Llano Estacado Winery’s 2010 “1836”
Llano Estacado Winery in Lubbock has been producing excellent wines since 1976 and is the largest premium winery in Texas. I enjoyed visiting Llano Estacado in May and since that visit, they will be building a new public tasting room and visitor’s center this year.
One of their recent releases is the 2010 vintage “1836” Texas Red Table Wine which is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Syrah. There was a 2008 vintage of the “1836” with a different blend, but not a 2009 because Llano Estacado could not get the fruit they wanted.
The 2010 vintage has done very well in wine competitions. For example the “1836” won a Double Gold at the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
As mentioned, the 2010 vintage is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Syrah from grapes in the High Plains and Far West Texas. It was aged for 28 months in 59-gallon French and American oak barrels and was bottled in March 2013. The wine has a deep red color with flavor tones of red and black fruits and black pepper. Tannins are medium with a medium plus finish.
Glamour Girls for the Cure
Helping to find a cure for Breast Cancer
Two women with faith and a mission, to help find a cure for breast cancer. "Glamour Girls" was launched in 2007 in San Francisco, California by sisters Anana and Madrid Simmons. The impetuous for Glamour Girls occurred when Madrid was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, 2007. After going through treatments and chemotherapy, Madrid did not want to lose her glamour. She believed that no matter what is going on in our lives, we women need to maintain our beauty.
Lone Hen Winery
Lone Hen Winery is located in College Station and is owned by Steve and Vicki Kirkpatrick. Their first vines of Blanc du Bois and Champanel were planted in 2004 on their ten acre lot where they live. They continued by planting Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006 and will be replanting with Lenoir soon. They currently have 1.5 acres of vines and will have four acres of vineyard when completed. In 2009, Lone Hen Winery officially became a winery.
We first saw Lone Hen Winery at the Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival where the wines being tasted were sparkling wines. At the time, they said they did not have a tasting room yet so I decided to wait a while until we would be in the area again to visit. We called in advance recently to see if we could make an appointment to visit the winery.
The Burleson House, Yep It's Haunted
Burleson House, (located at 1206 West Main Street in Waxahachie, Texas), was the original headquarters of T.W. Burleson & Son's Pure Honey (a family-owned business), which was established in 1907 by Thomas William Burleson.
Windows 8 - Some Like It, Most Hate It!
If you have purchased a laptop or PC, recently, you were probably told Windows 8 is your only option as for as Operating Systems selections go from the laptop manufacturers. Windows 8 was primarily designed for Smart Phones and Tablets with touch screens. It has become evident that Microsoft feels PC and laptops are a thing of the past and has pretty much deserted th PC or laptop user market.
A Day in the Life of a Texas Game Warden
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement report For September, 2, 2014.
Two Val Verde County game wardens responded to a call about a critter inside a Del Rio Super Wal-Mart. When they arrived on the scene, they found a juvenile opossum lodged in the ceiling braces. Using a Wal-Mart scissor lift, they were able to safely remove the opossum and successfully relocate it.
My Grand Dad's War
Excerpt from the World II Diary of Major. Charles H Megarity, United States Army 1940-1946. "The Battle for Burma"
June 24th, 1944 - My orders have been changed. My assignment was changed by General Cannon who is G-2 on Stilwell’s staff. I am to be his chief Liaison officer with the 1st Chinese Regiment which is organized like a brigade or small division. One half of my troops are working on the combat trail, one company fighting with Merrill’s Marauders and two companies fighting at Kaimaing and Mogaung. Regimental headquarters is about half way between Shadazup and Warazup, Colonel Lia commanding.
Epic Helicopters Offers Tours of Texas Wineries
Epic Helicopters has launched its VIP Wine Tours, which will whisk guests from across North Texas for a wine tasting and tour like no other. The exciting new VIP wine tours features six Texas wineries and will accommodate as many as 4 wine enthusiasts per flight. Helicopter pickup locations are customizable as are the number of vineyards visited on this high-flying winery adventure.
The Great Tattoo Epidemic
Tattooing has been around for centuries, used historically to mark an individual as part of a group such as a slave, soldier, or denigrated group of people such as criminals, servants, religious fanatics, and most recently, the tattooing of an identification number on the forearms of Jewish people in the concentration camps of Germany and Poland. In the Far East, tattoos indicate lineage among tribal groups as well as a visible message on girls indicating marital status and on warriors indicating the man's accomplishments. It is a myth that Captain James Cook brought the idea of tattooing back to Great Britain after his voyages to the Polynesian islands of the South Pacific. Tattooing was already popular among sailors who saw the tattoos while visiting foreign ports. Because of this, tattoos were considered a fringe activity practiced by unsavory characters.