Texas Wine

McPherson Cellars Winery

 

 

McPherson Cellars Wine BarExceptional Texas wines, impressive price points, fascinating Texas wine history, incredible facilities, talented folks - McPherson Cellars has it all. Clinton 'Doc' McPherson is an icon on the Texas wine scene. It all got started when Doc, a Texas Tech chemistry professor teamed up with Robert Reed, another professor, to hatch the Texas wine industry and Llano Estacado in the 70's. Kim McPherson, Doc's son and owner of McPherson Cellars, continues to further the family legacy with his incredible winemaking skills. Stop by and say hi to the gang. Celia Henley, the hospitality manager, is eager to share her wine knowledge and fill you in regarding the history.

McPherson Cellars FountainMcPherson Cellars isn't just a winery, it's a landmark in Lubbock's historic Depot District. The building functioned as the Coca Cola bottling plant from the 1930s. Extensive renovation converted the facility to a functioning winery which includes a tasting room and a popular events venue with contemporary sophistication coming through in everything from the sign and giant corkscrew out front to the chic stainless steel tasting bar, to the Urban Courtyard, to the beautiful fountain designed by Kim's wife Sylvana which ingeniously incorporates relics found during the Coca Cola building renovation.

McPherson Cellars PatioA few years ago I was as much a skeptic about Texas wine as anyone. The wine that turned me around and made me realize Texas could be a major player was a bottle of McPherson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. The quality was great and it had a perfect price point. Since then, while maintaining the same level of quality, Kim has skillfully shifted much of his focus to using Texas grown grapes native to areas of Europe such as southern France, Italy and Spain that thrive in our Texas Terroir. His first Tempranillo is due to be released in 2011. I can't wait!