Weekend Wine: Vermentino

Take your pick: Italy, Texas, or California?

Wine fans are always on the hunt for a winery they can trust to make at least really good, often magnificent wines, especially in a reasonable price range. One that fits that bill for me is California’s Tablas Creek.

They generally avoid the Cabernet/Chardonnay varietals and focus on Rhone varietals like Mourvèdre or Grenache, along with the occasional Italian varietal. I recently had the chance to try their Vermentino ($28-$35 range) and I recommend it highly. It would make an ideal pairing with any fish or seafood you can get from the Gulf, especially flounder or red fish.

Any of you who like to experience different versions of the same grape should enjoy trying the Tablas Creek next to the Texas version from Duchman. Their Vermentino ($26) has been amongst Texas’ finest white wines for many years in a row. Then, if you really want to become an expert Vermentino drinker, try adding a bottle of Poggio al Tesoro Solosole ($23) from Tuscany. All have a delightful floral and citrus aroma to match with a refreshing flavor ideal for Texas summers.

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