If you weren't at the Texas Twitter Tuesday this May 3, you missed some tasty wines, good conversation, and a series of clever wordplays combining Shakespeare and local Texas wines.
Katy Jane Bothum of Texas Hill Country Wineries was on hand to answer questions. The Texas Hill Country is the fastest-growing wine destination in the U.S., second only to Napa.
Becker Vineyards 2010 Viognier
The tasting opened with Becker Vineyards Viognier. Viognier is a grape that does very well in Texas. Viognier was originally recommended against, but the success of the grape has really exceeded expectations.
Becker Vineyards gets their viognier grapes from Bingham Vineyards and Reddy Vineyards in the Texas High Plains appellation. The French age viognier for 10-15 years, but Becker said they age theirs 4-5 months in oak.
Denise Fraser said the Viognier had a “floral nose, nice mouthfeel and great balance, acid.” TexasWineTrail loved “the flavors of peach, pear, and nectarine” in the Becker Vineyards Viognier.
Becker Vineyards recommended the viognier with peppered pork loins. VintageTexas suggested pairing it with Indian cuisine.
Bending Branch Winery Tannat
Bending Branch Winery Tannat was next on the tasting schedule. It's a “dark inky alternative to Syrah.” The Tannat was also compared to a Valpolicello and an Amarone. JenBeckmann said it had “rich raisin characteristics with intense plum notes” and liked it paired with a Texas-sized steak.
Bending Branch Winery uses organic growing techniques as often as possible. Their intent is to sustain the land without risking the crop. “Great soil yields great grapes,” said Bending Branch Winery. Don't miss the Kentucky Derby Extravaganza at Bending Branch Winery this weekend.
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 2009 Black Spanish
The third wine tasted was the Black Spanish from Dry Comal Creek. The Black Spanish grape is known as Lenoir outside Texas and it originally came with the French. It's a grape that seems to be resistant, if not immune, to Pierce's disease.
Dry Comal Creek makes three wines from Black Spanish. Drought has a big effect on wine grapes and the Black Spanish in 08 had a bit of anise and rum raisin flavor in it.
Texas Twitter Tuesday closed with a reminder of the Austin Wine and Music Festival that's happening over Memorial Day weekend with local wine, local beer, food, and live bands. Austin's not too far from Fort Worth. It would make a nice weekend road trip.
Next month's Texas Twitter Tuesday will be on June 7. Hope to see you there.