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Happenings at 4.0 Cellars

Carl Hudson
 
April 10, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Pink Wines – Hot in Texas (Update 2019)

Warm weather is the time to enjoy pink wines, and Texas is now producing some of the best available. These pink wines can be dry, off-dry (slightly sweet) or medium-dry (even sweeter) to provide great warm-weather enjoyment for picnics, deck-sitting or lazing about the pool area. And, don’t forget, they can take the place of white wines and many lighter reds at the mealtime table.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
April 3, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

4.0 Celebrates Dogs

We love having dogs at 4.0. Our hostesses keep a jar of dog treats at their stand, and we know many of our club members’ dogs by name. On a typical spring Saturday, it’s not unusual to find staff members starting the day with a friendly bet: How many dogs will we see today? 12? 15? 20? Usually, the biggest number wins.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
March 28, 2019 | Carl Hudson

4.0 Cellars Wine Club Release – Apr-2019

It is time for another Wine Club Allocation release of delicious 4.0 Cellars wines. Texas springtime weather, as expected, has been weird! We in the Hill Country barely dodged a very damaging cold snap recently that would have damaged a lot of the peach and grape production for 2019. However, reports from growers indicate that damage was minimal. Now we just have to worry about any other bad weather, freezes or hail, over the next month or two.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
March 20, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

New Digs (or We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!)

I started working at 4.0 Cellars in August 2014. Earlier this week, as I enjoyed a glass of McPherson Marsanne at one of our new tables outside our new event space, I found myself reflecting on how much has changed at 4.0 in the time that I’ve been here.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
March 13, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Frost Protection for Texas Grapes – 2019 Update

In April, 2017, following a trip to the Texas High Plains, Carl’s Corner addressed the topic of protection for grapes from spring frosts and methods available to mitigate freeze damage to young vine tissue and grapes. Texas in general, especially the High Plains, is noted for turbulent and unpredictable weather that often brings frigid temperatures soon after bud break when grapevines are most susceptible to frost damage. Just in the past week or so we have experienced overnight temperatures in the low twenty-degree range here in the Texas Hill Country. This has raised serious concerns for not only grapevines but peach trees, too. Posts on Facebook and Instagram have highlighted these concerns, and just in the past few days limited information has become available about the damage that was or was not observed. More on this part later.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
March 6, 2019 | 4.0 Insider

4.0 Events 101

Anyone who’s been in Fredericksburg for, say, a week knows that this town is “eventful.” There’s always something going on. Take October, for example. The first weekend is Oktoberfest, and then the other weekends offer up Mesquite Fest, Best Fest, and Food and Wine Fest. And if there happens to be a fifth weekend in October, I’m sure that some fest is offered then, too.  Continue »

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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