Fall Creek Vineyards Meritus 2013

Our last pick from Fall Creek Vineyards is their award winning Meritus Merlot/Cab blend. Personally I tend to like blended wines, and this wine will be a perfect pairing for those holiday prime rib roasts. This will also make a great hostess gift for any parties or dinners to which you are invited.

Tasting notes from the vineyard’s website:

Fall Creek Vineyards Meritus 2013“For the first time, Merlot steps into a place of prominence as 53% of the blend. This lends the wine a graceful and defined flavor profile reminiscent of dried rose petals, aged cedar, red plum and currant with a hint of Assam black tea. With such structure and capacity for ageing, the 2013 Meritus spent 20 months ageing in barrel and an additional year ageing in bottle before release. The outcome…a wine of finesse and charm.

This wine is perfect for a robust beef dish, such as ribeye steak, or with substantial, creamy cheeses, such as Brie or Gorgonzola.”

If you would like to purchase a bottle as a gift (for a loved one or for yourself), you may do so directly from their website here. If you need a gift-that-keeps-on-giving for the wine lover in your life, they also offer wine club memberships!

You can even visit the vineyard in person as it’s just a short drive outside of Austin in Driftwood. While you’re there you can also check out the original Salt Lick BBQ right across the street for some delicious brisket and a great atmosphere.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Fall Creek Vineyards Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon Certenberg Vineyard 2014

When Renee and I visited Fall Creek Vineyards recently our top pick from the tasting was a white (believe it or not!). Our second favorite and close runner up was this Merlot/Cab blend from their Terroir Reflection collection. We tasted mostly mocha and cinnamon, though the wine review indicates roasted red currant and black plum.

Tasting notes from the vineyard’s website:

Fall Creek Vineyards Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Certenberg Vineyard 2014“This is a wine with finesse and a soft, elegant finish. An opulent middle palate that suggests roasted red currant and black plum, freshly-turned black soil, forest floor and a hint of prune and pencil shavings. An approachable and enjoyable wine that will satisfy the serious wine lover as well as the novice.

Pair this beauty with subtle beef preparations, duck, mushrooms and creamy cheeses.”

With the holiday season coming up, we are sure that there will be lots of parties and get-togethers to attend, and this wine would not only make a great gift but would also pair nicely with the many appetizers you are likely to encounter. If you would like to purchase a bottle of your own, you may do so directly from their website here, or even better, you can visit the vineyard in person and do a tasting of your own! It’s just a short drive outside of Austin in Driftwood and is right across from the original Salt Lick BBQ to make for a lovely evening out.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Monthly Wine Pick: Lewis Wines

The Texas winery on the blog this week is Lewis Wines in Johnson City. We had a great time “working” while sampling many great wines! Lewis Wines out of Johnson City is a small family-owned winery that uses only 100% Texas Grapes. It has a lovely outdoor covered patio off of the wine tasting room where you can enjoy overlooking the vineyards as you experience some of their award winning wines.

This winery makes small batches, so make sure to try these recommendations soon!

lewis roseOur top picks from our wine tasting were the award winning 2015 lewis tempranilloHigh Plains Rose. I am not typically a fan of Rose, but this is one of the best Roses I have ever had. It makes for a light and enjoyable Summer Wine. Pair it with shrimp or a cheese plate appetizer.

Our other pick was the 2012 Texas Tempranillo Reserve. This red wine is light enough to be enjoyed in the heat of the Summer. Pair this with anything off of the grill, whether it be steaks or BBQ.

Planning a trip to visit Lewis Vineyards? If so, we would love to hear about your trip and what your favorite wines were!

Unit then, life is better with good food, good wine and great design.

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Monthly Wine Pick: Stone House Vineyard

We are so excited about the recent transition we made, to feature only Texas wines on the blog. There are so many wonderful local Texas vineyards we thought our blog would be the perfect platform to shine a light on our local wineries.

tempraniloThis month we will be showcasing Stone House Vineyard in Spicewood Texas. This vineyard was great, and while we tried a few different wines that were all good my favorite was the Tempranillo. The Tempranillo was actually a little spicy, which was surprising, but balanced with a little sweetness from the fruit. I think this wine would pair nicely with Barbecue.

If you have the chance to visit Stone House Vineyard, let us know what your favorite wine is, we would love to hear from you!

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Monthly Wine Picks: Banshee Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc and Brady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

‘Tis the season to enjoy family, friends, food and wine! This month I have decided to showcase two different wines, and offer up the perfect beverage for red and white wine lovers alike.

capturejacobs-creekThe white wine pick is Banshee Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc . With bold fruit and floral notes, and a long finish it will pair well with the Christmas turkey.

It can be purchased directly through the winery for just $20.00 per bottle.

The red wine pick is Brady Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine would be perfect to share over a beef tenderloin while ringing in the New Year! Brady Vineyard described the wines as,

“Big and bold featuring deep crimson color and aromas reminiscent of blackberry, black currant and cassis, with subtle notes of roasted vanilla and spice”

I recently shared it with a couple of friends and it was excellent, and a great value at $25.00 a bottle. Find a bottle of this wine near you using Grappos an online locator for beer,wine, and spirits.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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