1200 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77010
Date: March 2, 2017
Event Type: Wine Dinner
Price: $150 per Guest Plus tax and gratuity
Drs. Stan & Lisa Duchman, Owners & Dave Reilly, Winemaker
Drs. Stan and Lisa Duchman
Long time friends and guests of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse since the late 90’s, Drs. Stan and Lisa Duchman have always had a passion for great wines and dreamed of one day producing them. The Duchman Family Winery was founded in 2004 in a quest to bring world-class winemaking to Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country. A love for old world wines and a vision of the possibilities in Texas inspired them to work with viticultural consultant Bobby Cox and growers in the High Plains AVA to produce grapes that would allow their winemaker to experiment with making wines like Vermentino, Sangiovese, and Dolcetto. Under the careful direction of the Duchmans, their winery has become one of the most successful and innovative producers in Texas.
A native Texan, Dave’s career in wine started in 2000 when his overwhelming lack of sense led him to plant a vineyard in the Texas Hill Country. With no formal education in viticulture, Reilly credits his success to hard work, a library of books and the guidance from Texas viticulture experts Jim Kamas and Penny Adams. Completely consumed with the love of growing grapes and an intense desire to make wine, Dave was taken under the wing of veteran Texas winemaker Mark Penna in 2006. Dave worked as Cellar Rat, Lab Tech, Mechanic and Head Janitor to gain the necessary experience required to become a winemaker. In 2008, Dave took the helm of the 20,000 case Duchman Family Winery. His wines have competed and won medals in some of the most prestigious wine competitions in the United States. Reilly’s winemaking philosophy is succinct, “I strive to make wines that are true to their varietal character using the highest quality grapes grown only in Texas.” Dave enjoys books about unicorn and writing about himself in the third person.
For over the past decade, the Texas Wine Industry has seen tremendous growth in quality and overall production. At the forefront of this recent surge in quality is the Duchman Family Winery. Located in the Central Texas Hill Country and producing 100% Texas grown wines, Duchman Family Winery is a pioneer in working with grape varieties which are best suited for the Texas climate, such as Vermentino, Montepulciano, Aglianico, Sangiovese and a host of others. Join us as we welcome Drs. Stan and Lisa Duchman, along with Winemaker Dave Reilly, for our very first Wine Dinner to feature a Texas Winery.