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Happenings at 4.0 Cellars

4.0 Insider
 
June 26, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

4.0 in Our Community…and Beyond!

The first time I set foot on the 4.0 property was back in July 2014. A friend invited my husband and me to attend a party at the Cellars. It turned out that the party was actually a fundraiser. After a lengthy battle with cancer, the wife of local musician (and 4.0 regular) Lonnie Lett had passed away, and 4.0 was hosting a benefit to raise money to help Lonnie cover her medical expenses. It was a warm day, and I recall enjoying a selection of white wines. The place was packed. A couple of weeks later I called 4.0 GM Jesse Barter and asked if I could interview for a position in the tasting room. The rest is history (for me, anyway).  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
June 20, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Summer in the Vineyard - 2019

This has been an unusual spring and early summer for the Texas Hill Country. The much greater than normal amount of rainfall has certainly been different, and made for one of the most abundant, colorful, and longest lasting wildflower displays folks can remember. The temperatures have also been moderate, typically below 90 degrees until just this past week. The rain and moderately warm temperatures not only inspired the Texas wildflowers as Hill Country vineyards have also seen a burst of growth, not only on the vines, but with the weeds, insects, and fungal diseases that tend to plague grapevines during humid conditions. The grapevines have flowered, set the fruit, and are now showing clusters of hard green grapes that will race forward to veraison (color change) in just a few weeks. It is an exciting time in the vineyard, but also one filled with lots of work.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
June 12, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

We’re Happiest When We’re Fed

Working weekends at 4.0 can mean some long days. Many of us arrive at 9:30, and we’re often there until 7:00 or even later. And while we’re there, we’re on the move, serving customers, stocking wines and other merchandise, and generally running from one place to another. All of this activity means that we can get quite hungry while we're here.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
June 5, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Alicante Bouschet - A Really Red Grape

Alicante Bouschet (“alla kahn tay boo shea”) is one of only a very few varieties of teinturier grapes of the Vitis vinifera species that have both red flesh and red skin. The dark color of Alicante Bouschet provides winemakers with some advantages which can be important here in Texas.  Continue »

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