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Happenings at 4.0 Cellars

Carl Hudson
 
August 5, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Developing Virtual Tastings for 2020

During this strange and restrictive Coronavirus shutdown of winery tasting rooms, several new approaches, including on-line purchases, direct shipping, and curbside pickup, have been taken to keep businesses operating and provide Texas wines to fans, interested customers, and loyal wine club members. After a couple of starts and stops that allowed limited customer tasting opportunities, the most recent TABC (Governor Abbott) edict has clamped down to eliminate any on-premise consumption on a winery’s property. Even though we are all capable of managing a clean, healthy environment and social distancing requirements, the shutdown restrictions remain despite our most fervent protests.  Continue »

Virtual Tastings
 
August 1, 2020 | Virtual Tastings

Virtual Tasting #2 White Wines

Our very own Caroline and Martin will lead you through the tasting. We have paired two bites with each of these wines. One quick pantry snack item you mostly have on hand and the other bite has been created by our Chef Amber.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
July 29, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Cooking Through Covid

This week, our “Cellar Scooper” shares something she’s learned about herself during this pandemic.  Continue »

Virtual Tastings
 
July 18, 2020 | Virtual Tastings

Virtual Tasting #1

Our very own Caroline and Martin will lead you through the tasting. We’ll be sampling these bites (created by our very own Chef Amber!) paired with some truly fabulous wines.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM
4.0 Insider
 
July 15, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

When You Can’t Come to 4.0, We Bring 4.0 to YOU!

“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” If you’re a Monty Python fan (or were at some point), you know this phrase. As teenagers, my friends and I uttered it often to explain away anything disappointing or frustrating. It’s literally been on the tip of my tongue for the past four months but never more so than in the past couple of weeks since the governor announced a re-closing of bars and tasting rooms.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 15, 2020 at 11:53 AM
Carl Hudson
 
June 24, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Texas Cheeses for 2020

For a number of years 4.0 Cellars has offered a Texas Cheese and Wine Experience featuring cheeses from Veldhuizein Cheese Farm in Dublin, TX, matched with wines from our three owner/partners – Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, TX, Lost Oak Winery in Burleson, TX, and McPherson Cellars in Lubbock, TX. With downtime during the Corona-virus shutdown and slowdown, opportunity arose to consider and taste additional cheese selections to feature in these pairings. The plan is to continue using some of the more popular Veldhuizen cheeses, and add some new and different options from the following producers.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
June 18, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Wine Club Sundays and Our Current Normal

With the pandemic still impacting what we can do here at 4.0, our newest catchphrase is “Every day is a new day.” Balancing the Governor’s recent decrees with TABC’s expectations and what we hear is going on in the tasting rooms around us means that we are constantly evaluating and adjusting what we’re doing in our own tasting room. How many people can we have in our main tasting room at once? Can we sell glasses of wine yet? How many people are allowed to gather in a group? Are we at 50% capacity or 75%?  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
June 10, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Great CheeseBurgers on the Grill

With warm weather that seems to be around most of the year here in the Texas Hill Country, backyard grilling becomes an important part of our lives. Steaks, chicken, ribs, salmon, shrimp, sausage, and, of course, burgers are all targets for grill treatment. While hosting 4.0 Cellars Texas Cheese and Wine Experience pairings, discussions often relate to foods that use the delicious Texas cheeses offered. My favorite is Mac and Cheese and these recipes have been posted in previous Carl’s Corner editions. However, another topic that often arises during these cheese and wine pairings is how to prepare a delicious cheeseburger on the grill. So, here is the recipe and a discussion of my favorite method, along with some side dishes that also work well on the grill.  Continue »

4.0 Insider
 
June 5, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Cooking With Casey…and Wine

I love to cook. Some of my best memories are of my mom and grandmothers in their kitchens whipping up their favorite dishes. When I was very young, my mom took a gourmet cooking class. She still talks about the time she tried to make homemade croissants.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
May 29, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club, June 2020

What happened to March, April, and May-2020? The Corona virus pandemic and quarantine that essentially shutdown businesses, including winery tasting rooms, was certainly a shock no one particularly anticipated or enjoyed. 4.0 Cellars did what was possible during this strange time, selling wine on-line for shipping and curbside pickup. The April 2020 Wine Club pickup party was cancelled, and folks were encouraged to do a driveby to pickup of their wine allocations through arm’s length transfers from a few eager staff members camped out in the parking lot in front of the tasting room.  Continue »