Jim Johnson is a long-time advocate of Texas wines. He began growing grapes and making wine in Texas in 1996. He has pioneered the growing of several varieties of grapes such as Viognier, Sangiovese, Syrah, and the very popular Tempranillo.
As part of Twitter Tuesday, pick up one or more of these three wines from Alamosa Wine Cellars and taste along with the other Tweeters.
- The 2007 Scissortail made from Marsanne, Roussane, and Viognier grapes grown on Alamosa's own Cherokee Creek Vineyard (about three miles from the winery) tastes of citrus and stone fruits with some mineral notes. Cost is approximately $26.
- The 2005 El Guapo made from Tempranillo grapes has notes of blueberries, juniper, chocolate, and leather. It has been written up in Wine Spectator, Gourmet, Saveur, and other wine magazines. It costs about $18.
- The 2008 Texacaia blends Sangiovese, Syrah, and Tempranillo grapes for notes of cherry, berries, pepper, and leather. It costs about $16.
Alamosa Wine Cellars is located in Bend, Texas, a mere 3.5 hour drive from Fort Worth in the Texas Hill Country. It's a part of the Way Out Wineries wine trail. While a visit to Alamosa could be part of a day trip, I'd recommend taking a weekend to explore the other wineries along the Way Out Wineries wine trail.
To participate in Texas Twitter Tuesday, log in to Twitter (free to sign up) and go to the GoTexan TweetChat room. No registration or RSVP is required. Just show up at 7 p.m. on April 5, 2011 and join the discussion.