Salt Lick Cellars BBQ White

With the ice and snow storm on its way yesterday, I made a pot of chicken tortilla soup with green chiles, and decided to pair it with this Salt LIck Cellars BBQ White.

Made by Duchman Family Winery, this easy drinking white has hints of green apple and grapefruit, along with pretty floral and peachy notes, which complements the spicy soup.  I love the dry, crisp finish on this white.

Cheers!

Sangiovese — Texas vs The World

Tonight’s Sangiovese Showdown proved, once again, that Texas wines can stand up to their worldwide counterparts.  Organized by Gusto Tastings, the blind tasting featured 20 wines — 14 from Texas, six from Italy and one from Washington.

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We tasted through all 20 wines blindly, providing our individual ratings.

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My favs from Italy:

Natale Verga- cherry, cherry cola, leather, mocha notes, nice tannins, well balanced

Renieri-cherry, cranberry, leather on nose with cherry sweet tart on finish

Antinori-strawberry with hints of blue fruit and green notes, nice tannins

My favs from Texas:

Salt Lick Cellars Estate Sangiovese- sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, leather notes with nice tannins (my top Texas Sangio of the night)

McPherson Cellars Sangiovese- cherry, cherry cola notes with a cherry sweet tart finish

Wedding Oak Winery Sangiovese- cherry and violet notes with cherry sweet tart finish

Llano Estacado Viviano- cherry notes with a hint of green/young wood from the Cabernet. Always a good wine.

Sangiovese is a grape that does well in Texas — next time you are considering a Texas wine, try a Sangiovese!

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Thanks to Gusto Tastings and  Malaga Tapas & Bar for hosting this event.

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Cheers!

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