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Muscat – A Lot of Options for Texas

October 11, 2017

Carl’s Corner at 4.0 Cellars

4.0 Cellars
Fredericksburg, Texas

Located just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 4.0 Cellars offers a relaxing and elegant setting for discovering and enjoying Texas wines. As part of the Wine Road 290 Trail, now the second most traveled wine road in the U.S., we pride ourselves on providing wine enthusiasts and beginners alike with the ultimate “Texas Wine Experience.”

Varieties of Muscat represent some of the oldest and most widely planted grapes in the world.  It is estimated that over 200 different grapes claim the name, or at least a heritage related to the primary members of the Muscat family.  Only a few of these grapes are widely used for wine production in the world’s major wine regions, primarily Muscat blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat of Alexandria, Muscat Fleur d’Oranger, Moscato Giallo, Muscato di Scanzo, Muscat of Hamburg and Muscat Ottonel.

Before describing each of these variations, it should be noted that Muscat blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat of Alexandria, and Muscat Fleur d’Oranger all flourish in hot, arid climates, and have thus found a favorable home in the state of Texas.  Most of the wines made from or using Muscats in blends are derived from these three varieties.

Muscat grapes and wines made from them are considered to be very aromatic.  This is primarily due to the characteristic floral, grapey aromas that derive from a relatively high concentration of monoterpene compounds.  These monoterpenes include citronellol (citrusy), geraniol (geranium), linalool (floral, spicy) and nerol (lemongrass, rose).  Most tasters can readily recognize these “musky” aromas and, as a result, will characteristically assume that the wines are sweet even before tasting.  However, fortified and aged Muscat wines, especially those that have been aged in oak barrels, tend to be very dark in color due to oxidation with aroma notes of coffee, fruit cake, raisins and toffee.

 

More at the link. http://www.fourpointwine.com/blog/Muscat—A-Lot-of-Options-for-Texas

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Texas Hill Country Wines – A Quick Guide

January 13, 2017

 

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WHERE IS THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY?
The Texas Hill Country is a general geographical region in central Texas that occupies 25 counties. By urban landmarks it is located roughly west of Austin and north of San Antonio, buffering both cities. The area boasts dramatic hills, scenic rivers, rugged ravines and quaint towns. The area is highly agricultural, yet offers state of the art museums, music venues, art galleries, shopping and wineries. The restaurants offer high class fine dining to down home country vittles, all of which are delicious.

WINE, IN THE HILL COUNTRY, REALLY?
Yes, really! The Hill Country grape growing area or officially the Hill Country AVA (American Viticultural Area) is the second largest in the nation. As of this publication there are 67+ wineries in the Hill Country and that number continues to increase.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GROW IN TEXAS?
According to gotexanwine.org the varietals currently growing in Texas are:
Red Varietals; Malbec, Tempranillo, Syrah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Lenoir
White Varietals; Chardonnay, Blanc du Bois, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Orange Muscat, Muscat Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Gewurztraminer, Sémillon.
There are additional varietals that vintners and universities are experimenting with to continue to expand Texas’ grape growing repertoire. Additionally, there are some native varietals that provide exceptional root stock which are disease resistant and perfectly adapted to withstand Texas weather.

WHO BUYS HILL COUNTRY WINE?
According to Texas Tech University’s Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute, in 2015, 1.8 +/- Million cases of wine were produced in Texas. That number continues to increase each year. The primary consumers of wine in the Hill Country are women over 50 who have come to Fredericksburg to shop and drink wine!

OK, BUT IS IT ANY GOOD?
Texas wineries have been entering tastings and competitions for the past 20 years, and now they are winning. According to Cravedfw, a publication out of Dallas, a blind tasting of viognier was held between classic California and French viognier producers and Texas producers. The top 6 winners were Texas producers, including Pedernales Cellars in first place and Becker Vineyard in third, both from the Hill Country. Not to mention the plethora of competitions that individual wineries enter and walk away with medals, including the San Antonio Wine Fest, where Becker, Fall Creek, Grape Creek, Sister Creek, Torre di Pietra, and William Chris wineries all won silver and bronze medals against California, Italy and other international competitors.

WHERE DO I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON HILL COUNTRY WINE?
www.gotexanwine.org
www.texaswines.org
www.wineroad290.com

Any individual website for a Hill Country Winery.

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