July 1, 2021

Michael McClendon of Sage's Vintage Custom Crush Winery

Michael McClendon of Sage's Vintage Custom Crush Winery

Michael McClendon is partner and winemaker in Sage's Vintage Custom Crush Winery in Nacogdoches. He's my first guest from east Texas! Michael has a drive toward excellence and a growth mindset that is inspiring. Plus, a new report on 2020 Texas Wine Grape Varieties details some dramatic changes in Texas High Plains vineyard production. And I'm giving gold stars to winery and tasting room staff who've impressed me recently! Cheers y'all!

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Mentioned in this Episode

Texas Wine In the News

  1. Department of Agriculture 2020 Report on Texas Grape Varieties
  2. Shelly’s Article on 2015–2019 Grape Variety Reports for Texas Wine Lover:Texas Grapevines by the Numbers: What’s Trending Up, What’s Trending Down, and What It Means for Texas Wine
  3. Robert Clay Vineyards Auction for Touriga Nacional: More Information Here
  4. Perspective Cellars welcomes a new owner
  5. Texas Wine Growers Video of Chris Brundrett talking about proposing a new AVA for Texas
  6. TTB’s AVA Manual for Petitioners
  7. Listen to Fredericksburg Texas Podcast HERE

Wine & Food Foundation

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Interview: Michael McClendon, Partner and Winemaker at Sage’s Vintage Custom Crush Winery

Sage’s Vintage on Instagram
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Movie discussed by Michael and Shelly on Amazon Prime Video: Our Blood is Wine

Demerits and Gold Stars

Demerit: none this time!

Gold Stars: Tasting room and winery staff!

Welcome Jackie Mancuso, vineyard manager at Southold Farm + Cellars. And 3 cheers to the kitchen for that awesome tasting board!

Thanks Dana and team at Vintner’s Hideaway!

Thanks to The Austin Winery for an enjoyable afternoon! Winemaker and partner Cooper Anderson leads a stellar team that includes winemakers Adrienne Ash (Ash Wines) and Travis Elliott (Elliott Family Wines). Loved nerding out with you!

Shelly’s Wine Education Website: www.toastwinetalk.com

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