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July in North Texas Wine Country

Drink North Texas - Blind Wine Tasting Competition: Thanks to everyone who came out to DNT 2019! We had 44 wine entries, 21 participating wineries and a full house of judges! Your votes were counted and the results are in. Here are this years winners:

Dry White - Landon Winery's 2018 Viognier

Sweet White - Cork House Winery's Three Cheers & Charm

Sweet Red - Eden Hill Winery's Garden Red

Dry Red - Landon Winery's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Rose' - Blue Ostrich's Rosato Moscato


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What's New in North Texas Wine Country?

We added one winery to our membership so we are up to 26 now! Here's our current list with the new wineries in blue with their July news:


›Arché Winery & Vineyard, St. Jo

›Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard, Saint Jo

Drink North Texas- People's Choice Winner in Pink category for Rosato Moscato

›Carmela Winery, Celina

›Cassaro Winery, Ovilla

›Caudalie Crest Winery, Celina

›Checkered Past Winery, Dallas

›Cooley Bay Winery, Van Alstyne

›Cork House Winery, Waxahachie

Drink North Texas- People's Choice Winner in Sweet White category for Three Cheers & Charm

›Eden Hill Vineyard, Celina

Drink North Texas- People's Choice Winner in Sweet Red category for Garden Red

›FarmResort Winery, Whitewright

›Firelight Vineyards, Valley View

›Fitzel Winery, Gordonville

›Fortunata Winery, Aubrey

›4R Ranch Winery, Muenster

›Grayson Hills Winery, Whitewright

›Homestead Winery, Denison

›Landon Winery, Greenville

Drink North Texas- People's Choice Winner in Dry White category for 2018 Viognier

›Landon Winery, McKinney

›Landon Winery, Wylie

›Landon Winery, at The Sound

Drink North Texas- People's Choice Winner in Dry Red for 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

›Lone Star Wine Cellars, McKinney

›Marker Cellars Family Winery, Alvord

New Release - 2018 Viognier-This vintage is 100% Texas High Plains fruit with an ABV of 14.3. It is bursting with fruit flavors and has a crisp and refreshing silky smooth subtle lemony finish. Stop by the tasting room for a taste! It will not disappoint!

Pairings: light meals, fish, grilled vegetables, smoked gouda, white cheddar, walnuts

›OG Cellars, Sunset

›TF Vineyard & Winery

›Triple “R” Ranch & Winery, Whitesboro

>VineCrafters Winery, Rockwall


Visit our website for all of our member winery's information:

www.northtexaswine.com/wineries


Meet the Winemaker


Sue and Ray Verrill - Caudalie Crest Winery and Vineyard

Ray Verrill

Q: Why did you get into the wine business? A: I have made "kitchen" wine for many years but it was a post 9/11 discussion where we had seen that life can take a different direction and never return. We talked about my romantic image of walking through a vineyard with a glass of wine and that started me thinking. However, it was really the coming together of living in an area that grapes would grow, the availability of education (Grayson Viticulture programs) and a desire to follow a path that allowed me to eventually leave the corporate world behind and create a small berry to bottle winery.

Q: Why North Texas? A: Actually North Texas picked me, I worked in IT most of my adult life, that brought me and my family to the US from England. It was also the reason we moved from Chicago to Weston.

Q: What’s it like running a family owned and operated winery? A: It is the perfect approach to having a business, it is the most rewarding experience to take responsibility for all aspects of a business. Not only growing grapes and producing wine but everything that goes with that- marketing, budgeting, even tracking and reporting. I am lucky that my family enjoy contributing, Sue's event planning & culinary treats, Catherine's help in the tasting room and on the farm, Kirsty's artwork and our nephew Isaac, in the UK, for his award winning label designs.

Q: What is it you MOST love? A: Watching a new customer, not aware that Texas even makes any wine, take a sip of our wine and say "WOW"!

Q: What keeps you up at night? A: Drinking great Texas wine with friends :-) Q: What makes your winery different? A: I think we can all make great Texas wines, to me it is creating an experience that's personal to everyone that visits. A welcoming tasting room, a great ambiance (wine, music and food),even the goats and George & Ringo (dogs) help, this combines to create a unique experience. It is not for everyone but for those who get it they then become part of our Caudalie Crest family.

What are the wineries up to in late July? HARVEST!! Visit your favorite vineyard while there are grapes on the vines!

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