April 29, 2022


APRIL 29, 2022
The weather has been getting warmer as we approach Summer. Wineries are getting very busy with outdoor activities such as concerts, festivals, and other outdoor events for their patrons. What you don’t see behind the scenes is the beginning of work in the vineyards. The grape vines were pruned in January and February with bud break coming in March and April. The vines are erupting with self-pollinating white flowers which mature into small hard green berries. It is these green berries that evolve into the grapes for our wines. Starting in a few weeks, vineyards will start to thin their vines on the east side of their north-south trellised rows of vines for the morning sun to warm up the vines. The west side of those trellised rows will not be thinned out since the hot, afternoon sun can burn those evolving berries. Getting back to the local wineries, start planning on excursions to nearby wineries like B. E. Winery in Conroe, Bernhardt Winery near Plantersville, William Chris Vineyards near Fredericksburg, and Wild Stallion Vineyards in Spring to name a few wineries with concerts. Let your fingers do the strolling on the internet to find specifics about concerts and events at wineries. Wine Trails are also fun, especially with others or just make new friends at each winery while sipping on wines at each winery on the Wine Trail. The Texas Hill country Wine Trail ends this weekend. Investigate the 16 Wine Trails at www.TxWines.com/ Better yet, this web portal provides you oodles of information on wineries all over Texas. Save the date of May 26th for the Blessing of the Wines Ceremony in historic downtown Conroe for the Sam Houston Wine Trail Wineries. More on this later.
If you are like me, I enjoy sipping wine on the back veranda with my BEST friend while discussing our day and enjoying music. You might even consider to invite some of your neighbors over to sip and visit. Perhaps meet your friends and family for the SIP, SHOP, and STROLL held in historic downtown Conroe on the third Thursday of each month.
Check out local wine events on www.LocalWineEvents.com for a variety of local wine events in your locale. Their events encompass wine schools to Wine Dinners to Wine Tastings along with lots of winery events and concerts. Their website has link to week long events like WINE and FOOD WEEK in THE WOODLANDS coming in during the first full week of June. I strongly recommend you get tickets for a variety of events online NOW before they sell out. One thing that this event’s organizers have learned is that the outdoor events like The Market Street Wine Walk should be held in the Fall when it is cooler vs. that first week in June when it is hot and humid. It’s hard to enjoy strolling and sipping on wines when the temperature is in the upper 80’s/lower 90’s with high humidity.
Whatever you choose to do with wines, I have found wines taste better when shared with friends and paired with foods. When the weather is nice, the outdoors is a great place to be with your wines. When it gets too hot, go inside an air conditioned place with friends to enjoy your vino!

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