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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Carl Hudson
November 6, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club November, 2019

Well, the weather has finally given some indication that summer is over and fall is on the way to the Texas Hill Country as temperatures have cooled, some rain has fallen, and the grape harvest is finally nearing completion. It is time to start thinking about the upcoming fall and winter holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Attending a November Wine Club Pickup Party would be a good way to get in the mood, and learn about some delicious wines to select for the holiday parties and dinners. Join other 4.0 Cellars Wine Club members for the November 4.0 Wine Club Release parties scheduled on Sundays, 3-Nov, 10-Nov, and 17-Nov. If you would like to join the party and share time with lots of other club members, check the website ( and make your reservations. We would love to share your company, and remember that you can enjoy the 30% discount on wine purchases on-site on Club Sundays or online during the week-days in between.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
October 23, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Montepulciano - 4.0 Cellars Italian Style 2019

A new release Montepulciano from Lost Oak Winery is now being featured in the 4.0 Cellars Tasting Room. Montepulciano is the second most planted red grape varietal in Italy. It is growing in popularity in Texas, too. Montepulciano is believed to have originated in the Tuscany region of Italy, but today is mostly found in the regions of Marche and Abruzzo located to the east of Tuscany, across the Appenine Mountain range. Because of its tolerance to heat and dry conditions, Montepulciano is generating interest from Texas winegrowers ranging from the Hill Country to the High Plains.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
September 26, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Rhône White Grapes in Texas 2019

As I am organizing several wine tastings for Industry meetings that will include several Rhône white grape varieties, it seems appropriate to focus on these grapes that are doing extremely well in the Lone Star State. Texas grape growers and wine makers are planting and vinifying more white grapes that originate in hotter climates, such as the southern regions of France near the Mediterranean Sea coast. The best-known of these grape varieties include Viognier (vee own yay), the key grape in the northern Rhône appellation of Condrieu; Roussanne, an important component of white blends in the southern Rhône appellation of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and Marsanne, a primary grape in white blends from the famed northern Rhône appellation of Hermitage. All three of these grapes have become well-established here in the Lone Star State.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
September 11, 2019 | Carl Hudson

What to do with Leftover Wine

What is “leftover” wine? For some, it is hard to imagine such a thing. This is a subject that has been addressed previously, but we still often get questions about it from customers at the 4.0 Cellars tasting room. So, here is my take on Leftover Wine.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
August 28, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club September, 2019

4.0 Cellars Merlot 2017 TX High Plains (by Lost Oak Winery) R/M • Grape(s): Merlot 100%, Bingham Family Vineyards, Meadow, TX, Terry County • Harvested in Aug-2017; fermented in SS tank; barrel aged 11 mo. in French & American oak; bottled at 14.2% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY) • Dark ruby color; black cherry & ripe persimmon fruit mingle with vanilla, tobacco, & peppery notes; hints of smoke on the well-balanced finish with sturdy, ripe tannins; pairs well with Texas steaks & most grilled meats  Continue »