Spring is blooming all around us in Texas. The sun is shining, wildflowers are blooming, and with Easter and other spring celebrations fast approaching I am turning my thoughts to some great Texas wines you might like to incorporate into your upcoming gatherings. In warmer weather we often turn our attention to lighter wines such as Rosé, Sparkling, and White varietals. Here are a few suggestions that are perfect for brunch, lunch, and cocktails, or really anytime you feel like it!
Dandy Rosé is one of the flagship wines from winemaker Rae Wilson at Wine for the People. She has been making wine in Texas since 2014 utilizing sustainable practices, minimal intervention winemaking, and a dedication to exploring true Texas terroir. Dandy Rosé is a still, dry, wine made with 100% Texas grown grapes in the traditional southern France style. This is a terrific choice for sipping on its own or pairing with lighter spring menus.
Hilmy Cellars 2021 Sparkling White Blend – this delightful sparkler is light, bright, and crisp. Perfect for brunch or pre-dinner cocktails. And if you are looking for something slightly different that’s perfect for warmer weather, try this sparkling wine in a Spritz.
Two versions I really like include Sparkling Wine, Aperol or St. Germaine, and Topo Chico with a slice of orange or lime. This is very refreshing and it’s a nice lower alcohol option.
William Chris Vineyards 2021 Petillant Naturel “Pet-Nat” Sparkling Rosé – This is an effervescent wine made from all Texas grapes, full of flavor and sealed with a cap you would usually see on a beer bottle! Pet Nat is undisgorged, meaning that post winemaking the wine was left completely alone. Under the cap you will find a poppy pink color and a juicy fruitiness while being completely dry. It’s fun to drink and will add something new and different to your parties and celebrations.
Duchman Family Winery 2019 Vermentino – this wine might be hard to find but if you see it definitely give it a try. I heard winemaker Dave Reilly speak about this wine earlier this year.
He said they have not been able to make one for several years as there have not been enough grapes available, but it’s one of his favorites that they make. Duchman uses this Italian white varietal, this vintage is made from grapes from Bingham Family Vineyards, to produce this clean, light, white with hints of citrus. It’s best served lightly chilled and is just right for warm spring and summer days. It pairs well with lighter meals that include seafood and chicken, cheese plates, and savory or sweet brunch dishes.
Cheers to warm and sunny days ahead!