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Kelsey Shoemaker
 
February 8, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Wine Business Monthly

Texas had some of the strongest growth in 2020 (15 percent); and while that growth was down by more than half in 2021 (7 percent), the state still fared better than the country’s other winery-dominant states. Roxanne Myers, president of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association, pointed to the pandemic as the major contributor to this decline in growth, year-over-year.

“You saw very few wineries putting in second, third, or fourth tasting rooms because it was a very uncertain market,” said Myers. “Also, because wineries were shut down along with bars, it wasn’t prudent to open up a new winery business while you couldn’t operate."

“Online sales have multiple barriers to entry,” added Myers. “First, interstate shipping laws make it difficult to follow the rules about state taxes and reporting. Also, some of the more powerful internet wine retailers use wines available by distributors; so, if a winery doesn’t use a distribution company and only direct-ships, it’s hard to compete online with limited marketing resources.” Myers is confident that growth will rebound in 2022 and said a lot of movement is taking place in the Hill Country and north of Fort Worth, towards the River River area.

“There are a few concerns in the marketplace right now with regards to viticulture, namely herbicide volatilization and climate change. Aside from that, Texas is still a big market for wine consumers, and I believe we’ll see more and more investment here,” she said. “Land in Texas is less expensive than other areas, making it attractive to outside investment, and there are few restrictions for getting a permit to manufacture and direct-sell wine."

Time Posted: Feb 8, 2022 at 9:25 AM Permalink to Wine Business Monthly Permalink
Judy Estes
 
January 31, 2022 | Judy Estes

Strawberry and Brie Bites

Strawberry & Brie Bites

 

Ingredients:

12 small fresh strawberries
12 fresh basil leaves
3 ounces of Brie cheese, cut into 12 small pieces (about 1/2-by-1-inch)
2 teaspoons balsamic glaze 
Your Favorite Cracker

Recipe:

  • Thread a strawberry, basil leaf, and piece of cheese onto each of 12 toothpicks. Place on top of crackers. Drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving. 

Tips: 

  • Make Ahead Tip: Hold (without glaze) at room temperature for up to 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  • Equipment: 12 appetizer-size skewers or toothpicks
  • Balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar that's cooked until it's very thick. Look for it with other vinegar in well-stocked supermarkets. Or make it yourself by boiling 1 cup balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until syrupy and reduced to about 1/4 cup, 10 to 14 minutes.

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Time Posted: Jan 31, 2022 at 4:23 PM Permalink to Strawberry and Brie Bites Permalink
Angela Chapman
 
January 31, 2022 | Angela Chapman

Wine Pairing: Wine and the 5 Love Languages

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than by acknowledging your special someone’s love language. I recently took the quiz and found out that my love language is wine. But then I was told that wine is not one of the 5 love languages, so I have no idea what quiz I took. Maybe it was the Myers-Briggs? Anyway, why not pair your love language with wine! 

01. Words of Affirmation

“I love you, and you will love this wine.”

For this love language, you need a wine that has a lot to say. I suggest the 2019 Viognier. It has aromas and flavors that linger and whisper softly, “You are perfect. Go ahead, take another sip.” It’s smooth and full-bodied with an ever-changing finish that expresses itself with minerality and crisp citrus. 

02. Quality Time

“Let’s spend some time together drinking this bottle of wine.”

Quality time is all about giving your full attention to the person you are with. Why not spend some of that quality time sharing a bottle of 2019 Sweet Riesling? Just the right amount of fun and relaxing, sweet but not too sweet. Complex enough to keep the conversation going, but not so overwhelming that you get distracted and forget that this is about your loved one and not the wine. 

03. Acts of Service

“I opened this bottle of wine and poured it into your favorite glass.”

What wine not only loves you but shows you it loves you? Which wine is willing to do the work for you, to show you just how much it cares? That wine is the 2019 Merlot. You can always count on Merlot; it is a staple of the wine world and willing to do the extra work, so you don’t have to. 2019 is fruity and soft on the finish with just the right amount of cherry and vanilla flavors.

04. Physical Touch

“I may have a bottle of wine in one hand and glass in the other, but I can still give you a hug.”

Who needs physical touch from a loved one when you can let Shiraz Reserve give all your taste buds an embrace of flavor? Shiraz Reserve is not just an embrace for your tongue, it is a whole mouth experience. With perfectly balanced acid and tannins, this full-bodied wine caresses the pallet with a flavor that is so complex it shifts with every sip. 

05. Receiving Gifts

“I got you a bottle of wine while I was running errands.” 

Just a little something to show you care. Any bottle of Lost Oak wine speaks to this love language. Just the act of ordering online for delivery, curbside pickup, or stopping by and letting one of our friendly staff help pick something out is perfect for this love language. 

Whatever the love language of you and your loved one, we have a wine we can pair it with. Cheers!


 

Time Posted: Jan 31, 2022 at 11:16 AM Permalink to Wine Pairing: Wine and the 5 Love Languages Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
January 31, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Employee Spotlight: Colby Shelby

1. What are you drinking when you aren't drinking wine?

Well since I'm underage, I typically love to drink orange Fanta!

2. When you aren’t at the winery, where are you?

Sometimes I like to go into the city and skateboard around and try to enjoy myself as much as possible, if not that, then I'm at the gym pumping some iron.

3. What have you binge-watched on Netflix?

One of my favorite shows to watch on Netflix would have to be Lucifer. If I'm not watching Lucifer then I am potentially watching Big Mouth.

4. What is your favorite food?

I tend to favor cheeseburgers or even chicken sandwiches from Chic- Fil- A.

5. What prior experience helps you in the job you do at Lost Oak Winery?

Before joining the Lost Oak Winery family, I worked at Taco Bell for 6 months which really gave me a strong visual on how a lot of customers can be cruel and selfish so it helped me build the skill of giving good customer service. Also, school has shown me how to be a team player and even a leader.

6. How long have you been working in your area of expertise?

I've been working here at L.O.W for 10 months.

7. Tell me about one of the funniest things that has happened to you in this job.

One of the best memories working here has to definitely be the Halloween of 2021 when Macey and I dressed up as Eduar and Roxanne for Halloween.

Time Posted: Jan 31, 2022 at 10:59 AM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Colby Shelby Permalink
Angela Chapman
 
January 30, 2022 | Angela Chapman

Diamonds May Not Be a Wine's Best Friend

Winter is a bit of a slow time for the winemaker. The grapes have been harvested, the press has been cleaned and put away, and the wine has been made. That means my job is done, right? Well, it’s a little easier right now and not as frantic, but certainly not done. Right now, all the wines we made from the 2021 harvest are aging. Whites are aging in stainless steel tanks and reds are aging in oak barrels. But there is another process going on for the white wines: cold stabilization. 

To explain this, we need to look at the grapes. All wine-making grapes have naturally occurring tartaric acid in them. Much like citric acid gives lemons and limes their tartness, tartaric acid gives the wine its own unique tartness. That tartness is desirable and important for balance in the finished wine. However, the wine can only hold so much tartaric acid, or tartrates, in suspension. If there is too much in the solution, it will start to precipitate out and form crystals. These crystals are affectionately referred to as wine diamonds. The cold stabilization process forces the wine to “give up” its excess tartrates. We do this by chilling the wine down to about 30°F for about 2-3 weeks. This causes the excess tartaric acid to solidify out of the solution. This process is mostly cosmetic for the wine, it does not change its flavor or aromas. If cold stabilization did not happen, or did not finish, you may find wine diamonds in the bottom of the bottle you just pulled out of the fridge. If you do not know what they are, you might think that there was something wrong with the wine. If you do find a bottle with some crystals in it, rest assured that it is safe to drink. The tartrates themselves do not taste like much but are a little gritty and not very pleasing texture-wise. Pour the bottle of wine slowly to avoid getting them in your glass or pour the wine through a strainer. 

Wine diamonds can happen in both red and white wine, but we typically only cold stabilize the white wines. One of the biggest reasons is that white wines are ready to bottle sooner than red wine. Tartrates will precipitate out naturally over time. For a glass of red wine, this means that as they are aging in their barrels, they are releasing their wine diamonds and one year or so is usually plenty of time for tartrates to solidify. Another big reason is that white wines are served chilled, and chilling releases the tartaric acid crystals. A red wine that is never chilled may never have its excess tartaric acid precipitate out of solution.  

Although winter is kind of a slow boring time in the cellar, it is the best time for cold stabilization. All this cold weather means that our tank chiller doesn’t have to work so hard to keep the wine at the right temperature. But it also means that I’m a lot colder while I work.

 

Time Posted: Jan 30, 2022 at 9:20 AM Permalink to Diamonds May Not Be a Wine's Best Friend Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
January 20, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Double Gold and more at 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

                                           

2018 Cabernet Franc π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
2019 Montepulciano π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
2019 Mourvèdre π—•π—Ώπ—Όπ—»π˜‡π—²
2020 Orange Muscat π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
2019 Petit Verdot π—•π—Ώπ—Όπ—»π˜‡π—²
2020 Sauvignon Blanc π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
NV Shiraz π——π—Όπ˜‚π—―π—Ήπ—² π—šπ—Όπ—Ήπ—±
We are so proud of our winemakers of these awesome achievements!

 

Time Posted: Jan 20, 2022 at 10:52 AM Permalink to Double Gold and more at 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
January 15, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

A Clean Start at Lost Oak Winery!

Find one of your New Year resolutions at Lost Oak this month. We offer many healthy things and here is our list to get you started!

A Clean Start at Lost Oak

                                       

 

01. Lost Oak Wines are Gluten Free and Mostly Vegan

All of our wines are home-grown and vegan except for the Reserve Viognier 2019 and the Riesling 2019. These two wines are filtered through a different fining agent derived from cow's milk. However, our other Viognier is vegan! It is actually rare here that we use a nonvegan product. As well as most of our wine is vegan, all of our wine is gluten-free. 

02. Bike and Hike

The bike and hike trail trailhead is near the production facility in the back and is always open to the public until dark. The trail itself is 2.5 miles long and is perfect for a scenic walk. You can also enjoy wine right after! It has been used for the Wicked Wine Run, a fun run that we host twice a year, and monthly bird walks! For more information, please visit our website

03. Open Area

Besides our tasting room and event center, the majority of our property is open space. In the warmer seasons, we have Concerts on the Lawn on our outdoor stage, events on the weekends, and so much more. You can enjoy your wine on our outdoor patio and stroll through the vineyards or take one of our winery tours. To see what event we are having next, view our calendar on our website

04. Red Wine 

Red wine has gotten a lot of buzz for its potential health benefits.  It is loaded with antioxidants. A 5-ounce glass of red wine has about 125 calories and no fat, or protein. Red wine and a Mediterrane diet are the perfect pairings if you are aiming for weight loss. Moderate wine consumption may help protect against excess weight gain. As always, drink in moderation. 

05. Transparency 

We pride ourselves on how our friendly staff is trained and knowledgeable about Lost Oak and Texas wines. Our tours offer the balance of learning more about Lost Oak’s vineyards and the production of wines. You will be educated about the process of wines from the moment grapes are grown on the vines to the glass you are drinking.

 

 

Time Posted: Jan 15, 2022 at 9:43 AM Permalink to A Clean Start at Lost Oak Winery! Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
January 1, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Employee Spotlight: Max!

The Dog Days Are Not Over! 


Our employee spotlight this month is someone who knows how to love, give good dogs, loves walking through the vines, and...playing fetch.  Learn more about our best friend, Max!

1. What are you drinking when you aren't drinking wine?

"I love to drink water and stay hydrated! My favorite place to drink it is at the pond! It makes me happy to sip on some water while dipping my toes in."

2. When you aren’t at the winery, where are you?

"Sometimes I enjoy a nice stroll through the woods, hike and bike trail, or the vines. My mom loves to ride on her bicycle as I follow behind her. Some day I hope to be as fast as her!"

3. What have you binge-watched on Netflix?

"My favorite show is Paw Patrol and my favorite movie is Secret Life of Pets. I will rewatch both of those shows as much as I can! I also am enjoying watching tennis...especially the ball going back and forth in the game."

4. What is your favorite food?

"Raw meat, and anything on the kitchen counter. Also, furniture cushions are very tasty!"

5. What prior experience helps you in the job you do at Lost Oak Winery?

"I see myself as a hard worker and a good sport. I've been very loyal and I always know how to make people smile! I can also run really fast, want to watch?"

6. How long have you been working in your area of expertise?

"Ever since last summer! I've enjoyed every moment of it so far. Every day is a new day!"

7. Tell me about one of the funniest things that have happened to you in this job.

"My favorite memory of being part of Lost Oak so far has been the opportunity to be on the cover of Texas Wine Dogs magazine and have an article about me! I've also been fortunate to have a wine named after me. I've taken a few dips in the pond with turtles which was fun, but not the funniest. I'm not sure I've ever laughed before. I know how to bark."

 

Buy some Max today! A sweet white wine just like him!

     

 

 

Time Posted: Jan 1, 2022 at 9:48 AM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Max! Permalink
Angela Chapman
 
December 20, 2021 | Angela Chapman

What Happens to the Vines During Winter?

Spring and summer are where all the action is for grapevines but fall and winter are equally as important for the well-being of the vine, albeit a little boring at times. Like deciduous trees, grapevines lose their leaves in the fall, the sap travels primarily to the roots, and the vine goes dormant. Another way of looking at it is to say that the vine is sleeping.

During this time, the vine is not producing shoots, leaves, or grapes. Instead, it is saving up all its energy for the coming spring where it will once again burst forth with grapey goodness. But just because the vines are asleep doesn’t mean that grape growers can take a break. With all the leaves gone, winter is a great time to assess the health of the vines. It is easier to see cordons and shoots and how they grew during the spring and summer will influence how the grape grower will prune back for next year. Excess rain during the fall could mean that early application of fungicides is necessary. Another thing to look out for is those pesky freezes. Because the sap has moved to the roots, a fully dormant vine is fairly well protected from freezes and cold weather. At least it is in regions where the cold weather is more predictable. 

One of the challenges of grape growing in Texas is the wonky weather. Because most parts of Texas rarely see temperatures below freezing for an extended period of time, the grapevines do not always go fully dormant. An advantage of this would be that the vine expends less of its energy stores “waking up” in the spring, thus having more energy to make good grapes. The disadvantage of this is that if Texas does have a snowpocalypse the sap that is left in the trunk and cordons could freeze. This freezing sap expands and damages the cellular structure of the vine. The damage could be minor, and the vine may be able to heal on its own or it could be catastrophic, and the vine could die. There is no rest for the grape grower, and we can not make great wine without happy healthy grapevines. 


 

Time Posted: Dec 20, 2021 at 11:45 AM Permalink to What Happens to the Vines During Winter? Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
December 14, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

The Story of Lost Oak

The Story of Lost Oak
The wine, the business, the family 

In the spirit of the holidays, we would like to spread some cheer and tell the classic tale of Lost Oak to you!

The mind behind Lost Oak Winery is founder, Gene Estes. His sense of passion for the wine industry and dedication to growing wines has been the backbone of Lost Oak Winery. Gene Estes was born in Abilene, Texas. After returning from Vietnam in 1966, Gene attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Microbiology. Gene had a 40-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. He studied Viticulture via correspondence and had the good fortune to learn from native growers in Alsace France during an assignment in his final years at Alcon. 

The first Lost Oak vineyard was planted in 1998 and started out as an experimental vineyard, growing many varieties to observe. The first varietals planted were Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Leon Millot, Chambourcin, Chardonel, and Shiraz. “Making a great wine requires superior wine grapes, lots of devotion, time, and sacrifice,” Gene said. Today, the estate vineyard focuses on Shiraz. 

In the last few years, Lost Oak has grown into what it is today due in large part to Gene’s daughter, Roxanne who joined the business in early 2007. Roxanne’s emphasis on events and her marketing and people skills have been key to this success. From Tasting Room to President, she can be credited with growing Lost Oak Winery in the last 13 years, developing a robust event business, and helping Lost Oak to expand into the Hill Country. 

 

Time Posted: Dec 14, 2021 at 1:51 PM Permalink to The Story of Lost Oak Permalink