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New Fredericksburg Winery to Watch

Published by Dallas Morning News

4.0 Cellars Fredericksburg

4.0 Point Cellars

Wineries pull together to produce 4.0 Cellars

What happens when a handful of out-of-the-way Texas wineries pool their resources? 4.0 Cellars.

Three of the state’s top producers — Comanche’s Brennan Vineyards, Lubbock’s McPherson Cellars and Burleson’s Lost Oak Winery — created the new winery near Fredericksburg.

“The key thing is, you can taste wines from all our wineries,” says winemaker Kim McPherson, “without driving 350 miles to Lubbock or 150 miles to Comanche.”

A tower reminiscent of an abstract duck blind rises above the urban industrial-meets-Texas Hill Country complex on 4 acres in Stonewall, along the popular Fredericksburg Wine Road 290. True to Texas, there’s plenty of room on the front porch as well as in the tasting room.

All the wineries make award-winning wines, including Lost Oak’s 2010 Viognier, which earned double gold earlier this year at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition.

4.0 will also stock very small lots, such as the McPherson Albariño. McPherson plans to make the first 4.0 wine, a sherry, later this year.

Kim’s daughter, winemaker Kassandra McPherson, works at 4.0. Kassandra’s grandfather, Clinton “Doc” McPherson, is a Texas wine industry pioneer, which makes the McPhersons Texas’ first three-generation winemaking family.

Contact: 10354 E. U.S. 290, Fredericksburg; 830-997-7470; fourpointwine.com

Prospective Wine and Grape Grower Workshop August 10, 2012

WHEN          August 10, 2012 – 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Registration – 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m.

WHERE        Texas AgriLife Extension Service

3033 Bear Creek Dr., Houston (map)

FEE              $150 – Individuals, $250 – Couples

(includes lunch)

The Prospective Wine Grower Workshop was created by the Texas AgriLife Extension Viticulture team in order to educate those individuals considering planting a commercial vineyard. This one-day educational event consists of a series of presentations that provide an overview of the unique requirements and risks associated with establishment and operation of a commercial vineyard in Texas. The workshop is co-instructed by the Texas AgriLife Extension viticulture advisors.

Workshop topics include:
•  Vineyard Economics
•  Necessary Viticulture Expertise
•  Vineyard Site Considerations
•  Risk Factors
•  Vineyard Labor Requirements

For more information about this workshop, please contact Fritz Westover (fawestover@ag.tamu.edu).  For questions about registration or payment, please contact Extension Conference Services (agriliferegister@tamu.edu or 979-845-2604).

Excuses to Visit Fredericksburg, Tx this December

For many in Central Texas it’s easy to find an excuse to make a day or weekend trip to Fredericksburg for an annual holiday shopping tradition or to visit the many area wineries for wine tasting. Here are a few more reasons to plan your trip in December.

Sandstone Cellars Enoteca Puts Mason on the Map as a Destination!

Now Open! The much anticipated Sandstone Wine Bar is now serving flights, bottles, and wines by the glass along with small plates and local tastes. Artwork on display to treat your visual senses. Visit this little gem on your next trip to the Hill Country. Located next door to Sandstone Cellars.  Open Wednesday – Sunday from 5 pm – 10 pm.

Great Article on High Plains Wine Growers

Cotton-to-wine grape transition pays off http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-grape-transition-0713/

My favorite part of the article, “We need more growers,” said Newsom, immediate past-president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. “We need to significantly increase grape acreage – double or triple it – to meet the demand of wineries.”

Interested in getting some acreage planted on your current land? Better do your research.

Ask me about soil testing to see what you have to work with and how to get started….

Sandstone Cellars in Texas Highways

Sandstone Cellars was featured in an article about Mason, Texas in the September, 2009 issue of Texas Highways.


Hill Country Gem: Mason The small town of Mason boasts fine wine and good food, plus rock-hunting and bat flights

By Dale Weisman

Get Your Tickets for the 23rd Annual TX Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

txwinefest1The Wine Event of the Year: Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival

It’s that time again! Time for a the wildflowers to start popping up and for planning day trips around the Hill Country to stop and enjoy the Texas wine experience.

Get your tickets early to assure you can attend the best events. They always sell out quickly!

Advance registration is available at: http://www.texaswineandfood.org

Thursday: April 16, 2009

Savor The Hill Country Winery Luncheons
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

There’s no place like the Texas Hill Country in the Spring – and at each of these three wineries, wildflowers run riot creating the perfect backdrop for the vines. Each winery has a unique and special setting in which to enjoy this leisurely multi-course luncheon. Well-known Texas chefs will create delicious dishes paired to Texas wines. Both host and guest winemakers will talk about their wines, and the challenges of being a winemaker in Texas.

Select the event you would like to attend:

Becker Vineyards
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Chefs: Leu Savanh, Melissa Southern, Ross Burtwell Restaurants: August E’s, Cabernet Grill, Rails Revuelle Wineries: Becker Vineyards, Brennan Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards, McPherson Cellars

Fall Creek Vineyards
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Chefs: Brian Luscher, Jamie Gutierrez , Josh Watkins, Kent Rathbun Restaurants: Abacus, III Forks Steakhouse, The Carillon at AT & T Conference Center, The Grape Wineries: Fall Creek Vineyards, Llano Estacado Winery, Peregrine Hill Vineyards & Winery

Stone House Vineyard
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Chefs: Jeff Blank, Rebecca Rather Restaurants: Hudson’s on the Bend, Rather Sweet Bakery Wineries: Flat Creek Estate, Lost Creek Vineyards, Spicewood Vineyards, Stone House Vineyard Winery Principals: Angela Downer Moench, Rick & Madelyn Naber

Friday, April 17, 2009

Where Terroir Meets Tradition
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
AT&T Conference Center & Hotel, Classroom 101  $50.00

Texas has a wealth of cultural and culinary influences: the indigenous Mexican population, the predominantly German pioneers of the mid 1800’s, the Creole and Cajun influences of Southeast Texas, the cowboy cooks, the more recent influx of Asian and African migrants – all have made their mark in this great State. This seminar offers a chance to connect the dots by pairing these distinct cuisines with the wines of Texas.

AT&T Conference Center & Hotel, Classroom 101

Josh Watkins, Paul Petersen

The Carrilon , The Gage Hotel

Alamosa Wine Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Fall Creek Vineyards, Llano Estacado Winery, McPherson Cellars, Messina Hof Winery, Pheasant Ridge Winery, Texas Hills Vineyard

Stars Across Texas
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Long Center for the Performing Arts  $100.00

Enjoy an evening under the stars while you savor the signature dishes of some of Texas’ best known restaurants and taste the showcase wines of festival guest and Texas wineries. This Grand Tasting is considered the premier wine and food event in Austin and, with the move to the terrace of the Long Center, the event promises to enchant and delight. Chill out in the VIP lounge (an add-on ticket for $40) a luxurious refuge with wines and cocktails from Moet Hennessy, and food provided exclusively for VIP patrons by Aquarelle, Parkside, JohnTesar (formerly of the Mansion on Turtle Creek) and Zoot Restaurant.

The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Antonio Vidal, Carlos Capistran , Dave Hermann, David Bull, Efisio Farris, Elmar Prambs, Emmett Fox, George Thomas, Graham Mitchell, Harvey Harris, Jason Dady, Jeff Blank, Jeffrey Balfour, John Brand, John Tesar, John Tesar, Josh Raymer, Josh Watkins, Kent Rathbun, Kevin Williamson, Larry Perdido, Leu Savanh, Lisa Fox, Margarito Machado, Mark Chapman, Mark Dayanandan, Michael Dei Maggi, Octavia Benavides, Paul Petersen, Peter Lindquist, Randy Morgan, Ravi Nage, Robbin Murphy, Stewart Scruggs, Teresa Wilson, Todd Duplechan, Tomme Johnson, Tony Sansalone, Tyson Cole

Frans Hendriks, Tom Pedersen

Pastry Chefs:
Aimee Olson, Christina Hernandez, Tony Sansalone

1886 Café and Bakery at the Driskill Hotel, Aquarelle Restaurant Francais, Arcodoro Houston/Dallas, ASTI Trattoria, August E’s, Carmelo’s Ristorante, Citrus at Hotel Valencia, Dallas Fish Market, Driskill Grill, Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille, Finn and Porter, FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar, Hilton Austin, Hudson’s on the Bend, Imperia, Jaspers Restaurant, Las Canarias Restaurant at La Mansion Del Rio, Maria Maria, Max’s Wine Dive, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Navajo Grill, NoRTH Modern Italian, Ranch 616, Siena Ristorante Toscana, Tèo Italian Coffee and Gelato, Texas Culinary Academy, The Carrilon , The Gage Hotel, The Grill at Leon Springs, The Lodge Restaurant, The Range at Barton House, TRIO, Uchi, Ventana, Zoot

Texas Companies:
Katz Coffee

Austin Hope, Christian Tietje, David Frick, Denise Shurtleff, Domenica Totty, Don Brady, Ed Auler, Ivan Giotenov, John Olney, Josh Baker, Karl Wente, Kent Rosenblum, Kim McPherson, Michael Eckstein, Michael Young, Mike Martini, Mike Westrick, Paul Bonarrigo, Ralf Holdenreid , Russell Smith, Tom Rinaldi, Tommy Oldre

Alexander Valley Vineyards, Amavi Cellars, Beaulieu Vineyard, Becker Vineyards, Calina, Cambria Estate Winery, Carmel Road Winery, Casa Lapostolle, Clayhouse Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, Edna Valley Vineyard, Fall Creek Vineyards, Four Vines Winery, Franciscan Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, Llano Estacado Winery, Long Boat, Louis M Martini Winery, McPherson Cellars, Medusa and Spellbound Wines (Folio Fine Wine Partners), Messina Hof Winery, Newton Vineyards, Pepper Bridge Winery, Provenance Vineyards, Robert Hall Winery, Rosenblum Cellars, Sterling Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Terrazas de los Andes, Texas Hills Vineyard, Treana Winery, Viu Manent, Wente Vineyards, William Hill Estate Winery

Winery Principals:
Diana Goff, Elizabeth Bray, Galen McCorkle, Kent Rosenblum, Ray Goff, Violet Grgich

Winery Spokespersons:
Bill Golden, Mia Morelli

See you at the Festival!


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