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Art Opening with John P. Davis Art

art opening reception 6-9

art opening reception 6-9

Art Opening Reception with John Davis.
Chat with the artist and view his work!
Gourmet food and wine tastings, including barrel tastings of our newest releases.
Special appearance by gnomadic fashion truck!

Invite your friends! FB event at https://www.facebook.com/events/386481414879365/

Salado Swirl – July 11th

Salado Swirl 2015

Buy your tickets now for the 2015 Salado Swirl! This is an 11-stop wine trail throughout Salado with wine and snacks at each stop. Shops will be open late for this fun evening also!

Only 250 tickets are available, so purchase yours while you here:


Participating Texas wineries and Salado shops include:
Salado Creek Winery will be hosted at Salado Glassworks
Salado Wine Seller will be hosted at their location;
Fairhaven Vineyards will be hosted by 21main
Messina Hof Grapevine Winery will be hosted by Prellop Fine Art Gallery
The Vineyard at Florence will be hosted by Magnolias of Salado
Flat Creek Estate Winery and Vineyard will be hosted by Thomas Kincade Gallery;
Nolan Creek Winery will be hosted by The Howling Wolff
Grape Creek Vineyards will be hosted by Classics On Main
Texas Legato will be hosted by OoLaLa – Unique Gifts & Treasures
Periossos Vineyard will be hosted by Angelic Herbs
We will soon announce the winery hosted by Salado Mercantile with more to come!

21 and up only and we will ID at the door.

Wine & Wags Gala

Saturday, October 25, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

School of Wags is having an event to kick off your holiday season! The Wags & Wine Gala will be the event your friends will be talking about for a month or more. Join us as we taste wines of Texas, sample yummy food, enjoy the musical stylings of musical guest “Venus Envy” and bid to our hearts content on items in the Silent Auction. All proceeds will benefit the dogs rescued by School of Wags and support community events to keep dogs out of shelters.



tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-wags-gala-tickets-12495748119
About School of Wags:
School of Wags is an 501c3, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing large breed dogs, primarily Mastiffs, from situations where they are homeless due to owner surrender or in high kill shelters. By working with committed volunteers, foster homes and local veterinarians, we are able to substantially reduce the flow of unwanted animals into shelters to be euthanized, provide them with loving care, vaccinate, spay or neuter, and find them well-matched, carefully screened, loving, adoptive, forever homes.We also serve as a resource to our community and all pet owners by providing training, education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay  & neuter, balanced behavior training, pet first aid and good nutrition. School of Wags is a dynamic, evolving institution that is an agent of change for the animal welfare world. We are operating innovative and beneficial programs for animals and people and are making an impact in each family that will last for generations.

Central Texas Wineries Offer Hill Country Alternative


KCEN, the local NBC station just did 2 stories on wine in Central Texas!  Click on the link below and the first video features wineries near Waco, while the 2nd video mentions the Texas Wine & Rogue Art Fest along with a quote from yours truly!

Central Texas Wineries Offer Hill Country Alternative.

kcentv.com – KCEN HD – Waco, Temple, and Killeen

(KCEN) – Forget Hill Country; central Texas has plenty to offer to wine drinkers. 

“It’s been an education,” said Cathy Endres of Harker Heights. We talked to her at the sixth annual Texas Wine and Rogue Art Festival in Salado in March.

“I didn’t even know we had central Texas vineyards,” she said. “It’s not really the place you’d think we have them.”

That’s one of the biggest difficulties for wineries here — just getting the word out. 

“A lot of people don’t expect Salado and this area to have wineries that can compare to Fredericksburg,” said Stephen Clifton with Dancing Bee Winery.

Dancing Bee, outside of Rogers, makes mead — honey wine. 

“It’s for that sweet wine drinker,” Clifton said. “The moscato drinkers tend to really like our wines.”

And we’re just getting started. 

Gary McKibben owns Red Caboose, with wineries in both Clifton and Meridian. They make what they call “old world wines”: no pesticides on their vineyards, no filtering, and none of that fancy electricity. 

“Electricity’s only been around for 120-something years, and wine’s been around for 6,000 years,” McKibben said.

You’ve also got Lily Lake Vineyards in Lorena, Salado Creek and Rising Star Wineries in Salado, The Vineyard at Florence and Inwood Estates in Florence, Texas Legato in Lampasas, Nolan Creek Winery in Belton — the list goes on and on. 

(CLICK HERE for an interactive map of wineries and vineyards in central Texas, including links to their Websites.)

But there’s an issue for these up-and-comers: getting their wine in stores like Spec’s that buy through big distributors. 

Among the rows of wine from California’s Napa Valley, you can find the occasional local bottles. Right now they are few and far between, but the demand for that local flavor is definitely growing.

“Every day and every week, I am getting more and more product in, listening to what the customers want, what they need, what I think would be interesting,” said Meredith Meyer, the wine consultant for Spec’s in Waco.

But that’s also where independent sellers come in. June Ritterbusch owns Salado Winery and Salado Wine Seller. She’s the one who hosted the wine fest last month. 

“It’s a way to travel in your own backyard,” she said. “It’s a way to go explore.”

And the more people doing that exploring, the more the central Texas wine business grows. 

“People are just trying some new stuff with their Texas wine,” said Stephenie Kilgore of Messina Hof Winery in Bryan. “It’s nice to see, and it’s exciting to see what they’re going to come up with.”

And the wine-lovers are excited too. 

“I know that I’ll be looking for that wine now,” Endres said.

With hundreds of new wineries starting up in Texas in the last decade, you can now take your pick from wine makers like John Bagnasco. 

Walking around his vineyard with him, you get a sense for just how much he loves the work. 

“If you can show me a prettier vineyard than this in the state of Texas, I want to come see it,” said Bagnasco, who owns Valley Mills Vineyards.

And he really knows his land. 

“What we’ve discovered here is this limestone-thick soil,” he explained as we toured his acres of grape vines.

Rocky soil means lower fruit volumes, but better fruit — and better wine. Then you’ve got the central Texas climate to work around. 

“The hot-weather varietals are king,” Bagnasco said.

Tempranillo grapes come from Spain originally. They do very well here, as do moscato grapes. 

Valley Mills recently finished off planting its five acres. It’s about 3,000 grape vines total, and each plant makes about a gallon of wine.

And once they make their wine, you can taste and buy it at their tasting room out Highway 6 past Lake Waco. 

Head east down Highway 6, and you find Tehuacana Creek Vineyards. 

“I made my first wine in 1974 when I was in college,” said Tehuacana Creek winemaker Ulf Westblom.

That was back in Sweden; Westblom still has the last bottle from his very first batch on display in his tasting room here.

“You can only do so much as an amateur wine maker,” he said, “and I wanted to have the resources to make great wines.”

One of their dessert wines has won a couple awards, but one of their most popular is Mulsum, a white mixed with honey, the way the ancient Romans imbibed.

“It’s one of those types of wines that people really love it,” said Jerry Federico, a new business partner at Tehuacana Creek.

But getting people out to the winery to taste those wines is still a challenge. That’s where Federico comes in. 

“We’re thinking about, you know, do we do an event center, do we expand the tasting room,” he said.

It’s a common problem for wineries here, especially with local liquor stores carrying mostly big-name wines. 

That’s got the folks at Valley Mills hoping the central Texas wine industry continues to grow, and maybe even challenge Hill Country with a wine trail of our own. 

“I hope that happens,” Bagnasco said. “We’ll see. We’ll see.”

It’ll probably take some time to build up the wine industry here, maybe even a generation or two. 

But once it’s there, wine makers hope it’ll attract some tourism, the same way Hill Country does.

Black Friday Special

On Sale $34.95!!!

On Sale $34.95!!!

Only $34.95 at Salado Wine Seller on Friday, November 27th, 12 pm – 7 pm

Well, I’ve succombed to Black Friday Fever!  Salado Wine Seller will feature the Spiegelau Vino Grande Bordeaux 5-Piece Gift Set at the low price of $34.95.  That’s $10 off our normal price and $5 off the lowest price at Amazon.com.

These are a great gift for your favorite wine lover.  This is from the VINO GRANDE line, which according to Spiegelau is “the ‘intelligent’ glass for elegant and perfect wine drinking“.  These glasses are durable and dishwasher safe.  The set comes with 4 wineglasses and one decanter.

While supplies last! 

Don’t worry though, I’ve got plenty.  No need to camp out on my doorstep.  You can spend your morning at those crazy big box stores, or simply sleep in.  Have your turkey leftovers and then come by and purchase this bargain for a gift or for yourself.  While you’re here, sip and swirl some of the best Texas wines and enjoy a glass of wine on the porch in the afternoon sun. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


October 2009 Exhibit–Bell County Museum


Salado Wine Seller will host the exhibit, “VINTAGE BELL COUNTY” a collection of photographs that document the history of Salado and Bell County. The exhibit is organized by the Bell County Museum.

An opening night reception will be held on Friday, October 2nd, from 6-8 pm at Salado Wine Seller, 841 N. Main St., Salado, TX. The historical photo exhibit will remain on display until November 2nd and will be part of the events planned for Salado Founders Day on October 23rd- October 25th.

Recognizing that our past profoundly influences our future, the award-winning Bell County Museum collects, preserves and interprets the historical and cultural heritage of the Bell County region, for all citizens. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. For more information on Bell County Museum, call 254.933.5243 or visit www.bellcountymuseum.org

Salado Founder’s Day is organized by the Village of Salado Board of Tourism and features a cattle drive down Main Street, re-enactments, historical walks and tours, Robertson Plantation tour, concert and a picnic. For more about the Salado Founders Day, please contact tourism at 254.947.8634 or www.saladofoundersday.org

Chocolate Festival at Salado Wine Seller

5 desserts to be matched with 5 wines
5 desserts to be matched with 5 wines

Salado Chocolate
& Art Festival

Evening of Chocolate & Wine

Friday, September 25th, 7:30 – 10 pm.  The festival kickoff begins on Friday evening with an Evening of Chocolate & Wine from at Salado Wine Seller. Guests will be invited to savor the taste of premier Texas wines paired with decadent chocolate desserts by Dave Hermann from The Range. Free shuttle transportation will run from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 and can be ordered by phone (254) 947-8011 or http://www.saladochocolatefestival.com/tickets.htm

Meet Wiseman House Chocolatier

Saturday, September 26th, 12 –  5 pm. Thirteen years ago artist and Chocolatier Kevin Wenzel first opened the doors to the Wiseman House to begin offering fine handmade chocolates to the public. Having studied fine arts in Europe, Asia and the U.S., and chocolate making at a fifth generation chocolate school in Pennsylvania, this confectioner’s son possesses the perfect combination of talent, training, and heritage for this delicate art.   Meet the artist and sample the goods!  No charge for admission.

Fajitas, Folk, and Chocolate

Saturday, September 26, 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  Music will be provided by Schade Tree.  Acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle are the instruments of choice for members of the Schade Tree Band. The Belton based folk-bluegrass band has been playing together for the past 6 years locally for private parties, restaurants, and festivals. The variety of musical selections is one of the traits of the band as are the three-part harmony spicing up the band’s sound. Song choices range from rock-n-roll to country from bluegrass to old-time and folk music from the 1800s

$30 for glass of wine, fajitas by Johnny’s Steaks & BBQ, & chocolates by Wiseman House Chocolates if ticket purchased by Sep 23.  $35 if ticket purchased Sep 23-Sep 26. $5 cover charge at door for those who do not want food & wine package.   Call for tickets (254) 947-8011, or hopefully the following link is working:


All alcohol must be purchased from Salado Wine Seller. Anyone possessing or consuming alcohol from other sources will be asked to leave. Salado Wine Seller reserves the right to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages at any time.

Jammin’ on the Lawn, SEP 5th

Sing along

Sing along

Come on down!  Richard Paul Thomas will be playing from 4-7 pm. 

Live music, no cover charge. Bring your own picnic and lawn chair! 

Don’t forget, following Richard’s music, at 7 pm there will be a public showing of “A Journey in Every Glass“.  This is a locally produced documentary by the local PBS station, KNCT.   Our vineyard plays a starring role and this is a story of the Central Texas Wine Industry that you do not want to miss.

TABC Regulations forbid the possession or consumption of any alcohol other than wine purchased from Salado Wine Seller on these premises. Anyone possessing or consuming alcohol from other sources will be asked to leave. Salado Wine Seller reserves the right to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages at any time.

TV show featuring Salado Vineyard

KNCT crew films grape picking

KNCT crew films grape picking

This picture is Stephen & Mary Hanik (from Salado) being filmed by Christian Wohlfhart of KNCT TV.  Mr. Wolfhart produced a film about the Texas wineries called, “A Journey In Every Glass”.  We’re going to host a special public screening of the documentary on Saturday, September 5 at 7pm.

Christian spent a considerable amount of time documenting my vineyard this spring, and filming harvest.  Unlike other media who visit us, he even helped harvest!  He then followed the grapes on their journey to Red Caboose Winery.

This documentary was produced by a local PBS station, KNCT.  They explored the Central Texas’ wine industry via visits to area wineries.  While filming, they helped us pick chardonnay grapes.  This is the only time I remember the media actually getting involved and picking, so I hope the show is a great success!

The show will premiere at 7 pm on Tuesday, September1, 2009 and it is  entitled “A Journey In Every Glass” .   If you are in the Central Texas viewing area (Killeen, Temple, Waco) you can watch the program on KNCT TV.

This program will help promote the annual KNCT Wine Classic fundraiser in January, so I’m sure it will be played again.  Check your local listings!

Art Exhibit featuring Ursula Keen September 2009


Art Exhibit by Ursula Keen, Thursday, September 3, 2009 from 6 – 9 pm

Miss Keen could draw and paint before she learned to read, this caused problems, as you can imagine, and she had to repeat the second grade. During her high school years, Miss Keen studied art under Cheryl Dragoo at Reicher Catheolic High School in Waco, Texas. Her freshman year, a charcoal and pencil piece took best in show at the Heart of Texas fair. Then in her senior year, an abstract water color of a nude woman in a chair took fifth in the State of Texas at a competition of private and public schools.

Also, in her senior year Miss Keen sold her first large scale oil painiting to a Baylor law school student. Apparently, the law student bought it becasue while strolling Austin Ave. with his girlfriend, they saw the painting and fell in love with it and each other. The young man purchased the painting, suprised his girlfriend with it, and got down on one knee and proposed to her in front of it. I am happy to report that the couple is still married, the husband works at a firm in Dallas, and the oil painting is in their dining room.

The oil painting was a Christmas mural assignment in her senior art class, and took a month to complete as it was 5 by 8 feet long. Upon completion, all of the Christmas murals from Reicher were on display at the MCC Art building’s windows on 8th Street at Austin Ave, Waco, Texas. The canvas had to be custom built and Ursula had to stand on a ladder to paint parts of it. Miss Keen’s version of Chrismas was of a modern day nativity–of a New York street corner with skyline which included the Christmas star, Mary as a bag lady living in a cardboard box holding the infant Christ, the three wise men were “bums” huddleed around a trash can on fire, a prostittute as an angel, and a faded angel on a soda advertisement on a brick building announced the birth of Christ. Of course, the painting was racy for a Catholic school, and the nuns were quite happy to see it go.

Miss Keen graduated from Baylor School of Law on February 6, 1999. She received her undergraduate degree on May 14, 1995 in Economics from the University of Dallas. During her career, Ms. Keen has drafted an appellate brief to the Fifth Circuit regarding the ADEA. She has also filed cases for federal employees before the MSPB. She has previously practiced employment and family law in a number of counties including Bell, McLennan, Coryell, and Lampasas.