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Any recommendations on southern U.S. wines?

Posted by dean94, Feb 23, 2010.

Does anyone know of any great wines that are produced in the southern U.S. ?


Reply by GregT, Feb 23, 2010.


Reply by napagirl68, Feb 23, 2010.

LOL GregT... was thinkin' the same...

Reply by chadrich, Feb 24, 2010.

Not sure if you mean "The South" aka Florida, Georgia, Alabama grouping. Or the entire southern part of the US which would include Texas and the southwest. In any event, here are a few specific and non-specific thoughts:

New Mexico-Gruet They make pretty darn good sparklers and a couple of still wines that I wouldn't throw out of my cellar.

Texas-there are some okay reds being made in the Hill Country. I can't say I've had one so stellar that I can recall a name, but you could poke around with this region

Georgia-my own home state is slooooowly coming into its own. I've had some decent reds from Tiger Mountain (think Tannat, Tourig National). Also had a suprisingly good sparkling wine from one of the Georgia vineyards, though I can't recall who at this moment. I've also heard a lot of positive press about Montaluce, one of the newest wineries, but can't comment from first hand experience.

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Feb 24, 2010.

I was going to mention Gruet, also. Their rose is my everyday sparkler.

Reply by zufrieden, Feb 27, 2010.

Any Texans out there? I may be out your way soon, so recommend away.

Reply by Michael759, Mar 1, 2010.

I live in Tampa, FL and could not even begin to give you an idea of Florida wines. Mostly based on the Muscadine grape. I actually have a bottle of red wine from Lakeridge Winery that was a gift..need to try it at some point. Link to the wineries in Florida if you're interested:

Reply by amour, Mar 1, 2010.

I visited Clermont in Orlando/ Florida recently,
and there was a winery down the road from my friend Janella.
Their wines were surprisingly pleasant...nothing to write home about,
but I would buy them when I am there.

I also had one or two sweet fruity things from TN.

Reply by msbench, Mar 1, 2010.

This winery in St. Augustine does about a two hour tasting event several times a day. You can taste all the wines, and I believe the grapes are the same ones grown for Lakeridge mentioned above. The staff was knowledgeable and generous with the pours. I left really dizzy, but I'm a lightweight! Still a fun thing to do if you're in St. Augustine, but maybe not the best wines in the South.

Reply by Mochnant, Apr 1, 2010.

I'm a big fan of the San Sabastian/Lakeridge wines.  Nothing too fancy but a nice Muscadine flavor.  The Vitners Red/White in particular.  I can get them at my local Publix supermarket cheaper than they sell them at the winery itself.

Reply by prestamp, Apr 2, 2010.

We've been living in the Texas Hill Country for about three years and have about given up on Texas wines. Admittedly there are many I haven't tried but, to date, I've found very little which I would buy.

One of the few is the Muscat Canelli from Sister Creek Winery in the village of the same name. Very pleasant with no off tastes and reasonable balance.

We previously lived in Sonoma County, Oregon Lodi and Albuquerque and have always been able to find something we liked wherever we were and in NM it was the previously mentioned Gruet.

Other than the West Coast states we have had to wait for a trip back or be content with paying lots of shipping.

If anyone else has some good ideas on Texas wines I'd love to hear them.

Reply by Carly Wray, Apr 3, 2010.

I'm a native Texan, but haven't spent much time exploring my homestate's wine scene (my next trip to the Hill Country is admittedly long overdue). McPherson Cellars, in Lubbock, is doing a few things right; Fall Creek is making Tempranillo worthy of good BBQ, which is saying alot. :)

Reply by ONUMello, Apr 3, 2010.

Keep in mind there are wines produced in all 50 states, but as far as 'great' wines, probably not. I rather enjoyed the Messina Hof Gewurztraminer from Texas, but have not had more than a handful of Texan wines. I've heard there are also fairly good things happening in Arizona (Maynard James Keenan was one of the first) but they tend to be small production and I have not personally had the chance to try any.

Reply by Juls2, Apr 8, 2010.

I live on the edge of Hill Country and like to explore the wineries.  My favorite is Flat Creek Estates and they are producing some very good wines - their Super Texan (Tuscan) and their Bucking Horse Red are two of my favorites.  I think this winery is heads and tails above the others I've visited.  I never leave empty-handed!

Reply by Francotimeo, Jul 18, 2010.

try to go to Grapefest in Grapevine, Tx this September. We go every year and there are about 75 wines from all over Texas to taste. I admit some of the truly great ones (Bar-Z in Amarillo/Canyon) don't come but others like Inwood Estates and Red Caboose do so it is worth the trip. Not much good in the Hill Country but that is not the only AVA in Texas!! Becker is making a good Malbec and Viognier though. The better AVA is the High Plains. Stick with that for reds, and Inwood, Llano, and Brennan/Austin Street for viognier and chardonnay.

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