What We’re Crushing On This Week 1.25.20

  • William Chris is teaming up with Emmer & Rye for a Touriga Nacional wine with grapes grown by Phillips Vineyard on the Texas High Plains. We love seeing the grape growers being acknowledged! (Eater Austin)
  • 28th Annual Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day at Cat Spring. Pretty amazing that this event has been going strong for so many years. You should attend! (TAMU Viticulture & Enology)
  • Are “Sustainable Wines” legit? My question is: does the consumer actually care or do they just say they do? I would argue that Whole Foods market share in grocer sales is the max % of the population that currently cares enough to change consumption behavior. (Wine-Searcher)
  • Lodi is working to promote their lesser known buyers. Smart move. Should Texas High Plains consider? E&J Gallo built its Premium Business Unit on the foundation of Lodi, but MANY small producers source out of Lodi, too. Matthiason, Twain-Peterson, Passalacqua, Officer, Turley, just to name a few. (Lodi Growers)
  • Rockdale, Texas: where they are hoping for a better nickname the next time around. “Rockdale, once nicknamed the “town where it rains money” at the height of aluminum production in the 1950s, is one of the Texas locations that has seen an influx of large scale crypto miners.” (Bloomberg)