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Tasting with Wild Child Winery's Jonathon Honefenger

One of Houston’s most highly regarded wine guys, Jonathon Honefenger, who moved through the ranks from sommelier to sales while living here, has fully transitioned into a winemaker extraordinaire.

He and his fiancée, Madeline, moved to Portland, Oregon in 2020 to pursue their dreams of making wine. After immersing himself in winemaking classes, helping out with harvests, and learning the ins and outs of grape growing, he was back in town last week pouring his latest releases at Roegels Barbecue and showcasing their great quality along with their ability to pair with some of Texas’ favorite food.
I have it on good authority that the wines will be available at Houston Wine Merchant soon.
Look for Wild Child Winery's Riesling, Gamay, and Pinot Noir.


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