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February 2014 News from Hensley Family Vineyards

Carol Hensley - Saturday, February 15, 2014





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We're excited to announce that our 2010 Hensley Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded a Gold Rating in our price category from the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Our wine will be poured at the Public Tasting on February 15 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The 2014 judging included a record number of 5,825 entries from over 1,500 wineries in 25 states, making it the largest competition of wines in America. The Public Tasting is a great way to introduce our wine to both novice and experienced wine enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Proceeds from the event help support wine and food education at educational institutions and non-profit organization throughout California. For more information, access And, as a thank-you for the support we've received from our friends and customers, we're offering 30 percent off the case price of our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from now through February 15.To place your order, just

Pop, clink, cheers!

Mike & Carol Hensley


Customer Profile: Meet Maureen Higdon

When Maureen Higdon travels the world, her itinerary is packed with good friends, great wine and visits to venues that reveal a love for art, conversation and beautiful places. Taking a seat at her table (which is usually in some exquisite restaurant) is always a treat. Here's a look into her world.

Maureen, you spent a good part of 2013 in the air. Tell us about some of your favorite stops. What an exciting question! First, I must say I enjoy all my travels and approach them with gusto! But easily my first favorite is always Paris ... the amazing Luxembourg Gardens ... then closely followed by Hyde Park London for long walks, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK (home of Winston Churchill), and lastly, as I could fill up the page with just this question, a proper truffle hunt with a fourth generation hunter and his dogs in Norcia, Umbria.

How has your interest in art fit into those travels -- can you share a great exhibit or gallery that stands out? Seeing and relishing the art treasures in the world is one of my favorite things to do. This past year alone just imagine … a Vivaldi Quatre Saisons concert under the most beautiful stained glass windows in the world at St. Chapelle, Paris; The Impressionist Wing of the Musee D'Orsay, Paris, built in an old train station. It's truly one of the most outstanding buildings and collections anywhere ... think "Ball at Moulin de La Galette" by Renoir and "Blue Dancers" by Degas! Lastly, the stunning gardens and sculptures of Rodin at the Rodin Museum, Paris ... and so much more.


Even the busiest traveler has to stop for a sip of wine every now and then. Where do you most enjoy drinking wine and why?

The best place to drink wine is surrounded by friends and family, surrounded by laughter and conversation, but if I have to name some places to sip wine ... a sunny sidewalk Parisian cafe watching the world pass by for hours. Equally wonderful is the 22nd floor patio of my Florida condo looking out at a Gulf of Mexico sunset!

What are your preferred places and plans for celebrating? A few special places are under the trees with twinkling white lights at Campielo, Naples, Florida ... superb! In London, at a jewelbox Provenccedilal restaurant, "La Poule au Pot," and lastly, I love Brasserie 19 right here in Houston!

And when it's time for a toast, what do you recommend? Oh, did I forget to mention favorite wines? I am always happy with a wonderful peppery Chateauneuf du Pape, an old Pio Cesare Barolo and a great Veuve Clicquot champagne! Happy travels and sharing great wine with friends and family!

Winemaker to watch

Our winemaker, Jeff Fontanella, was one of Four Napa Valley Winemakers To Watch in Wine Enthusiast's Insiders Guide to California, published in Fall 2013. The interview chronicled the evolution of Jeff's career and the journey he and his wife, Karen, have made to establish their beautiful Fontanella Family Winery on Mt. Veeder. We were thrilled to see our Hensley Family listed as one of the wine labels he oversees. The article concludes that a stop at Jeff's winery is well worth a detour off the beaten path of Highway 29 -- we couldn't agree more!


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Why not host a wine dinner or tasting for other wine lovers you know and introduce them to our cab -- we would love to work with you and plan a great evening. 

Industry purchasers in Texas can contact Vintage Select Wines at 713.432.9463, or send an email to info@vintageselectwines.comfor more information.

In Ohio, contact Wine Trends at 800.327.7017 or access

Our thanks to these venues for carrying our wine:

  • Dean & Deluca -- St. Helena and Georgetown;
  • Grape & Grain -- Kerrville, TX;
  • MacArthur Beverages -- Wash., D.C.
  • Morton's Steakhouse -- Santa Ana, CA
  • Mustards Grill -- Yountville, CA
  • Myron's Prime Steakhouse -- San Antonio, TX
  • Paesano's Quarry -- San Antonio, TX
  • The Clubs at Cordillera Ranch -- Central TX
  • Total Wine & More -- 7 California locations
  • V Wine Cellar -- Yountville, CA
  • Valencia Wine Bar -- Valencia, CA
  • Zella's Liquors and Wine -- Seguin, TX;

  • In Ohio
  • Mama Vita's
  • Kroger -- Harpers Point
  • Whole Foods Market 56
  • Tutto Vino
  • Andersons General
  • Wholesale Beer & Wine
  • Mustard Seed Cafe
  • Wine Reserve of Bainbridge
  • Piazza Discepoli Glendale
  • Little Miami River Wine
  • Rustic Hills Country Club
  • Dorothy Lane Springboro
  • Kroger -- Centerville
  • Zinks Meats & Fine Wines
  • Jungle Jim's Eastgate
  • Thyme Squared
  • Washington Place
  • Swirl
  • Kroger -- Englewood
  • Rumbleseat Wine
  • Wine Works
  • Heinens 10 Mayfield
  • Red Wine and Brew
  • Heritage Golf Club
  • Little Sonoma Fine Wines
  • Inn at Versailles
  • Hospitality House
  • A Bottle or Two
  • Mentor Disc Tobacco & Beverage
  • L Albatros




    Throughout Greater Houston

  • Backstreet Café
  • Brasserie 19
  • Capital Grille
  • Fleming's River Oaks
  • GenuWine Tasting Room
  • Houston Country Club
  • Houston Wine Merchant
  • Jasper's -- The Woodlands
  • Lakeside Country Club
  • La Griglia
  • Mockingbird Bistro
  • RDG Bar Annie
  • Reef
  • Roost
  • Sorrel Urban Bistro
  • The Club at Carlton Woods
  • The Tasting Room Uptown Park
  • Tiny Boxwood's
  • Triniti
  • Vine Wine Room
  • Wine Styles
  • Yapa Kitchen Fresh Take-Away  
  • 2011 Vintage -- Mike uncorks a sample bottle of our 2011 Hensley Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon. Once again, we think our high quality hillside fruit is coming together for another great year. More to come.