With Thanksgiving a few days away, finding the perfect wine to serve during dinner can be time consuming for anyone. Whether you are looking for a full-bodied red to serve during your dinner, or a rich white wine to pair with appetizers and desserts, Texas wines have so much to offer.
Here are 10 Texas wines you should look for at your local grocery store that will pair well with your holiday dinner:
2018 Haak Vineyards Ensaio BDB dry, $19
Haak Vineyards provides a refreshing wine to help kick off your Thanksgiving. Filled with rich melon and pineapple notes, Ensaio has a rich finish to help you enjoy the day cooking, munching on smooth cheeses or citrusy desserts. You can learn more about this wine at haakwine.com.
2019 Calais Winery Cuvee du Rocher Reserve, $36
Like most sauvignon blancs, this light-bodied wine offers prominent citrusy aromatics yet it is elevated and finished with ripe pear, apricot and gooseberry notes. Pair this buttery sauvignon blanc with herb-filled sides, such as stuffing and soft cheese appetizers or an apple pie to finish off your Thanksgiving dinner. You can learn more about this wine at calaiswinery.com.
2018 Brennan Vineyards Roussanne, $18
This roussanne is the perfect wine to pair at your table with hearty root vegetables and roasted turkey or ham. The wine offers notes of gala apples, papaya, dry mango and key lime for a crisp and sturdy finish. You can learn more about this wine at brennanvineyards.com.
2018 Duchman Family Winery Vermentino, $26
With so many new normals in 2020, you might want to switch up your Thanksgiving dinner by adding some seafood options. If you are looking for a wine pairing to suit your needs or to add flavor to any herb-filled dish, try this award winning vermentino. You can learn more about this wine at duchmanwinery.com.
2019 Landon Winery Viognier, $20
No holiday meal is complete without dessert. If you are in search of a light-bodied wine to pair with your fruit tarts and pies, this Viognier will do any dessert justice. With a peach, melon, wet stone and citrus flavors, finish off your Thanksgiving dinner with this creamy wine. You can learn more about this wine at landonwinery.com.
2017 Bending Branch Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, $50
This 2017 vintage of cabernet sauvignon has tasting notes of vanilla, red currant, black plum, leather, copper, figs, cinnamon, black pepper and warm herbs to fill the palate with a rich, intense finish. You can pair this cabernet sauvignon with red meats and sides with heavy herb influences. You can learn more about this wine at bendingbranchwinery.com.
2017 Pedernales Cellars TX Malbec, $40
It doesn't feel like a holiday dinner without a perfect Malbec to pair it with. With notes of plum, black cherry, currants, violets, earth and rosemary, this award winning Malbec by Pedernales Cellars can be a lovely pair for roasted meats and light cheese appetizers. You can learn more about this wine at pedernalescellars.com.
2017 Kuhlman Cellars Zinfandel, $34
The savory characteristics of this zinfandel will pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving Turkey, and any other lighter meats at your dinner table. If you are a fan of lighter-bodied wines, this zinfandel will provide notes of roasted berries, dried cranberry and black tea leaves. You can learn more about this wine at kuhlmancellars.com.
2013 Bending Branch Winery Tannat EM, $45
Bending Branch Winery
Amplify the rich taste of any holiday meal with this Texas tannat. Your savory dinner options, such as roasted meats and salty entrees, will happily pair with the acidity and notes of cola, spearmint, cedar and violets with this tannat. You can learn more about this wine at bendingbranchwinery.com.
2017 Kuhlman Cellars Reserve Merlot, $38
Looking for a Merlot to pair well with with a holiday roast? This classic French merlot is filled with rich aromas and significant notes of fresh figs and plums. Pair this wine with all of your favorite holiday meats such as ham, turkey or hearty sides. You can learn more about this wine at kuhlmancellars.com.
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South-Central Texas is having its hottest May in over a century.
Heading into the end of the month, the National Weather Service reported that the region is seeing its warmest May in over 125 years. This comes just a few months after the area saw the hottest December on record.
And though storms hit Austin last week, the record-setting temperatures are accompanied by drought conditions.
In May, Austin normally gets 4.7 inches of rain. With two days left this month, Austin has only gotten 2.3 inches, according to Andrew Quigley, a meteorologist with the NWS.
“It's kind of one of those months that we rely on to get precipitation,” Quigley said. “So obviously, it's less than ideal that we were so far below normal this month, because May just generally tends to be wetter, and then we tend to dry out kind of moving into the summer.”
Quigley added that the summer will likely bring precipitation conditions similar to May's.
\u201cWith no additional rain expected before the end of May, it's safe to say it was a dry meteorological spring. Rainfall amounts ranged from less than 2" (<25% of normal) in northern Atascosa County since March 1 to just under 10" in eastern Williamson & far SW Dimmit counties.\u201d— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWS Austin/San Antonio) 1653871383
But don’t count on the heat letting up anytime soon. Heading into the summer, Austin is seeing a 50 to 60% chance of having above normal temperatures.
If you like getting outside this time of year, there are some practices to keep in mind to stay safe.
“It's important that you're drinking enough water and that you're taking breaks in between your time outdoors to get inside, cool down and give your body the rest it needs,” Quigley said. “It can sneak up on you quickly, how strenuous the heat can be and the toll it can take.”