Welcome to Lost Oak Winery's Blog.
Our Employee Spotlight for the month of November Lost Oak's very own president, Roxanne Myers! She has been part of the Lost Oak history and has helped grow the winery into what it is today!
What do you binge watch on Netflix?
Pablo Escobar & Monarca
What do you drink when you aren't drinking wine?
What is your favorite food?
How many years have you been at Lost Oak Winery?
Where are you when you aren't at the winery?
Home. I have two kids who love to be home.
What previous job experience do you have that helps with your current position?
"That's a great question. I think by studying science at University, working in sales and traveling alone, living in various parts of the world and just slowly developing a drive, resilience and postiive attitude in any/all areas of life have helped in my job at Lost oak winery."
What is the funniest thing that has happened in your time at Lost Oak Winery?
"When I bartered wine for entertainment and the music was so terrible, I had to ask them to leave the stage and called in the only other musician I knew to come in from Dallas. We stayed open hours later than planned. I cried."
Halloween is just around the corner and that means lots and lots of candy! But before you raid your kid's trick or treating haul, you might want to give some thought to what wines would pair with your candy selection. Here are some basics to keep in mind for wine and candy pairing. Chocolate and red wine were made for each other. Dryer red wine tends to go better with darker chocolates, but you’d be surprised how well it goes with milk chocolate too. White wines pair well with fruity candies, but they can also go with white chocolate. Here is a quick guide for some of the more common Halloween candies:
1. Quartet and Candy Corn
Love them or hate them, candy corn is here to stay. If you are not a candy corn enthusiast, perhaps try it with our Quartet wine. Quartet has flavors in droves and will bring out flavor nuances in the otherwise bland candy corn.
2. Tempranillo and Recee's Cup
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are always a favorite to sneak out of your kid's candy stash. Its tantalizing blend of chocolate and peanut butter makes it a great pairing for Tempranillo.
3. Sweet Riesling and Jolly Rancher
Jolly Ranchers are the quintessential fruity hard candy. The best way to enjoy this candy is to find your favorite flavor and plop it into a glass of Sweet Riesling! It will change the color of the wine as you drink and add its signature flavor to the wine.
4. Meritage and Snickers
Snickers is another candy that you just can’t have Halloween without. Most of us are so used to this candy staple that we forget that it is a unique combination of chocolate, peanuts, caramel, and nougat. That is a lot of flavors crammed into one glorious candy! It requires a wine of equal complexity, such as the Meritage. After all, it is a combination of 3 different wines.
When Samantha isn't drinking wine, she likes to pair cocktails based on what she's eating at the time. "Spicy margarita's for Mexican food, Aperol Spritz with italian, and gin martini's for everything else."
When she isn't at work, Samantha loves to travel. "I'm actually going to Costa Rica for Christmas and getting married in Barcelona!" She also enjoys hanging out with her cats, Tex and Tuna, and taking frequent walks around the neighborhood. Samantha also loves to experiment with new recipes and cook in the kitchen with her sister, trying out new plant-based recipes. Her favorite at the moment is cashew queso.
Samantha enjoys watching TV inluding new shows and binging old ones!
"I'm currently binging Seinfeld but I can't wait for the new seasons of Bridgerton and Emily in Paris. Gilmore Girls is my all-time favorite show so I frequently re-watch episodes of that on Netflix."
Her favorite food is chips and salsa. She claims the best combo is the house-made chips from H.E.B and the salsa from Joe. T Garcias. "As a born-and-raised Texan, I can eat chips & salsa till the cows come home."
Samantha attributes her success as an event coordinator at Lost Oak Winery to her food truck start-up where she also became adept at organizing catering events for a few thousand people. "We began with the sole purpose of simply bringing more healthy options to the UT Austin campus. Facetrack one year and our food truck had became so popular that we were catering events with SXSW, Kendra Scott, & Dell Computers to name a few."
Samantha has been working in the industry for about four years but started her Lost Oak journey about four months ago. One of her favorite memories is when her fiance started working with her.
"My fiance, Trevor and I started working together at Lost Oak as something to do together while he went back to school. However, since taking on this new role I am technically his boss. I joke that it's the only reason I took the position."
We are lucky to have Samantha on our team and we appreciate everything she does at the winery!
Winemaking can be romantic and fun, but it’s also hard and dirty work. One of my favorite dirty jobs around the production barn is cap management. No, it’s not trying on different hats and posing for selfies with the barrels.
Let’s start with the cap and why it needs managing. The cap is a layer of grape skins and seeds that forms on the top of fermenting red wine. The yeast eats the sugars in the grape juice and produces CO₂. The CO₂ pushes the skins and seeds to the top of the fermenting juice and then you get a cap. We don’t want that cap to stay there, we want it all mixed up with the fermenting juice for better color, aroma, and flavor extraction.
There are different techniques we can use to get this cap all stirred up. The first is called a punch down. We use a tool to punch the cap back down and stir it all up. Large fermentation tanks are too big to use the punch down method, so we pump-over. This means we pump the fermenting juice from the bottom of the tank and spray it on top of the cap to mix it up.
The last method is delestage (rhymes with sell-best-lodge). This is like pump over except we pump the fermenting juice into a different tank, allowing the cap to fall all the way to the bottom. We let the cap settle and then pump the juice back on top of the cap. It is a messy job and it one that cannot be ignored; it must be done every day. As long as we have red wines fermenting, I’ll be here managing the caps… and taking the occasional selfie.
It’s hot out, and in Texas that means it is time for the grapes to come off the vine. We started harvesting on our property on July 24th! Now we are well into September and all the Lost Oak grapes are off the vines and being turned into wine.
So, how was the harvest? Going into spring the weather was cool and there were wonderful pop-up rains with no hail. The vines were bursting with buds and looking happy and healthy. But as the grapes matured the reality of “snowmageddon” started to set in. Turns out, it affected the vines a little more than we thought it was going to. Our yields were down… way down. No Blanc du Bois at all!
But it is not all doom and gloom. Our vines may not have produced what we wanted them to, but they survived, and we are sure that this will only make them stronger. We are also working closely with our growers in the High Plains, so we won’t be lacking for grapes around here. We may see less of some of our favorites this year, but it may also be a great opportunity to pick up some new favorites…wink-wink.
Lost Oak's Sangria Recipe
- 1 bottle of Lost Oak Dolce Rouge (750 ML)
- 1/2 can orange juice concentrate
- 1/2 can lemonade concentrate
- 1 can of Sprite or Ginger Ale
- Add round slices of lemons and oranges to float.
- Mix Dolce Rouge with fruit concentrate
- Stir well and add Sprite
- Add fruit and enjoy!
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5 Wines to Bring to Your Next Tailgate:
1. Tempranillo 2019
Tempranillo is going to be your best friend during the fall for sporting events. With smokey notes and strong tannins, Tempranillo will pair nicely with almost any barbeque and Texas party.
The Texas terroir is in full force in this Tempranillo. It is bold and full-bodied with a strong earthiness. The flavor is decadently rich with cherries, chocolate, sweet tobacco, and mocha. Strong tannins linger on the palate along with cherry and a hint of smoke.
Food Pairing Notes:
Tacos, steak, barbeque, chocolate
2. Quartet 2018
Quartet is perfect for a tailgating event. Its flavors are versatile and can pair with most tailgatiing sides, salads, appetizers, and cold snacks.
Four varietals combine to create a treat for the senses. This wine starts with wonderful aromas of lemon drops and flavors of cactus fruit and soft citrus that all blend together to make the perfect summertime wine.
Food Pairing Notes:
Fruit, cold slaw, salad, appetizers, and more!
3. Dolce Rouge
Our Dolce Rouge will pair well with your favorite gaming snacks so make sure to have this one close by!
It is medium bodied and carries bright berry flavors with just a hint of spice on the back of the palate. A perfect wine for those who don’t like it so dry.
Food Pairing Notes:
Pair with deer jerkey, brisket sandwiches, barbaco street tacos, guacamole with fresh tortilla chips, milk chocolate truffles, or make sangria with the Lost Oak Sacred Sangria recipe!
4. Gewurztraminer 2020
The Gewurztraminer is a nice classic that you'll want at your next party as it can pair with salty chips, grilled goods, fruit, and more!
Pronounced “Guh-voorts-trah-mee-ner,” this wine has an inviting slightly honeyed color. Delightful aromas of golden pear, green mango and papaya start this wine off. The first sip coats the mouth with more tropical fruit flavors reminiscent of pineapple. Soft with just the right amount of crispness it has a finish of Persian lime.
Food Pairing Notes:
Pair with fruit skewers, blackened rainbow trout, banh mi, grilled stuffed jalapenos, cobb salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, or pineapple upside down cake.
5. Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
And last but certainly not least, is the classic Cabernet Sauvignon that you can pair with other classics! This is a wine you can pair with some fruit, chili, burgers, and hot dogs.
This Cabernet Sauvignon has an inky ruby color. Aromas of black cherries, currants, and just a hint of liquorish are ever changing with each inhale. Cherries and currants carry over to the palate but with the added flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. It finishes with a lingering mouth feel reminiscent of black tea full of structured tannins.
Food Pairing Notes:
Pair this wine with sundried tomato bruschetta, burgers, hot dogs, chili, bacon wrapped asparagus, tomahawk steak with potatoes, grilled pizza with Italian sausage, or devil’s food cake.
When Michele isn't drinking wine, she tries to keep herself hydrated with flavored/sparkling water and in the colder weather months, she loves hot chocolate with milk. "You mean there is some other beverage other than wine?" When she isn't at work, Michele likes to hike, bike, and kayak in nature. Michele also likes to go to live local music venues with her dogs. She also teaches Business Information Systems, Supply Chain Management, and Statistics at TCU.
"I also spend quite a bit of time at home where I foster dogs for Trinity GAP Rescue. Many have met Trapper at the winery. I affectionately refer to him as my 'foster fail' and since then we have fostered 10+ amazing dogs. When you foster, you know you've saved a life, you know you're making a difference, and you know your changing the world a little bit. Speaking of making a difference, prior to Covid you could find me once a month as a Repeat Attender for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program."
In her spare time, Michele enjoys binge watching TV shows like Beverly Hills 90210 as well as movies Directed by John Hughes. "I love to cook in my gourmet kitchen at home and rotate meals around seafood, filet mignon, chicken, pork, vegetable dishes, and salads. Of course, I cook with wine (in my glass) - unless it is breakfast (most of the time)."
When it comes to her prior work experience that helps her do her job at Lost Oak Winery, Michele started as a Volunteer in 2012 harvesting grapes, bottling, pruning, and leading tours. When she retired from Corporate America in 2020, she was officially hired on as a Tour Guide.
We are lucky to have Michele on our team and we appreciate everything she does at the winery!
- 1 loaf of French bread
- 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 8 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup of shredded basil
- 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Place sliced French bread on parchment paper and brush olive oil on
- Top bread with shredded parmesan and bake for 5-10 minutes or until crispy.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix tomatoes, garlic, basil, and salt and pepepr.
- Dice the tomatoes and cut the basil into ribbons. Stir well.
- Assemble the bruschetta mixture on the French bread.
- Bake for 5-10 minutes
- Enjoy it and pair well with Lost Oak's Blanc du Sharkey
As the Delta case counts are increasing in our community, we have adjusted our policies regarding COVID.
- All staff and guests are encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask when in the tasting room or with groups of individuals whose vaccine status is unknown.
- All staff members are encouraged, but not required, to acquire the COVID vaccine. Lost Oak has offered paid time away from work to get vaccinated.
- Lost Oak Winery staff will continue to maintain all cleaning protocols, as outlined previously, to keep staff and guests safe.
- Through this blog and other mainstream media, all staff and hopefully our guests, understand the inherent risks associated with not being vaccinated against COVID 19.
Much information has recently been published regarding the safety and efficacy of the current vaccines. Below are several well-written articles which better explain how these vaccines are safe to use.
- This well-written article by UT Southwestern Medical Center describes how vaccines are a one-and-done treatment that gets eliminated quickly, thus eliminating potential side effects. Also, all post-vaccine side effects are being carefully monitored through the V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker, which is the most extensive long-term monitoring database ever created.
- Hopkinsmedicine.org explains in this article how virologists have determined that the proteins in the vaccine are in no way able to cause infertility.
This article from the CDC explains the severity of the Delta variant compared to the early form of the COVID-19 virus. The newer variant not only causes more infections and spreads faster than previously, but also appears to cause more severe illness in unvaccinated people.
At the time of this writing, Johnson County, Texas is experiencing an increase in COVID infection and hospitalization rates similar to those of early spring, 2020. This dashboard from the State of Texas Health and Human Services reflects the severity of the current outbreak.