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Snooth User: camitts

What should be paired with a Lenoir?

Posted by camitts, Sep 8, 2010.

We're having some friends over and plan on opening a few different reds and trying to pair them appropriately.  Do you have any suggestions for pairings with a lenoir?

Thank you.


Reply by ChipDWood, Sep 8, 2010.

...Not sure what a Lenoir is... that the name of the wine- because I don't think it's a grape.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 8, 2010.

It's a hybrid grape that's been around for 150 years or so in Texas, and is more often called Texas Black Spanish. Other names I've seen include Jacques, Jaquez, Jack, El Paso, 'Burgundy' (in the old days) and just plain Black Spanish.

I haven't had any for decades, but believe it's being used effectively these days in blends with, say, syrah. It definitely does a lot better in the more extreme environment of Texas than such well known vitis vinifera grapes as cabernet sauvignon.

Would be good to hear here from people who are actually drinking the bottlings these days....


Reply by dmcker, Sep 9, 2010.

Here's a thread that talks a little about Texas Black Spanish from this past spring:

Reply by camitts, Sep 9, 2010.

Thank you for the comments


Reply by VintageTexas, Jan 4, 2011.

It is a bit late for your wine pairing party, but Lenoir, if made in a red table wine style, could make a good pairing for with roast lamb or game, both without high fat content. It's not particularly acidic giving it a softer character (versus Cab being "hard" and structured), big in fruit, jammy dark berries and especially mulberry.

Check out what I've written on my Lenoir tasting experiences at:

Reply by GregT, Jan 5, 2011.

Hey D - thanks for the education. Didn't know about the grape.  You too Vintage.

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