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Admittedly we are not wine aficionados but we went to Specs and bought some wine. We did not do well by our tastes. My wife picked a Casajus 2009 red wine & I bought a Pedernales Texas Tempranillo 2009. I liked the Pedernales even though it was slightly bitter & my wife did not like hers.
Can anyone offer any suggestions to try? My wife does not like a strong taste. Are there any other Texas wines worth trying? This is making me think I should stick with beer as its what I know. Haha.
So besides the great name... Ménage a Trois is a good wine to start off with. They have a red wine, white wine, and a rose. I would recommend the red and the white. Should be able to pick them up for about $12 a bottle and the year being sold now is 2010.
The wifey said goto a wine tasting and you can try several to identify a taste you really like and cheaper than buying lots of bottles.
Smoking Loon is also good
I enjoy Argentinean wines.Malbec. It's not aged in oak barrels so it has a smoother finish that I like.
as a young lawyer i went through a real wine phase. Went to tons of wine tastings, read about it, studied it. Started buying by the case. One day i was sitting at my house alone, eating a steak i had cooked (really good steak) and so i opened a bottle of a very nice Cabernet that i had bought by the case back then. (maybe $12 a bottle but this was about 1983). After a glass of it i realized that i really did prefer ice tea to the expensive wines. from then on going out to eat got a Lot cheaper.tha
that said, there is one wine i LOVE with things like bbq, burgers, mexican food. You wont like it much with a great steak or something like that. It is Llano Sweet Red. Yea and it is sweet, not like a dessert wine, but clearly a casual wine not a more serious one. A lot of folks that don't really like the more dry reds will like this
i gave up trying to be fancy abt wines along time ago. Not Anti good wines, just not much of a sophisticated palate
Thanks everybody. We will try a couple of those.
Hornet where do you live? If around Austin I can recommend some vineyards to check out.
I live in SE Texas about 4 hours from Austin. However, please recommend the vineyards anyway as we may go up to Austin before summer is out.
The first one I'd recommend is Westcave Cellars. It's about 20 miles outside Lakeway. It's a small vineyard that's just been open for a couple of years. Very relaxed and good people. A husband and wife team own it and I really like all of their wines.
The other one I like is Duchman Family in Driftwood. Much bigger operation than Westcave and it makes Italian wines. Plus there's a pretty good restaurant on the property so we usually do a tasting then eat.
You can also see about wine tours where you rent a limo and they drive you around to a handful of different vineyards so you can drink as much as you want without driving.
Also when I get wine at HEB a lot of the price tags will have a Wine Enthusiast ranking. I've found that by going by those rankings I've found some new wines from all over that I enjoy. Usually a 88 ranking or higher have been really good.
I'm just an amateur and don't have a discerning palate by any means but I do enjoy it and I've found plenty of wines that I like under $15.
Ask away if you have anymore questions.
Thanks Coach! Will definitely check into all that.
I like Chilean wines. Some great cabs for the price. I really like Cruz Alta Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina but it is hard to get. Most wines I buy or in the $10-15 range. I have on occasion been treated to some expensive wine. I really can not tell much difference.
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Not sure if you can find them in your area but there's a couple vineyards that put out a realllly tasty Penot Noir. If you can find them, i highly recommend Little Black Dress Vineyards and Toad Hollow Vineyards. Both put out great wines and their Pinot Noir is verrrrry good and reasonably priced.
Texas just isn't wine country unfortunately. Pinot Noir's tend to be smoother and have less tannin than Cabs., but tend to be more expensive as they are harder to bulk produce. You can find decent Cabs from California for under $10. Probably are looking $15-20 to get a decent Pinot. Malbecs probabaly are smoother as well, though I don't know that much about them. Reds tend to give me a splitting head-ache. I'm a cheap white wine connoisseur .
Going to Sonoma in September for a wedding. Will definitely be sampling
I'm going to take a second and plug a great winery 5 minutes from my house. If you guys can get it down there, I would highly recommend Pelee Island Winery. It's won all Canadian and International awards. It's on the same latitude as Northern Spain, Southern France, Northern Cali where the best wines in the world are made, except you're not going to have to pay crazy prices for it.
I don't think Texas Cabs and Merlots are really worth spending money on, as you can find far superior offerings for the same price elsewhere. The climate and soil in Texas doesn't work well with many grapes, especially ones from more temperate climates (French varietals, etc.).
However, I do enjoy Texan wine using grapes that thrive in warmer climates like Tempranillo, Lenoir, Malbec, Shiraz, Sangiovese, etc.
By far my favorite Texas wines are Lenoir and Lenoir/Shiraz blends to cut back on some of the tartness from the Lenoir flavor. Chisholm Trail Winery up by Fredericksburg makes some great examples of these with their Lone Wolf and Diablo (Shiraz/Lenoir blend).
I really prefer Bordeaux wine, especially from the Northern regions like Medoc, Haut-Medoc, Pauillac, etc. Some outstanding bottles can be had in the $20-$40 range. Washington's Kamiaks are also some great Bordeaux style wines. That state in general puts out wine with great bang for the buck.
Best Cabernet I've ever had is the 98 Silver Oak. Outstanding and well worth every dollar you have to pay.
I am partial to the Bota Box.
The first glass is ok, but the fourth glass is excellent.
(actually, for an inexpensive table wine, it is pretty damn good and it ends up costing 4 bucks a bottle).
The two box wines from Trader Joe's are both great bargains at their price.
Was drinking some dessert wine at dinner tonight that got me feeling nice. It's the only wine I have ever liked.
If you ever want to drink an interesting sweet desert wine, try an Eiswein. It's made from grapes that have been left on the vine until a hard freeze and harvested before they thaw. Intensely sweet , but with enough acid to cut the sweetness.
What I had:
Vidal Pearl Icewine Niagara Peninsula Canada, 2007/08
Karl Kaiser, the studious, Austrian-born chemist, and Donald Ziraldo, the Italian-Canadian agriculturalist teamed up to become the founding fathers of Canadian wine. And in that climate, it was only natural that they would try their hands at creating icewine. The fruit hangs on the vines until winter and freezes. The frozen berries are crushed, yielding a syrupy juice. This concentrated, super sweet syrup gets fermented, and the result shines with flavors of nectarine, papaya, lychee, tangerine and orange blossoms as delicious and rich as the desserts they complement so well.
Wow, so many choices! The Eiswine/Icewine sounds interesting too. Thanks for the help guys.
Cool. An E.R. buddy of mine turned me on to it. He has bought some property outside of Taos where he plans on producing some.
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