Monday, May 11, 2009
Although I enjoy a coastal lifestyle in California nowadays, I was born and raised in Texas. Texas may never become a serious contender to California, Oregon or Washington but there are some mighty fine wines produced in the Lone Star state.
Go Texan has a wonderful website with everything you need to know about drinking Texas wines and visiting the wineries. They also helped produce the video above about Texas wines. This is the first installment of a five episode production.
I highly recommend a trip to Central Texas in May or June. Base yourself in the beautiful and funky Austin, Texas. You will enjoy real Texas barbecue and rustic tasty Mexican cuisine, as well Austin's legendary music scene.
If music is not your passion, just enjoy some lemonade or a Shiner Bock under the massive oak trees near the cool water of Barton Springs.
There are dozens of well respected wineries within an easy drive of Austin.
Texas Wine Facts:
1.Spanish missionaries started growing wine grapes in Texas during the 1600's.
2.In 1888 Texan Thomas Munson helped save the French wine industry with his Texas grown phylloxera resistant rootstock.
3. Texas is the 5th largest wine producing state in the United States.
4. Texas has over 230 wineries and counting.
Recommended Texas Wineries:
Spicewood, Llano Estacado, Becker, McPherson and Fall Creek
Cap Rock Viognier 2008 is the first wine to be produced from 100% Texas grown organic grapes.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 2:34 PM