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Carl Hudson
 
February 27, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Popular Wine Myths Debunked – Part 1

In the 4.0 Cellars tasting room, one often hears comments about wine from customers that tend to fall into the categories of myths, misconceptions, and sometimes just plain quackery. Because wine can be a technically challenging topic, and sometimes downright confusing, a recent article in WineMaker magazine prompted me to address some of these myths. This is Part 1. Part 2 will follow.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
February 19, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

“It felt like serendipity”: Meet the Fritzes (the first in our series about our Wine Club members)

Ever had that feeling that you’re where you’re supposed to be? It’s a pretty great feeling. Jim and Laura Fritz felt it when they walked into 4.0 on July 4, 2013. That’s the day they first visited 4.0…and joined our Wine Club.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
February 11, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Vine Pruning, February, 2020

Now that the new year has arrived, it is time to plan the vineyard pruning effort as spring approaches. Along US 290, one can see that pruning has started in many vineyards. And, there are posts and videos on FaceBook and Utube addressing the subject of vine pruning. But, I wanted to approach this subject in my own way for this Carl’s Corner post. Starting my 17th season of vine pruning, I’ve decided to share my approach in this updated Carl’s Corner post. During your next visit to 4.0 Cellars, you are invited to wander out to the 4.0 Cellars “Pet Vineyard” to take a look at the Black Spanish vines either before or after pruning starts.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
February 5, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Meet Your 4.0 Leadership Team: Beth-o and Triple C

One of the great things about 4.0 is the diversity of people working here. I’m not gonna’ lie: We’re kind of a kooky group. We have young and old…and some in between. We have some who’ve lived in this area all their lives and some who found their way here (perhaps accidentally). We have some wine aficionados who are members of many wine clubs (including 4.0) and others who, quite honestly, would just as soon drink beer (or bourbon). And we have Beth (Beth-o) and Cristol (Triple C), two people who could not be more different from one another but who work together almost daily to steer our team in the right direction.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
January 29, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Selections for Feb-2020

Happy New Year! Can you believe we are 20 years into the 21st Century? As is typical for this time of the year, Texas weather is weird. One day it is spring, the next is winter, always bringing some confusion as to how to dress for any given activity. Well, there are several activities on the horizon at 4.0 Cellars as February Wine Club Release parties are scheduled for Sundays 2-Feb, 9-Feb, and 16-Feb. If you, as a Wine Club Member, would like to join the party and share time with lots of other club members, check the website (www.fourpointwine.com) and make your reservations. We would love to share your company, and remember, not only can you register and bring guests, you can enjoy the 30% discount on wine purchases on-site on Club Sundays or online during the week-days in between. Here are the February 2020 Wine Club Release Selections.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
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 »

4.0 Insider
 
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 »

4.0 Insider
 
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 »