It was a good year for the wineries of Texas Fine Wine. Together they’ve won more awards and received recognition for their wines, including Brennan Vineyards which won Double Gold for its 2012 Tempranillo. All of the following wineries made an appearance on the Texas Monthly ‘Best Texas Wines of 2014’ list.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season set to peak this week, now is the perfect time to remind your loved ones that “all I want for Christmas is wine,” and not just any wine, but some of the best Texas wines representing the Lone Star State.
The following award-winning, local vintages make for the best stocking stuffers or last minute hostess gifts. Texas Fine Wine also shares some of its must-do pairings for these award-winning wines. Shop away!
Bending Branch Winery
- 2011 Tannat, CM, Estate Grown [shown left] –Top Texas Wine, 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Competition
- 2010 Texas Tannat – recognized in November 2014 Food & Wine, “…a Tannat from Bending Branch Winery…was spicy, powerful and polished, and as good a red wine as I’d tasted in the past several months,” Ray Isle, executive wine editor
- 2010 Texas Tannat –featured in The Week’s “10 under-the-radar wine regions”
- 2014 Best Texas Winery – San Antonio Express-News
Recommended pairing with 2011 Texas Tannat ($30, available at winery) – wild game, prime Texas beef and pork tenderloin
- Tempranillo 2012 [shown top] – DOUBLE GOLD, Class Champion, Texas Class Champion, 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition ($26)
- Lily 2012- GOLD and Reserve Class Champion, 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition ($17.50)
- Lily 2013 – GOLD and Class Champion, 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition ($17.50)
- W – Winemakers Choice* (NV) – Texas Monthly Top 10 Red Wines of 2014 ($38)
- W – Winemakers Choice* (NV) – GOLD, International Wine TV Awards ($38)
Recommended pairing with the Tempranillo and W – Jacque Pepin’s Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce
Duchman Family Winery
2012 Nero D’Avola* [shown right] – Texas Monthly Top 10 Red Wines of 2014 ($46)
- 2012 Vermentino – recognized in November 2014 Food & Wine ($18)
Recommended pairing with the Nero D’Avola – Ancho and red wine braised beef short ribs
- 2012 Texas Tempranillo Reserve* – Red Vinifera Wine Winner, 2014 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition ($50)
- 2012 Texas Tempranillo – Texas Monthly Top 10 Red Wines of 2014 ($20)
- 2012 Texas Tempranillo– recognized in November 2014 Food & Wine ($20)
Recommended pairing with the Tempranillo – Tart Cherry & Chorizo Compote with Roast Pork Tenderloin
Texas Fine Wine is a distinctive group of highly respected wineries dedicated to producing world-class wines sourced from Texas appellation vineyards. For more information on Texas Fine Wine, go to www.TexasFineWine, Facebook “ TexasFineWine,” and Twitter “ @texasfinewine.”