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Lone Star Spirit: Duchman Family Winery Vermentino 2012


The following is the first in a series on Texas spirits, including wines, beers and liquors.

duchman-vermentino-229x460In the last few years, Vermentino has staked its claim as one of the best white grapes grown in Texas. That brilliance is on full display in the Duchman Family Winery’s bottling.

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.

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Get a Taste of Italy in the Hill Country – Duchman Vermentino 2010


duchmanBy Cecil Flentge

Duchman (pronounced Duke-man) Family Winery in Driftwood, Texas, specializes in wines made of grapes commonly thought of as Italian. Sangiovese of Chianti fame and Montepulciano, which is grown extensively in the Abruzzo region, are two examples. Their Vermentino (pronounced ver-mehn-TEE-noh) follows in the same vein. Most famous in northern Sardinia, this Texas edition is both a surprise and a delight (pronounced Good!). It is available at Twin Liquors for about $12.

Fact:

Made from 100 percent Texas grapes grown in the Texas High Plains AVA (American Viticultural Area), this robust white evokes lime and citrus blossom on the nose. It has the appropriate mouthfeel, a smooth viscosity found in classic Vermentino wines, and the flavors flow to pear, lime and grapefruit with a nice minerality lingering in the finish. The alcohol does not give any harshness, even though it is high at 14.4 percent, and that is a side benefit of the rich presence of the grapes’ glycerol. Overall, a nice Vermentino from a new area.

Feeling:

This so calls to be a brunch wine! Delicate enough to caress lobster or shrimp salads, robust enough for a plate of braised clams, and crisp enough to mingle with the tastes of the sea in oysters on the half shell. But just chill it and taste the welcome that it gives.

Cecil Flentge is a San Antonio wine educator for professionals or novices and a restaurant/bar consultant. Questions? Email cecil@wine2you.com.

 

 

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Texas Wineries Shine at Various Competitions


Texas wines have shown well in recent competitions.

It’s been a good season for Texas wineries in competitions. Numerous producers from the Hill Country, the High Plains and beyond have brought home gold, silver and bronze medals. There was even a double gold for Flat Creek Estate.

Here are some of the winners of three competitions, the Long Beach Grand Cru, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Congratulations to all of these wineries, who were competing against the likes of Italy’s Castello Banfi, France’s Champagne Collet and Nicolas Feuillatte, Washington state’s Col Solare, and Napa Valley’s Newton Vineyards and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars:

2011 Long Beach Grand Cru

Becker Vineyards:

  • 2009 Barbera Reserve – Bronze
  • 2009 Claret – Bronze
  • 2009 Merlot Reserve – Silver
  • 2010 Albariño – Bronze
  • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Reserve – Silver
  • 2010 Grenache Reserve – Silver

2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Bar Z:

  • 2004 Newsom Vineyard Texas High Plains Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze

Becker Vineyards:

  • 2009 Fumé Blanc – Bronze
  • 2009 Texas Provencal – Bronze
  • 2008 Texas Claret – Silver

Brennan Vineyards:

  • 2009 Texas Viognier – Gold
  • 2008 Texas Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver
  • 2008 Texas Austin Street Red – Bronze

Bruno Collection:

  • Texas Cardinal Cranberry Wine – Silver

Grape Creek Vineyards:

  • 2009 Muscat Canelli – Silver
  • 2009 Texas Cuvée Blanc – Bronze
  • 2009 Cabernet Blanc – Bronze
  • 2008 Bellissimo – Silver
  • 2008 Mosaic – Bronze
  • 2008 Cabernet Trois – Bronze
  • 2008 Texas Cab/Syrah – Silver
  • Texas Port – Silver

McPherson Cellars:

  • 2009 Viognier – Silver
  • 2009 Texas Rosé of Syrah – Gold

Singing Water Vineyard:

  • 2008 Texas Texas Reserve – Bronze

White, red, sweet and dry - Texas has won wines in all categories.

2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Brennan Vineyards:

  • 2009 Buffalo Rhône – Silver
  • 2010 Viognier – Bronze

Duchman Family Winery:

  • 2009 Vermentino – Silver
  • 2009 Bianco – Silver
  • 2009 Dolcetto – Bronze
  • 2009 Aglianico – Bronze

Flat Creek Estate:

  • 2010 Viognier – Double Gold
  • 2009 Syrah – Gold
  • 2010 Pinot Grigio – Silver
  • 2010 Muscat Canelli – Silver
  • 2010 Rosé of Sangiovese – Bronze

Lone Oak Winery:

  • 2008 Tempranillo – Bronze

Pilot Knob Vineyard:

  • 2010 Sweet Rosé – Silver
  • 2010 Viognier – Bronze

Sandstone Cellars Winery:

  • 2009 VIII Red Blend – Silver
  • 2006 Touriga IV – Bronze

Sister Creek Vineyards:

  • 2010 Muscat Canelli – Silver
  • 2009 Red Blend – Silver
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Sangiovese – Bronze
  • 2009 Red Blend – Bronze

Torre di Pietra:

  • 2009 Blanc du Bois Reserve – Bronze

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