Dec. 10, 2020

Chris Brundrett and Andrew Sides on the new William Chris Wine Company PLUS Top Texas Wine Stories of 2020

Chris Brundrett and Andrew Sides on the new William Chris Wine Company PLUS Top Texas Wine Stories of 2020

William Chris Vineyards and Lost Draw Cellars announced a plan to merge in October of this year. Today you’ll hear from the founders of those two wineries about the new William Chris Wine Company and its plans for the future. Plus, I’ve also got a round-up of the 23 biggest Texas wine stories of the year.

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Mentioned in this Episode

Texas Wine In the News

  1. VinePair names Southold’s All Things Go #8 best wine of 2020
  2. CL Butaud & Wine for the People Tasting Room Opens
  3. 4.0 Cellars Relaunches as Texas Wine Collective
  4. Houston Rodeo Uncorked Wine Competition Results
  5. San Francisco International Wine Competition Results
  6. Wine Industry Advisor: Seasoned Winemaker Brings Expertise to a New Wine Incubator at Kerrville Hills Winery
  7. Texas Monthly: 12 Texas Wines for the Holiday Season
  8. Fredericksburg Standard Radio-Post 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards

Top Texas News Stories of 2020

  1. Texas Wineries connect with customers via virtual tasting events.
  2. Increased direct-to-consumer shipping and curbside pickups
  3. Special release wine benefits restaurant workers
  4. Formation of a new Texas Winery PAC: Save Texas Wineries
  5. Travel to Texas wineries is strong, particularly in the Texas Hill Country
  6. 2020 Vintage is Light in Texas High Plains Due to Late 2019 Freeze. Big focus on Texas Hill Country fruit
  7. Texas wineries appear frequently in national news stories. State media also covers Texas wineries more than in past years.
  8. New wines and wine brands hit the market
  9. New wineries open
  10. New tasting rooms open
  11. New vineyard acreage planted
  12. New winemakers for several wineries
  13. Jason Hisaw named Texas Wine Ambassador
  14. New wine bars focusing on Texas wine
  15. New building projects for several wineries
  16. State Fair of Texas Blue Ribbon Selections
  17. New book by Jessica Dupuy focuses on wines of Texas, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico: Wines of Southwest USA
  18. Best Collaboration: Texas Fine Wine and Texas Pecan Board
  19. New Texas wine magazine by Cross Timbers Wine Trail. Listen to Chuck Tordiglione talk about the magazine in a previous episode
  20. New Texas wine trail: Sam Houston Wine Trail
  21. Wine Enthusiast: Chris Brundrett Named to 40 Under 40 List
  22. William Chris Vineyards and Lost Draw Cellars Merge
  23. Texas continues to produce exceptionally good wine!

Interview with Chris Brundrett and Andrew Sides of William Chris Wine Company

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--collaborative effort with Rae Wilson of @wineforthepeople

Chris: @ighyetx
Andrew: @mr_drewbaby

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