by Andrew Chalk
Dr. Russ Kane is a prolific writer, oenophile and Texas wine student. His just released latest book may be the definitive guide to the Texas Hill Country wine experience. The book is a mixture of wine, people and history that will enrich any tourist visit to the area. Here is what he says about it in his release notes…
Your Guide to the Texas Hill Country Wine Experience
In what is now America’s No. 5 wine-producing state, the Texas Hill Country was named by Wine Enthusiast magazine to its 2014 list of best international wine destinations. It may surprise some, but not the wine aficionados who have visited the Texas Hill Country’s 50 or more wineries, that wine-and-culinary tourism is currently the Texas Hill Country’s fastest growing sector.
This book (click here) is your guide to the Texas Hill Country winery experience. It is time to sip and savor Texas for yourself.
The Texas Hill Country Wineries have roots as old as any around. Texas grapes grow in soils made from ancient calcareous sea deposits, similar to many of the grape-growing regions of Europe. Texas wine culture arrived in the 1600s with Spanish missionaries who settled and planted vineyards in El Paso del Norte. The 1800s brought German and Italian immigrant farmers to Texas; they considered wine a staple of everyday life.
“I share my time between Houston and the Texas Hill Country. I’m a technical writer, researcher, wine blogger, and book author with work spanning three decades,” said Kane.
“In the book Texas Hill Country Wineries [Arcadia Publications, the largest publisher of local history, January 2015], I tell the story of the Texas Hill Country wine experience in words and over 170 images, some going back into the late 1800s. This story is not only what the Texas Hill Country wineries are now, but also what came before from all around the state and from far away Europe to start wine culture in Texas.”
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