Did you know that Texas is the 5th largest wine producer in the entire country? We mean business down here! All month long celebrate (and support) local wineries that are producing some highly regarded products. The Steinheimer’s Lounge at the Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort is THE perfect place to sample the best that the Lone Star State has to offer. Daily, hour-long wine tastings with knowledgeable sommelier Steven Krueger are a real treat. Steven and I spoke in length about some of his current fancies from Texas that are really taking off:
Lone Oak Winery’s Blanc du Bois is a hybrid grape planted in Texas meant to replace your Pinot Grigios or Sauvignon Blancs. It’s dry, light in style with a clean taste. We also tried the Viognier from Brennan Vineyards. It’s a beautiful white wine. Originally from the southern region of France, the warm temperatures and limestone found in the bedrock here in Texas make it right at home!
On the red side, the Perissos Vineyard makes a lovely Syrah Blend that comes from 100% estate grown fruit. Red Caboose Winery has a Tempranillo that’s a rarity to find outside of the winery. I’m big on Spanish wines and those influenced by such – period!