Texas grape grow­ers are divided on wine pro­posal

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Cas­san­dra Pol­lock The Texas Tri­bune Wine

Chris Brun­drett sat in a barn sur­rounded by bar­rels of wine he helped cu­rate and swirled a glass of wa­ter in his hand, per­haps imag­in­ing it was some­thing else.

Brun­drett, ac­com­pa­nied by oth­ers from the state’s wine in­dus­try, drove home his pitch: “If we can just pump out wine from Cal­i­for­nia and slap a pic­ture of the Alamo or a longhorn on it and sell it,” he said, should winer­ies be able to put a “made in Texas” la­bel on it?

A co-owner and wine­maker at Wil­liam Chris Vine­yards be­tween Fred­er­icks­burg and John­son City, Brun­drett was ex­plain­ing why he backed House Bill 1514 by state Rep. Ja­son Isaac, R-Drip­ping Springs, which would re­quire that wines with a Texas la­bel be made only with Texas-grown

ERIKA RICH / FOR TEXAS TRI­BUNE

Wine is stored at Wil­liam Chris Vine­yards in Hye. House Bill 1514, from state Rep. Ja­son Isaac, re­quires that wines with a Texas la­bel be made only with Texas-grown grapes.

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