Krista Hartman, aka KK, first fell in love with wine in the early 80’s when her father’s best friend and avid French wine lover introduced her to Louis-Jadot’s Puilly-Fuissé. Fast forward to today. Because her love for all-things wine has deepened so significantly, she enrolled in the Viticulture and Enology Program at Grayson College in January 2015. In April 2015 Krista received one of five Texas Wine and Grape Growers Foundation and the Hoss Newsom Scholarship Fund’s awards for future Texas Winemakers and Grape Growers. She proceeded to graduate with Honors and an Associates of Applied Science in Viticulture and Enology on December 11th, 2015.
Together with her husband, Scott, in December 2015 a week before Grayson College graduation, they purchased a 25 acre farm near Sadler, Texas. They’re not wasting any time getting started because they recently planted a 125 vine test vineyard. They’ll begin planting the first block of their larger North Texas vineyard in Spring 2017. With a goal of “before 2020, hopefully 2018,” they’ll be making wine and opening a winery in the Texoma AVA (American Viticulture Area) along with taking their Limoncello making hobby to the next level. They currently make Limoncello from five dwarf Meyer Lemon trees they nurture in half wine barrels.
They travel often and on purpose to explore the world of wine. From Napa and Sonoma, to the Dundee Hills on the West Coast, to New Mexico and Texas in the Southwest, to Chianti Classico and Vernaccia di San Gimignano in Tuscany, to Reims and Bordeaux where a huge highlight was meeting, visiting and tasting with Madame Nicole Roskam-Brunot (a fellow Rotarian and one of the first women invited into La Renaissance De La Jurade) at her Saint Émillion Grand Cru home, Château Cantenac. In January 2016, Krista attended her first Unified Grape and Wine Symposium in Sacramento.
Her early efforts in wine education, include Component Tasting and Wine Analysis at the Chicago Wine School; and The Wine Academy/North Shore’s “How to bluff your way through ordering wine, – and really know what you’re talking about,” “The World’s Great Whites,” The Sexiest Reds of the Century,” and “World Class Wines of the West.” She’s a member of the Rotarian’s Wine Appreciation Fellowship, Women of the Vine Global Symposium and follows Women for WineSense.
During the winter of 2016, she joined the committee for planning the 2016 Texoma Craft Beverage Alliance Annual Business Conference. Additionally, she was recently invited to serve on the Advisory Board for the T.V. Munson Center for Viticulture and Enology located on the campus of Grayson College in Denison, Texas.
She and her husband love to cook, pair Texas wines with fun foods and wines of similar varietals from other regions and succeed in surprising many of their friends who don’t expect to enjoy the Texas wines as much as they do wines from other well known regions around the world.