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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 »

Carl Hudson
 
May 13, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Spring Activity in the 4.0 Cellars Vineyard

During this Corona Virus shutdown period there are lots of activities that we can’t, or at least, shouldn’t do. However, Mother Nature does not take a break, so farming and vineyard work must continue. There has been a lot of activity in the 4.0 Cellars vineyard this spring, and that is the subject of this edition of Carl’s Corner.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
April 30, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Warm Weather Whites – Part 2

As warmer weather and summertime approaches, many feel a strong attraction to the lovely white wines produced by Texas vintners. There are many to choose from. Part 1 focused on Viognier, Vermentino, and Roussanne. This Part 2 edition will focus on Marsanne, Picquepoul Blanc, and Grenache Blanc, the other three of the so-called Rhône white varieties that tend to grow well and make delicious wines in the Lone Star State. The owner-partners at 4.0 Cellars – Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars – produce wines from these grape varieties, or use them in blends. So many delicious warm weather white wines are available for purchase from 4.0 Cellars (shipping or curbside pickup during these crazy COVID-19 times).  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
April 8, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Warm Weather Whites-Part 1

As warmer weather and summertime approaches, many feel a strong attraction to the lovely white wines produced by Texas vintners. There are many to choose from, and this Part 1 edition will focus on Viognier, Vermentino, and Roussanne, three of the so-called Rhône white varieties that tend to grow well and make delicious wines in the Lone Star State. A number of these wines are produced by the owner-partners at 4.0 Cellars – Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars – and are available for purchase (shipping or curbside pickup during these crazy COVID-19 times).  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
March 25, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Selections for April 2020

All of us at 4.0 Cellars hope you are safe, in good health, and somehow coping with the craziness brought on by the Coronavirus. Yes, the tasting room is closed, but wine sales continue via curbside delivery. Check the website for details (www.fourpointwine.com). And, although the Wine Club Pickup Events have been cancelled, you can still pickup your April wine club selections via curb service. We sincerely appreciate our wine club members, and wish to do everything we can to keep you safe, and amply supplied with wine from our owner-partners: Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars. Stay tuned as future notices will let you know when things begin to return to “normal” and we can once again open the beautiful facilities at 4.0 Cellars to wine club members and the general public.  Continue »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »