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Happenings at 4.0 Cellars

Carl Hudson
 
August 31, 2016 | Carl Hudson

How to Keep “Leftover” Wine

What is “leftover” wine? For some, it is hard to imagine such a thing. The best case scenario is not to leave any wine in a bottle. But, if you sometimes find wine left in the bottle(s) after dinner or at evening’s end, what can be done about it?  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
August 17, 2016 | Carl Hudson

Blanc du Bois – For the Hot & Humid

Blanc du Bois is a hybrid grape generated by John Mortenson at the Univ of Florida in 1968, by crossing another hybrid, Florida D 6-148 with Cardinal, a CA table grape. The varietal was named for Emile DuBois, a grower who emigrated from France to the U.S. in 1882. It was released to commercial growers in 1987, and has now spread across the southeastern states from Florida to Texas. Hallmark characteristics include crisp acidity, fresh fruit and floral aromas, along with citrusy flavors. Blanc du Bois typically works better in off-dry wines, and has been used to make fortified wines in the style of Madeira.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 17, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Carl Hudson
 
August 3, 2016 | Carl Hudson

Mourvèdre – Warm Weather Wonder

Mourvèdre (moor-ved), also known as Mataró or Monastrell, is an important grape in warm weather areas of Europe, especially along the Mediterranean Coast of Spain and France. Also grown in Australia and the U.S., the styles of wine made from Mourvèdre range from rosés to lighter reds, and from dark, full-bodied reds to port-style wines.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Carl Hudson
 
July 20, 2016 | Carl Hudson

Viognier-A Natural for Texas

Viognier [vee-ohn-YAY] has become a key white grape variety in the burgeoning Texas wine industry. Viognier is a naturally low-yielding grape with fragrant aromatics producing lush, full-bodied wines that have helped to fill the market where Chardonnay and other popular white wines have been less successful in the hot, dry Texas climate.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 20, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Carl Hudson
 
July 6, 2016 | Carl Hudson

Pink Wines

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 more sweet) 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 »

Time Posted: Jul 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Carl Hudson
 
June 29, 2016 | Carl Hudson

Our Tanks

Often we are asked about the three large, shiny stainless steel (SS) tanks sitting in front of 4.0 Cellars. Where did they come from? What are they used for? Are they wine tanks? Do they have wine stored in them? After a bit of research and a few phone calls, the story behind the tanks began to emerge, and I can now share it with you.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jun 29, 2016 at 1:21 PM
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