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1 ivan trifon November 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Sir;
I am trying to locate Texas breweries that offer “sparkling wines”.

Can you help with their locations ?

I live in the Houston area.

Thanks,

Ivan Trifon

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2 Matt McGinnis November 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

There are several wineries in Texas that produce sparkling wine:
- Dry Comal Creek makes a dry and semi-sweet http://www.drycomalcreek.com/sparklingwines.html $19
- Flat Creek Sparkling Almond and Raspberry Wines: http://www.flatcreekestate.com/index.php/Sparkling-Wines.html
- Messina Hof Brut, Almond and Raspberry Sparkling, messinhof.com, $15
- Landon Sparkling Wine in McKinney, landonwinery.com, $20
- Zin Valle Vineyards Rising Star Semi Brut Sparkling Wine, zinvalle.com, $19
- Sister Creek muscat
- Braman Winery(non-TX grapes)

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3 Maria Peters April 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

John Concannon of Concannon Vineyard is excited to be bringing his award winning wines to the Austin Food and Wine Festival and sharing them with Texas food and winelovers in a few short weeks! I am reaching out to you to see if you would be interested in scheduling an interview with the 4th generation vintner and talk about the Concannon family of pioneer winemakers and their unique story of Conservancy: Tradition with Innovation. John will be at the Festival in Austin conducting tastings on that Saturday and Sunday and would love to share his wine philosophies in regards to food pairings, creating new recipes, and seasonal entertaining and of course, all things Concannon.

You are invited to please look at the Concannon website to “meet” John and “tour” Concannon Vineyard and I will follow up with a call to see your availability in scheduling some time with John! http://www.concannonvineyard.com .

Thanks so much!

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4 Matt McGinnis April 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

Hi Maria, I’ll be covering the Austin Food & Wine Fest for this blog and for CultureMap. Drop me a line and let’s wee what we can work out: matt @ whatareyoudrinking.net

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5 Maria Peters May 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

MATT!!

I just saw this!! Did you get a chance to swing by John Concannon’s Grand Tasting of Concannon Wines? Would love to talk to you about it!!

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6 Scott May 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for the review on the Great Wall Cabernet Sauvignon. I just recently returned from a trip to China and brought back a couple of bottles to try. I had tried some other Chinese cabs while in China and was impressed. If you’re interested in the specks from the 2011 Great Wall Cab, I’d be happy to send it to you to see how they’re moving along

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7 Gregg Freas August 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I am trying to find sam adams b austin ale in the bottle. Can you help?

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8 Matt McGinnis August 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm

That was a limited run specialty beer. I’m pretty sure the B Austin was only available during SXSW. You’re best bet is to contact Sam Adams directly. Good luck.

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9 Marlene Muzii October 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I AM WRITING A CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK THAT HAS A MEDIVAL DINNER WITH BOAR. WHAT WOULD GO WITH THIS? yOU LISTED A ZINFANDEL FROM QUIVIRA VINEYARDS, BIT IT DIDN’T SEEM TO GO WITH THIS. LIKE THE SHOEMAKER’S CHILDREN THAT DON’T HAVE SHOES MY SON, WHO IS A WINE BROKER IS NO HELP.

tHANKS.
mARLENE .

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10 Matt McGinnis October 30, 2012 at 6:37 am

Marlene, if Zin didn’t fit the bill try Côtes du Rhône. A rustic southern Rhone like one from Vacqueyras with at least 50% grenache will have the fruitiness, acidity and heft to go well with boar. If you are serving it with a rich sauce or fatty side dishes, consider pairing it with an Oregon Pinot Noir or a Burgundy. The light body and acidity of Pinot make it incredibly versatile and food friendly. Have fun experimenting! Cheers, Matt

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11 Michela Verdenelli January 19, 2013 at 7:05 am

Hi, I’m Michela from Italy congratulations for your website, very nice!!! I’m trying to contact Margaret Shugart, perhaps I have his email address wrong, how can I find it?
thanks a lot and I hope to come soon in Texas and try your wines ….
Michela

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12 md June 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

You mentioned Guy Larmandier champagne. Do you know where to get some in Texas?

Thx,

md

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13 Matt McGinnis June 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Michael, I’m not sure Guy Larmandier champagne is readily available in TX retail shops. I checked cellar tracker and didn’t find it locally. Cheers.

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14 Susan June 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Is the prickly pear seasonal going to be available this year? I bought a family reunion pack last year and LOVED the prickly pear. I would like a whole 6 or 12 pack of prickly pear. I’m in NM but I think I bought the family reunion pack at Spec’s in El Paso, TX. Can you tell me if it will be sold in NM?

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15 Matt McGinnis June 23, 2013 at 5:55 am

Hi Susan, I understand that the as a limited edition beer, the Prickly Pear was only brewed once. I could be wrong, but I don’t think it will be available this summer. Cheers, Matt

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