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"...If these were subpar wineries, they wouldn't have had the prestige and reputation to grab our attention. However, Duchman has already become quite famous for its $16 Vermentino, as has Bending Branch for its powerful Tannat ($60)..."
"...Bending Branch is the only winery new to the list. The major grapes you should look for in the Texas wine section are grapes originally from France's Rhône valley, Italy's Tuscany, and Spain's northern half – specifically, whites like Albariño, Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Vermentino; or reds like Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Barbera, and Tempranillo..."
"...Marius ($13) comes in both white and red varieties, though our focus this week is on the white version. Chapoutier uses two of the most common white grapes of the Languedoc, the Terret and the Vermentino..."
"...In the realm of white wines, pride of place has to go to Duchman’s Vermentino ($19), a wine that world-famous British writer Oz Clarke declared the best Vermentino he had ever tasted. With its palate cleansing acidity and rocky minerality, it makes the ideal wine for an aperitif or with a white meat meal..."
"...So, instead of breaking the bank with these impressive reds, let’s pay attention to the white grape, Vermentino. This isn’t a particularly famous variety, but that’s best for those of us who like wines that come from the lower end of the price range..."
"...For a winery so rooted in reds, we had unfairly low expectations of their white wines, and we were altogether wrong. Their Estate Cuvée Blanc is a blend of 60% Picpoul Blanc, 20% Roussanne, and 20% Vermentino ($38) and its quality level maintains the house’s tradition..."
"...White Wine: Duchman Family Winery’s Vermentino – Cliff Bingham Vineyards. Start with some of the best organic grapes in the wine business from Bingham's high plains farms and then add the perfect winemaker, Dave Reilly..."
"...Wine: Duchman Vermentino ..."
"...Duchman Family Winery specializes in Italian-style wines, especially a delightful Vermentino (www.duchmanwines.com)...."
"...Timmons works with winemakers to plant varietals derived from regions similar in climate to Texas, such as Portugal, Spain, central Italy, and France's Rhône Valley. Timmons has grown lesser-known varietals like Cinsault, Sangiovese, Picpoul, Vermentino, and Mourvedre with great success in the High Plains...."
"...If you want a less expensive quaffing Chardonnay, large winemakers like Fall Creek and Llano Estacado often have to buy grapes from other states during tough years, so they are usually honest and will stipulate them as American wine, not Texas wine. So if you want to stick with a local, homegrown product, two other magnificent and dependable Texas whites come in the form of Kim McPherson’s Les Copains White ($18) and the always delicious Duchman Vermentino ($15)..."
"...Wine lovers had dozens of outstanding wines to choose from. Duchman’s Vermentino was its normal perfect self..."
"...We started to take a picture of a whole selection of wines that would fit the bill, but Oz was concerned that so many were from one winery. So he chose his favorites, and they were: Duchman Vermentino (best of the night), Becker Prairie Rotie, and Dickson Port..."
"...Santa Maria La Palma's Aragosta ($10.99) is a delightful white wine made from the Vermentino grape in Sardinia. This wine has a lemony aroma with plenty of delicious, bright acidic flavors that would make it a perfect palate cleanser for avocados or a delicate fish with lemon-butter sauce..."