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Happenings at 4.0 Cellars

Carl Hudson
January 16, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Oak Barrels & Oak Alternatives

Over two years ago, now, a four-part series of Carl’s Corners were posted covering many details of the use of oak barrels in wine production and aging. Since much Texas wine, especially reds, from the 2018 vintage is resting comfortably in oak barrels this winter, it seems a good time for an update on oak and wine.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
January 3, 2019 | Carl Hudson

Fortified Port-style Dessert Wines

Those of you who have visited or even driven by 4.0 Cellars probably noticed grape vines growing along Hwy 290, in front of the three Logo tanks at the entrance to the tasting room and patio area. These are Black Spanish, or Lenoir vines, a hybrid grape that grows well in the hot, more humid climates of Texas. The vines were planted in 2013 by folks from Lost Oak Winery, one of our owner/partners, and were intended to be a “show” vineyard, a garden really, so that visitors could see and appreciate grapevines.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
December 19, 2018 | Carl Hudson

End of the Year 2018

This will be the last Carl’s Corner for 2018, and I would like to reflect on the topics covered during this fun-filled year. In January there was a post on Wintertime in the Vineyard highlighting the many tasks required of a vineyard manager during this period of vine dormancy. Following a growers’ panel at the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) Grape Camp event in Fredericksburg, Vermentino – Quality White Grape in Texas was posted to describe why Texas growers and winemakers are having such success with this hearty variety. Leading up to the 4.0 Cellars Wine Club Pick-up Events in February, the subject for Carl’s Corner was the wines for the first release of 2018.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
December 5, 2018 | Carl Hudson

Crazy Wine Questions

“When do they add the cherries (blueberries, tobacco, vanilla, etc.) to the wine?” This question is often asked after tasting room visitors read the tasting descriptions for wines they are offered. The answer is relatively simple, but may not be totally satisfying to a customer. Most fruit and other flavors found in wines are generally produced naturally during the fermentation process via yeast conversion of sugars to alcohol and a number of minor by-products that results in the myriad flavors wines can offer. Other flavors are derived during the aging process, especially from toasted oak barrels or alternatives. It is always fun for winemakers to go through the winemaking process and see what aromas and flavors result from their efforts.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
November 7, 2018 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club November, 2018

The weather has changed here in Texas as temperatures are dropping along with leaves from the trees. We have endured the heavy rains, and occasional flooding in October. It is now time for fall weather and another 4.0 Cellars Wine Club Release. The Wine Club Pickup Parties are scheduled on Sundays: 4-Nov, 11-Nov, & 18-Nov. If you Wine Club Members would like to join the party and share time with lots of other club members, check the website ( and make your reservations. We would love to share your company. Remember that you can enjoy a 30% discount on wine purchases, on-site during Club Sundays or online during the two weeks in between.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
October 24, 2018 | Carl Hudson

Mac & Cheese - Comfort Food Extraordinaire

The delicious raw milk cheeses from Veldhuizen Cheese Farm in Dublin, Texas, available at 4.0 Cellars, continue to tempt me to prepare my favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. These Veldhuizen cheeses are part of the Texas Cheese and Wine Experience offered at 4.0 Cellars. These pairings include 5 different cheeses with 5 wines (usually 2 white and 3 red) from the 4.0 Cellars winery partners: Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery and McPherson Cellars. The pairings are guided by a knowledgeable 4.0 staff member, and normally last about 45-50 minutes. Advanced reservations are required and are typically limited to 12 people for each session, regularly scheduled at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm daily, plus private sessions typically scheduled at 4:00 pm or after.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
October 12, 2018 | Carl Hudson

Nero d’Avola Update 2018– A Sicilian Connection

With the recent release of a new bottling of Brennan Vineyards Super Nero 2016, it seemed appropriate to provide an update on the Nero d’Avola grape variety. Nero d’Avola (also known as Calabrese) is an important and widely planted red wine grape variety on the island of Sicily. The name literally means “Black of Avola”, highlighting the grape’s extremely dark color. Although the grape may have originated in the Calabria region of mainland Italy, its strongest presence today is in Sicily. The primary growing areas are located in the countryside near the town of Avola on Sicily’s southeast coast – a key trade region in the Middle Ages. Since that time, and up to the present day, Nero d’Avola has most often been used in blends to add color and body to lesser wines, especially those from mainland Italy.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
September 26, 2018 | Carl Hudson

Flavor Adjustments for Wine

An interesting article about adjusting the flavor profile in wines caught my attention last week. Since the Texas grape harvest is essentially done, and most of the fruit is in the process of being converted into wine, it seems like a good time to discuss various techniques used to adjust flavors in the 2018 vintage wines we will be enjoying in 2019-2020.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
September 14, 2018 | Carl Hudson

What are Tannins in Wine?

Tannins are a subject often mentioned by folks in the wine business, especially in tasting notes and around winery tasting rooms. Because a number of visitors to the 4.0 Cellars tasting room ask about tannins, it seemed appropriate to address these interesting and somewhat mysterious molecules that appear to be important to wine. So, here is my story on “What are Tannins in Wine?”  Continue »

Carl Hudson
August 31, 2018 | Carl Hudson

4.0 Cellars Wine Club Sundays – September, 2018

Something new is happening at 4.0 Cellars. Actually, there are several new things happening. First of all, construction has begun on a new building that will provide indoor event space and extra tasting room space. Most of the back of the property has been fenced off for this construction phase, and several announcements via Facebook and Instagram have been posted. This will have an impact on our Wine Club Sunday events since that back-yard grassy space will not be available. Parking options will also be altered, but don’t worry as additional parking space on a neighboring property has been arranged.  Continue »

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