Dublin, TX – Dr. Pepper Bottling Company – shuts down

Always sad when you hear about businesses closing. Thanks to Scott Thomas, he gave me a heads up on a note via my previous blog post from Dublin…unfortunately, the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company is no longer selling Dr. Pepper that uses pure cane sugar they way it was originally manufactured since 1891.

What happened: Dublin Dr. Pepper was sued by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group for allegedly selling the Dublin Dr. Pepper outside its six-county distribution area via its website and toll-free phone number. The suit asked that Dublin cease using the Dr. Pepper name and trademark in addition to halting outside sales. As part of the agreement, the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. will change its name to the Dublin Bottling Works and will no longer produce the cane sugar-sweetened Dr Pepper, though it will continue to bottle other sodas including Nu Grape, XXX Root Beer and Big Red. It will also continue to operate Old Doc’s Soda Shop and museum in Dublin, a town of about 3,700 residents roughly 74 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Poor Dublin was just trying to make some extra money and the big guys did not like it. I am glad to say I visited this location and I am a Dr. Pepper fan. The Pure Cane Sugar Dr. Peppers were great! Sweet and tasty in a cold bottle! I just had one in my fridge last week! At least they are still open for business, just loose the DP name. Sorry to hear the news Dublin! Good bye Dr. Pepper, Texas.

Spicewood, Texas – Spicewood Vineyards (HDR)

Here isn the Texas Hill Country you can find a few wonderful vineyards.  One of the best is located in Spicewood, Texas called Spicewood Wineries.   I stopped by one afternoon and they allowed me to photograph their wine cellar.  Thanks Annie! =)  Unfortunately, I am not a wine fan, but can understand the lure of a nice glass during the evening after a hard day work.  If you are near Spciewood, they have a bar located inside and a lovely patio outdoors to sit, relax and unwind.   Tasting room hours are  Weds thru Sat 10-5 and Sunday 12-5, Monday and Tues by appointment only.

Wine cellars are great location for HDR’s.  The HDR can create magic with those barrels as you see above!  For this shot I added a golden tone to give the barrel room a nice warm effect.  I’ll post more shots from here one day soon.  Until then, hope you can enjoy a glass of wine tonite with dinner!  Cheers!!

Some info from the web:  Edward and Madeleine Manigold began Spicewood Vineyards in 1992 with a goal of making the finest wines possible from their vineyard in Spicewood. Their first Chardonnay won a silver medal in a national competition. After the Manigold’s promising start, the Yates family now continues the tradition of making fine wines that have won State, Regional, National and International competitions.

Spicewood Vineyards became a bonded Texas Hill Country winery in 1995. The original handcrafted winery building resembles a Texas hill country home of the 19th century, with board and batten walls and a front porch. The original building now provides space for storage of cased goods and a home for harvest workers. A new winery facility adjacent to the original building was completed in 1999. The winery building is approximately 5,000 square feet on two levels. The upper level has a large tasting and special events room, suitable for catered dinners, weddings, receptions, and other activities. There is a covered pavilion, with an adjoining water fountain and shaded area for sipping wine, picnicking, and viewing the vineyard and the Texas Hill Country.

The vineyard makes the wine on the lower level of the winery building. There are five large jacketed stainless steel tanks with a fermenting and storage capacity of more than 10,000 gallons of wine. The underground barrel room has space for more than 400 barrels. The winery has the capacity to produce more than 5,000 cases.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro