“myThe Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine

Since 1998 no one has more willingly or enthusiastically worn the mantle of Texas’ own wine writer than Russell Kane. He has covered Texas wine and cuisine in many articles in several publications, as well as on his blog, VintageTexas.com. His travels, experiences and the insights he has garnered from the long list of friends and acquaintances he enjoys in the Texas wine industry have all come to fruit in his recently released book The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine.

Starting with an imaginary conversation with a seventeenth century priest who first explored what was then known as Tejas, and continuing through actual conversations with many of the Texas wine community’s players, both big and small, Mr. Kane tells an entertaining and enlightening tale. He covers much interesting ground, such as the birth of the modern Texas wine industry at Texas Tech in the 1970’s, the state’s distinct wine regions and what makes them so, and the role prohibition played and recent legislation plays in the state and progress of the industry.

The most fascinating parts of the book are the in-depth conversations the author has with so many of the dedicated men and women who really make Texas wines what they are. Their thoughts on climate, soil, grape varietals, styles, terroir, what’s worked, what hasn’t and where they see the business going in the future are the best insights available, from the people actually in the trenches.

If you have even a passing interest in Texas wine, and you should, this is a book worth reading.

Joe Abuso is the chef/owner of Recipes & Rotations – Real Food for Mom and Dad, menus, recipes and associated tools to senior-living communities. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has cooked at some of the country’s best restaurants.