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Tis the Season to be Blogging: Wine Recommendations from the Social Network

Posted by VintageTexas, Dec 10, 2009.

Tis the Season to be Blogging: Wine Recommendations from the Social Network

It’s the holiday party season, a time to celebrate with family and friends sharing good food and drink while we take time to count our blessings and find ways to help those less fortunate.

Recently on the social networking site Twitter (http://www.twitter.com), I posted the following tweet:

“Would you take a bottle of Texas wine to a friend’s dinner party? If so which one? Pls tweet response-Blogging need input #TXWine #LocalWine”

Note: The ‘hashtags’ at the end of my tweet are used to tag tweets. This helps you finding comments on Twitter on topics that interest you - e.g. I use #TXWine for Texas Wine and #LocalWine for locally produced wines not from CA, OR, WA or NY.

The responses came back loud and clear….a resounding Yes! No regrets needed. Some of the tweets that I received are given below:

Ashley Rodgers (@ashrodg) a public relationship professional specializing in hospitality industry at Wagstaff Wordwide recommended a special wine, by saying “Yes, I would take a bttl of TX wine to a party. Viognier by McPherson Cellars in Lubbock. Great wine.”

Andrew Collins (@cyberjunkie21) from Round Rock, Texas showed a broad horizon on Texas wines and said, “anything from Haak Winery for sure. I also like Fall Creek’s Meritus”

More recommendations at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=1296

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Reply by amour, Dec 11, 2009.

NEVER THOUGHT OF TEXAS WINES....it is always bigger (AND BETTER?) in TEXAS !!!!
THANKS.

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Reply by VintageTexas, Dec 11, 2009.

They are pretty good. It is new wine growing region and we are still working on things of importantance. It is warm growing region with a notorious late spring freeze threat. So, it is looking for the Mediterranean varietals that bud out late are what we will find do best year in and year out. Tempranillo, Viognier are the two winner so far. But, growers are experimenting with Grenache, Mourvedre, Vermentino and Tannat. A sleeper may be Chenin Blanc if winemakers can figure out how to do it right. Becker Vineyards has the best so far. Dry Roses are also a very good possibility (per French Provence model) with a little education of the marketplace.

Regards,

Russ

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Reply by amour, Dec 11, 2009.

TANNAT GRAPE ! WOW! WOW!!
I have been privy to some primary research which points to TANNAT as a grape offering longevity....Long live to you...if it is your wish !!!
THAT IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR POSITIVE FACTOR, I WOULD THINK. GREAT SELLING-POINT !
Thanks for sharing.
I will be on the look-out.
AS I TELL EVERYONE...I AM WORST THAN JULIA CHILD...MY HALLMARK IS FRENCH GASTRONOMY. But, thanks to an open mind-set, I am forward thinking and do look beyond my nose.....nose of the wine!...a great pun (I LOVE WORDS AS MUCH AS I LOVE LIFE AND WINE!). CHEERS!!!!! LA TACHE IN MY GLASS!

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Reply by VintageTexas, Dec 11, 2009.

I know of one winery - Brushy Creek Vineyards in Alford near Decatur, Texas, that is working with 8 tons of Tannat this year. It is inky and tannic (but in a very pleasant way). Most of the Tannat is grown on the Texas High Plains between Lubbock and the New Mexico border at 3000-4000 ft elevation in sandy loam under arrid conditions.

More on Brushy Creek at:http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=512

I have had some really good Tannat recently while in South America. It has become the national grape of Uraguay where it does very well.


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