Author Archives: Merrill

Old World Debates New World

Old World Debates New World By Merrill Bonarrigo Messina Hof has used New World versus Old World blind tastings for 30 years in order to show the quality of Texas wines versus other wines which have broad market distribution. In … Continue reading

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High Plains Tour of Hope

April 21, 2014 Merrill Bonarrigo Thankfully a grapevine’s buds do not all come out at the same time because the ones that had not pushed before the mid-April freeze are coming out now and appear quite fruitful. This was one … Continue reading

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Weining in Vienna

By Merrill Bonarrigo On the way home from The Republic of Georgia we stopped in Vienna, Austria. Krems is not far from Vienna and since it is the sister city of Grapevine, Texas, we wanted to see the area and … Continue reading

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Visiting Shumi Winery in Kakheti, Georgia

294 varieties of Georgian grapes plus 94 varieties of European grapes grow in the Shumi vineyard, in Tsinandali, Telavi region of Georgia.  From this extensive library vineyard Shumi, which means ‘best wine’ in ancient Georgia, makes a special mistella style … Continue reading

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A Guest is a Gift from God

Flying into The Republic of Georgia over the Caucasus Minor Mountains we got a sense of rugged independence and a sense of place. Georgians are a people who have been here for centuries and have a strong identity with their … Continue reading

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USA 2014 Tasting Tour Vintage 2011 Great Wines of Bordeaux

In 1993 we first toured the Chateaus of Bordeaux.  Not only did we get to meet the owners, taste the wines, but dined each evening in a different Chateau and experienced wine and food pairing French style.  It forever changed … Continue reading

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Living and Loving Wine, Valentines’

By Kidron Vestal, Marketing & PR Manager Valentine’s Day is love’s coming of age, just like harvest day is for a vineyard. There are cycles in life; seasons of resting, loving, and living…. Wine is alive too. It’s quite easy … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve–The Meaning of the Toast

Civilizations around the globe assemble every 365 days to lock arms, lips and wishes–and to hope that their toast rests not on faint ears. For to salute the eve and the coming dawn is richness, almost a ceremonial necessity. The … Continue reading

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BBQ in Texas versus Republic of Georgia

By Paul V Bonarrigo, Co-Founder Wine brings people together just as food brings people together.  BBQ in the Republic of Georgia and at Messina Hof in Texas have a common link.  Both are cooked with grapevine wood.  Grapevine wood burns … Continue reading

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People to Watch: Tom & Laura Plant

What could be more appropriate in today’s digital social media world than a blogging couple who met on Match.com? Tom and Laura Plant met in 2008 and married on July 4, 2009, “Independence from Singlehood day.” But they were not … Continue reading

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