The June Texas Twitter Tuesday was held live at Jack Allen's in Austin. Jack Gilmore, owner of Jack Allen's restaurant, is a locavore and sources the ingredients for his dishes locally. A natural extension of the locavore movement is the “locapour” movement – serving Texas wines alongside Texas food.
Elizabeth Hadley, Assistant Commissioner of Marketing at the Texas Department of Agriculture, kicked things off, making an announcement about the new “Go Texan or Go Thirsty” program. The program is intended to promote Texas restaurants that serve Texas wine.
The Go Texas or Go Thirsty web site has a card that you can print out and leave with a restaurant. You can use it to thank them for serving Texas wines or to ask them to consider adding Texas wines to their wine list. Jack Allen's received their first “thank you” card tonight. @JackAllen said, “Super proud to offer #TXwines. they're TX farmers first.”
The virtual tasting started with the Fall Creek Chardonnay. The chardonnay has tropical and citrus flavors with just a hint of oak. It paired with herb-crusted fried green tomatoes and oak farm ricotta pico from Jack Allen's. @foodiethenew40 posted a picture of the dish.
Fall Creek Wines (@FallCreekWines) started 36 years ago and has become one of the largest wineries in Texas. The grapes for the chardonnay were grown in the Hill Country in Pecos County.
The McPherson Cellars Rose of Syrah was paired with spicy jumbo Gulf shrimp with strawberry salad. @shellgupta tweeted a photo of the shrimp dish. The rose has won several awards.
The rose had a lovely watermelon color and notes of strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. @jackallens said, “Dry, crisp - enjoyable year-round, but especially with the Texas heat that’s coming. [uh, here].” @fooddrinklove said that the sweetness of the rose paired well with the spicy smokiness of the shrimp.
The last wine was the Messina Hof Cabernet Franc Private Reserve. It's a blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Shiraz, grown in Cedar Crest Vineyard, four miles from the Red River. It has won gold medals at the San Antonio Express News Competition and the Lone Star International Wine Competition.
Jack Allen's suggested pairing it with grilled meats and spicy sauces. It was paired with the Sous Vide Strube Ranch Waygu tri-tip. @DeniseFraser tweeted this pic of the beef. You can see the deep color of the Messina Hof Cabernet Franc.
June's Texas Twitter Tuesday wrapped up with a reminder that the GoTexas Restaurant Roundup is July 25-31. Go Texan or Go Thirsty.