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					Inside This Issue –
     Wine Competitions
        o 2008 Lone Star International Wine Competition- DON’T DELAY - DEADLINE ONLY 1 WEEK AWAY!
     Association & Industry News
        o   TDA Announces Vineyard Grant Program
        o   Website Listing Opportunity for Commercial Vineyards
        o   2007 Wine Production Survey – Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute
     Educational Seminars
        o   Davies Grape Day – Region 2 Meeting
        o   Prospective Winegrape Growers Workshop
        o   Region 4 (West Texas) – Regional Meeting
        o   Munson Viticulture Enology Center Enology Outreach Seminars
                   Managing Fermentation, Yeast Selection, and Additives
                   Enhancing Wine Quality
     News and Media
        o   Neal Newsom's grapes are coveted by the top Texas wineries: The Dallas Morning News Feature on Newsom Vineyard!
        o   Two Texas Wineries are On the Trail of America’s Best Tasting Rooms
        o   Newsom Grape Day
        o   2nd Annual Austin Wine Festival
        o
     Classifieds
The 2008 Lone Star Wine Competition – DON’T DELAY –
ENTRIES DUE BY MAY 16TH!
The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association is pleased to announce the CALL FOR
ENTRIES for the 2008 Lone Star International Wine Competition to be
held on Monday, June 2nd and Tuesday, June 3rd in Historic Grapevine Texas.

The competition, in its 24th year has been refocused to help wine makers enter the trade in the
DFW area by selecting judges almost exclusively from wine retail business and
distribution trade. Judges include two Master Sommeliers; numerous wine buyers from
distributors and DFW restaurants; chefs and sommeliers. Please visit
www.txwines.org/2008LSIWCJUDGES.php for the complete list!

Immediately following the completion of the competition participating judges, retail and
distribution trade professionals and members of the media will have access to non-blind wine
samples of gold and silver medal winning wines with corresponding ordering and wholesale
pricing information.

Each wine placing bronze, silver or gold in the competition will receive the corresponding
Lone Star International Wine Competition medal. All Grand Star winning wines will receive
the Grand Star Cowboy Boot any tasting room would be proud to display!

For competition rules, regulations and entry forms and list of judges for 2008, visit www.txwines.org/industry

Important dates to remember:

May 16th - Competition Entry Forms Deadline
May 23rd - Competition Wine Received Deadline
June 2-3 - Competition Held in Grapevine, Texas



Association & Industry News

TDA Announces Vineyard Grant Program
The Wine Grape Investment Pilot Grant Program (Program) is a one-time matching funds reimbursement program to encourage new investment in expanding the
acreage in wine grape production to continue to spur the wine industry in Texas. For more information regarding the program visit Texas Department of
Agriculture or contact

Allen Regehr, Financial Analyst
Young Farmer Loan Program, Rural Municipal Finance Program
512-463-9932
 Austin Office
P.O. Box 12847 Austin, Texas 78711
512-936-0273, fax 888-216-9867
Toll-Free Rural Assistance Hotline 1-877-428-7848
finance@tda.state.tx.us


Txwines.org New & Improved Website Coming Soon!!!
Vineyard Listing Opportunity -

The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association is developing a new and improved website to better serve our members and consumers of the Texas wine
industry.

We have an opportunity for Vineyard owners to get their business information up on the website. If you would like your vineyard listed, complete the Vineyard
Information Form and return to Jodie Post at the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.

2007 Production Survey – Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute
The Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute asks winery owners to fill out an online survey for the 2007 production year.

This information is part of the annual profile of the industry. The statistics provided in the profile is used by the government officials, industry specialists, media,
and potential investors. Please make every effort to fill out survey as soon as possible. It takes only a few minutes to complete the survey and can only add
value. All responses will be confidential and only TOTAL production for all Texas wineries will be reported in the annual report

Link to the survey is www.surveymonkey.com/texasprofile

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact Natalia Kolyesnikova at texaswine@ttu.edu or (806) 742-
3077.



Davies Grape Day – Region 2 Meeting
Friday, May 16th at Oak Creek Vineyards in Saint Jo, Texas

Davies Grape Day, a free one-day seminar sponsored by Oak Creek Vineyards of Montague County, in association with the Texas Wine and Grape Growers
Association (TWGGA) and Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will take place Friday, May 16th at Oak Creek Vineyards. The seminar from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00
pm is for anyone interested in commercial or hobby grape growing.

Tentative Program Agenda
9:30 – 10:45 am       Welcome
                      Howard Davies; owner, Oak Creek Vineyards and Region 2 Vineyard Director,
                      Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association

                            Disease Prevention
                            Fran Pontasch; Viticulture Advisor Region 2 (North Texas), AgriLife Extension Service
                          Vineyard Insect Pest Management
                          Fritz Westover; Viticulture Advisor Region 3 (Gulf Coast), AgriLife Extension Service

                          Break

11:00 a.m. – Noon         Winemaking & Winery News
                          Les Constable; owner and winemaker, Brushy Creek Vineyards

                          Recent Pierce’s Disease Developments
                          Bobby Cox; Texas High Plains Growers and Director-at-Large, Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association

                          Lunch

1:00 - 2:45 p.m.          Irrigation Scheduling
                          Dr. Ed Hellman; Associate Professor of Viticulture, Texas Tech University & AgriLife Extension Service

                          Chemi & Fertigation
                          Howard Davies; owner, Oak Creek Vineyards and Region 2 Vineyard Director, Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association

                          Ground Water Updates
                          Justin Hansard; County Extension Agent-Agriculture and Natural Resources, AgriLife Extension Service

                          Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.          Weed Management
                          Jim Kamas; Extension Fruit Specialist, Texas Tech University& AgriLife Extension Service

                          Announcements
                          Howard Davies; owner, Oak Creek Vineyards and Region 2 Vineyard Director, Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association


Please RSVP by e-mail to jodie@twgga.org with the names of any people who will be attending, or by calling the TWGGA office at 817/424-0570.

**Make sure you bring a lawn chair!

Prospective Winegrape Growers Workshop
Monday, May 12, 2008 at Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Stephenville, TX

Presented by Texas AgriLife Extension Service to provide the information you will need to decide whether planting a vineyard is the right choice for you-
    ♦ Necessary Know-how
    ♦ Site Selection
    ♦ Risk Factors
    ♦ Vineyard Labor
    ♦ Vineyard Costs
Fee:             $100, Lunch is provided.
Date:            Monday, May 12, 2008
Time:            9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor:      Fran Pontasch, North Texas Viticulture Advisor
Location:        Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center
                 1229 US Hwy 281 North
                 Stephanville, TX
                 (254) 968-4144

To register, go to http://winegrapes.tamu.edu/meetings/prospective_grower_north.pdf

Region 4 (West Texas) Regional Meeting
Thursday, May 22nd at Luz de Estrella Vineyard and Winery in Marfa, Texas

Join Teresa Burns, Texas AgriLife Extension Viticulture Advisor for West Texas and Jacy Lewis, Assistant Research Scientist, Texas Pierce's Disease Research
Program for a free discussion on viticulture practices for west Texas plus a vineyard and winery tour.


Tentative Schedule

9:00 AM          Greeting and state of the industry.

9:30 AM          Vineyard and Winery tour of Luz de Estrella (Pat Johnson & John and Linda Armstrong)

10:30 AM         Pierces Disease Update - Teresa Burns & Jacy Lewis

11:15 AM         Insect control for West Texas Vineyards - Teresa Burns

Noon -           Lunch (Provided) - BYOW

1:00 PM          Adjournment

Please RSVP by e-mail to jodie@twgga.org with the names of any people who will be attending, or by calling the TWGGA office at 817/424-0570 by May 19th.



T.V. Munson Viticulture Enology Center Outreach Seminars – Spring 2008
Topic: Managing Fermentation, Yeast Selection, and Additives

--Speakers: John Giannini, Winemaker, California State University, Fresno, CA and Gordon Specht, Lallemand, Santa Rosa, CA
--Location: Grayson County College, T.V. Munson Viticulture & Enology Center, 9356 State Hwy 691, Denison, TX
--Target Date: May 19, 2008
--Seminar Summary: Managing the primary fermentation process from the vineyard to the crush pad to the winery; yeast selection and wine styles; the use of
additives for maintaining a healthy fermentation and building structure; managing secondary fermentation.
Topic: Enhancing Wine Quality
--Speakers: Clark Smith, co-owner of Vinovation, Sebastopol, CA
--Location: Grayson County College, T.V. Munson Viticulture & Enology Center, 9356 State Hwy 691, Denison, TX
--Target Date: June 9, 2008
--Seminar Summary: This seminar will focus on improving red wine quality. Topics of discussion include “vineyard enology”; balancing wine metabolism,
promoting soil health, and gauging flavor maturity. Also, stabilizing without compromising structure, achieving microbial equilibrium, how to find alcohol
sweet spots, and blending for phenolic balance.


Visit http://www.tvmunson.org/outreach_seminar_info.htm to Register for any T.V. Munson Viticulture Enology Center Outreach Seminar


Wine America Newsletter
April Wine America Newsletter is available Online.
Inside this month’s issue –
    ♦ From the President’s Desk
    ♦ Wine America to Launch New Website
    ♦ Label Tips & Tools
    ♦ Regulatory News
    ♦ Don’t Forget to Vote
    ♦ Shipping News
    ♦ Ship Compliant to Make Donation to Coalition for Free Trade

Visit Wine America’s Website to read this month’s issue at http://www.wineamerica.org/newsroom/newsletters/May%20208%20Newsletter.pdf


News and Media
Neal Newsom's grapes are coveted by the top Texas wineries

By KIM PIERCE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News
food@dallasnews.com

On Wednesday, May 7th Neal and Janice Newsom were the feature story in The Dallas Morning News Taste section. Click here to read Kim Piece’s feature story
on Neal Newsom, president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and his wife Janice and their story of Newsom Vineyards!

Click here to Read the Complete Story!

Homestead Winery, Denison and Mandola Winery, Driftwood – One of America’s Best Tasting Rooms

In the May issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Homestead Winery in Denison, Texas and Mandola Winery, Driftwood Texas were featured in “One of
America’s Best Tasting Rooms”
Homestead Winery, Denison

Seventy-five miles north of Dallas, sleepy Denison is famous in Europe for being the hometown of T.V. Munson, the man whose rootstock saved the phylloxera-
ravaged European vineyard in the late 1800s. At Homestead Winery, Texas legend Dr. Roy Mitchell makes his cream-style Sherry, the single most awarded
wine in Texas history. They also make an excellent Cabernet to carry into the adjacent Albanian/Italian restaurant. Call to check on availability of the Sherry.
Dr. Mitchell only makes 100 cases per year. (220 West Main Street; 903.494.0030; www.homesteadwinery.com;Sherry tasting, $2; wine tasting $3, both waived
with purchase)

-Wes Marshall

Marshall, Wes. "On the Trail of America's Best Tasting Rooms." Wine Enthusiast May 2008: 50 - 56.

Mandola Estate Winery, Driftwood

Damian Mandola is the host of PBS’s Cucina Siciliana, as well as the author of three cookbooks (Ciao, Y’all, Ciao Sicily and Ciao Tuscany). He’s built a winery
devoted to Texas-grown Italian varietals and to make sure folks would want to travel 30 miles from Austin, he’s added a top-notch rustic Italian eatery, a cooking
school and a TV studio. The meandering grounds invite strolling, and the whole feel is piu cosier. His wines have great acidity to go with his food. Don’t miss
the Syrah. (13308 FM 150 W; 512.858.1470; www.mandolawines.com; No tasting fee, but reservations recommended at the restaurant).

-Wes Marshall

Marshall, Wes. "On the Trail of America's Best Tasting Rooms." Wine Enthusiast May 2008: 50 - 56.

Newsom Grape Day
On April 25 in Plains Texas, Neal and Janice Newsom welcomed experienced and novice growers, educators, students and winemakers from Texas, Oklahoma,
California, Utah and New Mexico to Newsom Vineyards.

Each year Neal and Janice, along with Neal’s mom Laverne and numerous family members, host Newsom Grape Day – a fun day of learning about enology,
viticulture and vineyard equipment. The day, which is free to attendees includes lunch by 2B Ranch Catering paid for by Vintage Nurseries. Entertainment
during lunch was provided by the talented Bingham Family Orchestra. Newsom Grape Day is sponsored by the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and
Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

All proceeds from the silent auction and donations from attendees go to the Hoss Newsom Scholarship Fund which awards a scholarship each year to a student
studying enology or viticulture through Texas Tech University College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources. Newsom Grape Day raised over $4,000
for the scholarship fund this year! The 2007-08 Hoss Newsom Scholarship Recipient, Mike Krawitzky presented on Propagation Success of Pierce’s Disease
Infected Wines.

Discussion and seminar topics this year also included Pierce’s Disease, Apple Twig Bores & Green June Bugs, Planting Logistics – Pruning and Training of a
Non-Bearing Vineyard, Equipment Demonstrations, Fruit Transportation and Wine Quality and a Grapevine Pruning Demonstration. The day concluded with
dinner at Lalito’s in Plains and a Wine & Stars Party at the home of Janice and Neal Newsom.
If you have not gone to Newsom Grape Day – Neal and Janice host this event each year in April. Be sure to mark your calendar and make the trip to Plains – its
well worth the travel!

Thank you Neal and Janice!

The 2008 Austin Wine Festival - May 24 - 26th (Sat - Mon)


A uniquely Austin 3-day Texas wine celebration - RAIN OR SHINE!

                        Wineries from Lampasas to New Braunfels and Fredericksburg to Dripping Springs have bloomed from a pioneering few, into an
                        internationally awarded and recognized wine region... The number 2 wine destination in the nation, second only to Napa! Together they
                        have created the now 2nd annual Austin Wine Festival, the first of its kind in Texas.

                        What makes the second annual Austin Wine Festival, taking place at The Domain May 24-26, 2008, more than just an average wine
                        festival? How about the chance to not only taste some of the Texas Hill Country's most popular award-winning wines, but also the
                        opportunity to instantly purchase the wines you like best – something that only happens in Texas at the AWF.

                        "Our ultimate intent is to give anyone who loves wine, or who wants to learn to love wine, a chance to experience some of the best of
                        Texas and do something unique," says Katy Jane Bothum, the Executive Director of Texas Hill Country Wineries, whose more than 20
                        member wineries created the three-day event to be held this year at The Domain in North Austin. "If you like the wine, you can buy it on
                        the spot – it's as simple as that."

The Austin Wine Festival will feature wines from the Texas Hill Country Wineries, plus 10 guest wineries from elsewhere around the state. A complete list of
participating wineries is available at www.AustinWineFestival.com.

The festival is thrilled to debut in 2008 the new and exclusively designed for AWF, Whole Foods Market Bistro! An onsite tented bistro serving a plethora of
light fare and cheese plate combos in the trademark Whole Food Market style setting. In addition, an array of continuous entertainers will perform an eclectic
mix of musical performances throughout the festival.

Both one-day and three-day tickets are available online for advance purchase at a cost of $20.00 and $55.00 respectively. Tickets will also be available at the gate
during regular event hours. Visit www.AustinWineFestival.com for tickets, schedules, and additional event information. All proceeds to benefit the Austin
Farmers' Market.

Please note: The family-friendly AWF is open to everyone, but minors must be accompanied by an adult




Classifieds
If you have winery or vineyard equipment, grapes or anything else pertaining to the winegrape industry – send you information to Jodie@twgga.org.

				
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