Texas Wines

Harker Heights Food, Wine & Brew Fest

Saturday September 12, 2015 Food Wine & Brew Festival 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Harker Heights Community Park 1501 East FM 2410 Harker Heights, TX 76548 http://www.hhfoodandwine.com/ Live Music, Culinary Chefs, Food, Artist, Breweries, Homebrew Demo’s, Texas Wineries, Wine 101 Class & much more…. YES!  We will be there. Come on down and say “HELLO” and enjoy some great […]


Evaluating Ripeness

Evaluating Ripeness

Chardonnay: pH 3.55, Brix 19.2, TA 8.2 g/L, pineapple Cabernet Sauvignon: pH 3.01, Brix 16.0, TA 12 g/L, sweet tart candy Merlot:  pH 3.46, Brix 17, TA 8.8 g/L, peaches (a little tart) Sangiovese: pH 3.21, Brix 17, TA 9.5 g/L green apple 3 Texan Malbec:  pH 3.53, Brix 20, TA 6.8 g/L strawberry 3 […]


Vintage 2014–trying to finish up!

Vintage 2014--trying to finish up!

Every year I think I will get the previous year’s vintage wrapped up and in the bottle before the next harvest begins, but like every year it “ain’t gonna happen”. So here is my to-do list: Chardonnay/Night Flight (50 cases) —Cold stabilization and citric acid trial. Need to test to see when cold stabilized Need taste […]


NEW Tasting Menu

NEW Tasting Menu

We have been using the same tasting menu for 9.5 years, and we finally decided it is time for something new!  We have expanded our offering and adjusted the pricing a bit.  We now offer 5 tastes for $5, or if you prefer, $1/taste. We debuted this menu card on July 2nd.  We are still […]


Winemaking–June 2015

Winemaking--June 2015

It is at this point every year that I say, “ohmigoodness!  time to bottle the wine before harvest gets here!  Harvest is about 8 weeks away and we need to empty the tanks so that we will have space for the 2015 harvest–which might be big due to all that rain we received in May 2015. […]


TX Wine & Rogue Art Fest March 28-29. 2015

TX Wine & Rogue Art Fest March 28-29. 2015

Time to mark your calendar and set aside the last weekend of March for the best Texas Wine festival,  Salado’s Wine & Art Festival.  Now that the holidays are over, we are working on filling out the list of vendors, planning the music, and most important arranging the Texas wineries that will be joining us. […]


Happy New Year

Happy New Year

We wish you all the best in 2015! “May we all be blessed and simultaneously protected from the things we want.” -paraphrase J.Holzer OPEN New Year’s Day 12-6


Holiday Office Party at the local Winery

Holiday Office Party at the local Winery

Yes, it’s that time of year!  Time for the cheer and time for the annual holiday work party.  WORK plus PARTY? those two words don’t seem like they belong together in one sentence, but if you’re wondering where all the cool kids go for their annual bash, look no more, just reserve the party room […]


Thanksgiving Hours

Thanksgiving Hours

Happy Thanksgiving! We will be closed on Thursday, November 27th in order to gorge ourselves on some turkey and sip some wine. We will be open our normal hours all the other days.  So on Friday, November 28 go get yourself some cool Black Friday deals at the mall early in the morning then come have […]


The United Estates of Texas Wine Festival

The United Estates of Texas Wine Festival

Where can you taste the beauty of Texas?  The United Estates of Texas Wine Festival at The Vineyard at Florence, featuring wineries from all over our great state!  For only $15, receive a souvenir wine glass, tote and 10 pours of your choice from world-class producing Texas wineries.  Call The Vineyard at Florence for your […]


Racking The Wine

Racking The Wine

So what’s next for wine making at Salado Winery Company?  We’ve fermented the 2014 harvest, pressed the wine out of it and now we’re doing the first racking.  What’s racking?  Essentially we are siphoning the wine OFF of the gunk.  Lots of bits and pieces were missed by the first rough filtration that we did […]


Time to Press the “3 Texan” Cabernet Sauvignon

Time to Press the "3 Texan" Cabernet Sauvignon

The hardest decision for me as a winemaker is trying to decide when to press the red wine.  On one hand, an extended time with the skins could mean more maceration, or in other words, better tannin extraction, richer color and improved flavor, but the risk of spoilage and too much of a good thing […]


Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest–Saturday

Saturday, August 30, 2014 starting at 7 am, 21724 Hill Road.  Join us for the last harvest this year–cabernet sauvignon.  Vineyard is just up the hill from I-35, exit 279. We recommend sunscreen, bug spray and a big hat. If you have a favorite pair of pruners then bring them, but we’ll have plenty for […]


Rootin’ Tootin’ Bottlin’

Rootin' Tootin' Bottlin'

On Tuesday, August 26, we bottled 466 bottles of 2013 Rootin’ Tootin!  This wine was made from 100% grapes from our Salado vineyard.  It is mostly 2013 Sangiovese, but there is a little bit of cabernet sauvignon and merlot and it is all from our vineyard. Stay tuned for the release of this sweet and […]


Sangiovese Harvest Saturday

Sangiovese Harvest Saturday

Sangiovese Harvest is this Saturday, August 23rd at 7 AM in our vineyard at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX. Vineyard is very close to I-35, exit 279. Everyone is welcome to join us! We recommend sunscreen, bug spray and a big hat. If you have a favorite pair of pruners then bring them, but we’ll have plenty for […]


Almost Halfway through Harvest Season

Almost Halfway through Harvest Season

Chardonnay is nearly done fermenting, closely followed by Tempranillo, Merlot and Malbec.  On Saturday, August 16 in the afternoon, we’ll be processing grapes from Bravo Texan’s vineyard.  Throughout the weekend, I expect we’ll be pressing the tempranillo, merlot and malbec.  Should be a busy time for us! Did you get your chance to pick grapes […]


Test for Ripeness #3

Test for Ripeness #3

There are many factors I take into consideration when determining when to harvest.  I like to evaluate the grapevines, the grape clusters, the seeds and then evaluate the color, smell and taste of the grape juice.  Then I have to take into account the weather before and during proposed harvest, labor available and set the […]


When is Harvest 2014

When is Harvest 2014

I am getting anxious for harvest!  The yeast is on order and I am ready to start soon, but when!?! Tested Chardonnay yesterday and got pH 3.45, Brix 19.5, tastes like a pink lady apple! So here goes the tentative plan… I’m expecting activities to kick off on Saturday, August 2nd. Right now I’m expecting […]


Diamond Back 2012

Time to bottle more wine!   Throughout May 2014, we expect to be bottling every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.  We will be bottling the Diamond Back from 2012 & 2013.  This is made from 100% blend of grapes from our vineyard on Hill Road.  Our Salado grown cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sangiovese.  These grapes were […]


recovering from wine festival

I’m so worn out, I can barely manage capitalization! The 2014 Texas Wine & Rogue Art Fest was a smashing success and we’re already working on our plans for next year. In the meantime, enjoy the coverage from KWTX! go to http://www.kwtx.com/video?videoid=2810193 or maybe this will work:


2014 Texas Wine & Rogue Art Fest

2014 Texas Wine & Rogue Art Fest

March 29, 12-5 pm & March 30, 12-4 pm 6th Annual TX Wine & Rogue Art Fest! Join us for a wonderful afternoon of wine tasting and art! Featuring 17 wineries,a tremendous viewing of artists and their works from around Texas, and, of course, delectable foods. Free admission! $10 at the door buys six tasting tickets & a souvenir […]


Bottling is goin’ on right here!

Bottling is goin' on right here!

We’ve been bottling lately!  Now the bottles need to rest a bit.  I don’t know why bottle-shock happens, but it does.  When wines are first bottled, the taste disappears.  A few weeks later, the taste returns and then it is ready to sell.  I’ve never seen bottle-shock as dramatic as it was portrayed in the […]


October 2013 Malolactic Fermentation Completion Test

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, we ran malolactic testing on our 2013 wines.  We were unable to find our capillary tubes, so our dots are too big and a bit sloppy.  For some reason, our control acids do not show.  I think you can still see though, that it appears that the malolactic bacteria have […]


TX Winery Passport is Here!

TX Winery Passport is Here!

The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Board of Directors proudly announces the launch of the TX Wine Passport Smartphone Mobile App, a tool to promote the Texas wine and grape industry and drive consumers into Texas wineries. The TX Wine Passport Mobile App is a project started two years ago to when marketing funds were […]

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