Just What the Cowboy Ordered
Despite the horrendously monopolized alcohol distribution system in Texas, that state has always bred some of the most fervent wine lovers in the country. It turns out too that there may be no other state in the Union that so actively supports its own in-state wineries. The vast majority of the wine produced in the state of Texas is consumed by Texans.
The seriousness with which Texans take their wine is demonstrated at Vintage Texas: The Wine Blog Searching for Texas Terroir."
Vintage Texas is truly dedicated to giving wine lovers an intimate look inside the vibrant Texas wine industry and to looking at what Texas Terroir really means.
The site is run by Russ Kane, who describes himself in this manner on the site:
Russ Kane is a wine writer with articles and tasting notes that have
appeared in local and regional publications including Texas Culinary
Thymes, ArtsHouston, Baycomber, My Table Magazine, and
The fact that he is has been paid to write isn't a surprise when you read his posts. They are thorough, enlightening, detailed and educational. And they are fairly frequent too. Vintage Texas is coming up on its 1 year anniversary in June and as far as I can tell, there is no other blog in existence that so professionally and thoroughly covers the wines and wine industry of Texas.
I have some experience with Texas, having represented West Texas' Llano Estacado for a number of years back in the 1990s. What I learned from that experience was that anyone who wrote off the wines of Texas for no other reason than they were from Texas clearly hadn't tasted the broad range of Texas wines. Today there are many more bottlings and wineries from across the State.
Texas, as a state and a culture, has a strange reputation among those who have never lived there. That reputation as being the home of cowboys, shit-kickers, oil men and blond, big-haired cheerleaders does its wine industry no good. But that reputation isn't going away any time soon. That's why the state's wine industry ought to be very excited to have a blog like "Vintage Texas" up and running and doing such a good job.