Happy Texas Wine Month, y’all! 🤠 To kick off the celebration, we toasted with friends last night with @messina_hof sparkling wine, made from 100% Texas-grown Chenin Blanc.🥂Texas sparklings aren’t too common, and this one was a standout from our visit to the Messina Hof Winery in Fredericksburg last month.
If a visit out to the hill country wineries has been on your list–or you can be persuaded to put it on your list!–October is when you want to do it! 📆 The Texas Wine Month Passport from @texashillcountrywine grants you a free tasting at 48 wineries all month (limit of 4/day) for $40 for individuals and $70 for couples. Even if you only use it ONE day out of the entire month, you get your money’s worth! Plus, $5 from each Passport ticket goes to Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Texas Wine Month Passport or no, be a good Texan and support the more than 11,000 people employed by the state’s wine industry by enjoying some juice this month from the Lone Star State! ⭐️
Yes, we can! 🌹The new Sway Rosé which debuted this August is from two notable Texas names in wine: Chris Brundrett, owner/winemaker @williamchrisvineyards, and Andrew Sides, partner @lostdrawcellars.
Beyond being the first 100% Texas-grown canned rose, we ❤️ that this shows the collaborative nature of the state’s wine industry with two wine leaders coming together. 🙌🏼 Also, for Texas’ wine scene being as young as it is, it’s a source of pride to see folks keeping pace with nationwide trends and making sure there’s a true taste of Texas available to all sorts of wine lovers.
On this #MadeinTexas Monday, we tip our hats to, as @yeswecanwine puts it, being “that much closer to rosè-ing all damn day.” #texaswinemonth
Cruz de Comal
We first heard about Lewis Dickson and his @lacruzdecomalwinesfrom @david_mayfield, our Natural Wine Guru. He told us of a natural winemaker in Texas, and we almost passed out. 😵
Then we listened to yesterday’s @illuminated_bottle‘s podcast with Dickson, and it was the best hour we’ll have all week. A 3-acre vineyard in the Texas Hill Country, about one hour from Austin and south of Wimberley, Dickson makes 300 cases of wine a year and specializes in 2 varietals: Black Spanish & Blanc du Bois.
He’s best put into words the philosophy and conviction for natural wine that we’ve ever heard. He says when you add things to a wine like sulfites (a preservative), this creates a freeze frame, an 8×10 glossy, instead of a motion picture (natural wines are literally alive with bacteria and microbial life) that takes you on a journey. Similarly, when you take things out of a wine (like sediment), it’s like taking voices out of a choir that need each other. He’s such a natural wine purist that he thinks the “winemaker” title is grand standing and would rather consider himself a “custodian of another phase of the vineyard.” Just today, @jesterkingbrewery published a blog post citing Dickson as the analogous wine producer to them and a “true comrade in Texas terroir.”
And oh yeah, did we mention he learned winemaking from Tony Coturri, known as the godfather of natural wine in California with @coturri_winery making low intervention wines since the 70’s?
We’re just a LITTLE BIT excited to drive out and try these for ourselves. 🤗 #texaswinemonth
Live everyday like it’s Texas Tuesday. 🍷✨🍷
#TexasWineMonth continues, and here’s a few reasons your glass should fill you with Texas pride.
🤠 Texas is the 5th-largest wine producing state.
🤠 The state is home to 420+ growers and 350+ wineries, creating 11,000 jobs and accounting for $1.9 Billion of the state’s economy.
🤠 Texas is the site of the first vineyard in N. America, as Spanish missionaries began cultivating grapes in the 1600s near present-day El Paso.
🤠 Texan Thomas Munson helped save the European wine industry by developing phylloxera-resistant rootstock. (Phylloxera, insects that feed on grapevines, destroyed most vineyards in Europe in the late 19th-c.)
🤠 The Texas Hill Country, one of the state’s 8 AVAs, located 80 miles west of Austin is the nation’s 2nd-largest AVA.
🤠 Mediterranean varietals (sangiovese, tannat, grenache, tempranillo) and Rhône varietals (mourvèdre, syrah, roussanne, viognier) grow well here!
It may be Halloween and also one year since we started this wine journey with y’all, but aside from all that, today also happens to be the last day of #texaswinemonth! Of all the wines we discovered over the last few weeks, we saved the best for last! 💛#WeddingOakPartner
@weddingoakwine’s winemaker, Penny Adams, is a true pioneer of Texas wine, as both the first female winemaker 💪🏼 and viticulturist in the state who got her start at just the 5th Texas winery (post Prohibition) in the late 1970s. Largely due to her viticulture expertise, she believes in minimal processing in winemaking so that the Texas terroir is fully expressed in their 100% Texas-grown wines, which is a philosophy we support as wine drinkers!
Although many of the wines have fanciful names like Bridal Bliss 👰🏻 and Tuxedo Red 🤵🏻, the winery is actually named after a 400-yr-old tree 🌳 near San Saba, where the winery is located (they also have a tasting room @wildseedfarms in Fredericksburg) and where they say “no one attempted to re-create Tuscany or Provence, but rather—the best of Texas life.” We’ll drink to that! 🤠🍷
🎉🍷Le Texas nouveau est arrivé!🍷🎉
For the first time, Texas nouveau wines (wines of the 2017 vintage that normally would be available until *next year*) will be previewed & poured straight from the tank @wineforthepeople’s Texas Harvest Wine Festival on 📆 Sun, Nov. 19! 🔗 for 🎟 in bio!
In the same spirit as 🇫🇷’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day, these newly harvested wines will be enjoyed in celebration of the first wine of the season. Three 100% Texas wines from Texas Winemaker @raewilsonwine will be served, including @dandypinktx Rosé nouveau, plus Sangiovese nouveau and Trebbiano nouveau from newly launched @thegrowerproject. The party will also include bites from @mipaellacatering 🍽, local artisan market🛍, photo booth📸, and vinyl DJ🎶.
One of the best things is this event will benefit Northern California wildfire relief! ❤️