Branching Out on the Trail

This month a new online magazine launches which aims at promoting the Texas wine industry, Texas Wine and Trail.  I was honored to be asked to contribute and my first piece is now available on their site.  When I was approached about doing a piece in November, I began brainstorming about something I could do that I have not seen covered, something a little different.  I found my inspiration on the Facebook page for William Chris Winery: the launch of the 2011 Artist Series wine.

2011 Artist Blend

So when my brother came into town with hopes of hitting a winery, I knew where we were going.  We packed up the crew and headed west to Hye so sample some of their wines and learn more about the artist series.  I first visited William Chris last spring for the Watermelon Thump.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you already know how wonderfully that evening began, and how it ended in rather dramatic fashion.  If not, you can read about it in Living the Hye Life.

On this visit we successfully sampled all they were pouring, enjoyed some music on the porch, and left with a few bottles, including a gift of the Artist Series 2011.  I sipped the wine while writing my first piece for Texas Wine and Trail, with a big smile on my face.  While I found plenty of inspiration on the visit, I found even more in the bottle. 

To read more about the Artist Series at William Chris Winery, head over to Texas Wine and Trail and keep checking in for more news about Texas wine.  Thanks for reading!

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

4 thoughts on “Branching Out on the Trail

  1. Very good article on the the Texas Wine and Trail! And congratulations – you just keep picking up those writing engagements – great job!

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