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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, I think anything you can do to support the state, its workers and its economy would be much appreciated, and one of the smallest and easiest gestures would be to forego whatever other bottle of wine you were about to buy and pick up one from Texas. You might feel good about doing it, and more likely than not, you will be surprised by how good it tastes.
Much of the state’s best fruit was picked just before the storm arrived, and winemakers have already been wowed by its quality. Julie Kuhlken, owner of Pedernales Cellars, one of the state’s most decorated wineries, said, “This is probably the best (and certainly is the biggest) grape harvest that the Texas wine industry has ever seen, and not even Hurricane Harvey could ruin it.” Pedernales paid to send an employee to Houston with her boat to aid in rescue operations, and gave her money to assist Hurricane victims. Winemaker Dave Reilly of Duchman Family Winery, another top tier producer, agreed: “Our Hill Country fruit - particularly from Salt Lick Vineyards - has been the best ever. We are just starting to get High Plains fruit and it is looking to be on par with the Hill Country. Below average temperatures this time of year have contributed to the excellent quality.” During Labor Day weekend, Duchman Family Winery accepted donations of goods at its Wine Club party and donated $5 from each bottle or growler of rose sold to the JJ Watt Fund. Read more....
Not since the Pedernales Cellars 2012 Tempranillo Reserve has the family winemaking team won a Double Gold, so there was much celebrating when the Armadillo's Leap BFF Blend won Double Gold at this summer's competition. The BFF Blend is a blend of Montepulciano, Tempranillo, and Aglianico, and is available for sale in the Armadillo's Leap tasting room in Frederickburg.
In its Summer edition of the Top Texas Wines, Texas Monthly includes Pedernales Cellars Texas GSM. Read what TM has to say about the GSM and other great wines from around the state.
This year's vintage of the Texas Dry Rose is a wonderful blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah. Please look for it in the tasting room or here. Texas Wine and Trail has named it the Texas Wine of the Month for June.
Read Austin Way's recommendations of where to sip and swirl in Texas.
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.