Texas wines continue to explode on the regional market, especially wineries that have outposts in the Texas Hill Country. The good news is, we are finally finding the best grapes for our soils and our winemakers are really knocking a few of them out of the park.
These days, grapes are crushed by state-of-the-art machinery, but some Hill Country wineries like to recreate the crushes of the past with grape stomp parties after harvest every summer. Festivities always include wine, food, and music, plus a souvenir t-shirt with grape-stained footprints to document your contribution to the new vintage.
Californian winemaker Randall Grahm lives and works in Santa Cruz, which is sort of a soul brother to Austin. The town is dominated by the 17,000 student UC Santa Cruz and, at least by reputation, exists in a never-ending fog of pot fumes. See any similarities?
For a warm Austin night, you can never go wrong with a sparkling rosé. The versatile wines go great with a variety of summer staples – from grilled fish to melon and chicken. Alone, they are the perfect after work sip on a patio.