January 31 2010 issue
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MAILBOX, NOTEBOOK, CALENDAR, HOT PICKSMailbox Postcard Until my September 2009 visit, I had always thought of Texas wines as “big hat, no cattle.” In the 1980s, following the lead of California, a handful of wineries planted masses of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc vines—almost all inappropriate for the soils and climate. Today, however, with nearly 200 wineries in the state at last count, the situation is clearly improving. Although Texans consume 25 million gallons of wine each year, they pr...
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