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Happenings at 4.0 Cellars

Carl Hudson
 
June 24, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Texas Cheeses for 2020

For a number of years 4.0 Cellars has offered a Texas Cheese and Wine Experience featuring cheeses from Veldhuizein Cheese Farm in Dublin, TX, matched with wines from our three owner/partners – Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, TX, Lost Oak Winery in Burleson, TX, and McPherson Cellars in Lubbock, TX. With downtime during the Corona-virus shutdown and slowdown, opportunity arose to consider and taste additional cheese selections to feature in these pairings. The plan is to continue using some of the more popular Veldhuizen cheeses, and add some new and different options from the following producers.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
June 18, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Wine Club Sundays and Our Current Normal

With the pandemic still impacting what we can do here at 4.0, our newest catchphrase is “Every day is a new day.” Balancing the Governor’s recent decrees with TABC’s expectations and what we hear is going on in the tasting rooms around us means that we are constantly evaluating and adjusting what we’re doing in our own tasting room. How many people can we have in our main tasting room at once? Can we sell glasses of wine yet? How many people are allowed to gather in a group? Are we at 50% capacity or 75%?  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
June 10, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Great CheeseBurgers on the Grill

With warm weather that seems to be around most of the year here in the Texas Hill Country, backyard grilling becomes an important part of our lives. Steaks, chicken, ribs, salmon, shrimp, sausage, and, of course, burgers are all targets for grill treatment. While hosting 4.0 Cellars Texas Cheese and Wine Experience pairings, discussions often relate to foods that use the delicious Texas cheeses offered. My favorite is Mac and Cheese and these recipes have been posted in previous Carl’s Corner editions. However, another topic that often arises during these cheese and wine pairings is how to prepare a delicious cheeseburger on the grill. So, here is the recipe and a discussion of my favorite method, along with some side dishes that also work well on the grill.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
June 5, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Cooking With Casey…and Wine

I love to cook. Some of my best memories are of my mom and grandmothers in their kitchens whipping up their favorite dishes. When I was very young, my mom took a gourmet cooking class. She still talks about the time she tried to make homemade croissants.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
May 29, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club, June 2020

What happened to March, April, and May-2020? The Corona virus pandemic and quarantine that essentially shutdown businesses, including winery tasting rooms, was certainly a shock no one particularly anticipated or enjoyed. 4.0 Cellars did what was possible during this strange time, selling wine on-line for shipping and curbside pickup. The April 2020 Wine Club pickup party was cancelled, and folks were encouraged to do a driveby to pickup of their wine allocations through arm’s length transfers from a few eager staff members camped out in the parking lot in front of the tasting room.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
May 20, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Inching Towards Normal

Looking back through my Facebook feed, I can identify when the pandemic hit home for me. It was Friday, March 13, the last day of our Spring Break here in Fredericksburg and the day we found out that school wouldn’t be starting back up the following week. It would be several more weeks before we’d find out that school wouldn’t be starting back up at all.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
May 13, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Spring Activity in the 4.0 Cellars Vineyard

During this Corona Virus shutdown period there are lots of activities that we can’t, or at least, shouldn’t do. However, Mother Nature does not take a break, so farming and vineyard work must continue. There has been a lot of activity in the 4.0 Cellars vineyard this spring, and that is the subject of this edition of Carl’s Corner.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
May 6, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

4.0 Staff Survey: Pandemic Style

As I sit at home for the 493rd day, I’m beginning to wonder what my 4.0 coworkers are up to. Yes, we opened the winery on Friday to quick tastes and bottle sales only, but we’re keeping the number of staff to a minimum for safety reasons. And some of the staff is waiting a bit longer to come back to work. An abundance of caution is not a bad thing during these strange times, but still, it means that “our work family” has not been together for a really, really long time.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
April 30, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Warm Weather Whites – Part 2

As warmer weather and summertime approaches, many feel a strong attraction to the lovely white wines produced by Texas vintners. There are many to choose from. Part 1 focused on Viognier, Vermentino, and Roussanne. This Part 2 edition will focus on Marsanne, Picquepoul Blanc, and Grenache Blanc, the other three of the so-called Rhône white varieties that tend to grow well and make delicious wines in the Lone Star State. The owner-partners at 4.0 Cellars – Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars – produce wines from these grape varieties, or use them in blends. So many delicious warm weather white wines are available for purchase from 4.0 Cellars (shipping or curbside pickup during these crazy COVID-19 times).  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
April 15, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Wine and What You’re Watching Now

If you’re like most of my friends and me (and apparently the rest of the world), you’re spending at least part of your “corona time” watching movies and TV shows. During these uncertain times, it can be comforting to lose yourself in fictional stories and other people’s lives (the crazier, the better). And there are some pretty great shows to choose from these days.  Continue »