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The Johnsons to Retire, Sell Alamosa Wine Cellars

It wasn’t the best of news for Texas wine lovers: Jim and Karen Johnson have announced that they’re selling Alamosa Wine Cellars, the winery they built in Bend, where they produced award-winners including El Guapo and Scissortail. But we wish them well in their retirement.
Jim Johnson (Photo courtesy

Jim Johnson (Photo courtesy

Here’s the release they sent out:

After nearly twenty years in the business, we have decided to sell Alamosa Wine Cellars. We will be operating the vineyard until the property is sold.  The tasting room will operate on a regular basis through the Labor Day Weekend and we want to see as many of our customers, friends and fans as we can before that day.  We have some fun events and great sales to let you stock up on your favorite Alamosa wines as long as they last.  Come soon for the best selections.  We will also be holding a special Library Tasting in August when you will be able to taste through several of our older, special vintages with other wine lovers guided by Jim and Karen.  Look for those announcements and tickets very soon.
We are looking forward to retirement but with a bit of a heavy heart as we leave a place that has occupied so much of our efforts and passion for many years.  Most of all we’ll miss the opportunity to see so many people who have made the journey so much fun.  Retirement will allow us to do a lot more of the travel we so love, and to spend more time with our family, especially our little grandsons.
Save these dates:
July 11th  Sales begin
Aug 1st, Library Tasting, tickets required, only 24 spaces. (info soon)
Aug  8th  Final Wine Club Party (afternoon)
Aug  22   Retirement Celebration and Sale
September 4-6 Final Weekend.
Special mention must be made of how Jim Johnson helped pioneer the use of new varietals of grapes on the state’s wine scene, grapes that were able to produce great flavors and still thrive in the heat. The list includes Northern Rhone varietals such as Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah among the reds as well as the whites Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne and Marsanne.
The Johnsons were also instrumental in developing Way Out Wineries, a group that helped promote the Hill Country wineries beyond the Fredericksburg area.

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Wondering About Wine? GoTexan WineCasts Can Help

winecast-screenshot-2009-06-09The Texas Department of Agriculture wants you to know more about wine.

To that end, it has produced a six-video series featuring some of the state’s winemakers and vineyard owners discussing grape varieties and wine styles. The series can be found at or at the GO TEXAN YouTube channel (click here).

In the introduction, Susan Auler of Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow discusses the growth and history of the Texas wine industry with Tanji Patton.

In the second clip, Pat Brennan of Brennan Vineyards in Comanche details the rise of viognier (vee-ohn-yay) as one of the white grapes proving especially suited to Texas soils. Viognier displays peach, apricot, honey and citrus characteristics, and it can be paired with a variety of foods.

Kim McPherson of McPherson Vineyards in Lubbock talks about the success Texas winemakers have had with sangiovese in the third installment. This light-bodied Italian varietal goes well with pork, spicy fish dishes and cheeses.

Jim Johnson of Alamosa Wine Cellars in Bend discusses the Spanish varietal tempranillo, which loves hot climates like those found across Texas. In the fourth video, he talks about pairing the hearty red wine with leg of lamb.

Franklin Houser of Dry Comal Creek in New Braunfels showcases Black Spanish in the fifth piece. This varietal is proving to be resistant to disease, heat and humidity, making it an appealing option for grape growers and winemakers alike.

In the final video, Merrill Bonarrigo of Messina Hof in Bryan discusses port-style wines and other dessert wines that Texas is producing.

These videos are great introductions. Now, take that information and apply it to your tastings.

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