Let's Talk over Drinks
Ray Isle, editor of Food and Wine magazine, lives in NYC today, but is actually a native Texan. He returns to his home state to tour the best in Texas wine and BBQ. Here is his tour.
Pedernales Cellars' sister winery, Armadillo's Leap, has released its 2015 Texas Muscat for Texas Independence Day. Featuring flavors of grapefruit and pineapple and just a hint of sweetness, it makes for a perfect wine to welcome spring.
Stonewall is home to the Peach Jamboree and Stonewall Elementary where LBJ himself attended. It is also home to some of the best wineries in the Texas Hill Country. Marcy Stellfox visits to find out what makes Stonewall such an important center for the Texas wine industry.
Michael recommends trying the 2014 Texas Tempranillo from Pedernales Cellars with the following description. (Note: If you can't find the 2014 vintage in your local wine merchant, try the recently released 2015 vintage).
Pedernales Cellars 2014 Texas Tempranillo
Texas is America’s 5th largest wine producer and the Hill Country is its star. Pedernales is consistently once of the regions’ best wineries and this Tempranillo offers a delicious nose of black cherry and blackberry, pomegranate and cranberry notes with hints of dusty oak, a medium acidity and moderate tannins. Aged in American oak for 15 months it will show you how well Texas wines are evolving. Texas barbeque? You bet, but also consider lamb sliders.
For Michael's other recommendations, read here.
D Magazine's regular articles about What to Drink Now turns to Texas whites wines and gives a nod to Pedernales Cellars Texas Viognier. "Layered with crisp Granny Smith apple, tropical guava and papaya and a touch of honeysuckle, melding into lemon custard and honey on the back palate. $17, available at Pogo’s." Click here to read the full article.
The San Antonio Express News weekend edition offers three great beef recipes along with Texas wine pairings that bring out the best of their flavors. With Oven Texas Barbeque Beef Brisket it is recommended that you pair Pedernales Cellars Texas Tempranillo to bring out the rich beefiness of the dish. With a savory Lone Star Beef and Veggie Burger you should have a glass of Pedernales Cellars Texas Viognier. The full-bodied character of the Texas Viognier complements the combination of fresh veggies and Texas beef.
"Texas is big, no news there, but it’s so big that two of our American Viticulture Areas (AVA) in the state are actually two of the largest in the country, encompassing both currently planted vineyards and overall space. Of the eight federally approved AVAs in the state, the Texas Hill Country AVA covers 15,000-square-miles in 22 different counties, created in 1991. Not long after that the Texas High Plains AVA was approved, covering 12,000-square-miles in the area in and around the Panhandle of Texas, Lubbock and Amarillo." Read more.
Texas Wine Lover visits Highway 290 looking for new ways to experience Texas wine. He catalogs the range of upscale tastings, including Pedernales Cellars' Reserve Tasting, available in Texas wine country. Click here to read the full article.