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March 24, 2020 | Vineyards Reddy

Grape Varietals in Texas

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. That certainly is true when it comes to the list of Vitis (grapevines) that are found in the state. Vitis is the genus of which there are 79 species of grapevines and in Texas there are 42 species—more than any other state in the country. Many of them are native to the state.

While all Vitis are grapevines, there are some species that do not produce any fruit, some that produce fruit for eating out of hand, and those that produce a grape perfect for winemaking. Examples of Vitis in Texas that are used to make wine are some of the most prolific grape varietals in Texas Hill Country, including Black Spanish and Blanc du Bois. These grapes are hybrids that were developed because they are more resistant to diseases, critical in a region where pests that harbor viruses like the devastating Pierce’s disease is a threat to vines.

The history of Texas wine grape varietals is key to understanding why there is such a vast collection of grapevines in the state. For non-native Vitis, the state’s grapevine history can be traced back to nearly 100 years before California planted its first vines, when Spanish missionaries traveled through Texas planting grapevines from Europe to make sacramental wines. Over the centuries since, the number of wine grapes grown in Texas expanded significantly, many of which are Vitis vinifera, the most common type of grapevines found in Spain, France, and Italy, and fine wine regions in the US like California, Oregon and Washington.

Today, more than 50 types of wine grape varieties in Texas are grown in the state’s five regions—about half of the number of wine grape varietals grown in California. The majority of the grapevines planted are Vitis vinifera and are concentrated in two of the state’s winegrowing regions. In fact, there are nearly as many wine grape varietals in Texas Hill Country and Texas High Plains than the other three regions combined according to the most recent report from the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS).

In the Texas Hill Country, there are just over 1,000 acres planted to grapevines with a mix of about 30 percent white grapes and 70 percent red. The USDA-NASS reported that the production was 1,321 tons of fruit, predominantly from six of the top 10 planted Texas grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Merlot are three of the top four planted vines and the highest producing. Ranking third on the list for Texas wine grape varieties planted is Black Spanish, a grape that was grown initially because of its resistance to disease but is now used for port-style wines and in blends to add aroma and dark color.

In the Texas High Plains, Reddy Vineyards grows 38 Texas wine grape varieties, representing nearly all the Texas grape varieties found in that region. Region-wide there are approximately 3,100 acres planted to grapevines with a mix of just a little under 30 percent white and a little over 70 percent red grapes. NASS reported a production of 7,800 tons of fruit in 2017 in the region.

Similar to the mix of wine grape varietals in Texas Hill Country, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo are the top two grape varieties grown in the Texas High Plains and Panhandle regions. The third and fourth are Merlot and Mourvedre, grapes often used for blends. These top four Texas grape varieties are also the most productive in the region.

There are more than 4,500 planted acres of fruit-bearing vines throughout the state of Texas. The breakdown of red versus white grapes in the state as a whole is 30 percent white grapes and 70 percent red grapes. From the most popular to the least-known wine grapes grown in Texas, they each are important to the states wine production.

For Reddy Vineyards, the opportunity to grow such diverse grape varieties allows it to make its signature blends, including Reddy Vineyards TNT Red Blend, Reddy Vineyards The Dyer Red Blend, and Reddy Vineyards Field Blend. Additionally, Reddy Vineyards is able to make single varietal wines, such as Reddy Vineyards Marsanne and Sauvignon Blanc—all from estate fruit.

The wine landscape in Texas offers wine lovers a phenomenal selection of wines that are as large and unique as the state itself.

 

Time Posted: Mar 24, 2020 at 10:08 AM
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February 12, 2020 | Vineyards Reddy

Best Texas Wines for Wine Tastings

Texas is not the biggest wine-producing state in the U.S., but it is one of the most diverse. For wine lovers, that means there is always a new wine to drink, a new varietal to try and a new vintage to savor.

A wine tasting with Texas wines is the perfect way to sample an assortment of wines all at once to discover new favorites. Tasting wines blind—when the bottles and labels are hidden from the tasters—is a great way to get the most out of a wine tasting.

The best Texas wines for wine tasting are those that are accessible enough that you can purchase the wines that stand out in the tasting again, and yet not so common that you aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity to expand your wine knowledge.

How to Choose Texas Wines for Wine Tasting

A round up of Texas wines for wine tasting should begin with a selection of vintages, regions, varietals or blends. You should find at least four similar types for comparison.

For example, in the Texas High Plains, Reddy Vineyards grows 38 Texas wine grape varieties, representing nearly all the Texas grape varietals found in that region and more than half of the 50 varietals grown throughout the state. This offers a wide range of different types of wines to taste from a single producer, vintage, or region as a benchmark.

Starting with Reddy Vineyards, you could host a tasting focused on a single varietal, such as Marsanne. To help determine the Texas best wines for wine tasting, consider including at least four wines for each tasting but no more than six to avoid palate fatigue.

How to set up wines for wine tasting

  • Winemaker style. Taste four to six Marsanne, or wines featuring this varietal, from various Texas producers that are all from the same region and the same vintage. You could even taste several Marsanne wines made with Reddy Vineyards-grown grapes.
  • New World vs. Old World. Because Marsanne is a grape commonly grown in the Rhone region of France, it would be interesting to compare two or three Texas bottlings with a few samples from France or even California.
  • Regional nuances. The geographic differences between Texas regions is a wonderful opportunity for testing your tasting skills—can you detect terroir in a side-by-side tasting of Marsanne grown in the Texas High Plains vs one grown in Texas Hill Country. For a tasting of this nature, use a couple of single-varietal or blended wines for more opportunities to explore the characteristics of those regions in different grapes.

What to look for while wine tasting

Side-by-side comparisons are the best way to taste almost anything from wine to cocoa powder. At the very least, you’ll determine what tastes best to you.

For wine, you’ll want to pay close attention to the aroma and taste, the latter is heavily influenced by the former, so you’ll always want to make sure you aren’t suffering from a cold or allergies when you participate in a tasting.

Evaluating wines in a wine tasting

When it’s time to taste, you will want to take notes if for no other reason than noting which wines you like the best and why. But an in-depth evaluation can include everything from how long a wine’s finish is to whether or not it displays regional character.

Each wine should be evaluated by its color, aroma, and taste. Each of these should be defined by as many descriptions as possible—take your time and roll the wine around in the glass and then in your mouth. Other things to consider is whether the wine is complex, showing many different tastes or aromas, and whether the wine is balanced, showing each of those characteristics in harmony.

After you’ve sniffed, tasted and assessed each wine, score your wines beginning at one as the best. When everyone has finished scoring, combine everyone’s scores to give a group rating for the wines.

Starting with the lowest scoring wine, ask the tasters who scored it the highest and the lowest what they liked or disliked. After everyone has discussed it, reveal the wine  and discuss again.

Pouring the Best Texas Wines for Wine Tasting

When you are pouring the best Texas wines for wine tasting you might be tempted to offer big pours. But for a wine tasting, one to two ounces per wine is plenty for a taste. Make sure there is still wine in the bottle in case anyone wants to re-taste after the wine is revealed. Also, make sure the wines are all at the same temperature, so one doesn’t stand out for being too warm or too cold. Each taster should also have a spit bucket to spit out each wine after assessing it and a glass of water.

Not all wine tastings need to be formal. Anytime you are at a party or sitting down to dinner where more than one wine is offered, take the time to evaluate each wine. Consider this type of tasting as an exercise for your palate, and that practice will pay off as you develop a greater sense of what wines appeal the most to you.

 

Time Posted: Feb 12, 2020 at 9:30 AM
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January 20, 2020 | Vineyards Reddy

Best Winery Tours In Texas Hill Country

If you’re planning a wine tasting trip through Texas, you’ll want to consider indulging in one of the best winery tours in Texas Hill Country. There are several companies that offer exceptional services to tour Texas wineries. You can find tours that are group-based and private, tours that hit only the most well-known wineries and those that take you off the beaten path to hidden gems you’ve maybe never heard of.

The best winery tours in Texas Hill Country will provide a vehicle that suits your group size and will include a guide who will provide background information on the region, the wineries, and the wines.

You can expect to be picked up and dropped off at a designated location, such as your hotel. Most tours will take several hours to a full day, will include a visit to three or more wineries and a wine tasting at each winery.

Winery Tours in Texas Hill Country

There are lots of companies that can provide exceptional winery tours in Texas Hill Country. The beauty of enlisting one of the Texas Hill Country wine tours, is the relationships they have with wineries, which can translate to the opportunity to experience a special tasting or activity that wouldn’t otherwise be available to guests.

Three of the top wine tours in Texas Hill Country are:

Discover Texas Wine Tours. This tour company offers half- and full-day tours and included in its pricing are tasting fees, door-to-door round-trip transportation, chilled water bottles, and more. It can facilitate private barrel or specialty tastings and welcomes guests to bring along their own alcoholic beverages and snacks to enjoy in the vehicle. All of the vehicles are private and there are multiple sizes to select from. It offers pickups and drop offs from several towns and guests can select which wineries to visit.

Heart of Texas Wine Tours. This Texas Hill Country-based tour company offers tours throughout Hill Country and specializes in visiting boutique wineries. Whether you’re with a small group of wine enthusiasts or celebrating a bride-to-be, Heart of Texas Wine Tours can provide private, customized winery visits via a Mercedes Euro Bus. Tour options include three or four winery stops. Tasting fees are not included so guests have a greater selection of tasting options.

Hill Country Wine Tours. This Fredericksburg, Texas-based tour company offers clients a guided tour to quality wineries throughout the Hill Country via stretch limousine. Tours are base out of Fredericksburg and are designed to accommodate guests' preference in wines and include popular wineries as well as some that are more private.

Specialized Texas Winery Tours

Wine tours in Texas Hill Country go beyond wine tastings with a special offering, something that enhances your wine tasting experience, such as a food pairing or a vineyard walk. In fact, you can easily find a tour tailored to your interests.

And Texas winery tours don’t necessarily require a visit to wine country. In and around Dallas there are range of wine tours, including these:

  • Wine and chocolate. A 2 1/2 hour walking tour that stops at three winery tasting rooms and three chocolate specialty shops along historic Main Street in Grapevine, Texas. Guests are indulged with wine, cheese and chocolate from Texas wineries and from local and global food artisans.
  • Five-hour food and wine tour. This night-time tour of Dallas takes you on a tour that includes a guided wine tasting, pizza, cheese and chocolate tastings, music and more.
  • Reddy Vineyards can arrange a private wine tasting in Dallas, Texas for you. An advance reservation is required thirty days in advance for this service.
  • Texas Beer Bus Tours takes guests to a selection of breweries, distilleries and wineries for in-depth education about craft beverages and Texas wines. It includes free snacks, water, and a restaurant coupon to use after the tour.

Planning Basics for Texas Hill Country Wine Tours

We recommend starting with how much time you want to spend on a winery tour, how many wineries you want to visit and what, if any, additional features do you want to include.

Next, determine where you want to go. Do you want to stay near Austin? Travel out west to the Texas High Plains to visit Reddy Vineyards?

And of course, you’ll want to consider your budget. Prices range from as little as $65 to as much as $240 per person for standard tours. For customized tours, there can be hourly fees rather a per person charge. Most tours do include the tasting fees in the tour price, but some don’t so be sure to ask in advance.

We always advocate tours. You can relax and enjoy your visit and take advantage of the tour guide’s familiarity and knowledge of the area and the wineries. We hope to see you on a wine tour at Reddy Vineyards soon.

Time Posted: Jan 20, 2020 at 8:50 AM
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December 17, 2019 | Reddy Vineyards

Texas Wine Pairing Guide

Holiday Texas Wine Pairing Guide

Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! With so many opportunities to create a holiday Texas wine pairing, from family meals to New Year’s celebrations, we’ve put together this holiday food and Texas wine pairing guide for you.

 

 

 

How to Pair Your Favorite Texas Wines

Before we jump in with our suggestions on how to pair your favorite wines with your favorite foods, we want to share a few general wine pairing guidelines we use.

The first is to consider the predominant flavors and textures of the wine you want to serve or vice versa the food you plan to cook. The four dominating characteristics in wine that will impact how it tastes when paired with food are key to picking the perfect bottle for your meal.

  • Acid is the zip, zing, zest in a wine. More prominent in white wines, which are typically picked earlier than red wines, therefore with lower sugar contents, acid is the perfect antidote for a rich food or the ideal complement to a food with a prominent acid component. Pair zesty wines with cheeses, salads, and oysters.
  • Sugar is present in all wines and isn’t always detected as sweet, but wines with a sweet flavor profile are terrific with a wide variety of dishes, especially those with fruit as an ingredient. Pour a sweet wine with a pork roast served with apple sauce or a butternut squash soup.
  • Body in a wine can be a great equalizer for a robust or meaty dish. Think of beef or a rich pasta dish when you pull out a big Cabernet or Sangiovese.
  • Tannins are less something to match than to manage. Wines with a lot of tannin should be served with foods that are well balanced and never sweet. A fruity Merlot may seem like the perfect match for a chocolate dessert, but the sugar in the dessert can emphasize the tannins in the wine, making it taste bitter and astringent.

While it’s helpful to think about these wine characteristics as a starting point, don’t dwell on them because a great menu will be a mélange of many flavors and textures. And it really will all come down to trial and error to develop your own personal favorite combinations.

Holiday Food & Texas Wine Pairing

With so many holiday dishes and wines to choose from, we use a cheat sheet on how to pair wine with food to get the most delicious results. Here are our favorite holiday matches:

  • Smoked Salmon. Rosé is a sure bet with smoked salmon whether it’s served as a topping on a slice of crostini or served on its own.
  • Cheese Plate. For creamy cheeses, a luscious white wine like Reddy Vineyards Marsanne is a sure bet to match a double or triple cream brie. For aged cheeses, such as Gouda or Parmesan, red wines Sangiovese or Merlot will be a sturdy compliment. 
  • Latkes. Fried potatoes with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of salt are the friendliest of dishes to pair with wine, but we especially love them with Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Oysters Rockefeller. Chenin Blanc is a traditional wine served with oysters. The minerality and acidity complement the briny flavor of the oyster and cuts through the savory topping.
  • Charcuterie. Cured meats tend to have a salty taste that makes them easy to match with all kinds of wines, from Viognier to Dolcetto.
  • Roast Duck. Riesling or Cinsault both offer a higher acidity that will complement the richness of the duck and are compatible with lots of side dishes.
  • Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream. We’re a traditionalist and believe that beef should be served with red wine. With the bite of horseradish and the richness of Yorkshire pudding or mashed potatoes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or perhaps our Reddy Vineyards The Dyer Blend will be the best pairings.
  • Pork Crown Roast. Pork, when roasted, can develop a subtle sweetness that calls for a fruity wine. If there’s actual fruit involved in the dish, we recommend a Muscat Canelli, otherwise Pinot Noir is always a safe partner for pork.
  • Smoked Country Ham. Meat with a smoky flavor is an ideal match for Reddy Vineyards TNT Blend, made primarily with Tempranillo, a Spanish grape made to naturally pair with ham and dishes made with smoked meats.
  • Lasagne. Sangiovese or our Reddy Vineyards Field Blend is a perfect choice for lasagna made with a meat or mushroom sauce.
  • Cioppino. A seafood stew with tomato is easy to pair with a range of wines, from a rich Roussane to a fruity red, like Dolcetto.
  • Tamales. The savory cornmeal and deeply flavored fillings of tamales need a wine that can play in the background without getting lost, a wine like a Rosé that can be both fruity and zesty.
  • Brisket. Braised for a long time, brisket will develop layers of flavors that taste best with a robust red wine, such as Reddy Vineyards The Dyer Red Blend.

Perfect Pairings for Your Holiday Table

With all these suggestions, you won’t be at a loss for finding the perfect pairings for your holiday table. And of course, the most important rule for pairing wine with food is to drink and eat what you love and to do so with the company you love. But if you still need a little something to make your food and wine pair perfectly, try this trick that wine country chefs use: Season your dish with a little lemon juice and salt before serving. It’s magic, just like the holidays.

Time Posted: Dec 17, 2019 at 11:20 PM
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December 16, 2019 | Reddy Vineyards

Winemakers Holiday Gift Guide

The Wine Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide

What do wine lovers love more than drinking wine? Receiving wine as a gift. It’s true and that’s why we’ve put together the ultimate holiday gift guide to help you find the perfect wine gift for every wine enthusiast on your list.

Texas Wines Gift Baskets

There are more than 50 grape varieties grown in Texas, and using the origins of those grapes for inspiration, here are three stellar Texas wines gift baskets you can create to wow your favorite wine lover. 

  • The home of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet, Marsanne and more, France is a natural choice for creating an awe-inspiring basket. Start with a bottle of Reddy Vineyards Marsanne, a vibrant white wine that pairs with a wide range of food and is perfect as a first-course wine or as the star of a meal. Consider finding a fun wire basket, then line it with a striped linen dishtowel and add a jar of herbes de Provence, Dijon mustard and a box of macaroons.
  • Looking to Spain for inspiration, you can do no wrong assembling a paella package. Start with a bottle of Reddy VineyardsTNT Red Blend, a Gold Medal Winner and top Texas Tempranillo blend. Pair it with a paella pan, a package of Bomba rice, a jar each of saffron and paprika. Don’t forget to include a recipe or two for the cook.
  • Dorothy said it best, “There’s no place like home.”So, no surprise that thetop Texas wines gift ideasare those that include the familiar flavors of the Lone Star State. Start with Reddy Vineyards Field Blend, a Double Gold Medal Winner and top Texas Italian varietal blend. Add a BBQ sampler, such as brisket, sausages and chicken all cooked and ready to be savored or create a do-it-yourself BBQ kit and include a couple of jars of dry rub, some barbecue sauce, some grilling tongs and an apron or hot pad.

Top Texas Wines for All Wine Lovers
With so many opportunities for gifting wine, from hostess gifts to office exchanges, wine is a sure bet for all kinds of occasions. You could also put together a Texas wine focused gift basket that includes a few of the other dozens of Texas wineries that produce winesReddy Vineyards-grown grapes, like:

  • Becker Vineyards Carignan is a rare bottling of this varietal. It is a light-bodied, floral wine witha plush tannic structure. Gentle handling of the grapes during the relatively cool fermentation ensured the floral and fruit-driven characters are intact. 
  • Pedernales Cellars offers a Tempranillo trio that is a must-buy for the red wine lover on your list (maybe that’s you!). This trio also makes for an entertaining and educational tasting or the perfect conversation starter at a holiday dinner party.
  • Add our Reddy Vineyards The Dyer blend of French varietals and you’ve got a delicious set of wines that any native Texan would feel proud of.

Winemakers Holiday Gift Guide
Beyond the bottle there are lots of wine-related gifts we like to give and to get. Here are a few of our winemaker’s favorites for your gifting inspiration.

Do you have a wine lover on your list who might like the rugged and slightly rustic winemaker-chic? Consider a pair of the Australian-based Blundstone boots. These are not only waterproof—perfect for rainy weather—they are extremely comfortable, and a part of nearly every winemaker’s closet.

In wine country, vests are an essential part of every winemaker’s attire providing a great balance for anyone who is constantly moving between the lab, office and cool cellars. Puffy vests, fleece vests, and multi-pocket vests make great gifts for anyone who needs a little warming up during the holidays. For the wine enthusiast who has a tech side, consider a ScotteVest—a high-performing and functional piece of clothing that will seem indispensable after a few wearings.

A decanter is always a welcomed gift. From the simple to the ornate, Riedel is the brand with the largest selection of decanters that all winemakers rely on. Decanters are a necessary tool for aerating a young wine or serving an older wine with a lot of sediment in the bottle. Decanters also add a festive touch to a dinner table and are so lovely to look at they can be showcased on a kitchen counter year-round. 

From all of us at Reddy Vineyards Texas we wish you the happiest and most fulfilling holiday season. Cheers!

Time Posted: Dec 16, 2019 at 11:09 PM
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December 11, 2019 | Reddy Vineyards

10 Best Things To Do in the Texas Hill Country

There is never a lack of things to do in the Texas Hill Country. From the seasonal to the perennial, the attractions that make the Texas Hill Country a destination offers something for everyone. With wineries, restaurants, artisan food makers, plus parks, national monuments, and more, you will not find a better region to explore.

Here is our list of the best things to do in the Texas Hill Country:

1. For the history buff: The Lyndon B. Johnson ranchis a must-see destination. President Johnson’s wishes were to maintain his home as a humble working ranch and remains so—a striking contrast to the man’s legacy of also being the first president to achieve the unthinkable—putting an American on the moon. And in San Antonio, there’s the Alamo. Once a Franciscan mission, it is one of the most iconic Texas landmarks and is a must see.

2. For the BBQ enthusiast: Some say Texas Hill Country is the home of Texas BBQ. While others might argue that every region in Texas could claim that moniker, it’s true that nearly every town in Texas Hill Country has a BBQ joint—so make a plan to stop at one for lunch or dinner while you are wine tasting.

3. For the Rodeo curious: It’s no surprise that rodeo would be on the list of things to do in Texas Hill Country. The state practically invented the concept of the wild west and what could be a better representation of the west that cowboys atop horses herding long-horn cattle or racing around an arena?

4. For the wine and food pairing expert: Texas Hill Country is the home of dozens of wineries, many of which offer food and wine pairing. From chocolate and wine to BBQ and bubbles, you won’t be hungry or thirsty for long.

5. For the brews hound: There’s a saying in wine country—it takes a lot of beer to make good wine. So, spend an afternoon getting to know the craft brewers of Texas Hill Country who brew the beers that keep the winemakers of the region happy.

6. For the wine appellation explorer: Reddy Vineyards is in the next wine region west, but a trip to Texas wine country would be amiss without exploring the Texas High Plains and Reddy Vineyards Texas, which is the source for many of the Texas Hill Country’s wineries.

7. For the outdoor enthusiast: Garner State Park, Enchanted Rockand Inks Lake parks will fill your heart with joy if camping and hiking are your ideas of a good time. With scenic trails, riverside campsites, and stunning rock formations, a visit to any one of these parks would be memorable. 

8. For the music lover: Did you know there’s an entire town dedicated to music? Yes, there is and Luckenbach, Texas not only exists, but it was also made famous by the eponymous song by Waylon Jennings. In New Braunfels there’s Gruene Hall, one of the most famous dance halls in Texas. Pay homage to it and take a spin around the dance floor.

9. For the water adventurer: Both the Medina and the Guadalupe rivers offer a plethora of activities from kayaking and rafting to swimming and sunbathing. If you’re a swimmer won’t want to miss one of the world’s most beautiful swimming holes, the Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve.

10. For the holiday traveler: You will definitely want to visit Texas Hill Country in December because of the light displays, carriage rides, caroling, and so much more, make a holiday tour one of the 10 best things to do in the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg offers a full month of holiday festivities wrapped up with a town known for its quaint charm. Combine your holiday celebration with a visit to LBJ’s boyhood ranch and you’ll take a trip in time to a place where the charms of yesterday are on full display.
 

Time Posted: Dec 11, 2019 at 1:09 AM
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December 1, 2019 | Reddy Vineyards

Best Wine and Food Festivals in Texas

Texas wine festivals aren’t just fun, they are hands-down unsurpassable for discovering new wines and new favorite wines. With festivals spread out across the state and happening throughout the year, there is always a fabulous festival to attend.

You’ll find Reddy Vineyards at the best Texas wine festivals. When selecting which wine festivals in Texas to participate in, we look for an event that is more than just a Texas wine festival or a Texas food festival. It has to provide Texas wine lovers a really memorable experience. 

Our favorite wine festivals in Texas are those that have a lineup of outstanding wineries to ensure that only high-quality wines are poured. Next, we make sure that the excellent wines are paired with delicious food and that there are other attractions, including music, dancing, art, entertainment, family-friendly activities.

In the next year, you’ll find Reddy Vineyardsat a handful of events, including some of the best West Texas wine festivals like Lubbock Uncorked and the Grape Capital of Texas Vineyard Festival held at Reddy Vineyards. At every event, we’ll pour four incredible Reddy Vineyards wines such as Reddy Vineyards Marsanne, Reddy Vineyards TNT Red Blend, Reddy Vineyards “The Dyer” Red Blend, and Reddy Vineyards Field Blend. We hope to see you at one or all of our favorite wine festivals.

The TEXSOM Wine Awards (February)
Texsom is heading into its 15th year of bringing the industry together to talk and drink wines. Targeted to wine professionals seeking a greater education about all wine, it attracts sommeliers from around the country who gather each year to learn from each other, share experiences, bolster each other’s knowledge and most importantly help each other in their quest for certification. In 2014, Texsom grew to include one of the country’s most rigorous wine competitions due to its line-up of esteemed judges. Today, this celebrated Texas wine festival includes wines from vintners located around the globe, all of whom want to compete for the prestige of recognition from Texsom. Reddy Vineyards is proud to participate in Texsom as a competitor.

2019 Rodeo Uncorked! Houston International Wine Competition (March)
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo isn’t just an event, it’s an institution. Considered one of the best Texas wine festivals, it promotes agriculture and supports charitable organizations all while offering one of the most spirited displays of Texas life, not to mention an awesome wine garden. The wine garden features winners from the Houston International Wine Competition. You can stop by the tent anytime to taste a champion wine by the glass or bottle, host a table for tasting, and/or attend a seminar. The seminars alone make the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo an event worth traveling for—with its range of tasting opportunities that span chocolate to BBQ steak all paired with the champion wines. 

Plano Food & Wine Festival (October)
If you want to visit an extraordinary food festival in Texas, Plano Food & Wine Festival is the one. More than two dozen local restaurants are there with delicious dishes to complement the more than 100 wines available to taste. Set in the heart of Texas, the Plano Food & Wine Festival also features a grape stomping competition, mixology and cooking demos, artisan displays and much more. And a portion of the proceeds is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Reddy Vineyards is proud to be a part of this Texas food and wine festival.

Plano Food and Wine Festival Photo

McKinney Wine and Music Festival (October)
This Texas wine tasting features over 100 wines, live music, talented artists, local restaurants and food trucks, culinary demos happening throughout the day, grape stomping competitions, and boutiques for shopping. Sip our delicious wines while you stroll.

Midlothian Wine and Arts Festival (November)
The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Fall Wine & Arts Festival in historic downtown Midlothian. This Texas wine festival could just as easily be called a Texas food festival given the plentiful selection of food from local vendors. In addition to the great wine and food, there are also artisans, music, and a kids’ zone. Held one day only, plan to arrive in the afternoon and stay through the evening and be sure to look for Reddy Vineyards Texas. We’ll be there ready to pour you a glass of our premium estate wine.

Mark your calendar now for one or all of these events and don’t forget to say hello. Are you a Reddy Vineyards Texas wine club member? Please make sure you mention it to us. See you at the festival!

Time Posted: Dec 1, 2019 at 10:07 PM
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November 21, 2019 | Reddy Vineyards

Texas Wine Tasting and Winery Tours

When it comes to wine, its single most defining characteristic is the place—and more specifically where the grapes for the wine are grown. There’s also an argument to be made that place also plays a part in the enjoyment of wine—specifically visiting where a wine is made.

Wine tasting in Texas has never been more accessible for wine lovers: there are hundreds of Texas wineries across the state, a long list of wine tasting events, and a wide selection of wine tasting tours.

There are essentially two ways to plan a wine tasting visit. One is to put together a thoughtful schedule for a trip sometime in the future and the other is to be impulsive and to just go for it. Either way, we suggest limiting your visits to no more than two to three winery visits per day, calling your destinations ahead of time to make a reservation, and to carefully chart the distance between wineries. Depending on the offerings at the wineries you want to visit, you should plan to be at each winery for one to two hours.

When you plan your wine tasting tours, keep in mind that most wineries will charge a nominal wine tasting fee which will include a taste of multiple wines. Most wineries will refund your tasting fee if you buy a bottle of wine. 

One alternative to planning a wine tasting in Texas on your own is to consider hiring a wine tour guide. The best wine tour in Texas will be one where the guide offers a range of options, including private or shared tours, a custom agenda, and most importantly, your driver/guide will be a wine enthusiast. For example, the best wine tasting in Dallas offers a driver, a five-hour window to visit wineries, and an opportunity to enjoy lunch along the way—all led by an oenophile who can offer in-depth information about the wines, wineries, and region you’re touring. 

Wine tasting tours in Texas don’t have to be strictly tasting at a winery. At Reddy Vineyards, we offer a one of a kind experience that will allow you to bring a unique wine tasting to your own home. If you call Dallas home, Reddy Vineyards can arrange a private wine tasting in Dallas, Texas for you. An advance reservation is required thirty days in advance for this service. 

When you’re ready to plan your next Texas winery visit, consider focusing on a single Texas wine region, such as the Texas High Plains in West Texas. You can download a map from www.txwinelover.com to set your course or you can arrange a guided visit with West Texas Wine Tours. 

Because wine tasting in Texas is synonymous with southern hospitality, you can expect a wide assortment of offers. Some wineries will offer a focused wine tasting, while others will take you in the vineyard, through the winery and then offer you a wine tasting in the cellar or tasting room accompanied by a few bites of food perfectly paired with the wine in the glass.

At Reddy Vineyards in the Texas High Plains, hospitality is important to us. When you visit us in Brownfield, Texas, we want you to feel as though you are visiting a friend, to relax, savor each of the wines we pour for you and absorb the experience of tasting our wines in their home.

On a visit to Reddy Vineyards, you’ll taste our current releases, including Reddy Vineyards Marsanne, Reddy Vineyards TNT Red Blend, Reddy Vineyards“The Dyer” Red Blend, and Reddy Vineyards Field Blend. Visitors are also the first to taste new releases, such as the Reddy Vineyards Roséor Sauvignon Blanc we’ll introduce in January 2020. 

We hope we’ll see you at Reddy Vineyards soon.

Time Posted: Nov 21, 2019 at 12:59 AM
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November 18, 2019 | Reddy Vineyards

Texas Vineyard & Winery Wedding Venue of Your Dreams

It’s no secret that everything is bigger in Texas, including the wedding dreams of the Lonestar State’s brides- and grooms-to-be. And there is no place better for making those dreams come true than a Texas vineyard wedding. 

Texas Winery Wedding

Wineries by their very nature inspire romance. The place where grapes are turned into silky, luscious wine that’s used to toast the happiest occasions, makes for an unparalleled wedding setting.

Vijay and Subada Reddy of Reddy Vineyards knew this when they built their winery and assembled two stunning barns on their property to host weddings. The Reddys wanted to create more than just a location for a Texas winery wedding, they wanted to make an unforgettable experience for happy couples. 

The Reddys began with the interior of the barns, knowing that this is where couples would be toasted, where they would dance their first dance as husband and wife, and where they would host their friends and families for a party that would create lifelong memories. 

The barns at Reddy Vineyards are elegant enough for seated dinners with just enough country-chic to make sure your Texas winery wedding is picture-perfect. And the barns can be decorated at the whim of the bride and groom, to ensure that their Texas vineyard wedding is as unique as they are.

The barns are spacious, allowing you ample opportunity to design the room to meet your vision, arrange tables as you see fit, set up a dance floor, and celebrate your special day from start to finish in a room that features stunning chandeliers, draped walls, and wood beams.

Texas Vineyard & Winery Wedding Venue

True to its calling as a Texas winery wedding venue, there is the space at Reddy Vineyards dedicated to outdoor wedding ceremonies. Couples make their wedding vows in “The Circle” a beautiful vineyard wedding ceremony space unlike any other. Grapevines flow outward like rays of the sun from a center circle covered with grass to create a special space that signifies unity and vows endless love. Imagine friends and family joined in a circle to celebrate you against the backdrop of picturesque vineyards and under an open sky that goes on forever. With all the natural beauty of the vineyard, there’s little need to enhance it with any additional decor. In fact, Reddy Vineyards is one of the most beautiful vineyard wedding venues in Texas, ensuring that you’ll have wedding photos that you’ll treasure.

Texas Vineyard & Winery Wedding

With a Texas winery wedding, newlyweds can make the most of the ambiance by adding special touches that showcase such a lovely location. Florals can reflect the colors of wine with burgundy and beige blossoms. Name cards can be made to look like wine labels. Barrels can be used for cocktail tables or a stand for large floral arrangements. And finally, the menu can be chosen to pair with your favorite Reddy Vineyards wines. 

Adding to its allure, Reddy Vineyards is only 40 minutes from Lubbock, making it not only one of the most stunning winery wedding venues in Texas but one of the most accessible as well. Guests can fly in and out Lubbock, as well find lodging in the Texas Panhandle city. And the winery is located right off Highway 62. Reddy Vineyards barns can hold up to 250 people and there’s ample parking for all your guests.

Time Posted: Nov 18, 2019 at 12:24 AM
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November 11, 2019 | Reddy Vineyards

Texas Wine and Grape Harvest Season 2019

There is no season more vibrant and alive in the Texas High Plains as the breathtaking Texas grape harvest. Vijay and Subada Reddy remember their first harvest in the same way that parents recall bringing home a baby. It was a rush of excitement and nervousness, and each new harvest has been a replay of that first time.

Texas grape harvest

Like a newborn, a Texas wine harvest takes on a life of its own. There’san energy, a vibe in the air that attracts wine lovers and adventurers from far and near to experience the Texas wine harvest. 

Vintners are on high alert for drastic changes in weather during harvest. The weather plays an important role in determining exactly when grapes are picked and something as common as a rainstorm can wreak havoc on the best laid plans for picking. Rain can dilute grapes and too much moisture in the air can result in moldy grape clusters. A heat wave can cause a spike in sugar levels in the grapes. But Texas vintners take these risks in stride; it’s all a part of pioneering winegrowing in Texas.

The Texas grape harvest season begins in the eastern part of the state as early as the first day of August. Harvest moves west into the High Plains region quickly and continues there longer than any other part of the state due to the span of maturation for the wide variety of grapes grown in the region. Harvest season 2019 was right on schedule despite a drought that impacted most of the state, including the Texas High Plains. 

A busy time for all Texas grape growers, harvest is an especially active time in the Texas High Plains AVA. There are more than 75 grape varieties grown in the region that are harvested each year. Among the most popular are Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot, Mourvedre, Sangiovese, Viognier, Muscat Canelli, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Primitivo, Chardonnay, Petite Verdot, Tannat, Sauvignon Blanc, and Petite Sirah. With this large number of grape varieties, harvest can span three months from the first pick to the last.

At Reddy Vineyards, the 2019 Texas winegrapes harvest kicked off with the earlier ripening varieties, such as Viognier and Muscat. Other grapes picked early in the season are typically Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño and Marsanne. As the season progressed, the whites finished just as the red varieties were at their optimum ripeness. For Reddy Vineyards, harvest concludes in October when the heartiest red grape varieties are picked, delivered to the winery and put in the tank to ferment.

Reddy Vineyards harvests grapes late at night and into the early morning hours under bright lights to ensure the highest quality of fruit is picked. This method for harvesting delivers grapes to the winery while the temperatures are cool enough to preserve their optimum sugar and acid levels. 

This extraordinary time, when all Texas vintners harvest their grapes, offers visitors a bevy of activities to do and sights to see. For the enthusiast, it’s worthwhile seeking out vintners who invite visitors into the vineyard to pick grapes. This hands-on experience is one of the best ways to fully understand how the hard work performed in vineyards is critical to the activities inside the winery. And while you might discover some fun and games like stomping grapes, at Reddy Vineyards we believe that harvest is best celebrated with a glass of wine in hand. 

Earlier this year, Reddy Vineyards Texas released its Field Blend, a blend of Italian grape varietals; TNT Red Blend, made with Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo, and The Dyer Red Blend, comprised of Alicante Bouschet and Merlot; all of which can be purchased online or at the winery.These Texas Hill Country Wines are perfect for sipping this fall as shorter days inspire us all to spend more time relaxing with friends and family.

For visitors and vintners alike, harvest is a magical time throughout Texas wine country. For Vijay and Subada’s son, Akhil Reddy, the Texas wine grapes harvest is his favorite time of year. Having grown up in the Texas High Plains area, he doesn’t mind the long nights and early mornings. For him, the hard work of the Texas grape harvest season is not a job, it’s a passion.

Time Posted: Nov 11, 2019 at 12:13 AM