Quick Sip: When in Texas ….

Hello Friends,

Last week I was away on a short business trip to Dallas, and I’m sure you know the saying: “When in Texas, sip what the Texas wine tweeps sip!” If you follow the #txwine hash-tag on Twitter, you already know that these folks sip Texas grown wine. After asking a few questions about Texas wine on Twitter, several kind people quickly pointed me to a Whole Foods store on Park Lane in Dallas that carries a nice selection of Texas wine. NOTE: A few of the Texas wines at this location are Texas wine in name only, so check the label if you want the real deal. Like Virginia, Texas is an up-and-coming wine industry, boasting eight AVA’s, over 160 wineries, and attracts visitors from near and far to sample their award winning wines. Additionally, like Virginia, I found that Texas makes a pretty good Viognier wine.

Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier

A bottle I found favor in while sitting in my hotel room reading and dappling in social media was the Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier. According to the wine label, Becker Vineyards was the first producer to grow and produce a Viognier wine in the state of Texas. The Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier is made in an elegant (round and complex with moderate acidity) style, which is a style I’m starting to see more of in Virginia – even though the bright, sleek, fruit-driven style is the most popular. In the glass, the Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier displays a medium straw color. The swirl and sniff offers subtle, yet pleasant scents of apricot and tree fruit blended with notes of smoky clove and roasted hazelnuts. On the sip, the Becker Vineyards Viognier is round, with a fleshy mouth-feel, good acidity, and aromas that extend to the palate through to the medium length finish. Enjoy the Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier on its own or try pairing it with grilled chicken, smoked white meats, and white cream sauce dishes. This Texas Viognier retails for $14.99, has a real cork enclosure, and clocks in at 14.16% ABV. After living in Texas for over ten years, during which time I was not a wine drinker or knew a wine industry existed in Texas, it’s nice to see Texas on the wine map and producing nice wines at reasonable prices. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!

Info: Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, TX 78671,T (830) 644-2128

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