Wine Business Monthly has chosen its top 10 “Hot Brands” going on 10 straight years. This year Red Caboose Winery in Clifton and Meridian, Texas was added to the coveted list for certain qualities that Wine Business Monthly requires of its select group: “innovative, curious, adventurous and, of course, delicious.”
Red Caboose Winery is winning awards left and right. The father and son team Gary and Evan McKibben have proven their wines are serious contenders among with some of the most respected names in the industry. Aside from making Wine Business Monthly’s Hot Brands list, at the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo they won Double Gold for their Range Rider Tempranillo Blend, Double Gold for their 2009 Merlot Varietal, and Gold for their 2010 Lenior/Tempranillo. They also won a Silver and two Bronze awards at the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Walk Competition with over 60 judges and 5,500 wines competing.
These big winnings are coming from tiny Meridian, Texas: population far less than 2000. Cowboy hats, spurs and wine may sound like an odd combination, but when you take into consideration that Red Caboose Winery is also a green and sustainable facility then you start to realize that progress in the Texas wine industry knows no bounds!
Red Caboose uses Geothermal cooling and photo-voltaic solar cells to create an energy efficient winery saving them money and proving that paying it forward can have rewarding payoffs both in pocket and in spirit.
Red Caboose may be a young winery, having only been in business for five years, but what they lack in experience they make up for in exceptional production quality, and the ability to adapt their vineyard to the often unpredictable Texas environment and land character. See the video below for more on the Red Caboose story.
Article by Leanne Holley, Texas Wine and Trail Magazine