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Now for Something Different: Black Spanish Wine

A grape that’s totally different from the Merlots and Chardonnays you know, Black Spanish thrives in Texas. But does it make good wine? That’s a matter of personal choice. I enjoy the table wines and port Franklin Houser makes from it at his Dry Comal Creek winery. Get the scoop straight from Houser in this video, the 5th in a series of 6 from the Go Texan wine program. (And if you really want to know more about Black Spanish, you can check out this article I wrote about it last year.)


  1. minervaK wrote:

    Hey Beth — Found your blog on a google search for Texas Locavores. I’m looking for a good source of humanely raised meat around Austin. Any suggestions? Thx — MK

    Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
  2. Beth wrote:

    Hi MK-

    Here are some of my go-to sources for humanely raised meats:

    BEEF – People’s Pharmacy for Betsy Ross Beef (frozen, local, grass-fed); Austin Farmer’s Market (downtown Saturday) for Fredericksburg grass-fed beef (also frozen and grass-fed), Wheatsville Co-op for Neiman (not local, but humane and not frozen which is nice if you’re in a hurry)

    PORK – Austin Farmer’s Market (Triangle Wednesday) for Peach Creek Farm

    FOWL – Austin Farmer’s Market (downtown and Triangle) for Countryside Farms duck, chicken, and more (also rabbit!)

    LAMB – Austin Farmer’s Market (downtown) and Wheatsville for Loncito’s Lamb

    BISON – Austin Farmer’s Market (both) for Thunderheart

    Wheatsville is a great place to go if you just want to browse a nice selection of humanely raised stuff. The butcher there is extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

    Keep in mind that local meats often aren’t technically certified humane (due to costs, time involved with certification), but usually *are* humane in practice. You can always ask. I’m a nosy journalist, and I’ve never yet had a local producer be anything other than gracious when I’ve asked about production methods. On the contrary, usually they’re happy I’ve asked.


    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

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