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What makes a Texas wine?

Texas grapes, obviously. Or maybe not so obviously. Chris Brundrett sat in a barn surrounded by barrels of wine he helped curate and swirled a glass of water in his hand, perhaps imagining it was something else. Brundrett, accompanied by others from the state’s wine industry, drove home his pitch: “If we can just pump […]

Legalize moonshining

You can brew your own beer at home, and you can ferment your own wine at home, but if you try to distill your own spirits at home, you’re asking for trouble from the rev’nooers. The movement to legalize marijuana dominates headlines these days, but another group is laboring in relative obscurity to legalize its […]

Amazon wine

You may soon be able to order wine from Amazon.com, depending on where you live. Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.88% is planning an online marketplace for wine sales directly to consumers, said executives for several California wineries, marking the Seattle Web giant’s second foray into the business in three years. Amazon hosted a workshop [last week] […]

Brewers win one in court

From CultureMap: A small but significant victory was had for craft beermakers and drinkers Monday when a federal judge ruled (partially) in favor of Austin’s Jester King Brewery in a lawsuit against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Jester King filed a motion for summary judgement in Federal court in October over what it deemed to […]

Put that wine bottle down and slowly back away

Don’t buy wine over the Internet, kids. The State of Texas says so. State officials have teamed up with FedEx, UPS and other shippers to ferret out wines being sent to Texas by websites that don’t have proper permits. That has prompted Wine.com and several other resellers to restrict sales to consumers in the Lone […]

More cork recycling

I’m always interested in recycling stories. The [Oregon-based nonprofit Cork Forest Conservation Alliance], whose donors include vineyards, want to remind oenophiles that cork products are made from the bark of the cork tree, which regenerates and is harvested every nine years, director Patrick Spencer said. With no severe shortage of corks, he said, there is […]

Compromise on microbrew bills

As Brewed and Never Battered noted, HB660 and HB602 were scheduled for a public hearing in committee today. I’m delighted to say that it looks like there was progress achieved on them. Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, laid out HB660 before the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee today. The measure, in its original form, […]

Cork recycling

Isiah Carey asks “Have you ever heard of cork recycling?” I’ve heard of bottle recycling, plastic recycling, and even computer recycling but never cork recycling. Apparently, some Houston area liquor stores are on a campaign to recycle corks from wine bottles. In fact, one store in The Woodlands will donate 2 cents for every cork […]

Blue laws

Ever wanted to buy some booze on a Sunday? Maybe soon you’ll be able to. Most Texans are familiar with the Blue Laws. Put into effect decades ago, they prevent the sale of hard liquor on Sundays, among other things. “There is certainly an inconvenience there, no doubt about it,” Spec’s Liquor Warehouse customer Bud […]