The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas has some killer events, and today’s Cowboys and Gauchos was one of them — super fun and laid back, with great wines and amazing BBQ meats prepared by local chefs.
The wines were primarily from Texas and Uruguay, both countries sharing similar climates. More and more Texas wineries are making wines from Uruguay’s Tannat grape — including Bending Branch and Alamosa Wine Cellars, which includes Tannat in its Texacaia red blend. Alamosa’s Jim and Karen Johnson have also been pleased with their Graciano, the first of this Spanish varietal to be produced in Texas. Super nice wine with chocolate-cherry flavor.
My wine favorites included some new Texas wines I have not tasted before: Becker Vineyards Provencal Rose, the first Provencal made by their new winemaker John Leahy, and Flat Creek Estate’s Cuvee Blanc and Tempranillo. I also enjoyed old favorites including the McPherson Cellars Albarino, Duchman Family Winery Vermentino and the Pederales Cellars GSM.
Hye Meadows Winery is set to open in several months and will offer wines from Washington state, including a lovely Edelzwicker, Chardonnay and Sangiovese. Today, they shared a tank sample of their first Texas Tempranillo.
Salt Lick Pavilion meat pit
Jim and Karen Johnson with Alamosa Graciano
Alyssa @Sahmmelier and Matt @whatareyoudrinking
Hye Meadow Winery owners Mike and Denise Batek with Matt McGinnis
Hye Meadow Winery wines
David Mayfield, king of Tannat and importer of Uruguay wines
John Bratcher and Kassie McPherson, McPherson Cellars