Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2016 Discover Wine Festival

Discover Wine Festival

This year the Discover Wine Festival took place in Kemah at Clear Creek Winery.  Twelve wineries from around Texas participated, quite a few from well beyond the Houston area.  Maria and I volunteered helping Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards and Rohan Meadery.  We had a lot of fun, and volunteering at these events is a great way to learn more about Texas wine and the wine industry as a whole.  They also give an opportunity discover new wineries, great for inspiring the next winery trip!
We tasted a good number of noteworthy wines that were new to us as well as visited some old favorites:

Rohan Meadery - They have a really nice off-dry Blanc du Bois from estate fruit.  We also enjoyed a meads we tried.  We will be visiting them in La Grange soon!

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards - Their Texican blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano was my favorite.  Their Blanco Grande, an estate Blanc du Bois, was very nice as well.

Kissing Tree Vineyards - We really liked their Merlot, more earthiness than most.  Actually, we wouldn't have pegged it as a Merlot in a blind tasting.  The fruit is from Brenham.  A great showing from a new winery!

Haak Vineyards and Winery -  We got to try their Rose, which is made from Cinsault.  We're seeing more Cinsault Roses from Texas, and that's a great thing.  We did get to revisit their dry Blanc du Bois, and I still think it's still my go-to dry Blanc du Bois.

Houston Winery -  Their dry Black Spanish was very good and well balanced.  We'll have to visit soon.

Landon Winery - We've had Landon's Tempranillo several times before and continue to enjoy it.

Flat Creek Estate - I always go back to their Super Texan, a primarily Sangiovese blend.  If you're in the market for a serious winery and vineyard you can check out this: centraltexaswinery.com


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