Winemakers Corner August 2020
Well... here we are again folks! We had high hopes for opening the tasting room again by August but thanks to our old friend ‘Rona, we’re just going to have to hold on a little longer! Its been a little quiet in the back of the house this month but we do have a couple new offerings ready for you to try!
What’s new this month?
- Boxcar Blackberry is BACK! – Never fear all of you blackberry lovers who have been suffering from “sold-out-itus” lately! We’ve got a fresh batch on the shelves and in the chillers for you now! Feel free to stock up again!
- Pinot Grigio – This classic white wine is light, refreshing and perfect for the days of August in Texas. Our version boasts aromas of apple and pear while the palate has notes of citrus and melon. Just chill and enjoy by the pool preferably!
- Make Mama Blush – Named in tribute to the Brother’s Mama. This is a white zinfandel variety with a an intentional blush color. In the sunlight, it takes on a rose gold hue. This one is another summer favorite that pairs perfectly will grilled seafood… think shrimp on the grill!
- RailGrinder – This is our limited release coffee infused red. It is made with our Syrah grape variety and dark roast coffee beans. It is a perfect complement to breakfast for dinner! The coffee aromas and flavors really enhance the pepper and earthy notes of the wine. This one is a limited test release meaning we have just slightly less than 60 bottles so it will go fast!
What’s up next? We still have 2 amazing flavor collaborations on the horizon. Both of these are getting very close to the finish line! Release dates are currently TBD based on ow the flavors are devloping but watch our social media accounts for announcements soon!
- Joyphyl Acres – if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one of our test batch bottles last month then you already know how good this Pecan Aged Merlot is! Don’t miss our second release of this amazingly nutty (pun intended) concoction inspired by Donna’s childhood coming within the next 30 days! We expect this upcoming batch to yield about 120 bottles.
- Bendt© Distilling Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon– Born out of one Brother’s second love of Bourbon, this bold combination is a work in progress that requires just a little bit of extra time, love and care. Your TBW winemaking team pulled a “sneak peak” taste last week and we were blown away by the flavor profile already! This is going to be one you won’t want to miss! We have one test barrel which we expect to yield approximately 200 bottles and it be ready within the next 30 days.
Again, we hope you find something to love in our latest offerings are sincerely looking forward to the day when we can welcome you back into the tasting room for a glass or two and some good conversation!
Your TBW Winemakers – Eddie, Greg and Stephanie
Is this a marketing gimmick ? Is it good?
And just ...Why?
Well let’s start with “When”.
The first modern day bourbon barrel aged wine was produced by Fetzer Vineyards in 2014 . Winemaker Bob Blue distributed under the label 1000 Stories. However this was not his first go around with using bourbon barrels . Back in 1983 when Bob was starting out using French Oak was the big craze, but when funds are limited he found the next best thing... bourbon barrels.
These days it is not so much about cost of the barrels but more about creating something different. As a new winemaker it is amazing how much science goes into the process making wine. That high school Chemistry class is finally coming in handy. However, the best part of winemaking is being able to come up with different ideas and put your own stamp on the wine you create.
Fun fact: Did you know that Bourbon barrels by law need to be made of 100% new American oak with a heavy toast?
So is it a marketing gimmick? I say no. It‘s a winemaker being creative and possibly bringing bourbon drinkers over to wine.
As the pandemic continues on, it has allowed Two Brothers Winery to be more creative in the fermentation room. We have partnered with Bendt Distillery to bring you a small batch Bourbon barrel Cabernet Sauvignon! We are two weeks from bottling and I have to say it is 🔥🔥🔥. That’s what the youth say these days . For us more sophisticated folks it is absolutely delicious! It picks up vanilla and caramel notes you find in bourbon but does not overpower the black fruits you find in Cab. I have to say, we are very proud of this one.
So if you’re curious about bourbon barrel aged wine, keep an eye out! We will be posting on our social media pages when it’s ready for y’all! You’ll want to purchase a bottle. They will not last long.
Eddie and I LOVE to travel! On many of our adventures over the years we would visit different wineries and talk about how amazing it would be to one day open our own winery. Of course back then it was merely a dream of what retirement could be like. At one point we even came back from a trip and looked up Winery Franchise Options. A few calls and emails with no response led us to believe that maybe it wasn’t in the cards for us. We figured we’d just keep selling insurance and if a winery was in our future the door would open. Fast forward several years and the door flew open AND when I say flew open, it flew open quickly. One day I was sharing a meal with my then new friend Trina, that just so happens to be the head of Economic Development in our community. As we were talking about our families and getting to know one another we did talk shop a little bit. Through the conversation it came up that Eddie and I had once thought about opening a winery and it just never came to fruition. Trina’s exact response as Head of Economic Development was “You should!” (She’s always looking for ways to bring businesses to Keller) To which my reply was, “I think we will stick to insurance.” You see the insurance business was (is) going well and I was not interested in starting a new venture this late in the game. I literally shrugged (laughed) it off and we finished our meal. That evening I was at home going over my day with Eddie. (You know every woman does this because we have to get our 25 million words a day out before we go to bed) I mentioned my time with Trina and how she said we should still pursue our dream of a winery. Ya’ll!!! I am not kidding when I tell you that I was not even able to finish my conversation with Eddie before he was emailing that same franchise company AGAIN. ONLY THIS TIME, we had an email back within 45 minutes. You see, the guy that had been with the franchise company before (that we NEVER heard back from) had walked away from the franchise and started his own consulting firm. He literally helps people start wineries. Next thing you know we are meeting with him the following week. The first thing he told us was we needed a location. So I immediately reached out to my very helpful friend Trina and asked if she knew of any properties for sale in Keller. She gave us a few and the one that stood out to us was this one….
Well, we called our realtor friend Shana Martin of Martin Realty Group and asked if she had time to show us this gem. We made arrangements to look at the property and when we walked in my words were, “This is a dump, let’s buy it!” So we put in an offer and after a few negotiations the offer was accepted. We were really doing this! We were going to open a winery! What in the world were we thinking? We both work full time at the insurance agency and literally have no time to run another business. Eddie and I knew that in order for any of this to work we were going to need some partners. The more and more we thought about it we decided that the perfect partners would be Eddie’s brother Brian and his wife Stephanie. This was a way that the TWO BROTHERS would be able to spend more time together as they approached retirement. It was perfect, they loved wine just as much as Eddie and I! So Eddie called his brother one morning to see if they’d be interested in joining us on this adventure. In short Brian said he’d have to talk to the boss AKA Stephanie but YES they were in. This all started in October of 2018 and we closed on the building on Dec. 12, 2018. We couldn’t believe things were going so fast. We started the business formation and had our initial meetings and in May of 2019 (yes you read that right, MAY) we began construction. So much for fast…..Things were plugging along and we were seeing a lot of progress on the building and then in August our longtime friends Greg and Stephanie AKA Donna’s sidekick approached us about joining us on this crazy ride as well. Wow! We were elated that they wanted to join us! We’ve learned a lot along the way, and have also hired a dear friend of ours, Tracy, as our Lead Wine Consultant (which basically means she is ALL THINGS TASTING ROOM) to run the winery as we all have full time jobs. Guess we didn’t think that one through very well. It’s definitely been an adventure and we thank God for this opportunity to do something we love with the people we love. We consider ourselves very blessed to be able to pursue our dreams and we look forward to seeing where this adventure takes us!
It’s hard to believe that a year ago this month (at The Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce’s Wine and Jazz event) we announced to a select few in the Keller Community that we were going to open a winery. It was still a little surreal and we didn’t have all the details but we knew we wanted to be in Old Town Keller and we knew what building we wanted. So, the conversations began and soon after that the City Council approved the opening of a winery in Keller and then the building was ours. Construction started in February of 2019 and we are looking to open in November 2019. We have been extremely blessed by our General Contractors and their attention to detail, by the City of Keller and by the amazing community we have learned to call home. We’re so excited to toast with you soon. Please take a moment and see where we started and our journey along the way.
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