Here are five wines from Wedding Oak Winery worth seeking out. The winery doesn’t have distribution, so you can find them largely at the winery in San Saba, online at weddingoakwinery.com or at specialty Texas wine shops, such as the Grapevine in Gruene:
2014 Terre Blanc
Find out why people are claiming Texas has the perfect climate for Rhone-style whites. This blend of Marsanne, Viognier and Roussane is crisp and clean with a medium body and a bright citrus finish. Lush. Pair it with tagine or other Moroccan dishes with chicken or warm spices.
I’m a sucker for whites with a clean finish, and this is an excellent example of why they’re so refreshing in our Texas heat. Stone fruit reminiscent of Hill Country peaches predominates on the flavor profile. Pair with roasted chicken, stuffed trout and Floribbean dishes.
Only 1 percent of this wine is made with Petit Verdot, and yet that pungent grape makes its presence felt – and welcome, at that. It adds a tart edge to a wine that’s otherwise 75 percent Sangiovese and 24 percent Tannat. Flavors include bright cherry with a touch of Texas spice. Try this with a meaty lasagna, pizza with anchovies or chicken Parmesan.
This blend is made from 74 percent Tempranillo, 15 percent Tannat and 11 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and it showcases the excellent fruit owner Mike McHenry grows in the Hill Country. Smoky cherry flavors dominate with a pleasant vanilla touch. Pair with paella, a rib-eye or a bacon burger.
2013 Syrah Reserve
Mix 77 percent Syrah with 23 percent Tannat for a rich, medium- to full-bodied red that is full of dark fruit flavors, from currant to plum, with notes of tobacco and coffee. The pleasant finish lingers. Pair with pulled pork with a low-sugar sauce or leg of lamb.