Into the Woods pt. 2-Texas Tuesday

A few weeks ago, I introduced the subject of Blanc du Bois, in general, specifically in Texas. This hybrid grows well in coastal areas due to its resistance to Pierce’s disease. The name translates loosely as “white wood.”  After exploring in the kitchen with Haak Blanc du Bois Madeira with great success, I decided to try a lighter style, in the pan and in the glass.

If you’ve been reading for any time, you know that William Chris is one of my favorites in Texas Wine. Their Blanc du Bois is a bit of a chameleon, year to year and in the glass. It is at once bright and citrusy, woodsy and weighted. A unique mouthfeel, it is a fun wine to introduce to others. At the winery in Hye, William Chris makes it as a sparkling, as a component of Mary Ruth, their signature white, and as a single varietal wine.

I chose to pair it with salmon and made a buerre blanc with shallot, butter, a bit of wine and a dash of lemon. Served on top of wilted arugula and with roasted fingerlings, it turned a weekday meal into an occasion.



While the 2014 is gone, you can find the current 2015 release at the winery or online. This year’s was picked early and was stirred on the lees with long skin contact. So how will it differ? I’d be happy to investigate. In fact, I see a trip west in my very near future. Who wants to meet me?

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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