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Dan and Maura Sharp: Replanting The Vineyard at Blue Mountain in Texas Davis Mountains AVA
June 1, 2023

Dan and Maura Sharp: Replanting The Vineyard at Blue Mountain in Texa…

I made a trip out west to interview today’s guests. The Texas Davis Mountains AVA has been on my radar for quite some time, but I had never actually been there just recently. The highlight of my trip was sitting …

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Michael Barton of Hilmy Cellars
May 18, 2023

Michael Barton of Hilmy Cellars

Michael Barton is the winemaker at Hilmy Cellars in Fredericksburg. He’s earning rave reviews for his wines, and today you’ll hear about his deep appreciation for Texas grape growers, the changes he’s been making at Hilmy, and what he learned …

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Phil Lopez of Silver Spur Vineyard & Winery in Hico
May 4, 2023

Phil Lopez of Silver Spur Vineyard & Winery in Hico

Today you’ll hear from Phil Lopez of Silver Spur Winery in Hico. He’s a Texan who got into wine while living in California. Phil is most at home in the vineyard, and you'll love what Phil has to say about …

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Winemaker Jon Leahy of Becker Vineyards
April 20, 2023

Winemaker Jon Leahy of Becker Vineyards

Today my guest is Jon Leahy, the winemaker at Becker Vineyards, one of the first, and one of the largest wineries in Texas. We take a look back at some of the most memorable wines he’s made, his extensive travels, …

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Dan Gatlin's Dogged Quest for Quality at Inwood Estates Winery
April 6, 2023

Dan Gatlin's Dogged Quest for Quality at Inwood Estates Winery

Dan Gatlin joins me to talk about his almost 50 years in the wine industry. We cover a lot of ground including including the development of the wine industry in Napa Valley, the lessons learned in the early years of …

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Kalasi Cellars' Nikhila Narra Davis and Greg Davis
March 23, 2023

Kalasi Cellars' Nikhila Narra Davis and Greg Davis

Today's guests are Nikhila Narra Davis and Greg Davis of Kalasi Cellars. They’ve got a major presence as both High Plains grape growers and as winery owners in Fredericksburg. You’ll hear from Nikhila, who handles wines and vines, and Greg, …

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Bryan Chagoly of Sandy Road Vineyards and Top Texas Wines
March 9, 2023

Bryan Chagoly of Sandy Road Vineyards and Top Texas Wines

My guest Bryan Chagoly co-owns Sandy Road Vineyards in Johnson City. We discuss how Sandy Road Vineyards started and their plans for the future. We also talk about Bryan’s latest project, Top Texas Wines. You'll hear more about this effort …

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Talking Texas Wine with TEXSOM's James Tidwell MS
Feb. 23, 2023

Talking Texas Wine with TEXSOM's James Tidwell MS

James Tidwell is a Master Sommelier, writer, speaker and educator. James was an early adopter of Texas wines and shares tips for wineries that are seeking restaurant placement. We also talk about what varieties and wine styles have impressed him …

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Jean Hoefliger on the Future of Texas Wine
Feb. 9, 2023

Jean Hoefliger on the Future of Texas Wine

My guest is international consulting winemaker Jean Hoefliger who now works with clients in Texas. Jean was a keynote speaker at the recent Texas Hill Country Wine Symposium. In our interview, you’ll hear his enthusiasm for Texas wine and the …

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The Year in Review with John Rivenburgh
Dec. 15, 2022

The Year in Review with John Rivenburgh

It’s the end of 2022, and it’s time to take stock of the big stories in Texas wine industry this year. Today I’m going to talk through it all with John Rivenburgh of Kerrville Hills Winery. We talk about the …

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Adrienne Ballou's Texas Wine (and Beer) Journey
Dec. 1, 2022

Adrienne Ballou's Texas Wine (and Beer) Journey

You may know Adrienne Ballou from her time at a couple different Hill Country wineries, most recently Southold, or from her own label, Lightsome Wines or from Nice n Easy, the bar she co-owns in Johnson City. She's got an …

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Glena Yates, President of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association
Nov. 17, 2022

Glena Yates, President of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association

Glena Yates, president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, joins me to share some history of the organization, information on recent challenges and staffing changes, and what TWGGA hopes to accomplish in the next legislative session. In Texas …

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Lynne Majek: Making Big Waves in a Small Market
Nov. 3, 2022

Lynne Majek: Making Big Waves in a Small Market

My guest today is Lynne Majek, CEO of Majek Vineyard & Winery outside of Schulenburg. Majek is a smaller winery in a small community, but she’s made a big impression on everyone that visits. In Texas wine news, I’ll share …

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Sergio Cuadra: 10 Years of Making Wine at Fall Creek Vineyards
Oct. 20, 2022

Sergio Cuadra: 10 Years of Making Wine at Fall Creek Vineyards

Sergio Cuadra, director of winemaking at Fall Creek Vineyards is celebrating his 10th harvest in Texas, but he’s been working in wine for even longer in Chile. Hear what he thinks about the unique opportunities that growing grapes and making …

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Musings on Mason (TX) with Don Pullum
Oct. 6, 2022

Musings on Mason (TX) with Don Pullum

Don Pullum is a proud resident and ardent supporter of Mason, Texas. In this episode, tells me about why he chose Mason to plant a vineyard back in the 90s, and what makes it special today. There’s also BIG news …

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Tips for Visiting Texas Winery Tasting Rooms with Victoria Calais and Donna Rene Johnston
Sept. 22, 2022

Tips for Visiting Texas Winery Tasting Rooms with Victoria Calais and…

My guests are two of the best hospitality biz professionals in Texas. Victoria Calais and Donna Rene Johnston join me to share some tips for visiting Texas winery tasting rooms whether you're visiting Fredericksburg, Johnson City, North Texas, Texas High …

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Texas Wine in 10 Minutes (2022 edition)
Sept. 8, 2022

Texas Wine in 10 Minutes (2022 edition)

Today we’re talking about the 2022 harvest across the state of Texas. Plus, a new and improved 10-minute overview of Texas wine. Finally, news on the Texas Wine Garden wine list at the State Fair of Texas! Cheers, y'all!

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Advocating for Texas Wine and Grape Growers
Aug. 25, 2022

Advocating for Texas Wine and Grape Growers

Kyle Frazier is the legislative advocate for the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA). He joins me to discuss how TWGGA develops legislative priorities and working on behalf of its members. We discuss hot button topics from the last …

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Texas Wine Country Personalities: Clint Thomas of Cellar Rat Wine Tours
July 21, 2022

Texas Wine Country Personalities: Clint Thomas of Cellar Rat Wine Tou…

Clint Thomas is the owner of Cellar Rat Wine Tours in the Texas Hill Country. Few people get as much face time with visitors to the Hill Country as Clint. He’s got some great tips for visitors and also shares …

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Establishing Alta Marfa in the Texas Davis Mountains
May 26, 2022

Establishing Alta Marfa in the Texas Davis Mountains

Today I’m pleased to share my recent conversation with Ricky Taylor of Alta Marfa in the Texas Davis Mountains. I’m excited to give some airtime to this AVA. It's so unique and filled with possibilities. Surrounded by desert! Volcanic soils! …

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Modern Agriculture in the Texas Hill Country with Adega Vinho's Michael Bilger
May 12, 2022

Modern Agriculture in the Texas Hill Country with Adega Vinho's Micha…

Michael Bilger of Adega Vinho joins me for a talk about the viticulture and enology practices he employs at Adega Vinho in Stonewall, Texas. We get specific about the terroir in the Texas Hill Country, efforts to add sub-AVAs to …

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Re:Rooted 210's Jen Beckmann is Planting Roots in San Antonio
April 28, 2022

Re:Rooted 210's Jen Beckmann is Planting Roots in San Antonio

Jen Beckmann's Re:Rooted 201 is helping define the Texas wine scene in San Antonio. You may know Jen from one of the Hill Country wineries where she worked before opening her own tasting spot in downtown San Antonio’s Hemisfair Park. …

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A Peek Behind the Scenes with Regan Meador at Southold Farm + Cellars
April 14, 2022

A Peek Behind the Scenes with Regan Meador at Southold Farm + Cellars

In this episode you’ll hear what’s important to Southold Farm + Cellar's Regan Meador. We discuss his thoughts on growth, distribution, winemaking and vineyard practices. And in Texas wine news, find out about The Vind app, camping at 4R Ranch, …

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Haak Winery: History in the Making
March 31, 2022

Haak Winery: History in the Making

Today you’ll hear my interview with Kyle Johnston and Tiffany Farrell of Haak Winery in Santa Fe TX. We discuss not only Haak’s rich history, but also what’s new since a new ownership team purchased Haak last year. Texas wine …

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