8545 S. Staples St.
Corpus Christi, TX
Telephone #: 361/852-2100
Web Page: www.stxbot.org

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This is Texas’ oldest continuously running winery in Texas. Val Verde Winery was established in 1883 by Italian immigrant Frank Qualia, who brought with him the family tradition of winemaking.  When he arrived in Del Rio, he found Lenoir grapes flourishing under the warm Southwest Texas sun, and founded the winery. 



French Toulouse Geese were used to weed the vineyards; using geese cut down on the amount of pesticides needed. However, the geese would eat the ripe grapes, so two to three weeks prior to the harvest, the geese had to be penned up.



 Many of their wines have gained the attention of serious wine connoisseurs, particularly his Don Luis Tawny Port, which has won medals from Texas to New York.

 VAL VERDE WINERY . 100 QUALIA DRIVE  .  DEL RIO, TX 78840 .  (830) 775-9714   http://www.valverdewinery.com/

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