As we ring in this New Year, I want to personally thank everyone that has checked in on my blog and my Facebook page in 2012.
My New Year goals for 2013 are to explore more Texas wine and to write about our experiences and wine finds. Texas grows each year with more wine and varietals along with some outstanding blends giving us a wide range of styles and tastes to sample. We have found this year with our wine friends that the more places you go, and the more you drink Texas wines, the more your tastes can change. For example take Saddlehorn Winery this past Sunday; my friend Laurie who does not like “Black Spanish” found a bottle she liked on this trip. It was great that she was able to keep trying with all the options in Texas wineries, did not give up, and found one that fit her wine style.
I look at wine tasting like a hunt for that just right antique that you cannot live without. You look all over and rummage thru the shelves and then you find that one thing you fall in love with. Wine works a lot the same way; you must keep searching.
I would like to personally thank this year my friend Randy who has helped me develop a better understanding of wine over all. He has introduced me to varietals I would not think about trying and he has been a big asset in learning more about wines around the world and how they differ.
I would also thank Jeff Cope, a fellow blogger, tech guy and all around good friend for encouraging me to keep in the loop during this long 2012 vacation from my blog. He kept me informed and we exchanged ideas and encouraged each other in keeping the motivation going and fresh.
I want to thank Russell Kane, whose blog I started reading his years back and who got me into Texas wine as a whole. Thanks Russ for all you have contributed to the Texas Wine industry and the experiences and the wine you exposed us to. In addition; thank you for encouraging me to continue my education on Texas Wine.
Last and best for good reason my lovely wife for getting me into Texas wine over 12 years now. Her love, support and most important her palate, that is the back bone of my blogs. Without you this would not be possible.
To bring a closing to 2012 and move into the next year, I challenge each of you to move outside your box and try something you would not normally try. Explore outside your area and integrate a new winery on your road trips. Try different wines you would normally not pick up because you had one or two that did not fit your taste. You never know until you try.
Happy 2013 to you and your family. Cheers! Dave Potter