May 26, 2022

Establishing Alta Marfa in the Texas Davis Mountains

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! Launching Alta Marfa has required incredible tenacity, and I applaud Ricky and Katie.
Lots of Texas wine news too. Is Johnson City the newer, cooler Fredericksburg? Does the High Plains do all the "dirty work" when it comes to Texas wine? Find out what people are saying.
Cheers, y'all!

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Interview with Ricky Taylor of Alta Marfa

Alta Marfa


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