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Grape Harvest 2011

We have had quite a surprise here on the farm. July is usually the time of year that we are getting ready for harvest not actually harvesting grapes, but last week we could tell already that the grapes were getting ready. We have been so busy that I haven’t even put any numbers up for you to look at. So now, harvest will start … Thursday morning … read more…

Irrigation and Drought

Irrigation and drought, I guess they go together. Farming has such wide and varied aspects to the job. I think the “beads” are a good example of this. Aren’t they “pretty”? and such wide and varied colors.

I would go for the artistic color combinations, but My Honey insists that there are other ways to do this job.

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March GOTEXAN Twitter Tuesday

What a lovely trio we have here,

So what do you know? My Honey gets to be a guest in the GOTEXAN Twitter Tuesday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. I know, I know, the people that really know Cliff will say, “But Cliff doesn’t ‘do’ Twitter. He is too busy growing wonderfully delicious wine grapes.”

But “we” do Twitter. Remember I told that I love using the word “we” on the farm. “We” do all kinds of dirty work on the farm. The only thing is that usually I, Betty, am watching or taking pictures while everyone else it getting their hands dirty. I like it that way. So, that is why I usually do the Tweeting.

But Tuesday, Cliff, in all his viticulture wit and wisdom, will be making comments and answering questions. I have to admit though that “I” will be doing most of the typing. So, you can just blame the spelling errors on me.

Everyone will be tweeting about the promising varieties in the Texas High Plains AVA.

If you want to taste and tweet, we invite you to choose one or more of the following wines made from grapes that “we” grew.

Duchman Family Winery Vermentino (Read about it here or buy it here or here.)

Becker Vineyard Viognier (Buy it here or at your local store.)

Landon Winery Tempranillo (Read about it here or buy it here. Here they have a special offer and more information about how they are celebrating the GOTEXAN Twitter Tuesday.

To chat with Cliff, follow him on Twitter @BinghamVineyard and use the hashtag #GOTEXAN.  Also, follow the wineries: @DuchmanWinery@BeckerVineyards, and @LandonWinery. And of course you should follow @GO_TEXAN

Everyone will also be talking about new varieties to the High Plains such as Vermentino, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, and Aglianico.

If you’re new to Twitter, here’s how you participate:

  1. Just sign up for a free Twitter account at www.twitter.com.
  2. Go to the Tweetchat room set up for Texas Twitter Tuesdays: http://tweetchat.com/room/GOTEXAN. Participants are invited to follow the tweet discussions, add comments, share thoughts, and retweet to their followers
  3. You can also use the Twitter tool of your choice like Tweet Deck or another app on your computer or your phone. Just remember that we are using the hashtag #GOTEXAN and search for #GOTEXAN to follow the Twitters from all of those involved.

We’ll get Clint, my son, to tweet some, too: @TexasVineGuy

We’ll be looking for your tweets on Tuesday night.







Duchman Family Winery Trebbiano

Wow, I have been so lazzzzy lately. I haven’t been keeping you guys up to date on what is going on here. Instead I have been doing routine stuff like washing clothes, reading to children, teaching them how to find the area of a circle, painting pictures with creative little ones, looking at paintings of Monet, helping start a non-profit organization, cleaning house, driving children to music lessons, getting business books in order, giving spelling tests, discussing 20th century history, getting the Nook app downloaded to my new phone, buying coats for children considering it was soooo cold here lately, …

Oh, yes, and eating dinner at with Neal & Janice at their Rockn’ N B&B. You can’t be too busy to spend time with friends. Isn’t that just beautiful? Tonight was a wonderful evening there.

But – I was suddenly motivated today when I read about yet another great restaurant that is adding not only Texas wine to their wine list but wine made from grapes from Bingham Family Vineyards. If you live close to Houston, you should check out Dolce Vita Pizzeria Enoteca and have a glass of Duchman Family Winery Trebbiano while you are there.

They serve Italian wines, so the Trebbiano is a natural. And if you don’t live close to Houston you can check out the Duchman Family Winery to order some Trebbiano. Duchman also has our Viognier, Vermentino, and you cannot forget their double gold medal winner at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2008 Dolcetto. We really liked growing that Dolcetto grape.



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