Many articles have been written about wine and food pairings, but this article will provide you with a specific guide for pairing great Texas wines with seafood This is a tribute to the many fine wines of Texas as well as the fabulous seafood available here.
In general, you can choose to serve Merlot and Blanc du Bois, as well as Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat Blanc, with most fish entrees. For variety, Muscat Canelli, Gewurtztraminer, or Semillon also go well with fish dishes. Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc always complement shrimp, and unoaked Chardonnay goes well with lobster. Oysters, of course, deserve a fine Pinot Grigio. With this quick primer in mind, see below for some Texas wineries and their wines that fit these pairings.
Woodrose Winery. Located in Stonewall, Texas, just east of Fredericksburg, this small winery has some terrific Texas wines for you to choose from for your seafood. Serve their 2008 Blanc Du Bois or 2006 Merlot with most fish dishes, including snapper and trout. To learn more about this Texas winery or to order their wines, click here.
Texas Legato Winery. Texas Legato Winery is located in Lampasas in the Texas Hill Country wine region. Their wines are made 100% from Texas grown grapes. Try their 2008 Chardonnay, aged for nine months, with your lobster dishes for a perfect match for any palate. To access their website and learn more, click here.
Spicewood Vineyards. Another Texas Hill Country winery, their wines are some of the best in Texas. Spicewood wines are estate-bottled and aged in oak barrels. Their 2006 Merlot goes with almost any fish entrée, and they have many other fine wines to choose from as well. For more information on their vineyards, click here.
Fall Creek Vineyards. Located northwest of Austin, their vineyards include Chardonnay, Shiraz, Viognier and Malbec grapes. Some wine critics have described their wines as “the best wine made in Texas.” Their Sauvignon Blanc can be served with shrimp as well as fish, which can also be enjoyed with their Muscat Canelli. To access their website, click here.
Mandola Estate Winery. Located in Driftwood, Texas (twenty miles from Austin), this is a new winery that is already gaining in prestige. Their vineyards include Merlot and Chardonnay grapes, among others. Their 2008 Pinot Grigio will complement any shrimp dish, and their 2008 Viognier is the perfect match for fish entrees. To learn more about this Texas winery and its wines, click here.