Maybe you have lived in Texas your entire life, or possibly you just moved here from California or Washington where wine is a plenty. Perhaps you have just now finally decided to try Texas wine. Heck, you may even be a Texas wine veteran! Regardless of your situation, there are numerous reasons to consume the local good stuff. We at Texas Wine Lover have compiled a list of some really great reasons to drink Texas wine. Here is our top 5 list of why you should do so. Are you ready? In the words of Clark W. Griswold, drum roll please.
1: Drink local! This is a no brainer. We all know great wine comes from all over the world, but not everyone can brag that they have wine country right at their doorstep. This is so true in Texas these days. It’s not just the Texas Hill Country, Texas is growing and producing wines all over the state. From the Texas High Plains to the Texas Gulf Coast, there is wine to be made and enjoyed all throughout the Lone Star State. Every micro-pocket of Texas dirt offers something unique, and inspiring. There is something called pride that Texans have coursing through their veins. We love to eat, drink, and experience everything Texan.
2: Support a Texas family! Yeah, that’s right. In a world filled with mass marketed junk that is meant to be used once and tossed out, supporting local people no matter the industry, is paramount. I take pride purchasing USA made, and especially Texas made products. This is no different when it comes to wine. Buying Texas made wine keeps families afloat. It puts food on local tables and reinvests into the local economy. It provides career opportunities for so many people, including college students, sommeliers, and winemakers alike. If this is not a good enough reason to drink Texas wine, then I don’t know what is.
3: Experience Texas history! Studying Texas history in school is just the beginning folks. Being somewhere in person is so much more exhilarating and educational. Whether it is visiting the Alamo for the first time, or going to Brownfield, Texas to see some 40+ years old grape vines, history is something to be savored. Did you know a Texan saved Europe from Phylloxera? T.V. Munson is responsible for bringing old world wine back from the dead. How cool is that? Were you aware Texas has been growing wine for hundreds of years? Yep! So, get out there to your local Texas winery and ask some great questions about the history of Texas wine, and the history of each individual winery. There is always a story behind every adventure.
4: MAKE Texas history! Each and every visitor that walks up to a bar in a Texas winery’s tasting room is literally making history. Anyone who is involved in customer service and marketing knows just how important word of mouth is. No amount of advertising will ever equate to real people having real conversations with their family and friends concerning a multitude of things. This is no different with Texas wine. Yelp and Trip Advisor are valuable tools to seek out real opinions about Texas wineries. Obviously online reviews are completely subjective, but at least you will have an idea of what to expect from wineries before even setting foot in the door. Every winery visited, every Yelp review posted online, and every bottle purchased is directly contributing to making history with Texas wine. How cool is it that you, the wine consumer, can have a direct effect on the future of Texas wine?
5: Drinking local brings people together! There are many things in life that tend to gather people in a single place. Visiting Texas wineries is a fantastic opportunity to get out there and meet new people. Whether it is in a tasting room, at a wine club pickup party, or maybe a five course dinner hosted by a winery, these are all wonderful opportunities to socialize and make new friends. Few things in life are inherently social like a great bottle of wine. Stories are told, relationships are forged, and memories are made when drinking wine. What better way to meet new friends in Texas than to visit a local winery and let Mr. friendship-cupid pluck his bow.
So there you have it friends, a solid list of why you should be drinking local wine. Now it is your opportunity to do your part and get out to a local winery. I am sure you will have a fantastic time, hopefully learn something new, and stock that wine cellar with Texas goodies.
Sip, savor, and enjoy my fellow aficionados.