Summertime is official here. Although, living in Houston it seems like summer is always in full gear. Most of us enjoy our outdoor grilling daily and barbecue all year long. Now, some Texas wines are readily available making food pairing ideal for these types of family meals and celebrations too.
Back in April, I received a sample of the Kerrville Hills Winery Tannat the 2017 Rustic Spur, along with an invitation to a virtual wine tasting with award-winning winemaker John Rivenburgh. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn about Tannat, and taste some of the best vino made in the lone star state.
A very interesting tidbit from the conversation; Back in 2008 John Rivenburgh spearheaded an extensive planting project in Texas yielding impressive results. Now, more than 20 Texas wineries offer Tannat as part of their wine program. It is true, Tannat thrives in hot climates like Texas, due to their hardiness, and drought resistant vines.
Tannat grapes create a very rich robust red wine with deep fruit notes, spicy vanilla, hints of leather and some smoke. Yes, I would agree Tannat is the Texas answer to Cabernet Sauvignon, and I would include pairing with those big Texas-style steaks too.
My food for thought? Give me some of those pork ribs!