Fall Articles

All pumpkin, all the time

I know I’m going against popular opinion here, but I don’t love pumpkin. I can appreciate the craft behind a homemade pumpkin pie, but for some reason I’ve never really enjoyed the taste of anything made with pumpkin. However, I realize I’m in the minority here, given...

Time to Think about Turkey

It’s getting real now: Thanksgiving is almost here and it is time to choose your wines for Thanksgiving dinner. This is an important decision because you DO NOT want to serve a bad wine with a meal you worked so hard on, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. How is...

Thanksgiving Wines to Take You From Dinner to Dessert

Thanksgiving is all about the pie, am I right? Okay, there's dinner, too; but really the turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and rolls are really just a means to a sweet and satisfying end: pie. If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a favorite pie that...

October is…Wine Month

Wow. October is a very popular month for celebrating wine. Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Sonoma County all celebrate wine month in October. To honor the month, today we're going to talk a little about what makes wines from each location special. First up, we'll...

Haunted Wineries in the U.S.

America's wineries are young compared to those in the rest of the world, but they have a rich, vibrant, and haunted history. Yes, there are wineries across the U.S. that are inhabited by ghostly beings! Some of the ghosts are benevolent presences that protect the...

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20 Delicious Ways to use Leftover Halloween Candy

20 Delicious Ways to use Leftover Halloween Candy

Some people may dread November 1st because that's when they (or their kids) will want to eat all the candy in the house. I look forward to it because I get to eat all the leftover candy the trick or treaters didn't take. If you're like me, the beginning of November is...

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Virginia Wine Month

Virginia Wine Month

Happy Virginia Wine Month! Yes, October is Texas?s wine month but the month also belongs to Virginia. You know what?s funny? While I?m a Texan through and through, I did live in Virginia for 4 years, so I kind of like that the two states share a wine month. In fact, Virginia is where I really started exploring wine. I got it in my head one day to check out a polo tournament and wine festival being held in The Plains. I have no idea why this sounded like fun- I wasn?t a huge fan of wine and I knew nothing about polo, but I went. And tried all kinds of wine from dozens of wineries. There was strawberry wine, chocolate wine, pepper wine (hottest thing ever!), viognier, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and many others. I enjoyed quite a few of them and my eyes were officially opened to the wonderful world of wine. I also watched polo for the first time, which was pretty fun even though I had no clue what was happening.

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Happy Texas Wine Month!

Happy Texas Wine Month!

Texas is considered a bit of an upstart in some wine circles, but the history of winemaking and grape growing goes back to 1662 when the first vineyard in North America was established by Franciscan priests. The industry developed over the centuries until today, when there are 8 AVAs in Texas with 4,000 acres of vineyards and over 400 wineries. The AVAs exist throughout Texas in various landscapes, including desert, hill country, and plains. As a result, Texas vineyards are able to support a large variety of grapes.

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Fall Wine Festivals

Fall Wine Festivals

Fall is seriously the best season! The weather is cooler, so it?s more fun to spend some time outside, and there are tons of wine festivals! This past weekend was my birthday weekend (and The Sugar Vine?s anniversary!!!), so the boyfriend and I headed north for the Montgomery Wine and Music Fest. It was fun to wander around, sip wine, and shop while listening to music. It was a warm day but the festival had a great atmosphere and we had a really nice time. To get you in on the fall spirit, I?ve compiled a list of some of the best fall wine festivals around Texas!

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Apples and Wine- A Pairing that is Fine

Apples and Wine- A Pairing that is Fine

Okay, I know the title of this post is a little silly, but apple desserts are probably one of my favorite options to pair with wine. Why? Not only are there a number of wines with apple notes (which is a good jumping off point for pairing), but a lot of the spices in apple desserts go well with wine, too. You can pair apples with chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, cinnamon, nutmeg?the list could easily keep going. This opens up a whole slew of wine pairing options beyond what you could get with just plain apples. To help you narrow down the pairing options, I have three wines that I highly recommend you try with the desserts featured this month and with any other apple dessert you crave.

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Can I Get Some Wine With That Pie?

Can I Get Some Wine With That Pie?

Pie. Just the word triggers memories of mouth-watering fillings, flaky crusts, and family. For a pie lover, it's the best part of the holidays and for many, it's a quintessential part of the Thanksgiving feast. Pie has always been an important part of both...

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