Wedding Oak Stand Outs-Texas Tuesday

{These wines were provided as media samples with no other compensation. Thoughts are my own.}

We all have our favorites. We may not tell our children that. They may shift from day-to-day or year-to-year, but we have them. I have some favorite wineries and wines from that producer. Here are two favorites from Wedding Oak Winery.

I had hoped to get this review out before Thanksgiving because it is an ideal companion to the meal. The 2017 Marsanne ($29)is made with fruit from the High Valley Vineyard located in San Saba County. after harvest the grapes were pressed, chilled, and racked off lees and fermented in stainless. The wine was then aged in neutral French oak barrels for 6 months. The fruit is rich and warm, apple and pear. Caramel and spice balance the acidity. I found it to be reminiscent of Calvados, delicious.

Italian varietals are always high on the list for me. Especially medium bodied, moderate tannin, red fruit wines. The 2016 Montepulciano ($32) is just that. The grapes are from the Diamante Doble Vineyards in Tokio, Texas. The nose is blackberries, cherries, earthy, chewy spices. Cherry and earth dominate the palate. The weight and profile of this wine is ideal for transitional seasons, fresh and warm. Pair with charcuterie, grilled meats, Italian dishes. I paired it with spaghetti squash and vegan meatballs with marinara. It worked okay, but next time I have this wine, I will pair with something other than red sauce. Or just enjoy without distractions.

Both wines are available for members only. If you would like to try comparable wines without the commitment, I’d suggest the Roussanne and the Sangiovese, two other perennial favorites.

Thank you Wedding Oak Winery and Pen & Tell Us for providing the samples.


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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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