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- falconcraft - 10-01-2008 10:50 AM

I am seeing more and more Texas wines in the stores. Of course, I live in Texas, so I supose it is natural, but with the local industry growing it is interesting to note that there are several wines from Texas that compare favorably with the California vinyards. The LLANO Sirah comes to mind is an excellent choice.


- wondersofwine - 10-01-2008 04:33 PM

Welcome to the Wine Board falconcraft. Hotwine, a long time active board participant is from Texas and reports on Texas wines from time to time.


- hotwine - 10-01-2008 10:35 PM

Welcome, Falcon. Distribution of Texas wines is indeed improving, but unfortunately quality is not in my opinion. Wish it were otherwise, but too many producers have concentrated on Cab, Merlot and Chardonnay, and those just don't do well here. Some in the Hill Country planted Sangiovese and Tempranillo last year, and those show promise.... but it's still too soon to tell. Keeping my fingers crossed, 'cause I'd like to plant those, too.


- brappy - 10-02-2008 12:43 AM

Hotwine, Have you planted vines? If so, what type?

mark


- hotwine - 10-02-2008 08:45 AM

Not yet, Braps. Hope to plant Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Syrah, based on my understanding of the soil, climate and market - all affirmed by a couple of really helpful grape specialists with the Ag Extension Service. Had hoped to plant this past spring but was too late to order vines. And now with the economy beginning to contract, have simply leased the place out to a neighbor for grazing his cows, to maintain the ag exemption for local property taxes. Trying to be patient.


- falconcraft - 10-02-2008 09:37 AM

Thank you for the greeting. My expertise in/with wines is virtually nil, but I read avidly and have a genuine interest. Prior to the doc ordering me to consume red wine, my sole exposure to wine drinking was back in the 70's with a friend who would occasionly try to convince me that Almaden Mateus was a great wine... I drank, altho I disagreed. [Image: smile.gif]

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- winoweenie - 10-02-2008 07:06 PM

Bucko was avidly pushing this as the holy grail of wine back in those days. His taste has only marginally gotten better in the last few years. Glad to have you onboard. WW [Image: wink.gif]

[This message has been edited by winoweenie (edited 10-03-2008).]