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Carl Hudson
 
February 27, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Mourvèdre – Warm Weather Wonder

Mourvèdre (moor-ved), also known as Mataró or Monastrell, is an important grape in the warm, arid regions of Texas. It was back in 2016 when this grape was last discussed on these pages, so it’s time for an update. Mourvèdre is also grown throughout warm weather areas of Europe, especially along the Mediterranean Coast of Spain and France. There are plantings in Australia and other parts of the U.S., but the biggest current impact from Mourvèdre is here in the Lone Star State. Many styles of wine are made from Mourvèdre, ranging from rosés to lighter reds, and from dark, full-bodied reds to port-style wines.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
February 20, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

Warehouse Elves

For many, February is a special month. First, it’s short, so we can almost begin to see spring off in the distance if we squint our eyes. Second, we all get to engage in the annual groundhog conversation: “What does it mean again when he sees his shadow? More winter or less winter?” Third, it’s when some of us shed our resolutions and get back into our regular (and more confortable) grooves. Fourth, for those in love, Valentine’s brings a concrete, Hallmark-endorsed reason to celebrate it. And you may not know it, but there are folks who celebrate “Jello Week” during February.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
February 15, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Cinsault Variety Update, 2019

Cinsault (sin-SOH or san-SOH) or Cinsaut (without the “l”) has become an important contributor to the grape variety portfolio of Texas winegrowers and winemakers. Because Cinsault is heat and drought tolerant, it can be grown in most Texas wine regions, especially the Texas High Plains AVA. Cinsault produces relatively large grapes with dark skins which typically translates into medium-bodied, modestly colored red wines with a softer, less tannic character. With its softness, fresh fruit aromas, and spicy flavors, Cinsault is often used to produce easy-drinking rosé wines and as a blending grape with other varieties, like Grenache, Carignan (care-in-yawn), Syrah, and Mourvèdre.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
February 6, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

Welcome to the 4.0 Cellar Scoop!

Welcome to the 4.0 Cellar Scoop! While Carl Hudson’s articles share useful and interesting details about the wines and varietals that we feature at 4.0 and about winemaking in general, I’m going to be sharing an insider’s look “behind the scenes” at 4.0. Who are we? What makes 4.0 special? And what are we up to these days? You’ll find it all here….  Continue »

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