Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival Sipping Series: Texas Fine Wine

Posted on February 3, 2016
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Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival’s growth is impressive! Wildly popular events over four days in March are all Texas by birth. New events are being added throughout the year. The Sipping Series: Texas Fine Wine was held recently at Classic Wine Storage.

Texas Fine WineDenise Clarke of Texas Fine Wines, said that Texas Fine Wines was formed to promote the wineries and their wines to sommeliers, retail, and restaurant wine buyers, media, and wine educators. The Website,, welcomes visitors to discover a “distinctive group of highly respected wineries recognized for making quality wines from Texas appellation vineyards.”

Pat Brennan of Brennan Vineyards said at the Sipping Series event that when presenting wines at various venues, people will make comments like, “That’s pretty good for a Texas wine.” Texas Fine Wines hopes to end that qualifier “for a Texas wine” from being said. Nearly 40 wines from the member wineries have won awards since the 2015 Texsom International Wine Competition.

TexasFineWines The Sipping Series Tastings:

Bending Branch’s 2014 Comfortage This Roussanne was floral and perfumery and very full-bodied for a white with a nice oak finish.

Pedernales 2014 Texas Viognier was the Top Texas Wine of the 2016 Rodeo Uncorked! competition. Fruit-forward with grapefruit, peach, and melon aromas and pleasing green apple notes, this wine was very smooth and lush.

Winner of one of Texas Monthly’s Best Texas Wines of 2015, Duchman Family Winery’s 2012 Montepulciano continues to be Duchman’s most popular wine. The nose has plum, pipe tobacco, and vanilla, with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and a hint of spice and nice acidity.

The newest member of Texas Fine Wines is Spicewood Vineyards, owned by “one cool dude,” Ron Yates. Yates is part of Texas wine royalty as the nephew of Ed and Susan Auler of Fall Creek Vineyards. Spicewood’s 2013 Syrah, made with grapes from Escondido Valley in Southwest Texas, has aromas of blackberry and smoked meats and is round and tangy.

Rated by many the star of the night was Brennan Vineyards 2012 Super Nero (Nero d’Avola). This Sicilian grape does well because as the sugar goes up, it maintains its acidity. This wine is much lighter than traditional Nero d’Avolas from Italy, which are very dark, inky, intense, and meant to be only sipped with food. Brennan’s wine was full-bodied with tart strawberries, prunes, black currants, cedar and vanilla notes, and drinkable just for the pleasure of it. Everyone at our table loved the cedar flavor! Due to spring freezes, production of this vintage is limited. Let’s hope future vintages are more plentiful!


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