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Perhaps in Ten Years and with the Grace of God: Trapiche Tasting

Posted by VintageTexas, Dec 2, 2009.

Perhaps in Ten Years and with the Grace of God: Trapiche Tasting

As you know if you read this blog, I spend a lot of time sampling, thinking and writing about Texas wine drinking, but also focus on another topic: Wine drinking in Texas. Today, I am thinking about what things might be possible in Texas in ten or more years in and around its developing wine industry. What might it be like?

What got me started on this mental juggernaut was a recent opportunity to sample a selection of wines from a far distant land. The land was Argentina and the wine producing area was the region they call Mendoza ( It is a land of high, dry plains not too much different from our own Texas High Plains ( The Mendoza was originally tamed by men of true grit and determination making their livelihoods on horseback. The legacy of the Argentine Gauchos recalls many of the same attributes of our Texas Cowboys.

Texas and Argentina are also linked in history by an ancient grape called Criolla that was brought from Spain to Argentina in 1550s. During the next half century, this grape made its way up South and Central American into Mexico, making changes along the way up north. In this process, Criolla evolved into the hearty red wine grape vine of choice for Spanish missionaries that settled the new Mexican frontier land they called Tejas. What I saw in the Argentine wines that I tasted was a vision of what Texas could become in ten years, maybe more, if we might have the grace of God on our side.

Linked in Time: Trapiche to Texas

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Reply by GregT, Dec 2, 2009.

The vines in Mendoza are among the highest on earth and in Salta they're even higher yet. What is the elevation in Texas?

Reply by amour, Jan 12, 2010.

at an elevation of 3,200 feet ......

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