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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was no accident that Vijay and Subada Reddy found their way to the Texas High Plains. As passionate scientists with a five-generation family history in farming, the Reddys settled in the Texas High Plains town of Lubbock in 1971. Already known for cotton farming, the Reddys were among the early pioneers in the region’s dramatic expansion as an extraordinary winegrowing region in the 1990s.
According to the Texas Wine Grape Growers Guide, a publication produced by Texas A&M University, there were plenty of opportunities for the Reddys to make their mark in the industry. In fact, the guide recorded growth in grape plantings and wine productions from 1,400 gallons in the late 1970s to 1.6 million gallons in the late 1990s.
The Reddys, who own the second oldest active vineyard in Terry County, relied on the Texas Grape Growers Guide as they began selecting the grapes they wanted to cultivate, a number that stands at 38 varieties today, making Reddy Vineyards the most diverse vineyard in the state.
During the period of growth that saw the Reddys plant their 400-plus acres, the state was welcoming a bevy of other Texas grape growers. In a short span, the vineyard holdings in the state swelled to an impressive 12,000-plus acre spread over eight wine-growing regions.
The Texas High Plains AVA, a region that includes Amarillo, Brownfield, Lubbock, and other towns spread out in the Texas Panhandle, is where Reddy Vineyards is located. There are more than 4,000 acres planted with wine grapes in this corner of the state, where the vineyards stretch out along flatlands and mesas and grapes thrive in the region’s higher elevations, averaging 3,500 feet above sea level.
The Vineyards in Texas High Plains are planted at a high elevation of 3,305 feet and benefit from a long growing season with warm days and cool nights. Sandy loam soils with deep limestone deposits protect the vines from pests while forcing the vines to produce grapes with concentrated flavors. This unique terroir, unlike anywhere else in Texas, allows the Reddys to grow grapes with exceptional balance, depth, flavor, and intensity.
This unique terroir also allows the Reddys to cultivate a wide selection of grapes. Among the varieties that the Reddys grow are Agliancio, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Montepulciano, Mourvèdre, Muscat Canelli, Negroamaro, Orange Muscat, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Gris, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Viognier.
The Texas High Plains is nearly four times the size of the state’s next largest American Viticultural Area (AVA), the Texas Hill Country. And while the Texas Hill Country is home to over 50 wineries, it’s the Texas High Plains where 85 percent of the entire state’s wine grapes are produced.
The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association, the industry’s champion, tracks the successes of Texas winegrowers, including the $13.1 billion dollars that grapes and wine contribute to its bottom line. It is also the authority on where to go and what to do—an important resource for wine lovers. From wine festivals that take place all over Texas to the more than 75 grape varieties that are grown and used to make Texas wines, the Texas Grape Growers Association is a one-stop source of information about Texas wine.
Texas winegrowers take great pride in their work and are diligent in protecting the authenticity ofTexas wines—wines made with grapes grown only in Texas. The Reddys go a step further and make all of their wines with only 100 percent estate-grown Texas fruit. With their exquisite vineyard and boutique winery, the Reddys will continue to pioneer the Texas wine industry for years to come.
Visit Reddy Vineyards in the panhandle of Texas to see what West Texas grape growers do best—grow premium fine wine grapes to make Texas’s best wines.