It’s time to visit the Texas Hill Country!

Wine Enthusiast just named the Texas Hill Country as one of its Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2014.  For my out-of-town friends, check out this trip giveaway from Wine Enthusiast and Texas Tourism.

What are you waiting for?! Enter to win a trip for two that includes airfare and transportation, your accommodations, visits to 12 wineries, and multi-course wine and food dinners.

Go here for details.  And if you win, let me know and I’ll share a glass of Texas wine with you as we enjoy the beautiful Hill Country!



Texas vs The World: Cabernet Sauvignon

Yes, Texas does make some great Cabernet Sauvignon!

Frankly, I was a skeptic so that’s why I attended this week’s Texas Wine and Food Consortium tasting of Texas Cabs compared to Old World classics and some other New World wines. But given my skepticism, I wanted to taste them all blind and thankfully, the TWFC folks obliged my request.

Several Texas wines were really nice with lots of red and black fruit, hints of green and even a little funk (which I happen to like).

Here are my favorites from the tasting:

Old World: Le Relais De Dufort-Vivens from Margaux

New World: The Vineyard at Florence Veritas and Stags Leap Artemis

Other Texas Cabs that earned stars were from Bending Branch (Newsom Vineyards), Flat Creek Estate (Newsom Vineyards), Brennan Vineyards and Cap*Rock Winery.

Two highlights of the night:

A Becker Vineyards vertical tasting — let me tell you, if you have the 2007 or 2009 Cabs from the Canada Vineyards, hold on to them (lucky me, I have a 2009)!  The 2007 is an elegant wine with nice fruit and hints of cocoa, while the 2009 expresses more earth, tobacco and green pepper notes.

The Becker Claret was also one of my favorite wines of the night — lots of red fruit and, for me, a sour cherry sweet tart finish.  And that’s what I like.

Finally, Flat Creek Estates shared a 2002 Cab from their cellar.  This 12-year-old Cab was terrific — great fruit, hints of mocha  — like a chocolate covered cherry.