The fall brings so many possibilities for Texas wine and food. Everything from Halloween candy, caramel apples and popcorn balls to Thanksgiving at Grandma's.Thanksgiving is a perfect time to explore Texas food and wine pairings. The first wines that come to mind are any number of fabulous Texas Viogniers. Becker Vineyards Viognier, with hints of oak would be a natural choice for smoked turkey.
La Buena Vida Vineyards Springtown Viognier is another great option, along with several others such as Brennan or McPherson. If you want to go red, Fuqua has their Texas Summer Cab, Vat 9 that's full of fruit and flavor. I normally wouldn't recommend pairing a Cabernet with Thanksgiving dinner, but this is a 'summer' cab because of the lightness, making it a perfect choice. Low tannins would also allow you to spice up the turkey and dressing a bit for a true Texas style feast. If you want to add in variety, consider Zin Valle Rising Star Brut Sparkling as an aperitif, and finish off with one of the Haak Madeira fortified wines or Homestead Winery's decadent Sherry.
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I am following my passion to promote and expand the Texas wine industry. I have increased my knowledge and gained considerable appreciation for wine in Texas and throughout the world through intense self study and by completing courses from institutes such as the International Sommelier Guild and the Society of Wine Educators. I am a member of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and Women for WineSense. I am also a member of the Society of Wine Educators where I have achieved the designation of Certified Specialist of Wine. I have conducted educational sessions and tastings including pairings of Texas food with Texas wines. My passion has lead me to write the book Cheers Y'all and to develop this website. I've served as judge in prestigious wine competitions such as the Lone Star International Wine Competition. I teach Wine Certification classes for the International Sommelier Guild at El Centro College in Dallas. I have visited numerous wineries throughout the state and the world. I have also been involved in a few humble attempts at grape growing and winemaking. Look for book signing dates and locations on the book ordering information page of this website.
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