Hidden in the Texas Hill Country are some of the best wines that shouldn’t be missed. Here you’ll find award-winning bottles along with breathtaking views. Read on to learn more about some of Tanji’s top wine finds in the state, some of which you can procure at the wineries and some at your local H-E-B. All you need to do is sit back and sip!
Up first, the Skeleton Key Cabernet Sauvignon from the highly acclaimed William Chris Vineyards in Hye. This wine is a fantastic bottle to pour with food because of its great acidity, bright notes of bing cherry, and subtle vanilla on the finish. It’s also a great winery to visit if you’re in the area! $23
From the Texas high plains, the 2019 Calcaria from Kuhlman Cellars is their most popular white wine blend. A blend of , Roussanne, Marsanne, Trebianno, Viognier, and Albarino, you’ll taste notes of lemon zest, chamomile, honeysuckle, and limestone. This refreshing summery wine pairs perfectly with salt- or brine-driven dishes—oysters, anyone? $27
Chardonnay fans, let us introduce you to the Becker Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve. The Texas growing season is hot and fast, which makes some people believe that wine shouldn’t even be made here. However, people like the Beckers who grow their grapes in Fredericksburg have proven them wrong. This wine is deep, rich, and creamy with tropical and citrus fruits balanced by notes of toasted oak. $30
Make a stop in Comfort, Texas, at Bending Branch Winery for its “organically focused operation” with the signature grape Tannat, which is one of the red grapes that’s been given credit for its heart-healthy benefits. The Texas Tannat is THE wine Bending Branch is known for. You’ll taste notes of black cherry, vanilla, and tobacco, then a smoky finish. $25
McPherson Cellars won one of the most coveted titles—Top Texas Wine at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s International Wine Competition—in 2019. Its crisp Picpoul Blanc with bright citrus and melon flavors makes this a perfect poolside drink and great with oysters or shrimp! $18