Texas Wines With Texas Game
Becker Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($22): Goes perfectly with game and an ancho chili rub. You can drink the same wine W. poured Putin! We also love their Claret ($17). 830/644-2681.
Chisholm Trail Winery Merlot ($35): A new wine from a new winery. Big and gutsy with lots of tannins. Serve with a mushroom sauce sprinkled with rosemary over grilled ostrich. 877/990-2675.
Kiepersol Vineyards "Mengsel-- ($24): A small winery with the youngest winemaker in Texas, producing only heavy bodied red wines. Mengsel is Afrikaans for mixture, and this wine blends Ruby Cab, Cab, Merlot, and Sangiovese into a delicious and easy-drinking wine. Try this with a slow-cooked venison shoulder. 903/894-8994.
Lone Oak Vineyards Merlot ($20): Owners Robert and Jamey Wolf get the ultimate compliment -- other winemakers drink their wine. Great stuff, done in a French style. Very limited release. Try with smoked wild boar and tomatoes over your favorite pasta. 940/637-2222.
Pheasant Ridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ($13.50): Elegant and easy to drink. Perfectly matched to a grilled venison loin topped with nothing more than a dollop of butter and some salt and pepper. 806/746-6033.
Spicewood Vineyards Merlot ($13): A medium-bodied Merlot with nice fruit and a sweet oak aroma. If you let it sit open for a couple of hours before you drink it and make sure its temperature is under 70 degrees, you will be rewarded with a wonderful wine. Try it with sautéed duck breasts and a smoked tomato sauce. 830/693-5328.
Texas Hills Vineyard Sangiovese ($18): Owners Gary and Kathy Gilstrap were some of the first to take a chance on Sangiovese in the Hill Country, and their indomitable resolve has paid big dividends. They add just a little cabernet to richen up the aromas. Have it on a picnic with venison sausage and some good Italian cheese. 830/868-2321.
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