Wow, What a Tasting Opportunity at Texsom 2011 y Mas: Just when I thought day one was ending…

Wow, What a Tasting Opportunity Day 1 at Texsom 2011 y Mas: Just when I thought day one was ending…

Day 1: It was an amazing day…

  • Forty-seven wines
  • Doug Frost MS, MW, WineDogBoy rocks!
  • Vega Sicilia “Valbuena”, Ribera del Duero (mineral, earth, black fruit – simply over the top)
  • Simply Grosses Gewachs (if you can find them in the USA)
  • Pinotage (love it, hate it – twice as many as I have tasted all year)
  • Thelema “The Mint” – It’s all there…even the Eualyptus
  • Gruner, Albarino, Torrontes, Roussanne – continent hopping for new white classics
  • Grenache – what it does (and doesn’t), why we blend it, styles all over the map
  • Just when I thought that I palate was raw, Red Wines of Burgundy (Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru “Les Orveaux”)

Just as we were finishing the final session, I spotted a tweet @CalaisWinery (Dallas – Deep Ellum) saying that Ben Calais was pressing his Texas High Plains, Newsom Vineyard 2011 Tempranillo. Did I have the energy to witness it? Yep, I trucked down there to watch the thick, purple fluid squirt through clear flexible tubes into oak barrels. It was a difficult year in Texas due to the heat, but the Tempranillo grapes came in with remarkable good numbers. They were simply concentrated and so was the fermented wine that awaited its marriage with oak.

By 8:00 pm, I was ready for a margarita! Cheers until tomorrow early AM.


The Jeremy & Alfonso Show at TexSom – Words of Wisdom for Wine Bloggers

The Jeremy & Alfonso Show at TexSom – Words of Wisdom for Wine Bloggers

Why do people blog? This is philosophical question same as why is there air? People blog because they do.

Looking for a deeper reason…well, they are driven by passion, a passion to tell a story, their story, a wine’s story, someone else’s story.

All I know is I blog because I want to tell a story. The story is about the Texas wine experience. It’s a topic that seldom gets coverage in the “lamestream” national wine media. Why, is the topic of Texas wine not covered, well it not because good wine isn’t being made here. It is because, most of Texas wine is consumed right here….Not in NYC, Chicago or London. There are no national advertising contracts that motivate the major wine mags to come taste Texas wines.

I am lucky enough to be here at a time when Texas is actually figuring out what it will become. It’s like the opportunity to re-live the old days in Napa before it became a household wine word. There is some good, some bad and some really good wines being made. Winegrowers are experimenting with “lesser” varieties of grapes from warm growing regions of the world (like southern Italy, France, Spain and Portugal).

The reason I started my blog ( was preciesly in the words of Alfonso, a workshop and to experiment with topics for an upcoming book project.

Now that the book project is ready to go to print, I am again asking the question…Why am I blogging?

So, Jeremy and Alfonso….that’s why I’m here. Tell me WHY?

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A note from top Texas wine blogger Russ Kane

I wonder if people in Texas (and its wine community) realize how active and vibrant this community is and especially what a tremendous educational activity Texsom presents to people in (and out) of the trade that interested in learning more about wine.

See you Sat through Mon…..I’m looking forward to it.

Here is a link to my first Texsom back in 2008. It is my early attempts at field blogging and some of it (as I read it now) if pretty rough. See:

In fact, you can tell by the post number how early in my blogging activity this was! But, those of you that are just starting to blog, this is where it all starts. Blog often, post interesting and content filled material, tell your story (in your voice) and they will come. Link your blog to other social media sites: particularly Facebook and Twitter. VintageTexas is a good example of this method. When I started, I never thought that a blog devoted to Texas wines would have been as actively read as it is today.

Hopefully, I will do better this weekend than I did back in 2008.

P.S. Word of wisdom to new bloggers: drop the word “nice” as an adjective (there are other more exciting words out there), use spell check (sometime I forget), check for noun-verb agreement, and if you say something is better, finish with telliing the reader, better than what.

—Russ Kane