Kingman Winery, a Denver winemaker producing 17 wines from grapes grown near Palisade, has introduced Big Hat Wines packaged in 3-liter boxes. The same wine sold in bottles by Kingman Winery is now offered in nonglass packaging. With advance notice, Kingman Winery can package different volumes up to 21-liter boxes and can prepare custom blends for volume customers wanting a unique Colorado house wine.

“Boxed wines retain their peak aromas and flavors for four to six weeks after opening, compared to two to three days for opened bottles of wine, so there’s no loss,” says Doug Kingman. “Also, the 3-liter box contains the equivalent of four 750ml bottles, but the cost is less than for two glass bottles.” 

Kingman Winery has a tasting room and hosts events and dinners at its winery throughout the year. 

Tequila probably. Whiskey definitely. Gin, however, might not be the first thing some people think of when they think of favored Texas spirits. But those people would be wrong—particularly after paying a visit to Seersucker Distillery in San Antonio. Here, the gin is slow-distilled in “Betty”—a hand-hammered copper pot still—and blended with all-natural botanicals.

 

Located in The Woodlands is one of the world’s top amphitheaters: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Next April marks the venue’s 30th anniversary, and the first three concerts to take the famed stage were the Houston Symphony, Frank Sinatra and Clint Black. In recent years, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Tom Petty, Lyle Lovett and Leon Bridges have headlined this popular destination and gathering spot.
 

 

I had been corresponding with Danielle Boyles (see profile on page 64) for two years before I actually got a chance to meet her. In fact, the director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Regency Seattle had just come on board with the hotel when we first exchanged emails. At that time, the hotel was still a set of blueprints. Late last year, the much-anticipated property opened for business, and this past summer I finally had the pleasure of meeting Boyles face to face.