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January 23, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Coming Soon to a Tasting Room Near You!

At 4.0 Cellars, we value our Wine Club members. As a member, every time you visit 4.0, you get four free tastings or four free glasses of wine…one per person for up to four people (TABC frowns on too many freebies!)…and there’s no limit to how many days you can visit us. You receive discounts on pretty much everything you purchase at 4.0, including wine, cheese, t-shirts and other merchandise, cheese and chocolate wine pairings, and event tickets. And of course, you also get to come to our Wine Club Sunday events (coming up February 2, 9, and 16) where you and your guests receive 30% off your wine purchases.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
January 16, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Acidity in Wine – Part 2 in the Winery

Acidity is very important to the taste, color, and stability of wines. Too little acidity produces flat & uninteresting wines, while too much acidity leads to harsh, tart wines. Acidity not only influences the taste of wine, but also the fermentation process, stability of color and proteins, and resistance to spoilage mechanisms. Part 1 on acidity focused on acid compounds as they are created in the vineyard, migrate to the grapes, and are impacted by various degradation mechanisms that reduce acidity as grapes ripen and are harvested. This Part 2 edition will focus on acidity as it impacts fermentation, aging, and quality in the finished wine.  Continue »

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January 8, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

How Well Do You Know 4.0?

For this post, I’m taking inspiration from our recent staff holiday party where we played our annual trivia game (which I won…again!). It’s time for you to test your knowledge of all things 4.0, so here we go… (answers at the bottom, but no peaking!)  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
January 4, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Acidity in Wine – Part 1 in the Vineyard

First of all, Happy New Year to all of you. I’ve just been sitting here thinking about topics for 2020, and decided to start off with a post on how important acidity is in wines. This was a key topic for a presentation and tasting at the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp last November in Fredericksburg. Acidity is very important to the taste, color, and stability of wines. Too little acidity produces flat & uninteresting wines, while too much acidity leads to harsh, tart wines. Acidity not only influences the taste of wine, but also the fermentation process, stability of color and proteins, and enhances stability against spoilage mechanisms. This Part 1 edition of Carl’s Corner will focus on acid compounds as they are created in the vineyard, and migrate to the grapes that will eventually be harvested and become wine. A Part 2 edition will focus on acidity in the winery as it impacts fermentation, aging, and the finished wine.  Continue »

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December 27, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

How Our 4.0 Family Celebrates the Holidays

What do you get when you combine oodles of shrimp, Martin in pajama pants, paper plate artwork, and LOTS of wine? Our 4.0 staff annual Christmas party, of course. This year’s shindig was held at Nury’s in Fredericksburg and featured all sorts of games, prizes, and yummy grub.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
December 18, 2019 | Carl Hudson

End of the Year 2019

This will be the last Carl’s Corner for this year, and I would like to reflect on the topics covered during 2019. In January, a post on Port Style Wines highlighted the various types of Port wines and the newly released 4.0 Cellars Portejas, This delicious wine was produced from Black Spanish grapes grown in the show vineyard in front of the tasting room, coupled with Ruby Cabernet wine from Brennan Vineyards. The second post in January covered the use and impact of Oak Barrels & Oak Alternatives on the wines that we enjoy. The Texas Hill Country Wineries Annual Symposium and Trade Show was held in January at Horseshoe Bay Resort near Marble Falls. What a fun event filled with friends, fun, learning, and, of course, good Texas wine.  Continue »

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December 11, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Meet Dave

Many of you probably already know that we have a new General Manager at 4.0. But though “the new guy” has already been here a month, he’s still a bit of a mystery. So, now it’s time to get to know him.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
December 4, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Wine Labels – What They Do or Don’t Tell You

A recent article in Wine Enthusiast magazine caught my attention and prompted this Carl’s Corner edition. One of my favorite wine writers, Paul Gregutt, wrote about The Dos and Don’ts of Wine Labels with a focus on what makes a good wine label. I have borrowed liberally from his article with the focus on what is required on a wine label, what would be useful to consumers, and what wineries rarely tell us. So, pour yourself a glass of good Texas wine and grab a few wine bottles to look over their labels as you read further.  Continue »

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November 27, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

Meet the Staff: Holiday Edition

With Thanksgiving in a couple of days and the rest of the winter holidays just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share some of our staff’s holiday memories and traditions. So, I surveyed my colleagues and found out some interesting tidbits about their holiday favorites.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
November 20, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Holiday Wines for the Festive Table

Gathering with family and friends at Thanksgiving is one of the most treasured and time-honored traditions we have in the United States of America. A big part of my Thanksgiving tradition is lots of wonderful food accompanied with good wine. There are a number of excellent holiday wine choices available at 4.0 Cellars – see the list below.  Continue »