Brushy Creek Vineyards Merlot Texas Hill Country 2007

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Varietal: Merlot
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Brushy Creek Vineyard:
At Brushy Creek Vineyards, located in the historic Cross Timbers region of North Central Texas, we are experimenting with 36 different vines to develop quality wines as unique as Texas. When Spanish missionaries came to Texas in the 1600's, wild grapes flourished over the landscape (over 50% of the known species of grape in the world grow in Texas). With a vast diversity in cli... Read more
At Brushy Creek Vineyards, located in the historic Cross Timbers region of North Central Texas, we are experimenting with 36 different vines to develop quality wines as unique as Texas. When Spanish missionaries came to Texas in the 1600's, wild grapes flourished over the landscape (over 50% of the known species of grape in the world grow in Texas). With a vast diversity in climate and soil, Texas was a grape paradise. As early as 1650 Father Garcia de San Francisco y Zuniga, the father of Paso del Norte (today's El Paso) was known for his vineyards and the sacramental wine he produced. The padre brought with him the Spanish black grape (Lenior) as did most padres sent to establish outposts in the vast Texas landscape. The arrival of Italian immigrants around 1875 in the Dallas area coincided with the exciting work that T.V, Munson was doing in the field of viticulture. A native of Illinois, Munson moved to Denison in 1876 and pursued his loves of grapes. Traveling across all of Texas and forty other states, his work became the definitive source on grapes for horticultural authorities. Munson went on to develop numerous grape hybrids suitable for the Texas environment. In 1982 Texas produced around 50,000 gallons of wine. Four years later wine production had reached around 700,000 gallons. Of course as in any new, dynamic industry change is inevitable and the Texas wine industry was no exception. What's in the future for Texas wines? One need only look at the past few decades to get a glimpse. The adrenaline-rush activities of the 70' and 80's have settled down to a group of dedicated individuals possessing a true love of wine, who are charting a studied, cautious plan to continue producing premium wines. Each year vintners and vineyard managers learn something new and share that information with the industry as a whole. We may be fifth in production but not in quality or passion. Being vineyard and winery owner as well as the winemaker, I served in the U.S. Navy in submarines and I'm a retired Nuclear Engineer, I bring science and quality principles to the art of winegrowing and wine making. Our grape-growing and winemaking philosophy is simple. We believe that what happens in the vineyard determines what happens in the bottle. It’s about growing the best grapes under the best possible conditions. Read less
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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