‘Tis the season for good cheer and Texas wine! Thoughtfully chosen Texas wine is the ideal holiday gift. It is always the right size, unlikely to be delayed in shipping, and delights recipients. A bottle of Texas wine can be the launching pad for further discovery of Texas geography, weather, farming, and cuisine.
Buying Texas wine supports Texas agriculture and family businesses. Each of these bottles is a product of not only the vineyard where the grapes were grown but also the hands that picked the grapes and made the wine. Let’s raise a glass to those responsible for bringing Texas wine to our homes this holiday season.
Warning: Gifting a bottle and sharing a story with your intended recipient may cause an expensive new hobby to develop!
Lost Draw Cellars Gemutlichkeit 2020
Gemutlichkeit is a German word that translates roughly as “the idea of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer.” Lost Draw Cellars releases this crisp, bright wine annually to honor the German roots of its founders. This white blend of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling may be difficult to pronounce, but it is easy to love. The tall, elegant bottle adds points for presentation. $28
Ab Astris Stello 2020
Stello showcases four white grapes with tropical fruit flavors and lightly floral aromas. Roussanne brings body and complexity to the blend, while Clairette blanche, Picpoul Blanc, and Marsanne deliver hints of white flowers and acidity. This wine makes an impressive gift for seasoned wine lovers and casual fans alike. $32
Dove Ridge Winery Sangiovese 2019
Parker County is not as well-known as other growing regions in Texas, but it is a region to watch. This Sangiovese, featuring Parker County-grown grapes, was awarded gold medals at two wine competitions this year. Dove Ridge Winery’s Sangiovese rewards recipients with savory notes of red fruit, herbs, and black pepper. It’s a perfect wine for pizza night or an Italian feast. $40
Eden Hill Aglianico 2018
Aglianico is an Italian grape variety traditionally known for its intense color, flavor, and tannins. Eden Hill crafted this Aglianico in a modern style that is delightful to drink even when the wine is young. Pairs well with hearty meats and stews. This Eden Hill Aglianico won a rare Double Gold at the 2020 San Francisco International Wine Competition. $42
Reddy Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Dr. Vijay Reddy is one of the best-regarded grape growers in the state, and his finest vineyard blocks go into the Reddy Vineyards wines. This Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot blend delivers a concentrated, full-bodied wine that is suitable for aging. Judges at the recent Lone Star International Wine Awards named this the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Texas. $75