This Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#12) theme is LOCAL. And I’m so thankful to The Drunken Cyclist for issuing a reminder, or rather letting everyone know that it’s not too late….because honestly, I thought it was too late!
As I might have mentioned a time or thirty, I used to work at a wine shop and tasting room specializing in Texas wines.
When I started, it was a summer job and there 33 Texas wineries. Now a few (and by a few I mean 20) years later there over 275 Texas wineries. So here are some fun facts about Texas wines (thanks to Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association):
The first vineyard was was planted near El Paso in 1662 by Franciscan Monks–making it one of the oldest in the United States.
Texas ranks fifth in wine production in the United States and has 4,400 acres of family owned vineyards.
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