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   The Texas wine industry just keeps growing. Sometimes it feels as if a new winery opens every week. And if you still think Lone Star wines don t yet compare in quality, check out the results at prestigious national competitions.

   Texas wine has never been better, some of it, that is. The hard part is identifying the best winemakers among the hundreds of establishments that beckon the wine tourist.

Needed is a guide who knows and cares about wine in general and Texas wine in particular. Someone to recommend the most rewarding winery experience and, once you get there, which wines to try.

Enter Andrew Chalk. Knowledgeable, passionate and opinionated, Chalk is committed to quality and authenticity. This longtime observer and critic has written this book to share his judgments on the best of the best in Texas wine.

  This tiny gem  (4.25" X 5.5"), a great birthday or house gift, fits in a back pocket or the glove compartment.

Top Texas Wineries

  •    Andrew Chalk is a Dallas-based freelance writer and blogger who writes about wine, spirits, beer, food, restaurants, wineries and destinations all over the world.

       His articles have appeared in The Daily Meal, John Mariani s Virtual Gourmet, Somm Journal,, Palate Press, Modern Lifestyles, The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, Texas Wine and Trail Magazine and Food and Beverage Magazine.

       Based in Dallas, he holds the WSET Level 3 certification in wines and spirits, the Certified Specialist of Wine certification from the Society of Wine Educators and the Italian Wine Professional certification. 

       He is a 2016 recipient of an open fellowship to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. He has judged at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition.

  • ''Compact, authoritative and controversial.'' - Glenn Dromgoole, Abilene Reporter-News

    ''Chalk focuses on 43 wineries that he believes are making the best wine using Texas grapes. And then he narrows the list to what he considers the sixteen 'best of the best' and writes longer profiles on those wineries. One of the keys in determining which wineries made the author s list is that they refrain from selling wines labeled -- in small print -- 'For Sale in Texas Only,' indicating a wine not produced from Texas grapes.''

                                                              --Lone Star Literary Life

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