The following is the first in a series on Texas spirits, including wines, beers and liquors.
The winery, located in Driftwood, offers wines made from grapes grown largely in the Texas High Plains, and the Vermentino is no exception. The grapes are from the respected Bingham Family vineyards, and as bottled, this Vermentino manages to capture a pale, shimmering sunlight as well as a bracing acidity that washes clean on the palate.
As a bit of background, Vermentino is an Italian varietal noted for being crisp and herbal. It is grown in coastal areas of Tuscany and Liguria as well as on islands there.
The Duchman version would stand up well against its Italian counterparts. It is a perfect complement to spring time fare and seafood, such as red snapper stuffed with crab meat, peas with fresh mint or grilled trout stuffed with herb butter.
The price is $18 a bottle. I’ve seen Duchman wines at Central Market and Spec’s. It’s also available online through the winery’s store.