Tanji Talks: Texas ‘Cue, Cabs & More

You can’t talk about Texas without mentioning barbecue. It’s part of our state’s DNA. We are fiercely proud of our smoke. My job gives me the opportunity to travel across the state and try the best of the best, hear the stories behind these passion projects and dig into some pretty epic barbecue. When I’m in San Antonio, people are always asking our team here at Goodtaste what are our favorite BBQ joints. Where do they need to go. While there are so many amazing places to choose from in SA, Dee Willies BBQ is one of my go-to’s. All of their meat is smoked using an aromatic mesquite wood. Some of their fan favorites include the brisket, that has an incredible crusty bark and is so juicy and tender that you can pull it apart with your fingers, and the spice-rubbed chicken that has just the right kick of heat. Also, don’t forget the sides here! The loaded baked potato salad is chock full of cheese, bacon and scallions. It’s a must-order.


For more about Dee Willie’s and a few great wine picks to pair with barbeque (below), check out my segment with the team at News 4. Watch the video here.

While beer might be what most people reach for when eating BBQ, I always enjoy it with wine. The smoked meat goes so nicely with a bold cab or a lightly oaked chardonnay. From my friends at H-E-B, here are 4 bottles to pair with your barbeque:

I love Josh Cellars Wines. They’re sourced from premier growers throughout California and are a great everyday wine at only $15 a bottle. They come in varieties from Cabernets, Chardonnay, and even a Rosé. The crisp, stone fruit-forward rosé is especially good with smoked chicken.

Next, is the Alpha Omega Chardonnay – available both oaked and unoaked for $19.98. They are both beautiful representations on what a good Chardonnay should taste like.

Giapoza’s Cabernet Sauvignon really surprised me. It’s an amazing value at $16 and drinks like a more expensive bottle. This wine has notes of black pepper, currants and black chocolate. It stands up nicely to a rich brisket, or even saucy ribs.

Finally, you must try Chateau Buena Vista Cabernet. While this bottle is slightly pricier than these other picks at $50, it is full-bodied and has a lingering finish of plum and cherries.

As always, you can find all of these bottles at your local H-E-B! Also, right now H-E-B has a big wine sale on their primo picks. Get 15% off if you buy 6 bottles and 20% off if you buy a whole case!

My Wine Finds

Josh Cellars Wines

Alpha Omega Chardonnay

Giapoza Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Buena Vista Cabernet

Special thanks to my friend Shelley Miles at San Antonio Living on News 4 WOAI for all the fun!

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