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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.


What’s your passion?


/ˈpæʃən/ [pash-uhn]


1.  any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
2.  strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor.
3.  strong sexual desire; lust.
4.  an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.
5.  a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.
6.  a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.
7.  the object of such a fondness or desire: Accuracy became a passion with him.
Personally, I’d go with numbers 1,6 and 7 ~ although occasionally I’ve had a number 3 /4 winegasm-type of experience (tasting the 2003 Quintessa… I’d pay good money  just to smell that wine!).
Look familiar?

 So… What’s YOUR passion?

Looking forward to meeting you all ~ Salud! KathyD (Wine on Wednesday)

Howdy Texsom!

Howdy Texsom participants and fellow future wine bloggers!

I am Ian Eastveld and I am here with my partner and co-winemaker Ryan Levy.  We are both Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs, ex restaurant owners and Certified Sommeliers.  We are located in Houston and our passion is traveling the wine regions of the world to produce our wines under the label “Nice”.  (rhymes with rice)  We’re not just being arrogant, the name is an acronym in my family.  My older sister is Natalie, I am the “I“, my younger sister is Cindy and our last name is Eastveld.  Ryan got involved later on and it has been suggested on more than one occasion that we make a wine that’s “Nicer“.

Our first wine was our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that we produce in Stags Leap.  Next we went to Mendoza, Argentina to make… you guessed it, Malbec.  We also make a Sauvignon Blanc and an Asti style demi-sec sparkling wine in Mendoza.  Our next project will be a Valpolicella Ripasso from Veneto and in the future, we plan to make a great wine right here in Texas!

We look forward to meeting all the newcomers and reuniting with everyone that we have seen in previous years!  We will be showcasing our wines at the Bevco Hospitality Suite on Sunday at 5pm, Room 137, so be sure to stop by and say hello!