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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