Doug Lewis of Lewis Wines in Hye — keep an eye on this guy.
Learning the ropes at Pedernales Cellars and with help from good friends at William Chris and Calais Winery, Doug Lewis is a young winemaker who is already making quality wines, and I can tell you that you can expect even more based on some recent barrel tastings.
Sadly, we did not meet Duncan McNabb — co-winemaker and co-owner of Lewis Wines who also got his start at Pedernales. He and Lewis are Texas winemakers to watch, for sure.
Currently available at Lewis Wines are his Texas White Viognier-Chenin blend, a refreshing floral, citrus, creamy white. His 100 percent Viognier (unoaked) is equally delicious and fresh.
The Texas Red blend of Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache has terrific aromas of strawberry, raspberry, red flowers and cinnamon.
Coming soon….a Blanc du Bois made in Vinho Verde style (with just a touch of effervescence), a 100 percent Mourvedre rose (tasted like a rose from Provence!), and several vineyard-designated Tempranillos. Also in barrel is a 100 percent Touriga and a 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon (of course, made from Newsom Vineyards grapes).
When we visited, Doug was hosting Benjamin Calais, who was in Hye breaking ground on his new Texas Hill Country tasting room. Benjamin is another young Texas winemaker to watch.
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday than to head to Hye and visit Lewis Wines, William Chris, Hye Meadows and Garrison Brothers Distillery,
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Photos at Lewis Wines by Chas Erickson