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Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

She has form you know. Read this thread

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906095

and notice how she picks assertions out of nowhere and then refuses to reveal their source.

Jun 06, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

No they are not. I just got confirmation from an assistant manager.

Given your failure to support your claim that there are half a dozen at Total Wine, despite repeated requests, we will assume the claim is wrong. Please produce a full list of the wines or nobody will believe your claim is credible.

The situation right now is that the store has flatly contradicted you.

Jun 05, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

That is the one I went to. They had none. I also contacted an assistant manager (a WSET L3) today and he confirmed it.

Jun 05, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

Jasper Russo, yes (that is what comes of typing on a phone).

Well, what did he say? Did he agree with me that he has no inventory? Did he mention that I asked him in person on Friday?

Jun 05, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

I shopped there, pinotho, and it isn't. Sigel's had none (French or Californian). Jasper Russell, wine director, told me that. Maybe you know more than he does but I take his word on this.

Jun 05, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

We are looking for that specific list from you. Remember you said

" I've checked inventories of at least five stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and there are many Roussanne bottlings available."

Where?
Which ones?

Jun 05, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

We are looking for that list from you. Remember you said

" I've checked inventories of at least five stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and there are many Roussanne bottlings available."

Where?
Which ones?

Jun 05, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

Are you sure you asked about Roussanne, and not Chardonnay, thinking they were the same?

Jun 05, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

I shopped Specs. James McFadyen, a senior guy there (and WSET Advanced) assisted me. On Friday they had one. He confirmed that they have one today.

Who did you speak with?

What are the names of the "at least half a dozen" wines?

Jun 05, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

Never heard of Park Land. Is it in Texas?

Jun 05, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

ML: Which Dallas stores did you go to and what did you find?

Jun 04, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

These are educated palates zin1953.

Jun 04, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

Try the wine and report back with facts.

Jun 04, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

Yes, the supply chain isn't E.J. Gallo smooth yet. I would call them. As the front page of their site says, they do ship to CA. The prices reported in my article are correct at press time.

Jun 03, 2014
achalk in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

Some of these can be direct-shipped to CA. Arche does for sure. That is the I suspect you would be most interested in.

Jun 02, 2014
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Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

by Andrew Chalk
See the full report on Monday 2nd June in Texas Wine & Trail

We have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to find out how they are doing, I organized a blind tasting open to all Texas Roussanne producers. Nearly all of them submitted two bottles of their current offering. We knew that Roussanne is much less widely made than Viognier, the premier white grape in the state. Nonetheless, we got participation from a total of six wineries who provided nine different wines. Submissions had to comply with the Federal rule that at least 75% of the grapes in the bottle must be the variety that appears on the label. All of the wines had Texas, or an American Viticultural Area (AVA) within Texas, as their place of grape origin.

WinePoste.com, the event space and wine retailer in the Dallas Design District, offered us a private room and first class glassware. As with previous tastings of this kind, we chose professional sommeliers as the tasters in order to bring to bear the judgement of the most discriminating palates. Ten sommeliers participated, and over a three hour window they swirled and sniffed their way through the submitted wines and rendered their judgements in the form of a ranking. I tasted as well, but excluded my scores from the calculated results as I knew the names of the wines being tasted and had done the setup of the bottles in brown, numbered bags.

In order to give this exercise a point of comparison, I included wines from California and France that I purchased at retail in the Dallas area. These proved to be harder to source than I expected and I ended up with two California examples and one French one, despite trying every major fine wine seller in the Dallas area.

Below, are the results:
RANK
WINE NAME
PRICE
Comments
1
2012 Arche, Oswald Vineyard, THP
$23.95
Oswald Vineyard
2
2012 McPherson Cellars, Reserve, THP
$18.00

3
2010 Brushy Creek, Oswald Vineyard, Texas
$24.99
Oswald Vineyard
4
2012 Arche, VR Oswald Vineyard, THP
$43.95
Oswald Vineyard
5
2012 McPherson Cellars, Texas
$14.00

6
2011 Dom. Lancyre, Vin de Pays de Monterrand
$19.74
Top non-Texan wine
7
2012 Barking Rocks, Oswald Vineyard, THP
$20.00
Oswald Vineyard
8
2013 Eden Hill Vineyard, Oswald Vineyard, THP

Oswald Vineyard
9
2012 Calais Winery, La Cuvee Principale, THP
$22.17

10
2012 Eden Hill Vineyard, Oswald Vineyard, Texas

Oswald Vineyard
11
2012 Sobon Estate, Amador Co., CA
$16.99
Second non-Texan
12
2011 Donkey & Goat, Stonecrusher, El Dorado
$32.99
Third non-Texan

THP = Texas High Plains

Texas wines took the top five slots with the lone French entry coming sixth. The two California entries occupied the bottom two positions in the rankings. The top wine is Arche’s 2012 from the Texas High Plains. This was my personal favorite, and quite a find. It is complex, with excellent weight on the mouthfeel, tropical fruit, vanilla and ripe pear on the nose and reaffirmation of the tropical fruits in the palate. When Arche submitted it, I was quite eager to taste it as earlier that month it had won a platinum medal and scored 93 points at the San Diego International Wine Competition. It exceeded my expectations.The grapes came from the same Oswald Vineyard as most of the other Texas wines, so a lot of the credit must go to rising-star winemaker Grayson Davies, son of the founders.

Second place went to the consistently good McPherson Cellars, where Kim McPherson elevates the quality of Texas wine year after year. Matt Thompson said it had “integrated acid and fruit. Floral and pleasant aromatics. Nice Wine”. McPherson also came fourth with his non-reserve bottling, which is a bargain at just $14.

Brushy Creek, in third place, is a long-established Texas winery that appears to be a late bloomer. After an erratic record a few years ago, they have started to make good examples of varietally-correct wines. Their Klassen Vineyards Tempranillo placed fourth (out of 23) in our Tempranillo tasting last year. Brian Brill described their entry as “very well made wine”.

Barking Rocks, in seventh, is another improving winery. Simon Holguin found it “rounded, supple but muted”. Newcomer, Eden Hill Vineyard, just north of Dallas, is showing that it is very serious about its winemaking. While the winery establishes itself, winemaker Chris Hornbaker shuttles between a day-job as a web developer for a major Frisco corporation, oenology and viticulture classes at Grayson College, and making wine. He may wonder, but he is winning the battle. His 2013 beat out his 2012 and Daniel Kelada found it “a simple wine, ready to drink, that is on the fresher side”. Calais Winery produced a highly regarded Roussanne in 2011 but the 2012 we tasted was judged ‘unbalanced with acid out of whack’ by Matt Thompson although Simon Holguin found it “very different but in a great way”.

The takeaway from this tasting is that the future of Roussanne in Texas is bright and the state is already on a par with California. We need more rigorous blind tastings to confirm this. Within the state, Viognier may find itself displaced as the state’s premier white variety. More broadly, if Texas winemakers can successfully blend Roussanne with its blending counterparts in the Rhône Valley, Texas Roussanne blends could start to challenge French white wines from the Rhône. And that would be one avenue for Texas wine to enter the world stage.

The Tasters
Karla Barber. Instructor International Sommelier Guild.
Brian Brill. Advanced Sommelier.
Dilek Caner, Master of Wine
Kasey Carpenter. Wine writer
Simon Holguin. General Manager, Beverage Director, Kitchen LTO.
Daniel Kaleda. Executive Wine Sommelier and Senior Wine Instructor,International Wine Guild.
Jeremy King. Republic National Distributing Company
Anthony Martinez. Sommelier, Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.
Steve Murphy. Advanced Sommelier.
Matt Thompson. ISG Certified Sommelier.

Jun 01, 2014
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

It is worse than that. At Sustenio, an allegedly 'cutting edge' restaurant in San Antonio, the wine list labels California jug wine (Becker, Merlot) as "Texas".

We have an educational task to accomplish.

Sep 12, 2013
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

Wow! Do you know who is handling them?

Thks.

Sep 12, 2013
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

Not conclusive at all. Agreed. But more than $#|+. These results are just three 'facts on the ground'. And, as you say, its when these kind of results are consistently replicated in other tastings and elsewhere that the preponderance of the evidence starts to shift.

One other thing that these tastings do is induce readers to try the wines and form their own conclusions. Many people may have never tried McPherson Roussanne before results like these and now they want to.

Sep 12, 2013
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

Those are fair points. I think the criteria were "currently shipping" but don't know why they did not use the V.V. Maybe because it is $180. Gusto is at gustotastings.com if you want to follow up with them.

I think the uniformity of the results across three tastings is suggestive that Texas Roussanne is on a par with similarly priced wines from California. More hard research is needed and i would like to see the test recast in California.

Sep 12, 2013
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

collioure: There are at least two earlier "breakthrough" varieties, Viognier and Tempranillo. These links refer to tastings that I organized but are not the exhaustive evidence:

http://cravedfw.com/2013/06/16/texas-...

http://cravedfw.com/2013/08/05/texas-...

- A

Sep 12, 2013
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

Robert: I just discovered why.

This is from the President of Calais Winery on Facebook:

"Benjamin Calais I ll just say it is humbling to be named in the same category as Chateau Beaucastel (they are the reason why I wanted to make Roussanne) let alone score higher than them. Through their Tablas Creek venture they provided us with true high quality Roussanne vines from Beaucastel estate and those are what we use in our CALAIS Winery "Cuvée Principale"
about an hour ago via mobile · 2"

Here is the best as I can do for a link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Texas...

Sep 11, 2013
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

Good news! The winners cited all are.

Sep 11, 2013
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

Look forward to the results of your tasting. Nothing like facts in a tasting debate!

Sep 11, 2013
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

Robert: McPherson is on three occasions, and Calais and Bending Branch on two, according to the judges in these blind tastings.

Of course, none of these wines has the reputation of Beaucastel Blanc, and that is what makes the results interesting.

Let us know what your tasting of these same wines shows. I bet you are craving to taste the facts on the ground.

Sep 11, 2013
achalk in Wine

Is Roussanne The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?

(With the poster's permission, and in order to make this post comply with our blogger guidelines, we've added the text of the blog entry to this post. We're not able to reproduce the formatting/links so things may be a tad wonky -- that's our fault, not achalk's. -- The Chowhound Team)

I recently reported on a tasting of Texas wines made from the Rhône grape named Roussanne. Thirty four Dallas consumers blind-tasted 17 Roussanne wines (or blends) from major Roussanne growing regions (10 wines were from Texas) and when the results were in, Texas wines occupied four of the five top positions, including first.

That tasting, organized by a wine event group named Gusto, has been replicated closely by them in Houston and Austin. Here are the results for the top five wines out of 17 in each tasting. I have highlighted the Texas wines to draw attention to their rankings:

Location: Austin @ Malaga Tapas & Bar. Date: 7/30/2013 – 27 Tasters

1. Truchard, Carneros, Roussanne, 2011 $22.

2. Calais Winery, Texas High Plains, ‘La Cuvee Principale’ Roussanne, 2011. $21.

3. Bending Branch Winery, Paso Robles, ‘Comfortage’ Roussanne 2011. (no price available on web site)

4. McPherson Cellars, Texas, Roussanne, 2012. $14.

5. Spicewood Vineyards, Texas High Plains, Roussanne, 2010. $14.

Location: Houston @ Solaro Estate Winery. Date 8/8/2013 – 18 Tasters

1. McPherson Cellars, Texas, Roussanne, 2012

2. Truchard, Carneros, Roussanne, 2011

3. Château de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf du Pape, Blanc, 2010. $80.

4. Spicewood Vineyards, Texas High Plains, Roussanne, 2010

5. Brennan Vineyards, Texas, ‘Lily,’ Roussanne Blend, 2012. $17.50.

Location: Dallas @ Calais Winery. Date: 8/28/2013 – 34 Tasters
1. McPherson Cellars, Texas, Roussanne, 2012. $14.

2. Wedding Oak Winery, Texas Hill Country, High Valley Vineyard, ‘Terre Blanc,’ Roussanne Blend, 2012. $22.

3. Calais Winery, Texas High Plains, ‘La Cuvee Principale’ Roussanne, 2011. $21.

4. Bending Branch Winery, Paso Robles, ‘Comfortage’ Roussanne 2011. (no price available on web site)
5. Blue Ostrich, Texas, Roussanne, 2011. $19.

Note: See Gusto web site for full results.

Top Overall Statewide (based on an average of all results)

1. Truchard, Carneros, Roussanne, 2011

2. McPherson Cellars, Texas, Roussanne, 2012

3. Calais Winery, Texas High Plains, ‘La Cuvee Principale’ Roussanne, 2011

4. Bending Branch Winery, Paso Robles, ‘Comfortage’ Roussanne 2011
5. Château de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf du Pape, Blanc, 2010

Some Observations

First, Texas wines fared well in all individual tastings and, in Gusto’s aggregate ratings, came in second and third. Second, although there were around 10 Texas wines in most tastings, there was some consistency in which ones wines made the top five. The top names in Texas Roussanne are McPherson Cellars, Calais Winery and Spicewood Vineyards (the latter did not make the cut in one of the three tastings). Third, these positions were obtained against California and French examples that, in the California case, are comparably priced. And, in the French case, are priced at least three times as high as the most expensive Texas wine.

Of course methodological criticisms can be made: not all Texas Roussanne wines were included in these tastings, Truchard did not appear in Dallas (so its earlier results were, apparently, extrapolated to give it the first place), blends were included as well as 100% Roussanne wines, and the identity of the tasters varied across the tastings. However, I take these results as suggestive that Texas Roussanne has improved to the point that the best are now comparable in quality with California and aggressively price-competitive with France, albeit with style differences. It needs further tastings in the future for these suggestive results to be raised to the level where they can be considered indicative. However, early results are promising.

I applaud Gusto for their fun, informative tastings and the Texas winemakers who are working so hard to improve Texas wines.

http://cravedfw.com/2013/09/11/is-rou...

Sep 11, 2013
achalk in Wine

23 Texas Tempranillo Wines Tasted In Blind Mega Tasting by Professional Sommeliers

Jason: Point taken.

Aug 07, 2013
achalk in Wine

23 Texas Tempranillo Wines Tasted In Blind Mega Tasting by Professional Sommeliers

The same.

Aug 05, 2013
achalk in Wine

23 Texas Tempranillo Wines Tasted In Blind Mega Tasting by Professional Sommeliers

Just to be clear:
1) I, achalk, am the the organizer of this event;
2) I am an Editor at CraveDFW and Texas Wine and Trail Magazine;
3) I have no commercial interest in any of these wineries;
4) I am not a publicist of any sort;
5) I am a whore to quality and the purpose of this event was purely educational.

MEDIA RELEASE

Dallas, TX USA: August 6th, 2013. Immediate Release.
Contact: Andrew Chalk, Editor CraveDFW. +1 (214) 597-4659
Bottle shots available. Interviews with judges and wine makers available.
23 Texas Tempranillo Wines Tasted In Blind Mega Tasting by Professional Sommeliers

This weekend, 23 Texas Tempranillo wines from 15 wineries went head-to-head competing with each other in a blind taste test judged by seven professional sommeliers. The results are below (rank 1 is best, 23 is worst):

RANK
NAME
Price
1
2011 Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo, Reserve, Texas
$30.00
2
2011 Brennan Vineyards Tempranillo, Texas
$26.00
3
2011 Llano Estacado 'Cellar Reserve' Tempranillo, Texas High Plains
$20.00
4
2011 Brushy Creek Vineyards Tempranillo, Klassen Vineyards, Texas
$50.00
5
2011 McPherson Cellars "La Herencia", Red Table Wine, Texas
$14.00
6
2011 Crosstimbers Winery Tempranillo, Texas
N/A
7
2010 Calais Winery "La Cuvee de Manoir" Tempranillo, Newsom Vineyard, Texas High Plains
$35.00
7
2011 Calais Winery Tempranillo, Newsom Vineyard, Texas High Plains
$35.00
9
2010 Texas Hills Vineyard ‘Toro de Tejas’ Tempranillo, Reddy Vineyard, Texas
$20.00
10
2010 Brushy Creek Vineyards Tempranillo, Rush Creek Vineyard, Texas
$35.00
11
2012 Lost Oak Winery Tempranillo, Texas
$33.00
12
2011 Pedernales Cellars, Texas
$20.00
13
2011/2012 Lost Oak Winery Tempranillo, Texas
$24.00
14
2007 Red Caboose Winery and Vineyards Tempranillo, Texas
N/A
15
2010 Brushy Creek Vineyards, Texas
$30.00
16
2010 Texas Hills Vineyards, ‘Toro de Tejas’ Tempanillo, Newsom Vineyard, Texas High Plains
$20.00
17
2007 Bar Z Winery 'Enigmatic', Texas High Plains
$23.00
18
2011 Perissos Vineyard and Winery Tempranillo, Texas Hill Country
$45.00
19
NV Blue Ostrich Winery and Vineyard, Tempranillo, Texas
$24.00
19
2010 Times Ten Cellars Tempranillo, Cathedral Mountain Vineyard, Texas
N/A
21
2010 Pedernales Cellars, Tempranillo, Texas High Plains
$40.00
21
NV Tara Vineyard and Winery Tempranillo, Texas
N/A
23
2011 Pontotoc Vineyard Tempranillo, Estate Bottled, Mason County
$30.00

Notes:
1) All the wines are 75%+ Texas Tempranillo;

2) Texas wine prices are from the winery web site for a single bottle purchase. Case discounts usually apply;


Why The Tasting?
The organizer of the event, Andrew Chalk, an editor at CraveDFW, said “There is general agreement that Tempranillo is the red grape that has done best in Texas thus far. I decided it was time to do a comparative tasting in order to get an idea of how good Texas Tempranillo has become, and who is doing the best job with the grape. I put out an APB to every winery in Texas for their currently available Texas Tempranillos and received no fewer than 23 different wines from fifteen wineries in response. As with our earlier comparison of Texas Viognier, the tasting would be blind and the tasters would be volunteers from the Dallas sommelier community. ”

Choosing The Judges
Chalk said “I figured that if I did the judging the results would be about as credible as Kim Kardashian challenging string theory, so I emailed every professional sommelier in town and invited them to judge. Seven sommeliers, plus myself, assembled at WinePoste.com in the Dallas Design District over several hours to sip and slurp our way through the wines. I excluded my scores from the results as I was involved in the packaging of the wines into their numbered brown bags".

The Results
Chalk: "My first impression from the tasting was how huge the variation was between the wines. Some reasons for this are clear:

Among the bottles tasted were several vintages (from 2007 to 2012) and some multi-vintage and non-vintage (NV) wines.

The grapes came from all over the state. Texas is so huge that weather conditions in one area may be no guide to weather conditions in another in any given vintage;

Some wineries have more than a decade of experience making Tempranillo and others are brand new;

Some grape sources were young vines and others more established;

All the wines could be described with Texas on the front label but several used more specific locations. For example, six wines used the Texas High Plains American Viticultural Area (AVA), and one the Texas Hill Country AVA. One even adopted the legitimate practise of using the name of the Texas county as the designated area of origin.

My second impression was how Texas Tempranillo as a category has improved over the long term. The best are now very good, something we will measure more precisely in a future tasting of Texas versus the wines of Tempranillo’s native country of Spain. While the best are better, it should also be said that the bottom of the scale is as bad as ever. However, placement in the rankings can be changed quickly. For example, I tasted the 2005 Crosstimbers Winery Tempranillo at the ‘Big Red’ wine tasting at The Joule in Dallas in 2010. I reported “Nose: Alcoholic. Taste: Thin fruit and battery acid volatility.” How times change. Crosstimbers came sixth in this tasting.

My third impression was that experience counts. The top five wineries are all ‘old hands’ who have learned good winemaking and are now moving on to specialize and develop their own styles. McPherson Cellars (5th) even has the courage to call their Tempranillo just ‘Red Table Wine’ in the belief that its quality will speak for itself.

My best newcomer award goes to Calais Winery (7th) just six years old. Benjamin Calais is establishing himself now that he is finally on the list to get grapes from a quality vineyard. The winery is in Deep Ellum and worth a visit."

The judges did not hold back on their opinions. On the number one ranked wine, 2011 Pedernales Reserve, Jeff Solomon, of Max’s Wine Dive also rated it first and noted an aroma that was “bright red fruit, earthy, dirty, dusty with dried fig” and a taste that was “well balanced”. He summarized it as a “great representation of what Tempranillo can be in Texas”.

On the second-placed wine, 2011 Brennan Vineyards, Jeremy King with The Gaylord Texan Resort rated it a personal second and noted its ”rich dark fruit” on the nose and that in the mouth it had “great balance and a long finish”.

The third-placed 2011 Llano Estacado was Advanced Sommelier Steve Murphey’s second favorite and he listed notes of ‘tea leaves, dried red fruit, herbal, chicory..”.Russell Burkett with SER Steak+Spirits at the Hilton Anatole ranked it fifth and described it as “bright ruby color leading with earth notes of turned soil, wet leaves, stewed fruits of blackberry, chery, raspberry. Moderate-plus acidity. Long finish”.

Brushy Creek Vineyards entered several wines and their 2011 Klassen Vineyards (the vineyard name is spelled that way on the label, but differently on the web site) placed fourth. It was the favorite of Chris Morgan, Divisional Beverage Sales Manager of Oceanaire/Morton’s. He said that it had a “dark, cherry, integrated oak. Not Rioja but good Tempranillo”. Anthony Martinez of The Gaylord Texan Resort placed it fifth in his ranking noting that it was “showing nice fruit and low to medium tannin”.

The fifth-placed 2011 McPherson was “young, green” with “fresh strawberry” and was “clean” according to Jamie Glover of Lesko Enterprises

Chalk summarized the implications thus:
"To consumers: Consider a Texas Tempranillo with your next steak, lamb or barbecue. Also, on day trips, consider visiting some of these producers and tasting thses wines on their premises.
To sommeliers: Use the results here as a guide for the best choice for your list;
To the wineries and grape growers in Texas: Stay the course. Tempranillo was one of the ‘right choices’.Quality continues to improve and this is the path to greater consumer acceptance.
To the wine media: Consider adding the best of these to Tempranillo tastings featured in your pages. The quality improvement has been ongoing.

Overall, a very instructive tasting and a compelling snapshot of the state of Texas Tempranillo. The grape has come a long way in the state but still has a way to go. Future Crave tastings will assess it against Spain and Tempranillo from California, Arizona and other promising areas.

Availability
These wineries are all small. Order direct from the winery web site or, in the case of some, from the Amazon.com wine site. If you are out of state, and experience problems with either of the above, call the winery to see if they have a legal way to deliver to you.

Appendix – The Judges
Russell Burkett - SER, Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas
Jamie Glover - Lasco Enterprises
Jeremy King - Gaylord Texan Resort
Anthony Martinez - Gaylord Texan Resort
Chris Morgan - Oceanaire/Morton's;
Steve Murphey - Mid-West Wine
Jeff Solomon - Max's Wine Dive

Aug 04, 2013
achalk in Wine

Texas Viognier Is Tasted Against California and France – And Comes Out The Winner

>> "Modern home"? What was its ancestral home?

"Original origin is uncertain. Unconfirmed origin is Vugava grape from the island of Vis off the Dalmatian Coast.
Legend says that Viognier was brought to Rhône Valley from Dalmatia by Emperor Probus in CE 281."

source James Tidwell, MS presentation to Texas Viognier symposium 2012.

You weren't naive enough to think it think it originated in the Rhône, were you?

Jun 25, 2013
achalk in Wine