Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ignore This Man at Your Peril

My old friend Jeff Siegel once told me that you never need to spend more than 10 bucks to get a nice bottle of wine. I thought he was full of it. However, I came to find out through sweet experience that he was right. Damn him.

In today's Star-Telegram, Jeff turns takes his knowledge of wine on the road in a tour of North Texas wineries. Now, I've always been of the opinion that Texas wine is ... how to delicately put this ... oh, yeah, horse piss. But, says Jeff, not true. With a caveat:

Don't expect California-style or California-quality wine. North Texas doesn't have the climate or the soil to produce those kinds of wine, and many of the winemakers here are relative newcomers to the trade. Nor do most of them have Napa-level budgets. This doesn't mean it's not worth your while to check out what they have to offer, though. Each of our capsules includes the winery's most popular wine -- under the "house wine" category -- and in some cases, when we've found a wine we think is worth a special recommendation, we've added a "critic's pick" suggestion.

To make it simple, here are his critic's picks:

  • La Buena Vida Vineyards, Grapevine: Walnut Creek Cellars 1985 Reserve Vintage Port, $34.99.

  • Times Ten Cellars, Dallas: Times Ten Cellars Rosé 2005, dry and fruity, $13.

  • Wales Manor Winery & Vineyard, McKinney: Wales Manor Viognier 2004, $22.

  • Brennan Vineyards, Comanche: Brennan Vineyards Viognier 2005, $15.95.

  • LightCatcher Vineyard, Fort Worth: LightCatcher Winery Merlot 2003, $32.
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