Dec. 2, 2021

Comparing Notes with Interpreting Wine Podcast's Lawrence Francis

Comparing Notes with Interpreting Wine Podcast's Lawrence Francis

My guest in this episode is London-based Lawrence Francis, host of Interpreting Wine Podcast. He’s sharing great insights into how wineries can effectively communicate their stories and engage with customers.

Plus, I’ll share Texas wine news including national press recognition for several Texas wines and a new study that shows huge growth in Texas winery numbers.

Cheers y'all!

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Learn more about, a new way to discover, shop and interact with Texas wineries.

Sommly is an online marketplace where wine enthusiasts can explore wineries, join wine clubs, read reviews and buy - or give - the gift of Texas wine.

Similar to Etsy, Sommly enables artisan wineries to sell their wine direct-to-consumer and cut out the middleman.

Sommly’s marketplace will be launching in Texas early in 2022.
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Texas Wine In the News

VinePair: The States with the Most Wineries 2021

VinePair Names CL Butaud’s 2019 Desert Willow Vineyard Mourvèdre one of the Top 50 wines of 2021

Pedernales Cellars and Spicewood Vineyards win Jefferson Cup

Texas Results from Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Winners from Granbury Wine Competition that was sponsored by GoTexan and the Cross Timbers Wine Trail
* Lucky Vines Lucky Lass Peach
* Cattlebaron Bortex Newsom Vineyards 2019 by Casual Friday Wines  
 * Silver Spur 2019 Tannat Gatewood Estate Vineyard

Robin Clark for Texas Wine Lover: Slate Theory Winery Review

Thanksgiving Selections by Emma Balter of Houston Chronicle / possible paywall

Thanksgiving Selections by Eric Asimov of The New York Times / possible paywall

Need lodging in Fredericksburg? Check out my home Cork + Cactus on Heavenly!

Interview: Lawrence Francis of Interpreting Wine Podcast

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Demerits and Gold Stars


Gold Star:

Avanti Restaurant’s Virginie Naigeon-Malek: Gender Equal Wine List and Texas Wine Enabler

Wine Education Segment

Bordeaux-style wines and Bordeaux-blends -
Red wines are made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and sometimes Carmenere. White wines are made of primarily Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

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