Dry Comal Creek “Bone Dry” French Colombard 2011

My friends at HomeAway presented me with this beauty for my birthday and it remains one of my favorite Texas whites*.  The Dry Comal Creek Bone Dry French Colombard is a full-bodied white with tropical notes and at first sniff, you would think it would be sweet.  But it’s minerally and dry — just like the label says.

*As one might expect, Colombard is not widely grown in Texas.  This is a wine “for sale in Texas only” which means its fruit comes from outside of the state.  Thanks Dry Comal Creek for making a great wine from that juice!

Austin Wine and Music Festival-Memorial Day Weekend

If you’re in Austin over Memorial Day weekend, you need to swing by the Austin Wine and Music Festival, where nearly 30 Texas wineries will pour wines while you listen to music from local bands.  Craft beers will also be served at this fun festival in the backyard of The Domain.

I went to the kick-off party where I tasted three wines I really loved from Dry Comal Creek.  Owner Sabrina Houser graciously guided my tasting.

Dry Comal Creek Sparkling — a dry, crisp, light sparkling wine made from French Colombard from California and bottled in New Mexico.

Dry Comal Creek French Colombard —A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, this wine has pear and mineral notes, with a nice dry finish.

And I ended my tastings with the Dry Comal Creek Petit Verdot, a grape typically used in classic Bordeaux blends.  Dry Comal is the only winery in Texas making a varietal wine with Petit Verdot.  Jammy with a spicy finish.

Thanks to The Corner Market and Zed’s Restaurant for their hospitality and food.