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Texas wines

Posted by joe the wine oh, Jul 8, 2011.

Texas wines,,, Good , bad what are yall's thoughts


Reply by GregT, Jul 8, 2011.

If you know them, post something.

Not many sold out east or in the midwest.  I like the idea of them and I'd love to try a few - I've had wine from Arizona and New Mexico, but never Texas.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 9, 2011.

Seems to me if Gruet can grown grapes for decent sparkling in NM, there has to be somewhere in TX that can produce good wine.  I've heard that wineries there import grapes from CA to make wine, but never seen a wine with a TX appellation.  Not sure what's available, but given my proximity to CA wineries and the profusion of good Euro wines in my area, and the known quantities from South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and Australia, I admit I haven't sought them out.  If you have some recommendations, I'd be interested.  Gotta be tough to get a foothold in the market these days.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 9, 2011.

Have been a number of threads in the past on the subject. Use the 'search the snooth forum' box up to the right.

Would be interested to hear, Joe, what prompts your question and spurs your interest....

Reply by EMark, Jul 9, 2011.

I visited a couple wineries near College Station (visiting a friend studying at A&M) a little over 20 years ago.  I can't say that anything snapped my carrot.  The truth may be different now.

Reply by clifhenry, Jul 12, 2011.

There are a number of wineries producing fair-to-very good wines in the state, most of them located in the Hill Country, but other notables such as Pheasant Ridge and Llano Estacado up in the High Plains and Messina Hof down in the Brazos Valley near College Station, and all from Texas-grown fruit. I have tasted many dozens of them over the years, going all the way back to the early days of the re-birth of the Texas industry during the late '70s and early 80s, and I can tell you that they have come a long, long way in that 30 or so years. Fall Creek, Sister Creek, Becker, and a number of others are all producing high quality wines well worth trying, and a great deal of experimentation is now in process to deterrmine whether Tuscan varietals and some Rhone stock might not be more or less ideally suited to local conditions. I would expect to see some remarkable wines produced from some of them in the relatively near future. 

Reply by clifhenry, Jul 12, 2011.

An oversight on my part: I should also have mentione Bernhardt Cellars in Plantersville, whose Cabernet Sauvignon impressed me quite a lot a couple of months back. Don't know how available it might be outside Texas, but well worth the investment if you locate a bottle.

Reply by docrobert, Jul 12, 2011.

I'm planning on trying some soon and will share my thoughts

Reply by clifhenry, Jul 12, 2011.

Good. I'll be interested to hear.

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