State may put cork in wine marketing
POSTED: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:13pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 6:35pm
Budget cuts are sure to make some people whine... especially those in the wine industry.
The budget board is suggesting that the Texas Department of Agriculture cut the $4.3 million allotted for the state's wine and grape production and marketing.
Pierre de Wet, owner of Keipersol Estates in Tyler, says he understands cuts are sometimes necessary.
"We understand that we are spending too much money as a state and as a country," de Wet says. "In our personal budgets, and our business budgets, we have to make choices... and if the state and federal government have to do that, then I'm all for it."
Texas is the 5th largest producer of wine in the country, and are 7th for wine grape production.